Groups A and B were both decided yesterday, with Brazil defeating Cameroon 4-1, Mexico beating Croatia 3-1, Spain putting three in on Australia to make it 3-0, and the Netherlands showing Chile who's boss with a 2-0 win. A quarter of the round of 16 matches are now known, with Chile playing Brazil, and the Netherlands playing Mexico.
Not all of the news coming out of the world cup has been positive, with rioting happening in LA after the Mexico win, and FIFA apparently relaxing it's zero tolerance policy. FIFA has failed to condemn some Mexico supporters for using a homophobic chant, and has also failed to do anything about fans coming to games in "black face."
Are you a visual person looking for a good history of the World Cup? Well I have just the link for you! Here's a detail of the World Cup in maps.
Group A Standings
Group B Standings
USA USA USA
The USA-Portugal game was the most watched U.S. Soccer game ever. 18.22 million viewers tuned in to watch the game of their lives/ have their hearts broken/ fall in love with Tim Howard. I guess I'm still not sure how I feel about that game. More fans tuned in to watch this game than the World Series or the Stanley Cup. It's unlikely that these ratings will hold for the USA-Germany game, considering that it falls in the middle of the work day for most Americans. Unless we declare Thursday a national holiday!
Following the USA-Portugal game, the blame has been spread far and wide for the final goal. Michael Bradley is being considered by many to be the one at fault, for it was his turnover that started the Portuguese attack. Taylor Twellman notes that even with the giveaway, the US were well positioned to defend.
Fivethirtyeight.com has the US's chances of advancing moving from 65% to 76% after the Portugal tie.
In case you need any more Clint Dempsey in your life, he's given some quotes about his time at Furman University that you should definitely read through.
ESPN 710 will be airing USA-Germany live at 9:00 AM on Thursday.
Toronto FC has set aside 1,700 away tickets for the visiting Montreal Impact supporters on October 18th. Although some Toronto FC season ticket holders will have an upgrade from their usual seats to accommodate the visiting fans, and the Impact supporters will be seated right next to a Toronto supporters section, this seems overall to be a good idea. Especially considering it was part of a deal to acquire 3,000 seats for Toronto FC fans at a game earlier in the year in Montreal.
Since firing John Hackworth on the 10th, the Philadelphia Union have been on the search for a new coach. One name being thrown out there is Italian superhero Fabio Cannavaro, who is currently working as an assistant coach for Al-Ahly in Egypt.
In an interview with the Boston Business Journal, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said a soccer stadium in Boston is something "worth looking at." As a Bostonian I really doubt anything will come of this, considering that Mayor Walsh was just elected in November and that the average Bostonian has no idea they even have a professional soccer team, but hey who knows.
The Portland Timbers exercised their option on Fanendo Adi, who has been with the Timbers on loan from FC Copenhagen since May. Adi has been signed to a DP contract. Apparently there will be some more Timbers new later in the week.
Should have more Timbers news this week. Hard at work #rctid— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson) June 23, 2014
Is it that the Timbers will cease existing? Can it please be that the Timbers will cease existing?
Fredy Montero is back in town, and answered some questions at a Sounders practice he was visiting. In response to whether he saw himself playing for Seattle again, he said "That's one of my dreams now: I hope to be back playing for the Sounders."
U.S. Open Cup
The matchups for the next round of the U.S. Open Cup have been announced. If Seattle advances they will play against the winner of the SKC-Timbers matchup at Starfire. In case you plan on watching that, Stumptown Footy has a good preview. MLSsoccer.com also has a preview of all the upcoming games.