Saturday was bittersweet for many. Sure,Sporting Kansas City rolled to its seventh-straight game without a loss, beating Vancouver 2-1
. But the United States saw a 2-goal lead over Mexico evaporate in the Gold Cup final. Today's kickoff will run down links to both, plus the MLS rundown and an update on the Women's World Cup.
For Sporting, the turnaround is quick. Up next is the Chicago Fire PDL* (Premier Development League) tomorrow night at Livestrong Sporting Park. (You can find ticket informationhere
.)*If Sporting beats the Fire's PDL team, does the Firehouse Sub deal count? It's been about 3 months since KC has had a chance to sample Firehouse's menu for free. Just wondering aloud, you know?
For the Yanks, there is a turnaround, but time for reflection. What happened to the defense? Is Landon Donovan better as a sub? Has Freddy Adu battled his way back? Why doesn't this country have a quality striker yet? Is Bob Bradley's future clear? Why doesn't the USA have a player like Johnny Two Saints*?*Giovanni Dos Santos.
Now, for some links.
Down the Bylinehas the weekly attendance comparison
Here's an MLS roundup in one paragraph.
Thanks to injuries, a Steven Lenhart being Steven Lenhart moment and referee interference,Los Angeles managed a 0-0 draw with forward Mike Magee between the sticks.
... Nothing stops a winless streak quite like a visit from Toronto whoReal Salt Lake thumped 3-1
. ...Columbus 4-Colorado 1
(Wait, what?) ... Another week,another draw for Chicago
. ...Seattle 2-New England 1
. ...FC Dallas 4, Portland 0.
Well, what do you know...cellar dwellers no longer
The Rose Bowl was filled with 93,420 fans on Saturday for the Gold Cup.You think Mexicans like soccer a little bit?
Jonathan Wilson (for Sports Illustrated)puts the 4-2 loss on the United State's porous defense
.Grant Wahl gives his three thoughts on the final.
This might not get better in the future:Mexico showed it was more skilfull -- and younger -- than the U.S.
U.S. 'keeper Tim Howard didn't mince wordswhen it came to his thoughts on CONCACAF using Spanish during the trophy presentation
. "CONCACAF should be ashamed of itself," Howard said. "I think it was a ******* disgrace that the entire post-match ceremony was in Spanish. You can bet your ass if we were in Mexico City it wouldn't be all in English."
I don't care if you're a slightly sore Yank this morning, every soccer can (and should) appreciate the ridiculous skill shown by this Mexican announcer. It's just impressive.
Johnny Two Saint's goal isn't too shabby either.
France kicked off the women's World Cup with a 1-0 win over Nigeria. Later in the day,the German hosts took down Canada* 2-1
.*Chant I learned on Saturday: "Canada (clap clap) America's Hat (clap clap).
The most shocking news from Sunday (it wasn't the Chicago Fire drawing a game?) was the relegation of Argentina's River Plate.For the first time in 110 years, River Plate is no longer a top-flight club
. The result sparked ugly riots.