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By CAITLIN MURRAY
After Landon Donovan blamed a lack of vision from coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the U.S. Men’s National Team failing to make it to the World Cup quarterfinals, everyone seemed to have an opinion about Donovan’s comments. But for DeAndre Yedlin, who experienced a breakout World Cup with the U.S., Donovan’s criticism didn’t ring true. Instead, Yedlin said Klinsmann put the right players on the field at the right time and poor individual performances weren’t Klinsmann’s fault.
One player who didn’t appear in the USMNT’s final match against Belgium was forward Aron Johannsson, and it seems now it may have been because he wasn’t 100 percent. A spokesman for AZ Alkmaar confirmed Friday that Johannsson will undergo ankle surgery soon and be out for as long as eight weeks. The spokesman said he didn’t know when the injury occurred because it happened while Johannsson was with the USMNT.
Meanwhile, the World Cup continues for Brazil, but not as they had hoped. In a devastating blow to the World Cup hosts, superstar striker Neymar is out for the rest of the World Cup. Brazil won over Colombia on Friday, 2-1, but a late challenge from behind by Camilo Zuñiga fractured Neymar’s vertebrae, all but ensuring his World Cup is over. Zuñiga defended his high-flying tackle from behind, telling reporters it was “a normal move” and not meant to injure anyone.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI today:
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Yedlin disagrees with Donovan comments slamming Klinsmann’s approach
Neymar ruled out of the World Cup
NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE
NWSL Ticker: Gulati talks Solo’s status after arrest; Waldrum takes national team job; and more