Real Salt Lake had a chance to end the shootout with their eighth shot of the night, but the 36-year-old veteran goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen saved the the shot by RSL midfielder Sebastian Velasquez. SKC defender Aurelien Collin followed with a thunderous goal on SKC’s ninth shot, and RSL backup defender Lovel Palmer blasted his ensuing shot off the crossbar to hand SKC the title. Read more...(348 words, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Today’s FA Cup third round draw threw up a tasty North London derby as Spurs will travel to the Emirates to play Arsenal. The rivals are among the most successful clubs in the competition’s history, with Arsenal having lifted the trophy on 10 occasions while Spurs have won it eight times.
The only side to have won the FA Cup more times are Manchester United, who will also be involved in an all-Premier League tie in the third round after being paired at home to Swansea. Read more...(275 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Once again the World Cup gods smiled fondly on El Tri as they were drawn in a group with Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon. A group where finishing second is a real possibility.
Mexico finished fourth in CONCACAF qualification, but they could be the only team from the region to reach the knockout stages.
How Mexico do in Brazil will depend largely on how they do in the first game in Natal against Cameroon, a game which Mexico really can’t afford to lose.
Mexico has a poor record against African nations in the World Cup and hasn’t won in three attempts, drawing in 2010 against South Africa and in 2006 against Angola. Read more...(658 words, 2 images, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
The World Cup draw was a mixed bag for holders Spain. The good news is that if Spain and Brazil both win their groups then they will not play each other until the final. But if one of the two teams finishes second while the other tops their group, they will meet in the last 16.
Finishing second is not out of the possible for Spain who has been drawn against Chile, Holland and Australia, a group that has ben dubbed the “Group of Death” by the Spanish press. Read more...(351 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Italy have been drawn in Group D for next summer’s World Cup, alongside Uruguay, Costa Rica and England.
The Azzurri will kick off their campaign in Manaus on June 15 against England with kick off at 02.00 GMT.
Cesare Prandelli’s men then travel to Recife to face Costa Rica on June 20 before ending the group stages in Natal with a match versus Uruguay on June 24.
All three games will be in northern cities which are known for their heat and humidity at that time of year. Read more...(383 words, 1 image, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
The happiest man in England on Saturday was probably Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, as he saw title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City both drop points. The second happiest was Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, as he saw his side move up to second in the table after beating West Ham 4-1 at Anfield.
Meanwhile it was a day of more angst for David Moyes at Old Trafford as he watched his Man United lose for the second time at home in four days, this time to Newcastle United 1-0. United are now 12 points behind leaders Arsenal, who have a game in hand. Read more...(248 words, estimated 1:0 mins reading time)
The odds on England reaching the World Cup knockout stages rose today after they were drawn against Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica in Group D.
England open up against Italy in the Amazonian city of Manaus on 15 June, before playing Uruguay on 19 June in San Paolo before finishing with CONCACAF’s Costa Rica on June 24 in Belo Horizonte. Belo Horizonte is the site of the USA’s famous 1-0 victory over England in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, and England fans will be hoping that history does not repeat itself and they lose to another CONCACAF country. Read more...(359 words, 1 image, estimated 1:26 mins reading time)
Really hard draw for the US in the next summer’s World Cup and they have been drawn in Group G against Germany, Portugal and Ghana. According to FIFA’s rankings, the USA group has the lowest average world ranking of 11.25. Germany is ranked 2nd in the world, and Portugal 5th.
If the U.S. reaches the round of 16, it will face in all likelihood the runner-up from Belgium, Russia, Algeria or South Korea in Group H.
The USA’s first match will be June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. With Portugal and Germany to follow this is a must-win game for the American’s. Read more...(605 words, 1 image, estimated 2:25 mins reading time)
The 2014 World Cup Draw was held in Brazil on Friday and neither USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann or England boss Roy Hodgson could have been happy with the draw.
The US were drawn in Group G against Germany, Portugal and Ghana. The USA’s first match will be June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
The U.S. meets Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo six days later in the Amazon rain forest city Manaus, before playing Germany in Recife on June 26. In all the American players and fans will travel about 9,000-miles around Brazil, just for these games. Read more...(1320 words, 1 image, estimated 5:17 mins reading time)