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The U.S. women's national team is a win away from completing its mission.
With a win over Japan on Sunday, the U.S. women would capture their first World Cup championship since 1999 and third overall. Sunday's final of the Women's World Cup highlights this weekend's slate of soccer across the world, which also includes the Copa America quarterfinals, the World Football Challenge and a full complement of Major League Soccer matches.
Domestically, the Seattle-Colorado tilt lost a bit of its luster with the word that Brian Mullan won't be making the trip, but it still features two postseason contenders in the Western Conference. The Houston-Sporting Kansas City battle is important considering the standings in the Eastern Conference, and Columbus and San Jose meet in a clash of teams that both made trades with Toronto FC this week.
Here is this weekend's soccer on TV:
THIS WEEKEND'S SOCCER ON TV
11 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Los Angeles Blues vs. Dayton Dutch Lions
5:30 a.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Malaysia All-Star XI vs. Liverpool
11:30 a.m. – ESPN2/ESPN3.com – Sweden vs. France (WWC third-place game)
3 p.m. – Univision/YouTube – Colombia vs. Peru (Copa America)
4 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids
4 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake
5:30 p.m. – GOLTV – Coritiba vs. Fluminense
6:15 p.m. – Univision/YouTube – Argentina vs. Uruguay (Copa America)
6:30 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Orlando City vs. Rochester Rhinos
7:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Columbus Crew vs. San Jose Earthquakes
8 p.m. – Telefutura – Club America vs. Manchester City
8:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers
8:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City
9 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – FC Dallas vs. D.C. United
10 p.m. – ESPN2/ESPN3.com – Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Madrid
10:30 p.m. – Galavision – Chivas USA vs. New York Red Bulls
2:45 p.m. – ESPN/ESPN3.com/Galavision – USA vs. Japan (WWC final)
3 p.m. – GOLTV – Botafogo vs. Corinthians
3 p.m. – Univision/YouTube – Brazil vs. Paraguay (Copa America)
6 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Sky Blue FC vs. Western New York Flash
6:15 p.m. – Univision/YouTube – Chile vs. Venezuela (Copa America)
7 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union
FSC is playing a USL Pro match? That is impressive
Fantastic goal for Sweden to win it. And her first ever goal for the national team, too!
That said, it immediately followed a corner kick awarded to Sweden that the replay showed should have been called a goal kick, no question. Then Sweden gets away with a handball in the area, no call. All after France gets away with instigating what turns out to be a red card for Sweden, on a play immediately following a moment when the ball looked like it may have gone out.
And so it goes…
Alex Morgan should not start the final. For one, A-Rod has scored a goal against Japan in a few consecutive games.
Though, the main reason is Morgan is the perfect 60-70th minute sub at this point. She can out run most players when from the start. However, put her in after the defense has spent 60 minutes chasing and getting beaten up by Abby and A-Rod and Morgan is twice as dangerous.
I feel sort of the same about Rapinoe. I think with the US fitness being above everyone else, then add on a skilled outside midfielder and a speedy forward, we’ll continue to score late goals.
Did anyone watch the videos taken from the WC last summer on ussoccer? Michael Bradley seemed like hes angry all the time while others were soaking up the experience. The worst was probably the one on one interview where near the end he just threw down his mic and left after answering a trivial question… kid needs to just relax and enjoy the moment. Hes already on pace to enjoy a very nice career but off the field antics will play a factor in how you are embraced by the media and fans.
Why not just watch the Pacific from HBO….
They’re a fine team. The USWNT must be merciless. If I were coach I might show some pics from the Rape of Nanking just to counter all the feel goody sympathy Japan is getting in the press.
I’m watching women’s France v Sweden now – 3rd/4th place
match. Again, France is playing beautiful possession soccer, but direct Sweden is ahead on a long ball. Commentator mentioned that few French girls actually play soccer when they are young. So then…. how do they get so technical in attacking with the ball and confident in traffic? We need to find out and import it.
Bernstein and Woodward couldn’t have said it any better. I’m surprised Ives has not run with it or any other media outlets.
Very true. Would be funny if A-Rod had a “Conor Casey” moment and scored 2 in the first half after all the criticism this WWC.
But I think Morgan has played a good role bringing fresh legs into the second half and most likely will do the same in the final.
I disagree that Wynalda was flogging an old horse. On the contrary, I think Wynalda’s comments triggered a mass panic in Bob Bradley that finally the press was going to start questioning why his son is guaranteed a starting spot and 90 minutes every game, especially after MB had spent four months on the Ashton Villa bench.
The Eric Wynalda comments that triggered the MB outburst came in a story dated June 1, three days before BB’s totally bizarre starting line-up against Spain on June 4, with MB inexplicably (and happily) relaxing on the USMNT bench for the first time in years while Jones and Edu were sent out with the B-team to be sacrificed to the best team in the world–allowing three goals in the first half. And then in the second half MB is sent in with veterans Dolo, Goodson, Dempsy and Bedoya, and Spain only gets one more goal. MB is hailed a hero, putting an end to the midfield discussion sparked by the Wynalda comments. Edu did not get another start in the Gold Cup, in fact, only played a few minutes while MB played all but six minutes.
Is the Spain starting lineup starring Jones and Edu with b-team players while a very well rested MB relaxes on the bench a coincidence? I don’t think so. I think it is a dark chapter in the history of the USMNT that did not go unnoticed by players or by US Soccer management. After Spain the players looked miserable and never really played that well in the Gold Cup and my hunch is that BB will be stepping down soon. If Prof. Gulati planned on keeping BB as coach, he would no doubt have already voiced 100% support. The silence is deafening.
Wow. I’m in Tampa this week, and had no idea this was happening. I would have gone had I known.
Forget the tattoo- the question is, when will Pia give up and let Alex play 90? Rodriquez has played mediocre to awful in every game this World Cup, she has not had a good game yet. Why does she keep getting the starts? It makes no sense at all to keep a vastly superior player on the bench…
Pssh…seems more like Michael Bradley’s got thin skin.
Apparently this quote from Waldo in an ESPN article (by Jeff Carlisle) is what angered MB:
“There are guys who have just spent their whole seasons working toward this tournament,” said former U.S. international and current Fox television analyst Eric Wynalda. “The reward is to play for your country, and it should be earned. I’ve been extremely impressed with Jones and Edu. At club level, everyone is open to selection, and the manager picks the guys who are in the best form and give them the best chance to win, and the U.S. team should be no different.”
This was Wynalda’s response after MB confronted him and yelled at him:
“Grow the [expletive] up,” Wynalda reportedly said. “You have a problem with me complimenting players who play your position.”
Yeah, it was a fantastic article. The Bradley – Wynalda “confrontation” is telling of a much deeper problem the USMNT are facing right now.
she wants to bend you over
That’s a sweet tattoo that Alex Morgan has
Seems like they’re trying to sell papers
These are the 2 games of the week…bar none
3-2 last year…this year Beckham gets a crack
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US just needs to pass the ball on the ground. Attack, score and keep passing. Posses the ball and keep scoring until time runs out. No need to blast the ball forward all the time.
Was at the game last night. Nice victory for the Rowdies.
Good way to go into the second half of the season.
Was at the game last night.
Nice victory for the Rowdies.
nice. seconded. the other post about chicago’s new dp has some dude remarking on how cleats makes a player. I think this is what he was getting at
Ives, no mention of FC Tampa beating Bolton?
posts with the link do not seem to be going through, lets try this
google sports illustrated bradley wynalda and find the article
Wynalda was flogging an old horse after the Spain game when Bradley did not start and the US was clearly worse for it. Bradley should have shrugged it off as a journalist trying to get a rise out of him. It appears that it was just a shouting match and everyone calmed down after a bit.
Let me have… what your on…..
Did anyone read the SportsIllustrated column about Michael Bradley and Eric Wynalda having an argument 1 day before the Gold Cup Final? It is a very interesting column.
no, shouldn’t feel bad about beating Japan. This is a sport. The plus side is if Japan wins I could feel good that its a nice morale boost for their country
Really looking forward to the US/Japan final. City hall in San Francisco is putting up a big screen, it should draw a nice crowd, I will be there beer in hand. As for the LA game, I would like to see LA win or at least have a strong showing. I hear they will have a large crowd.
No, it’s not like the team is worse because of the other stuff.
Is Beckham going to play one half for each team? A$$hole
I would like to see Donovan have a good game at least.
I hope he gets a goal.
Nah, I suspect Real Madrid will just run them over.
… too soon?
Ridiculous. I can assure you that they would not be remotely interested in getting gifted a win because everyone else felt sorry for them.
Would love to see the Galaxy put it to Real Madrid.
he did nor say they were a team of crippled kids. he is talking about what has happened to their country.
Hey, Japan beat Sweden and Germany. They are not a teamful of crippled kids. Nevertheless, I hope the US women beat them like they are red-headed stepchildren.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m behind our US Women 100%, but does anyone else get the feeling that if we by chance whoop on Japan it’ll be the same as beating up the crippled kid? I mean considering their country has just gone through hell.