Eddie Johnson, former USMNT and current MLS star spoke with World Soccer Talk on what it means to be the Ultimate Fan and the Untied States can do in the World Cup. Johnson is a striker for D.C. United and has scored 19 goals, including the game winner in the USMNT's qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup against Mexico, in 59 appearances since making his international debut in 2004.
Brazil 1 Germany 7. Brazil 1 Germany 7 (SEVEN). Let that sink in. Brazil, the most successful team in World Cup history was taught a football lesson in their own backyard. This has already been dubbed the Mineirazo consigning the Maracanazo to the annals of history. Brazil's loss to Uruguay in 1950 may arguably be more painful but nonetheless this was a humiliation for a new generation of Brazilians.
We're down to the final four and each side is only two games away from being crowned world champions. Brazil take on Germany in a repeat of the 2002 final whilst Argentina face the Netherlands for the fifth time in World Cup history.
Of the four sides Germany has probably been the most convincing but will they have enough to down the Seleção?
As Americans, whether we want to admit it or not, the United States Men's Soccer Team getting knocked out from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was unfortunately inevitable. Even though at times during the tournament, the USA produced some of the best soccer in its recent history, the continued lack of ability to shift into a higher gear when it counted the most was a weakness that was always going to be exploited.
Whether it was the beginning of the match or the end, it was all about Keylor Navas.
The 27-year-old keeper added to his amazing year by coming up with the denial of Theofanis Gekas free kick to allow Michale Umaña to hit the winning penalty, sending Costa Rica through to their first World Cup quarterfinal.
Going into the 2014 World Cup, most analysts, pundits and fans alike picked Portugal as a one-man team— a squad dependent on one player, Ronaldo, to carry them. All this was said despite the fact that they have other quality players. Two of their defenders, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, play for Champions League winners Real Madrid.
Mexico was two minutes away from advancing to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986 but the final five minutes saw a thunderbolt from Wesley Sneijder and a controversial penalty from Klaas Jan Hunterlaar that were enough to see Holland into the quarter-final instead. The Dutch will take on the winner of Costa Rica vs.
Nigeria and Argentina have storied history at all levels of international football. They met at the 2005 U20 world cup finals with a Lionel Messi-led Argentina triumphant over the Nigerians. That game was sandwiched in between two Olympic Gold medal games, with Nigeria 2-1 winners in 1996 and Argentina 1-0 winners in 2008.
It has happened to many great Empires, once mighty, all conquering, feared by all — and reduced to a mere shadow of itself, like an old, once magnificent building now crumbling and tired, you cannot imagine how it was ever beautiful.
Maybe a bit of an exaggeration but this is how it felt watching Spain's 2-1 defeat to Chile.
Jorge Sampaoli's men were not in a place 15 months ago to be the team that ended Spain's six year dynasty Wednesday. Fresh off their fourth straight loss in CONMEBOL's difficult qualifying campaign to Peru, questions centered throughout Santiago and the rest of the nation if Sampaoli was feeling the pressure in replacing his mentor Marcelo Bielsa.
Spain's six-year domination of world soccer came to an ignominious end in Rio tonight when they were unceremoniouslydumpedout of the World Cup by Chile.
First-half goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz sealed a 2-0 victory for Chile in the cauldron of the Maracana and, with Spain having already been humbled 5-1 by the Netherlands in Salvador last Friday, tonight's result means that Vicente Del Bosque's men cannot progress to the competition's knockout stage.
Wednesday 18th June 2014 Maracana Stadium, Rio De Janeiro
Reigning World Champions Spain must look to recover from their incomprehensible 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands in their opening game against the formidable opponents of Chile if they are to progress from Group B.
Spain lost their opening game of the previous World Cup against Switzerland, and still recovered sufficiently to capture their first Jules Rimet trophy.
Mexico's striker, Javier Hernandez, has had a very difficult season with both his national team and with his club Manchester United. The 26-year-old has not started a game this season, and was he again on the bench when Mexico drew 0-0 against World Cup hosts Brazil last night. So what will happen to the little pea, can he still have an influence for Mexico's success in the World Cup?
Portugal ensured in Salvador on Monday afternoon that their Iberian neighbors were not the only team thrashed in their World Cup opener. The ninety minutes could not end sooner for Ronaldo and company. Mats Hummels' injury was the only drawback on what was otherwise a perfect day out for the Germans.