I normally hate idiotic publicity-seeking intruders, but in this case, have to admit I chuckled. Sepp Blatter was about to start a FIFA press conference when British prankster Simon Brodkin showed up and threw money at beleaguered Blatter. Watch the video here...
Mexican soccer fans, who felt their team got robbed by a controversial Dutch penalty kick in the 2014 World Cup, now know what it feels like to be on the other side.
On Sunday, Mexico advanced to the Gold Cup semifinals with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica after an extremely questionable call in the 124th minute. Mexican forward Oribe Peralta went up for a cross and the referee ruled he was fouled by Costa Rican player Roy Miller. Replays indicate it was a bad call, and within minutes of the call, "NoEraPenal'' (it was not a penalty) was trending on Twitter.
US midfielder Alejandro Bedoya didn't hide his feelings about the call. He tweeted: "Unbelievable. Disgraceful. All you can do is laugh. What. A. Joke.''
Mexico plays Panama Wednesday at 9 p.m., and the USA plays Jamaica at 6.
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The Gold Cup may as well be re-named the Caribbean Cup. Half of the eight quarterfinalists are from the Caribbean -- Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago.
Typically-stronger Central American teams Honduras and El Salvador were eliminated, as were Guatemala and Canada.
Trinidad and Tobago was a surprise group winner over Mexico after rallying from down 0-2 in the 55th minute to tying the Mexicans 4-4 to advance as group leader. The Soca Warriors scored three goals between the 55th and 67th minutes, and then an equalizer in stoppage time.
Here's the quarterfinal lineup:
SATURDAY in Baltimore...
USA (2-0-1) vs. Cuba (1-2-0), 5 p.m. FOX, Univision
Jamaica (2-0-1) vs. Haiti (1-1-1), 8 p.m. Fox Sports 2, Univision
SUNDAY in East Rutherford, NJ
Trinidad and Tobago (2-0-1) vs. Panama (0-0-3), 4:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1
Mexico (1-0-2) vs. Costa Rica (0-0-3), 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1, Univision
Semifinals: Wed in Atlanta
Final: July 26 in Philadelphia
An hour til gametime in Montreal...
Jurgen Klinsmann announced his roster for upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ireland. The match will be extra-special for Colombian-American Alejandro Bedoya of Weston, whose father and grandfather played professionally in Colombia.
Here are the details from US Soccer...
CHICAGO (Nov. 10, 2014) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 25 players into camp for the final matches of the 2014 campaign. The U.S. will first meet No. 3-ranked Colombia on Friday, Nov. 14, in London. More than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the USA's first match at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC (TICKETS). Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and UniMas.
Four days later, the United States will play on the Republic of Ireland's soil for the first since 2002 when it faces the home side at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. ESPN2 and Univision begin coverage at 2:45 p.m. ET. Fans can follow both matches on Twitter @ussoccer.
U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION - DETAILED ROSTER GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
"We want to finish 2014 on a high note and continue to try to meet the top teams eye to eye," said Klinsmann. "In these last two games we want our veterans to really become mentors both on and off the field, and we want to see our youngsters take advantage of the opportunity to make their case and grow from the experience. These performances will set the tone for 2015."
Klinsmann has once again chosen to blend youth and experience. A total of 16 players were part the squad that reached the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, led by four-time tournament veteran DaMarcus Beasley. At the other end of the spectrum, there are 12 players with 10 caps or less and an equal number that is 24 years old or younger.
U.S. MNT ROSTER NOTES
A state of Florida record crowd of 73,429 showed up at Sun Life Stadium last night for a spicy showdown between Brazil and Colombia! It was a rematch of their contentious World Cup quarterfinal. Brazil won on Friday, 1-0, on a free kick by Neymar.
Here is the story...
And here are some photos...