clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Major Link Soccer: Venezuela take down Uruguay, El Tri cruise past Jamaica

El Tri dispatch Jamaica with relative ease. Gyasi Zardes' first touch is so good it needed a highlight video. Atlanta United are hot in pursuit of Andres Guardado.

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Copa América Centenario

Venezuela made a first-half goal Saloman Rondon hold up for a 1-0 win over Uruguay. That makes two straight victories for La Vinotinto, who are sitting pretty at the top of Group C. Uruguay (and Nicolás Lodeiro) on the other hand, are looking at an early exit before the knockouts.

Later, 83,000 watched Mexico eliminate Jamaica at the Rose Bowl, with Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Oribe Peralta finding the back of the net for El Tri. Mexico ride a 21-match unbeaten run into the quarters.

Maybe this is a little harsh to Gyasi Zardes, but a highlight compilation spoof of the USA attacker's first touch in the first two Copa matches is pretty much internet gold. Actually, nevermind, it's not harsh on Zardes. My patriotism and USMNT fandom just took over for a minute. Stop being bad at this, Gyasi!

Despite that, the US have a very good chance of making it into the quarterfinals of this tournament: here are the scenarios, if you need a cheat sheet.

In case you missed it, Adidas did that thing you're not supposed to do when you write "Colombia." That's right, they wrote "Columbia." Some low-level employee probably got fired, and the company has apologized.

There's no question that it's easier (and sometimes more fun!) to blame one person for a team/system/plan's failings, rather than taking a holistic look at the larger scenario and all the mitigating factors. Anyway, #KlinsmannOut. For a more nuanced opinion, how about Graham Parker's take:

Putting critical emphasis solely on Klinsmann's failings — the tinkering, the Donovan-ing, the deviation from campaign promises, etc. — only serves to distract from the fact that there are structural issues and challenges within U.S. sports institutions and culture that are beyond the ability of a single man to change.

Thomas Rongen is a bit more blunt, saying essentially that Klinsmann should be booted if the US lose to Paraguay, and that the US player pool is not technically or tactically skilled enough to execute the level of play Jurgen wants to see.

FS1 Hit a new record for a men's soccer match with their coverage of the USA vs. Costa Rica game, with 1.6 million viewers tuning in.

No viewing party plans for Saturday's match against Paraguay? American Outlaws Seattle and AO Tacoma have you covered, with a major event at Fuel Sports Bar (get tickets if you want to go) and other events in the region.

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United are apparently going after Mexican star Andres Guardado as a Designated Player in their inaugural squad, although it could be that Guardado is using that pursuit as leverage for more cash at PSV Eindhoven.

He says he would welcome a move to MLS, but would Guardado give up a chance to complete a run in the Champion's League with PSV?

On the other side of the age spectrum, Atlanta United have also signed 15-year-old phenom Andrew Carleton as a Home Grown Player, grabbing a player who seemed sure to go to Europe.

Carlos Bocanegra gives more details about the plans for Carleton over the next months and how he might fit into the squad.

Meanwhile, DC United are attempting to sign Carleton's captain on the US U-17 squad, Chris Durkin, as a Home Grown Player as well. He's a central defender and defensive midfielder.

Burgundy Wave explores the tech behind the wireless networks in the Colorado Springs Switchbacks USL stadium by talking to the company that built it out (and asks the question: "Should we really be staring at our phones the whole game?")

After reading about what the Sounders need to make the playoffs, how about a little glance over at the Blue Testament, where outlining Sporting KC's path to 49-ish points is very grim indeed.

Inter Milan will visit Rio Tinto stadium and Real Salt Lake in July for a friendly match.


With the Olympics looming, Hope Solo has had a setback in her attempt at having her domestic violence case dismissed.

Read Sounder at Heart member Paul Kahl's experience at the Haiti vs. Peru match at Century Link field, and learn how he became an overnight Haiti fan.

Kate Deines is retired, and a lot of that decision came down to simple financial math. She comments on the pay disparity in mens and women's soccer.


Former Bayern Munich (and many others) coach Felix Magath has taken over at Chinese club Shandong Luneng.

Scripted TV is dying. Sports and other live programming is keeping the traditional networks alive.

Landon Donovan is ready to become an owner in the Premier League -- Swansea City, to be exact.

In sad news, former Nigerian star and national team manager Stephen Keshi has passed away at 54. Here's a very nice piece on ESPNFC in remembrance of Keshi.

Soccer on TV

Noon - France v Romania (Euros) - ESPN2

4 PM - Chile v Bolivia (Copa America) - Fox

6:30 PM - Argentina v Panama (Copa America) Fox

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Sounder At Heart Weekly Roundup newsletter!

A twice weekly roundup of Seattle Sounders and OL Reign news from Sounder at Heart