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Soccer Insider: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

Matchnight: United at San Jose

It's been a thrilling soccer-filled day for most, and I'm sure many of you saw Germany's 4-0 thrashing of Argentina and a (somewhat surprisingly?) thrilling Paraguay-Spain game that featured missed penalties, shots off posts and plenty more, with David Villa's clinking, clanging shot in the 83rd minute giving Spain the...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 3, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Spain vs. Paraguay: Villa lifts Spain in 83rd

David Villa again scored the winner as Spain beat Paraguay, 1-0, to advance to its first ever World Cup semifinals. The striker's tournament-high fifth goal sets up a semifinal against Germany in Durban on Wednesday. Read more from Steve Goff about Spain's win here....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 3, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Paraguay , Spain  
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Spain vs. Paraguay in World Cup quarterfinal

Spain vs. Paraguay Ellis Park, Johannesburg Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET TV: ABC, Univision, ESPN Deportes. Spain lineup: Casillas; Ramos, Pique, Puyol, Capdevila; Busquets, Alonso, Iniesta, Xavi; Torres, Villa. Paraguay lineup: Villar; Veron, Da Silva, Alcaraz, Morel; Riveros, Barreto, Santana, Caceres; Valdez, Cardozo. Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar is making up for...

By Steve Goff  |  July 3, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Spain  | Tags: Spain vs. Paraguay, World Cup  
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Germany vs. Argentina: Germany rolls to 4-0 rout

Germany had an easier than expected 4-0 win over Argentina, reaching the World Cup semifinals and sending both Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona home. Miroslav Klose scored two of the goals, taking his World Cup record to 14 in three tournaments. The 14 goals equals the German record, held by...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 3, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Argentina , Germany  
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Germany vs. Argentina in World Cup quarterfinal

Germany vs. Argentina Green Point Stadium, Cape Town Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET TV: ABC, Univision, ESPN Deportes. Argentina lineup (4-3-3): Romero; Otamendi, DeMichelis, Burdisso, Heinze; Rodriguez, Mascherano, Di Maria; Higuain, Messi, Tevez. Germany lineup (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Lahm, Mertesacker, Friedrich, Boateng; Khedira, Schweinsteiger; Mueller, Oezil, Podolski; Klose. Your pregame, in-game and...

By Steve Goff  |  July 3, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Argentina , Germany  | Tags: Argentina vs. Germany, World Cup  
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World Cup: the scene in Montevideo

Each and every one (really!) of Uruguay's 3.33 million residents celebrates in the streets after the penalty kick victory over Ghana in the World Cup quarterfinals on Friday night:...

By Steve Goff  |  July 3, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  | Tags: Uruguay, World Cup  
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Ghana vs. Uruguay: World Cup stunner as Uruguay wins on penalty kicks

Uruguay defeated Ghana, 4-2 in penalty kicks, after the teams played to a 1-1 tie. Ghana had a chance to win the game at the very end of extra time, but Asamoah Gyan's penalty kick, awarded after a very intentional hand ball by Uruguay's Luis Suarez, caromed off the crossbar....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 2, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Ghana , Uruguay  
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Uruguay vs. Ghana in World Cup 2010 quarterfinals

Uruguay takes on Ghana in today's second quarterfinal, with a semifinal matchup with the Netherlands at stake. Ghana has Nelson Mandela in its corner. Diego Forlan is the key for Uruguay. Live stats here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here. Streaming video of the game here. poll by twiigs.com...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 2, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Ghana , Uruguay  
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'District 11': World Cup aliens invade South Africa

You saw "District 9" last year, right? You loved it, right? One of my favorites in 2009. (Though I preferred "Crazy Heart" for the music and Jeff Bridges.) "District 9" is an apartheid allegory set in Johannesburg; a certain soccer tournament is taking place in Jozi right this very minute....

By Steve Goff  |  July 2, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: District 9, South Africa, World Cup  
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Felipe Melo had a hand (head? foot?) in Brazil's loss to Netherlands

Felipe Melo's own-goal allowed the Netherlands to tie the score early in the second half, and then was ejected in the 73rd minute for stomping on the leg of Arjen Robben. The Netherlands went on to shock Brazil, 2-1. Melo's blunder on the own-goal will certainly get lots of attention....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 2, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , Netherlands  
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Brazil vs. Netherlands: Dutch stun five-time champions in World Cup quarterfinals

The Netherlands scored twice in the second half to stun Brazil, 2-1, in the World Cup quarterfinals. The Dutch will play either Ghana or Uruguay on July 6 in the semifinals. Game stats here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 2, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , Netherlands  
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Netherlands vs. Brazil in World Cup 2010 quarterfinals

Netherlands and Brazil meet with the first spot in the semifinals on the line. There's still a chance for an all-South American final four, Steve Goff wrote in today's paper this morning. The Associated Press has a short preview of Netherlands-Brazil. Netherlands vs. Brazil game stats here, in-game commentary here,...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 2, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , Netherlands  
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Friday kickaround: World Cup, U.S. players, MLS

South African cartoonist Cuan Miles takes a poke at Sepp Blatter: *Read my feature about South America's outstanding performance in South Africa and check the image of the cool front-page graphic accompanying the story. *Germany's Philipp Lahm, on Argentina, the nationalmannschaft's opponent in Saturday's quarterfinal in Cape Town: "They are...

By Steve Goff  |  July 2, 2010; 3:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , Argentina , D.C. United , FIFA , Germany , MLS , South Africa , U.S. Open Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, FIFA, Germany-Argentina, Sepp Blatter, South America, World Cup, vuvuzelas  
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D.C. United signs forward Pablo Hernandez (UPDATED)

D.C. United has signed Argentine forward Pablo Hernandez after an impressive trial with the club. Hernandez, who most recently played for Defensor Sporting and Racing Montevideo in Uruguay, showed well during his trial in D.C. over the past few weeks and is already listed on the team's roster on its...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 1, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Soccer on TV this weekend

.....and tonight as well. What are you going to watch? THURSDAY MLS, Toronto-Houston 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes FRIDAY Brazil-Netherlands 10 a.m. ESPN, Univision, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com Ghana-Uruguay 2:30 p.m. ESPN, Univision, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com MLS, Real Salt Lake-New England 10 p.m. Direct Kick SATURDAY Germany-Argentina 10 a.m. ABC,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 1, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , MLS , TV  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, World Cup, World Cup TV schedule  
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All World Cup, all the time on 'The Daily Show'

John Hodgman to Jon Stewart: "The only people who care about the World Cup now are sad, obsessive soccer nerds trying to relive the glory of their college days." Hodgman proceeds to stare down Stewart, who played at William & Mary. The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p...

By Steve Goff  |  July 1, 2010; 4:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Jon Stewart, Landon Donovan, The Daily Show, World Cup  
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Matchnight: Richmond Kickers at United

Welcome from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where D.C. United is set to play its first ever game in Northern Virginia, a U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 game. (Testing, testing...is this a litmus for a possible stadium site in the Fairfax area. Sorry, did I say stadium? Zzzzzzzzzzz.)...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 30, 2010; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup  
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Nigerian soccer team suspended after poor World Cup showing

No games today, sadly. And while Steve is taking a much-deserved day off, here's some World Cup news and notes. Nigeria's president has suspended the national team for two years after the Super Eagles earned just one point in the World Cup. So wait: Sepp Blatter warned France's president not...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 30, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Wednesday kickaround: World Cup, MLS, WPS

After 19 consecutive days of matches, the World Cup pauses for 48 hours to prepare for the quarterfinals. No games today?! Okay, everyone back to work. I'm going to try to step away from the laptop, allow my ear drums to recover from vuvuzela hell, find some Pinotage and perhaps...

By Steve Goff  |  June 30, 2010; 6:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. Open Cup , Women  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, U.S. Open Cup, WPS, World Cup  
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Landon Donovan meets David Letterman

In the first of five stops of the New York TV talk show circuit, U.S. World Cup midfielder Landon Donovan visited the Ed Sullivan Theater on Tuesday for a chat with David Letterman. On Wednesday, he will appear on ABC's "Good Morning America," CBS's "The Early Show," ABC's "Live with...

By Steve Goff  |  June 30, 2010; 4:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: David Letterman, Landon Donovan, World Cup  
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Christian Castillo is released by D.C. United

D.C. United on Tuesday announced it has released midfielder Christian Castillo, ending a short and disappointing stint in D.C. for the El Salvadoran international. Castillo came to D.C. with much fanfare -- United held a news conference to introduce the 25-year-old midfielder -- and was expected to both bolster United's...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 29, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Spain vs. Portugal: Villa's goal sends Spain to World Cup quarterfinals

David Villa scored in the 63rd minute to give Spain a 1-0 win over Portugal in the World Cup round of 16. Stats here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 29, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Spain vs. Portugal in World Cup 2010

Iberian Peninsula bragging rights, along with a spot in the final eight, are on the line when Spain battles Portugal. Rain is in the forecast. Live stats here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here. poll by twiigs.com...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 29, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Portugal , Spain  
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Sally Jenkins: For U.S. soccer, it's time to set sights higher

Sally Jenkins has penned a column that says, for a nation that wants to be first in just about everything, it's odd that so many Americans are accepting of the U.S. soccer team's second-rate status in the world. Give it a read here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 29, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Paraguay vs. Japan in World Cup 2010

Paraguay, winner of Group F, takes on Japan, which finished second in Group E, as the final day of the round of 16 gets going. The Japanese have been strong on set pieces so far. Live stats here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here. For live streaming video, click here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 29, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Tuesday World Cup kickaround

FIFA boss Sepp Blatter says he is sorry for officiating gaffes and promises to reopen discussion about goal line technology. Clearly, today's column by my man Grahame Jones in Los Angeles Times turned the tide. Says veteran coach Guus Hiddink: Blatter "should announce tomorrow that video replay will be implemented,...

By Steve Goff  |  June 29, 2010; 5:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: World Cup  
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Brazil vs. Chile: Brazil advances

For much of the first half Monday, Brazil looked almost ordinary. But all it takes for Brazil to alter a match is one moment of brilliance -- and Juan's header off a corner kick got things started in this 3-0 victory over Chile. Game stats are here, commentary here and...

By Alexa Steele  |  June 28, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Brazil vs. Chile in World Cup round of 16

Brazil was already considered the favorites for this round of 16 matchup, but that may be even more the case given who will be available for both teams: Brazil is expected to get three players back while Chile will have to do without three starters. For live stats on the...

By Alexa Steele  |  June 28, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Netherlands vs. Slovakia: Oranje are into the quarterfinals

The Netherlands reached the final eight Monday when standouts Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder scored in each half of a 2-1 victory over Slovakia. Game stats are here, commentary here and shot chart here....

By Alexa Steele  |  June 28, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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World Cup poll: Bob Bradley's future as U.S. coach

In your opinion, should the U.S. Soccer Federation offer Bob Bradley a new four-year contract to remain as the U.S. national team coach? poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Poll , U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, U.S. soccer, World Cup  
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Slovakia vs. Netherlands in World Cup round of 16

The Netherlands enters the knockout stage with a perfect record from Group E, while surprising Slovakia stunned Italy 3-2 on Thursday to eliminate the defending World Cup champion. For live stats on the game, click here, and for in-game commentary, click here. For live streaming video of the game, click...

By Alexa Steele  |  June 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Sunil Gulati discusses U.S., Bradley, World Cup bid

Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, addressed a wide variety of topics Monday morning. On the process of assessing Bob Bradley: "I have known Bob for a very long time, I have a lot of faith in him and I think the world of him at a personal...

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Juergen Klinsmann, Sunil Gulati, U.S. soccer, World Cup  
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Gulati, Bradley to discuss coaching job in 2 weeks

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said Monday morning that he and Bob Bradley will meet after the World Cup in about two weeks to discuss Bradley's future as national team coach. "I will sit down with Bob and we will talk about the goods and the bads of the...

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2010; 4:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Sunil Gulati, U.S. soccer, World Cup  
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Mexico vs. Argentina 2010 World Cup: Argentina wins, 3-1

Carlos Tevez scored twice -- once when he was clearly offside, giving the officials two horribly blown calls today -- and Argentina again looked impressive in a 3-1 win over Mexico in the World Cup round of 16. Game stats here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 27, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Argentina , Mexico  
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Argentina vs. Mexico in World Cup round of 16

Two possible results for Argentina vs. Mexico: 1.) Argentina wins, and Coach Diego Maradona says something outrageous. or 2.) Argentina loses, and Coach Diego Maradona says something fantastically outrageous. Mexico (1-1-1), which finished second in Group A, faces a tall order against and Albicelestes team that won all three of...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 27, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Argentina , Mexico  
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Ghana representing all of Africa in World Cup

With Ghana as Africa's only remaining hope in the World Cup, Johannesburg Times cartoonist Jerm paid tribute to the Black Stars with a revised version of the nation's flag. From this: To this: See more of Jerm's work here. After the victory over the United States, Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew...

By Steve Goff  |  June 27, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup  
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Germany vs. England World Cup: Jorge Larrionda again in spotlight

In the World Cup round of 16, Germany's surgical precision was too much for England in a 4-1 victory. British announcer Martin Tyler, calling the game for ESPN, said the Three Lions were "flattened," and who's to argue? Game stats here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here. But the game...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 27, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , FIFA , Germany  
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Bob Bradley reflects on World Cup, U.S. future

It was a melancholy Sunday morning at Irene Farm, the U.S. team's home for the past month and the U.S. media's temporary work quarters. We'll miss the cows, chickens, roosters, sausage rolls, exotic pate, super-fresh milk, picnicking families, patio cafe, abundant sunshine, long winter shadows and soft breezes carrying the...

By Steve Goff  |  June 27, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: American soccer, World Cup  
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England vs. Germany in World Cup round of 16

The sleepy city of Bloemfontein has made preparations for its biggest event ever, most importantly relaxing alcohol regulations so the English and German fans can enjoy a beer or two. The two sides have played in numerous big matches, with England taking a 4-2 win in the 1966 World Cup...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 27, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , Germany  
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