03/18/2014

Eto'o vs. Drogba! Today!

86 Days to Go until the World Cup, and soccer fans across the globe today will get to watch a battle between two of the best African players in recent history -- Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon and Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast. They go head-to-head in the Champions league as Chelsea (Eto'o) and Galatasaray (Drogba) go for a spot in the quarterfinals. They tied 1-1 in the first leg, so today's match should be intense. The match is at 3:45 p.m Eastern, on Fox Sports 1.

Read more about the matchup here:

http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/229/881/8/index.html?intcmp=newsreader_news_box_1

http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/229/881/8/index.html?intcmp=newsreader_news_box_1

03/16/2014

World Cup Countdown: 89 Days to Go!

89 Days to Go til the World Cup...

Wondering where the World Cup teams will set up their training camps? Here you go...

USA: Sao Paulo

Italy: Mangaratiba

South Korea: Flamengo Sport Club

Netherlands: Rio de Janeiro

England: Rio de Janeiro

Argentina: Belo Horizonte

Russia: Ity

Japan: Ity

Colombia: Cotia

Ecuador: Rio de Janeiro.

 

03/14/2014

World Cup Countdown: 91 Days to Go!

Good news for Colombia fans...

The surgeon who performed Radamel Falcao's knee operation believes there is no reason why the Monaco striker cannot play at this summer's World Cup.

The Colombia international damaged his cruciate knee ligament in his club's Coupe de France win over minnows Monts d'Or Azergues in January and is recovering at his former home in Madrid.

A likely six-month recovery period would put his hopes of featuring in Brazil in serious doubt but surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha is hopeful the 28-year-old can recover ahead of schedule.

"Each case is different but he is on the right track," Noronha told L'Equipe.

"He has recovered very well. I still believe he could play at the World Cup, there is no reason why it could not work."

03/12/2014

World Cup Countdown: 92 Days to Go!

92 Days to the World Cup, and it should come as no surprise that all the Brazil match tickets are sold out, as are all the quarterfinals and nearly all second round matches. All matches with England, Germany and the U.S. sold out very quickly on Wednesday. Here is the full story from Associated Press...

SAO PAULO -- More than two thirds of World Cup matches have sold out less than three hours after FIFA opened new ticket sales on Wednesday.

Tickets for all Brazil matches were gone in about an hour, as were the ones for all the quarterfinals and nearly all second-round matchups in the June 12-July 13 tournament.

Only about 20 matches involving less traditional teams remained available for purchase on FIFA's website.

This phase is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the four highest-demand matches of the 64 did not offer tickets -- the opener in Sao Paulo, the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, and the semifinals in Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte.

About 345,000 tickets were available in this stage, which closes on April 1.

FIFA said it expected to release more tickets for all matches in the last-minute sales phase that begins on April 15.

Some Brazilian fans complained of the long wait to purchase tickets on Wednesday, saying it took nearly an hour just to access the online sales platform. FIFA said it had to place fans on a virtual line because of the high demand.

Of the 3.3 million tickets available for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950, more than 2.3 million had been allocated before this latest round of sales, mostly to Brazilian fans.

All matches for England, Germany and the United States also sold out fast on Wednesday, according to FIFA's ticketing website.

The matches with the least demand were Nigeria vs. Bosnia in Cuiaba and Greece vs. Ivory Coast in Fortaleza, which was the host city with the most tickets still available. Matches in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, were the fastest to sell out.

The only second-round match still available was in Brasilia, the capital. Tickets were also being sold for the third-place match there.

Other matches still available on Wednesday were Italy vs. Costa Rica in Recife, and France vs. Honduras in Porto Alegre.

03/11/2014

Want World Cup tix?

You hoping to score some World Cup tickets for Brazil this summer? Read here..

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/11/3987863/fifa-opens-new-phase-of-ticket.html

Good luck!

World Cup Countdown: 93 Days to Go!

93 Days to go til the 2014 World Cup in Brazil...

Amazonia stadium in Manaus, where the US will play against Portugal, was inaugurated on Monday even though it wasn't quite ready...read more here...

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/brazil-inaugurates-another-world-cup-stadium

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/mar/10/problems-manaus-world-cup-stadium-open 

Reminder: Champions League matches today are at 3:45, not 2:45, because of the Daylight Savings time change. Atletico v. Milan (Fox Soccer Plus) and Bayern vs. Arsenal (Fox Deportes)

 

03/09/2014

Poll: Do you watch MLS?

World Cup countdown: 95 Days to go!

Major League Soccer opened its 19th season this weekend and two former Miami Fusion players made headlines.

Former FIU/Miami Fusion goalkeeper Jeff Cassar won his first game as head coach of Real Salt Lake, as they beat the LA Galaxy 1-0. And former Fusion midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, who retired from the Colorado Rapids after 11 seasons this year, was named head coach of the team. Both Cassar and Mastroeni were fan (and media) favorites with the Fusion, and it's nice to see both of them still around contributing to the game.

Among the MLS scores this weekend: Seattle beat Kansas City 1-0 in stoppage time. Houston beat New England 4-0. Philadelphia and Portland tied 1-1. Vancouver beat New York 4-1. And Columbus beat DC 3-0, extending DC's winless streak to 13 games.

 

03/07/2014

Beckham has competition for port stadium site

In case you missed it...

All of a sudden, that little plot of land on the southwest corner of PortMiami is HOT property, and David Beckham may have a hard time getting it for his MLS stadium...

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/06/3978813/royal-caribbean-says-no-to-beckhams.html

98 Days to Go to World Cup! MLS=MLB with teens

98 Days to go...

Soccer headlines today: A recent survey found that Major League Soccer is tied with Major League Baseball and way ahead of the NHL among U.S. sports fans aged 12-17. Luker on Trends, which follows fan trends, found the most popular sport among teens is the NFL with 38.8 percent of those surveyed considering themselves an "avid fan'' of the sport. Here's the list:

1. NFL 39 percent

2. NBA 30 percent

3. NCAA football 28 percent

4. NCAA basketball 24 percent

5. (tie) MLS and MLB 18 percent

6. NHL 9 percent

Are you surprised? Let us know your thoughts.

In other news, word is Barcelona center back Carles Puyol may be considering a move to MLS' New York Red Bulls. The 35-year old Spanish star has been bothered by knee issues and said he likely won't be playing at Barca next season and would consider playing elsewhere. Rumors have him headed for the Big Apple.