World Cup Countdown: 13 Days to go!
BY BOBBY BANCROFT
WASHINGTON -- Mevlut Erdinc and Caner Erkin scored in the second half to help Turkey beat World Cup-bound Honduras 2-0 on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium.
Erdinc opened up the scoring in the 70th minute, one-timing a shot right in front of goalkeeper Noel Valladares after Ishak Dogan dribbled around Bryan Beckeles.
In the 83rd minute, Erdinc was again involved, this time providing the perfectly weighted ball to Erkin down the left hand side. Erkin riffled a shot into the back of the net.
Honduras travels to Houston to face Israel on Sunday before playing England in Miami on June 7.
Turkey, which failed to qualify for the World Cup, will travel to New Jersey to face the United States on Sunday at RedBull Arena.
World Cup Countdown: 15 Days to Go!
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sen. Javier Souto, District 10, will host a game-watching event for the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament on Thursday, June 12 at 4 p.m. at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127th Ave.
Brazil, the host country of this year’s FIFA World Cup, is scheduled to face Croatia in the first match of the month-long tournament.
“I invite all the soccer fans in the community to come out and enjoy the game with their friends and neighbors,” Sen. Souto said.
For more information, call the District 10 office at 305-222-2116.
World Cup Countdown: 15 Days to Go!
The World Cup opener is just over two weeks away, and the Coral Gables Museum is planning a June 6 event to get into the Cup spirit...here are the details...
Gallery Night Live at Coral Gables Museum features two new exhibits and
a live performance by Rose Max and Ramatis 5-piece Samba Band
Coral Gables, FL. - May 28, 2014 – The June 6 Gallery Night Live at the Coral Gables Museum will offer two new original exhibits: 12 Stadiums │ 12 Cities: Brazil 2014 World Soccer Destination and Capture Coral Gables. Also performing in the Museum Plaza will be noted Brazilian artists Rose Max and Ramatis with their five piece Samba ensemble. The Museum offer complimentary admission from 6-9pm.
“The Coral Gables Museum is breathing new energy into the First Friday Gables Gallery Night experience, this coming Gallery Night Live at the Museum will be special,” said Christine Rupp, Director of the Coral Gables Museum. “The 12 Stadiums │ 12 Cities: Brazil 2014 World Soccer Destination exhibit and its surrounding activities and programs will give the Miami/South Florida community a different way of experiencing the World Cup and will unite people of all nationalities through soccer.” In addition, the opening of the Capture Coral Gables exhibit is great for the community, as it showcases photographs that were shot around the City Beautiful and chosen by our judges as part of our annual photography contest. Museum visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite photos. Add that to the performance by Rose Max and you have a fabulous, entertaining evening in the heart of downtown Coral Gables.”
The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon Avenue in downtown Coral Gables. For more information regarding the exhibits and associated activities, please call 305-603-8067 or visit www.coralgablesmuseum.org.
World Cup Countdown: 18 Days to Go!!!!
So much soccer news this weekend...I love how much airtime The Beautiful Game is getting on ESPN these days. My, have times changed.
Let's catch up...
Yesterday's Champions League final was one of the ages, and for Atletico fans, a reminder of how cruel this sport can be. They were 2 minutes from winning the European crown and a Sergio Ramos goal in extra time changed everything. Real Madrid went on to dominate for the next 30 minutes, Bale scored off a gorgeous, athletic header; Marcelo outsprinted a tired Atletico defense, and then Cristiano Ronaldo knocks in a PK to make it 4-1. I could have done without Ronaldo's endless shirtless Hulk preening poses, but hey, the guy was playing in Portugal and it was a huge win -- Real's 10th CL title -- so I guess I'll cut him a break. What did you think of the game? Ronaldo's celebration?
As for Landon Donovan, he spoke out yesterday, and though he said nothing directly critical of Jurgen Klinsmann, his comments made it VERY clear that he feels he deserves to be on the US World Cup team. He said not only did he expect to make the team, he expected to be vying for a starting spot based on his performance in camp, fitness, and dedication to the team. To read exactly what he said, click here....
AS IF there wasn't enough drama about Donovan's snub, Jurgen Klinsmann's 18-year-old son, Jonathan, a goalkeeper with the US youth program, made it even worse by Tweeting a joke about Donovan being left off the team. Read about that here...
Here is my column on the Donovan snub, in case you missed it.
Here is a story by Linda Robertson on the evolution of the US national team and whether the federation is doing a better job of tapping into minority talent pool.
Finally, before you throw out your Sunday Miami Herald, or put it in the birdcage, be sure to pluck out your FREE page of Panini World Cup trading stickers!!
Our beloved Ray Hudson goes nuts on Landon Donovan World Cup snub. Be SURE you listen from start to finish. I just love Ray's passion. I wish he did all soccer commentary in our country. He is so wonderful.