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The day after defending World Cup champion Germany was upset by Japan, the U.S. women's national team and Brazil will face off in a match that should go a long way toward determining who the next world champion will be.
The United States will look to rebound from an upset loss to Sweden in the group stage, but must find a way to stop a Brazil attack that has gotten the better of the Americans in the past.
On the MLS front, the Portland Timbers play host to the Seattle Sounders in the first MLS installment of their fierce rivalry to be played at Jeld-Wen Field. The Timbers took a point from the meeting at Qwest Field earlier in the season, but has hit a six-match winless streak while Seattle is on a seven-match unbeaten streak.
The best match of the day might actually be taking place in Mexico City, where host Mexico is facing Uruguay in the Under-17 World Cup inal at Estadio Azteca.
If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (Today's TV Schedule is after the jump):
TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV
7 a.m. – ESPN/ESPN3.com – Sweden vs. Australia (Women's World Cup)
11:30 a.m. – ESPN/ESPN3.com/Galavision – Brazil vs. USA (Women's World Cup)
3 p.m. – GOLTV – Fluminense vs. Flamengo
3 p.m. – Telefutura/YouTube – Colombia vs. Bolivia (Copa America)
4 p.m. – ESPN/ESPN3.com – Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders
4 p.m. – ESPNU/ESPN3.com – Germany vs. Brazil (U-17 World Cup third-place match)
6 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Boston Breakers vs. Atlanta Beat
7 p.m. – ESPNU/ESPN3.com/Galavision – Mexico vs. Uruguay (U-17 World Cup final)
8 p.m. – Azteca America – America vs. Morelia (friendly)
mexico u-17 champion for the second time.
I agree. She has the reflexes but the problem would always be (unsurprisingly) keeping up the physical presence. While Van der Sar may not look it, the guy will come in, smash into, grab the ball away from your head, and you will fall backwards into a pile of mush against his strength while he happily boots it up the field. Simply put, if it comes to a matter of strength (and it often does on let’s say corners), she would lose. However, in terms of positioning, reflexes, distrobution and all the other things, she could.
They wear stars for the men’s victories? Lame. Can almost guarantee when their women finally win one, the men will not add an 8th star to their shield.
This Portland-Seattle game has been very entertaining – good advertisement for MLS. Fantastic crowd at Jen-Weld and a cracker of a game.
Fernandez and Hurtado both subbed out with injuries—Hurtado’s looking quite serious. Starting to feel like one of those years…
This crowd at Jen-Weld is incredible. Great day of soccer, Espn finally seems to be getting their sh!t together.
Sounds like they’re piping in artificial crowd noise at Jen-Weld…
yeah baby!!! when needed most, too.
I give Rapinoe grief, but she sure earned the praise on that ball.
just like you said!
hey Ives thought you might be interested to hear that in an arsenal.com interview with Theo Walcott about the Emirates cup, he said he had heard that Jens Lehmann is going to New York Red Bulls…..a solution to their goalkeeping problems?
Remind me again how many Ghanaians play for huge clubs, and how many Americans do? Chelsea, Milan, Inter… yeah, total bunch of hacks.
absolutely brilliant game. possibly the best game of soccer I’ve ever witnessed, in terms of drama.
No, the better team did not win.Ghana were a bunch of hacks and if it were not because of a clearance that miraculously went to Asamoah Gyan, the U.S. probably wins on penalties. Both teams were about evenly matched. In these games whoever gets the breaks and luck wins.
I always had Hope in Solo…
next game, please usa play the same defense but add some possession ball on offense and make your goals before extra time….
Great cross Stuart Holden’s sister!
You were saying?
Haha, I can’t decide what’s worse, CRonaldo’s babyish whining, or Marta’s unabating, unlimited anger
I don’t think so. The fluidity in the attack half was poor for a majority of the game. Don’t confuse scoring a goal and playing great. Two different things.
Same. For the PKs, I was sitting there unable to move. Thought my girlfriend was going to have a heart attack.
I stand by what I said. It was a great goal, but I don’t think she played all that great. She was out of position quite a bit, but when it counted most she was right where she needed to be. Great cross.
Textbook example of going from goat to G.O.A.T. outta Rapinoe and Wambach.
She didn’t get a whole lot of service either though. The attack definitely still has some kinks to work out. There needs to be a rededication to finding her in the box.
Defense played great today. Still think they are a tad slow in spots, but it was more then compensated for with heart and determination. Great effort ladies.
Congrats USA WNT! You gals are awesome!!!!!!! What an f8cking game!!!!!!! Heart is still pounding…Boom Boom Boom…
Abby, Hope, Megan, Allie and the rest of the team are an inspiration to us all.
To be fair, both her and Wambach were terrible up until that goal.
Go go USA!
Rapinoe’s cross was inch perfect. Absolutely brilliant. You won’t ever see better in soccer.
Wambach had the goal, but she didn’t play a great all around game in my opinion. I still think she is passed it, but she is a monster at set pieces and in the air. I give her credit for that.
You don’t blame any one person. Coaches, players, youth academy directors – everyone could be doing a better job.
Glad you did. I was thinking the guy that did will be kicking himself when someone tells him the final score. 😉