Hey there soccer junkies...
Admit it, you are playing hooky from work to follow the World Cup draw from Brazil on ESPN2 or Univision...Definitely an exciting day. The World Cup seems more "real'' once the draw is done. The Carnaval has officially begun...
Stay with the Miami Herald for full coverage...and share your thoughts. Would love to hear from you.
My husband just pointed out that the first image from Brazil World Cup is a hostess in a VERY revealing dress! Welcome to Brazil!
Here we go...
Uruguay gets Italy in its group.
Spain gets Chile in its group.
Brazil gets Cameroon in its group
Switzerland gets Ecuador.
Colombia gets Ivory Coast
Argentina gets Nigeria
Germany gets Ghana
Belgium gets Algeria
Group A: Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, Croatia
Group B: Spain, Chile, Australia, Netherlands
Group C: Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Greece
Group D: Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica, England
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, France
Group F: Argentina, Nigeria, Iran, Bosnia
Group G: Germany, Ghana, USA, Portugal
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, SKorea, Russia
On quick glance, looks like toughest groups are B, G and D. Easiest look like E and F and H. You agree?
The world will pause at 11:30 a.m. today for the World Cup Draw from Brazil. We will finally find out how the 32 teams will be divided, who plays who, and where.
The 90-minute show will be televised on ESPN2 and Univision.
Send us your thoughts once the draw is revealed. You nervous? Excited? Buckle your seat belts!
After two years of qualifying matches, the 2014 World Cup field is set!
Here you go...
USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras
Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador
Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, England, Portugal, Greece, Bosnia, Croatia, Russia, France
Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia
Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon
Draw is on Dec. 6! Then we can make predictions!
A very reliable source confirms that David Beckham is in Miami today, having dinner tonight with Marcelo Claure and Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and they will be scouting potential MLS stadium sites tomorrow. The Brazil national team is also in town, training for Saturday's game vs. Honduras at Sun Life Stadium.
Beckham AND Neymar in Miami tonight. Epicenter of the soccer universe!!
It's Friday Oct. 11, which means it's World Cup qualifying day! Lots of big matches going on all over the world. The US has already clinched, but lots of teams haven't. So, grab some snacks and plop on your sofa. Or, set your DVR. Here are some of the bigger matches of the day...
England vs. Montenegro, 2:45 p.m., Fox Sports 1
Colombia vs. Chile, 5 p.m. (This should be a fun one!)
Honduras vs. Costa Rica, 5 p.m., BeIN Sport USA
Ecuador vs. Uruguay, 5 p.m.
Venezuela vs. Paraguay, 5 p.m.
USA vs. Jamaica, 6:30 p.m., ESPN (US already in, but "A'' squad playing)
Argentina vs. Peru, 7 p.m., BeIN Sport USA
Mexico vs. Panama, 9:30 p.m., Univision (Mexico on the ropes..can they pull it out?)
BIG NEWS came out over the weekend, news every South Florida soccer fan will want to know. In case you missed it, the Brazilian national team -- with stars Neymar, etc... -- is coming to Miami to play Honduras Nov. 16 at Sun Life Stadium. Read all the details here...
Ok, all you guys out there who think you're good enough to play pro soccer. Here's your chance! South Florida has two teams with open tryouts coming up. Show 'em what you got!
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have announced they will host an open tryout in Naples, FL on November
16th. The tryouts will take place North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples, FL
“This gives an
opportunity for local players to come out and show us their skills,” said
Strikers head coach Gunter Kronsteiner. “It gives us a chance to look for
unfound talent throughout South Florida.”
Due to high demand and limited availability, players will be asked to complete registration with
payment to confirm their spot. Once all available spots have been filled, registration will be closed without notification. The tryouts are open to all players age 18 and older and the cost to take part in the open tryouts is $125 per player. Interested players can visit the Strikers website at www.strikers.com to fill out the registration form and complete payment.
After completing registration, players will be sent a confirmation from the Strikers.
-Come prepared for the tryouts with cleats, socks, gloves, shin guards.
-Due to the limited availability, once a player pays and is accepted into the tryouts, there are NO
REFUNDS. There are no exceptions. We hold the right to refuse and/or decline any player we feel will not benefit from the tryouts.
-After receiving your application and registration fee, a Strikers representative will contact you
confirming your spot in the camp.
-Players will be given two shirts with a unique number at registration beginning at
Miami United, a semi-pro team in the National Premier Soccer
League, is holding tryouts Oct. 7-9 at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah (4800
Palm Ave.) The club plays against regional teams such as Cape Coral Hurricanes,
Jacksonville United, and Tampa Marauders. Players 15-20 years old try out from
5:30-7 p.m. and “First team’’ players try out from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Entry fee is $50. For registration and information, go to miamiunitedsoccer.com or call 305-318-2026.
Wow! That was exciting!
If any dinosaur out there still thinks Americans don't care about soccer, they were not watching ESPN last night. Columbus Crew stadium was rocking with 27,000 sellout for the thrilling US 2-0 ("Dos a Cero!'') World Cup qualifying win over Mexico. Every single fan appeared to be decked in red, white, and blue and the crowd chanted and jumped up and down for nearly the entire match. The US win, combined with Honduras' 2-2 tie with Panama, clinched a World Cup berth for Jurgen Klinsmann's team.
The US is headed to Brazil, its seventh World Cup in a row. I'll be there covering it, and it makes it so much more fun to have our home country competing.
ESPN gave us a 90-minute pre-game show and has been showing highlights and commentary all morning, more proof that the Beautiful Game is finally appreciated and taken seriously by American sports fans. If ESPN says it's important, it's important.
Speaking of ESPN, the overnight numbers are in...and outside of Columbus, the market with the top TV ratings for last night's game was...MIAMI! Of course. Was there any doubt? Miami-Ft. Lauderdale has consistently been the top-rated soccer TV market for the past 10 years. I have no doubt Miami will top TV ratings for the Brazil World Cup next summer, too.
Here's the ESPN release from this morning...
Best Overnight Rating Ever for a FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match
Last night’s ESPN presentation of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, earned a 1.9 overnight rating according to Nielsen, based on the metered markets. This is the highest overnight rating for a U.S. Men’s National Team match in a non-FIFA World Cup or FIFA Confederations Cup tournament.
The previous high was a 1.6 overnight rating for Mexico vs. USA on March 26, 2013, in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca. Final ratings numbers will be available this afternoon.
Top markets: Columbus (5.1), Miami-Ft Lauderdale (3.3), Buffalo (3.2), Dayton and Washington DC (2.8), San Diego, NYC, Seattle, San Antonio, West Palm Beach (2.5).
What are your thoughts on the US team with 9 months to go til World Cup? Do you like the lineup he used last night? (remembering Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and 2 defenders were missing). Share your views with other soccer crazies here!