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Grand finalists share Maracana moment

FIFA - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 8:50am
The Brazilian experience for the FIWC 2014 Grand Finalists came to a dramatic close at the Maracana where they watched Germany defeat France in the quarterfinal stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. 

World Cup: Brazil legend Ronaldo calls Tim Cahill goal vs. Netherlands "best of World Cup"

MLS Soccer - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 7:08am

Ronaldo knows a thing or two about scoring goals – he's got 15 of them in the World Cup, after all, a joint record (for now).

So when the Brazilian legend highlighted New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill's stunning volley in Australia's group stage loss against the Netherlands (WATCH HERE) as one of the top goals of the tournament, it was good reason to sit up and take notice.

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The World Cup's hat-trick kings

FIFA - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 6:56am
Though there have been 50 hat-tricks in FIFA World Cup history, only four men form an exclusive group of those who have notched a treble on two separate occasions on the greatest stage. ​FIFA.com ​tells their story.

Krul: I told penalty takers I knew their plan

FIFA - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 4:09am
​FIFA.com​ hears the immediate post-match reaction of Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul after he entered the action in tense circumstances to help his country overcome Costa Rica on penalties and reach the semi-finals.

FLASH DEFEAT DASH, 4-1

NWSL soccer - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 12:46am

(July 5, 2014) - he Western New York Flash picked up three important points on Saturday night, defeating the Houston Dash 4-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The win marked the Flash’s first ever victory over the expansion team but, more importantly, bumps the team up into third place in the National Women’s Soccer League standings.

The Flash, now tied with the Washington Spirit in third place, sits at 7-8-2 (23 points) on the year, while the Dash fall to 4-10-1 (13 points).

“I thought the team was lightning tonight. We know, having played them twice, that they are an aggressive team at times. We dealt with that really well, we won individual battles,” said Flash General Manager and Head Coach Aaran Lines. “I thought our midfield today was the key. We were very good in the midfield and we defended well. The front two [Samantha Kerr and Jasmyne Spencer], 20 and 23 years of age, were great to see. It was a very good overall team performance and that’s what we need at this point in the season.”

The Flash, for the fifth-straight game opened the scoring, this time in the 13th minute. After Teigen Allen blocked Houston’s attempt at a long ball, the defender passed to her Australian counterpart Kerr who, following another blocked clear, sent Spencer past the Dash defense with a quick chip. The forward calmly flipped the ball over Erin McLeod who came out to defend, putting the Flash up 1-0.

Kerr doubled the Western New York lead in the 28th minute, capitalizing on a long outlet pass from Carli Lloyd. From a step behind the midfield line, Lloyd picked out Kerr on a streaking run through the Dash defense. Kerr took one touch at the top of the penalty area then slotted the ball past McLeod who came off her line to attempt the breakaway save.

After coming into the match in the 74th minute, Sonia Bermudez put the Flash up by three goals with her second goal of the season. After some offensive pressure from the visiting side, McCall Zerboni was able to pick out Sonia between Dash defenders. The Spaniard took a quick touch to get around the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into the net with her favored left foot.

Western New York’s final goal came with just a minute to play in regulation on an own goal by Becky Edwards. Second-half substitute Kristen Edmonds sent a low cross to the near post, looking for Kerr. Both Kerr and Edwards slid toward the ball, with the Dash midfielder deflecting it into her own net.

Houston’s lone goal came just one minute after Sonia’s score, with Jordan Jackson tipping in a pass from Kealia Ohai. The home team, however, would not be able to find the back of the net again.

The Flash posted 17 shots in the game, with all but four on target. Houston also totaled double-digit shots, 14, but Western New York was able to hold the home team to just one goal in the game.

“Our pressure was really good, and we had excellent sequences. Our goals were quality with great finishes,” Lines added. “It was nice to see Spencer coming up with a goal off a pass from Sam. Then Carli to Sam, McCall to Bermudez and Edmonds creating that last goal. Plus, Lydia [Williams] had some great saves today. It was a great overall performance on both sides of the ball; a great team win.”

The Flash appeared to quickly double its lead in the 16th minute when Lloyd volleyed in a Vicky Losada set piece, but the midfielder was ruled offside.  Houston responded with a flurry of chances in the Western New York penalty area but was unable to get a shot through to Williams.

Twenty minutes in, Williams denied Kaylyn Kyle her first goal of the season with a stop on the doorstep after Kyle quickly deflected a cross by Ohai. Williams came up with a big, full-extension save 10 minutes later to deny Tiffany McCarty who was running hard at the net.

After strong play from Zerboni to maintain possession and draw a foul, Vicky whipped in a set piece from the left side that found the head of Kerr, but her 25th minute attempt went wide right.

McLeod kept the Flash lead to just two goals in the 32nd minute, coming up with a fingertip save on Lloyd. The U.S. National Team allocation found herself alone in front of McLeod and, after faking to the right, McLeod was able to block down Lloyd’s shot at an open net. The allocated goalkeeper came up with another big save for the Dash in the second half, with a sliding clear at the top of the 18 to deny Spencer a one-on-one at the goal.

Just two minutes into the second half, Kerr rocketed a shot off the crossbar, holding off a brace for the Matilda. In the 60th minute, the forward again found herself behind the Dash backline, collecting a lofted pass from Lloyd. However, McLeod ended the opportunity when she forced Kerr to kick the ball wide by applying quick pressure.

Houston nearly added a second goal in extra time, but Jackson’s shot was kept out by the right goal post.

The Flash will return to Rochester on July 12, kicking off a three-game homestand. Western New York will first welcome the Spirit in an important game for the NWSL rankings, as both teams sit in the third spot in the table. The game will kickoff at 7 p.m. ET with tickets available at wnyflash.com or by phone at (585) 454-KICK. 

 

GOALS

1

2

F

Western New York (7-8-2)

2

2

4

Houston (4-10-1)

0

1

1

 

 

SCORING SUMMARY

 

Goal

1

Time

13

Team

Western New York

Goal Scorer

Jasmyne Spencer

Assists

Samantha Kerr

Note

2

28

Western New York

Samantha Kerr

Carli Lloyd

 

3

80

Western New York

Sonia Bermudez

McCall Zerboni

 

4

81

Houston

Jordan Jackson

Kealia Ohai

 

5

89

Western New York

Becky Edwards

 

OG

 

 

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS

 

Time

 

Team

##

 

Player

Card

Reason

19

Western New York

17

Kathryn Williamson

Yellow Card

Dissent

54

Western New York

10

Carli Lloyd

Yellow Card

Reckless Foul

72

Western New York

5

Teigen Allen

Yellow Card

Reckless Foul

 

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

 

Time        Team                                      OUT                                                     IN

46             Houston                                 #19 Nina Burger                                    #2 Arianna Romero

46             Western New York                   #17 Kathryn Williamson                          #22 Amy Barczuk

66             Houston                                 #30 Ella Masar                                      #8 Jordan Jackson

67             Houston                                 #25 Meghan Klingenberg                        #13 Lindsay Elston

74             Western New York                   #15 Jasmyne Spencer                            #8 Sonia Bermudez

85             Western New York                   #14 Vicky Losada                                   #12 Kristen Edmonds

 

 

SHOTS

1

2

F

Western New York

10

6

16

Houston

7

7

14

 

 

 

SHOTS ON GOAL

1

2

F

Western New York

7

5

12

Houston

5

5

10

 

 

 

SAVES

1

2

F

Western New York

0

1

1

Houston

0

3

3

 

 

 

CORNER KICKS

1

2

F

Western New York

1

1

2

Houston

0

0

0

 

 

 

OFFSIDES

1

2

F

Western New York

5

5

10

Houston

2

2

4

 

 

 

FOULS

1

2

F

Western New York

2

3

5

Houston

4

5

9

 

 

Officials: Referee: Katja Koroleva

Asst. Referee: Kathryn Nesbitt; Ramon Bermudez Jr

Fourth Official:  Greg Boles

Attendance: 3693

 

 

Western New York Player Stats

 

##

10

Name (* for starters)

Carli Lloyd*

Min

90

G

0

A

1

Sh

2

SOG

2

YC

1

RC

0

CK

0

Off

3

FC

0

FS

0

7

McCall Zerboni*

90

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

1

1

Lydia Williams*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

Brittany Taylor*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

Katherine Reynolds*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

Angela Salem*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

5

Teigen Allen*

90

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

4

Samantha Kerr*

90

1

1

7

5

0

0

0

2

0

0

14

Vicky Losada*

85

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

15

Jasmyne Spencer*

74

1

0

3

2

0

0

0

3

0

0

17

Kathryn Williamson*

45

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

22

Amy Barczuk

45

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

Sonia Bermudez

16

1

0

1

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

12

Kristen Edmonds

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

  TEAM TOTAL   990   3 3 16 12 3 0 2 10 5 1

Western New York Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

 

 

Min

 

 

GA

 

 

Sh

 

 

SOG

 

 

Sv

 

 

D

1       Lydia Williams*

90

1

13

9

1

W

TEAM TOTAL

90

1

13

9

1

 

Houston Player Stats

 

 

 

 

 

 

##

Name (* for starters)

Min

G

A

Sh

SOG

YC

RC

CK

Off

FC

FS

1

Erin McLeod*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

Osinachi Ohale*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

7

Kealia Ohai*

90

0

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

Tiffany McCarty*

90

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

22

Stephanie Ochs*

90

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

Kaylyn Kyle*

90

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

14

Becky Edwards*

90

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

Whitney Engen*

90

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

25

Meghan Klingenberg*

67

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

30

Ella Masar*

66

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

19

Nina Burger*

45

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

2

Arianna Romero

45

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

Jordan Jackson

24

1

0

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

Lindsay Elston

23

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

TEAM TOTAL

990

1

1

14

10

0

0

0

4

9

0

 

Houston Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

Min

GA

Sh

SOG

Sv

D

1       Erin McLeod*

90

4

15

11

3

L

TEAM TOTAL

90

4

15

11

3

 

 

Sports Briefing | Soccer: Soccer Great Hospitalized

NYT Goal blog - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 10:42pm
Alfredo di Stéfano, the European player of the year in 1957 and ’59, is in critical condition in a Madrid hospital after having a heart attack, Real Madrid said Saturday.






A job very well done for tired Ticos

FIFA - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 10:01pm
Costa Rica's players were physically drained as they departed the tournament after a penalty shoot-out defeat by the Netherlands, but mentally, spirits were high among a group that set new standards for their country.

Chivas USA's Erick Torres says he "visualized" celebrating winner vs. Montreal Impact

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 9:28pm

CARSON, Calif. – For Chivas USA, for the rowdy fans behind the south end goal and most importantly for Erick “Cubo” Torres, the wait was well worth it.

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Montreal Impact's Frank Klopas says Erick Torres golazo spoiled an otherwise solid defensive outing

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 9:07pm

Some Montrealers are going to spit their coffee onto the sports pages Sunday morning.

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Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson praises team's confidence, ability to avoid "trap game"

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 8:43pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. – What a difference a week makes for Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Whitecaps were perhaps not back to their very best, but Saturday’s 1-0 win over Seattle was a much improved performance from their loss in Colorado seven days prior, a result that ended an eight-game unbeaten run.

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Higuain the Valdano to Messi's Maradona?

FIFA - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 8:16pm

Match-winner Gonzalo Higuain has belatedly suggested there may be more to Argentina than Lionel Messi, as comparisons with the 1986 champions continue to be made. 

Kahn: ‘Icecube’ Neuer is world’s best

FIFA - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 8:15pm

As their semi-final against Brazil looms large, Germany's goalkeeper is putting in the kind of displays that marked out Oliver Kahn as the player of the tournament in the 2002 FIFA World Cup™.  

Belgian prospects head home, Dutch duo progress

FIFA - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 8:09pm
FIFA.com rounds up the efforts of the day’s contenders for the Hyundai Young Player Award, with Belgium’s talented youngsters packing their bags for home, while two Dutch starlets reach the next round.

Tenacity triumphs as last four completed

FIFA - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 8:01pm
A dominant Dutch side triumphed on penalties thanks to their substitute keeper, while Gonzalo Higuain inspired Argentina to victory. FIFA.com rounds up the action from another dramatic day at Brazil 2014.

Chivas USA 1, Montreal Impact 0 | MLS Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 7:55pm

CARSON, Calif. – The Erick “Cubo” Torres show rolled on Saturday night.

The rising star scored a dramatic bicycle kick goal in stoppage time to propel Chivas USA to a thrilling 1-0 victory against the Montreal Impact at StubHub Center. He leaped into the stands after netting the game-winner, his fourth goal in the last four games, giving the Rojiblancos their third consecutive win with flair.

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Vancouver Whitecaps 1, Seattle Sounders 0 | MLS Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 7:24pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders served up another entertaining Cascadia Cup clash at BC Place on Saturday evening.

The fast paced affair was settled by a single first half goal, a 30-yard screamer from Vancouver's Sebastian Fernandez for an early 1-0 lead that would turn into a well-earned 1-0 win.

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Hazard: We need to look to the future

FIFA - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 7:18pm
Belgium star Eden Hazard tells FIFA that if their golden generation is going to fulfil their potential they must learn from the lessons of their defeat to Argentina and knuckle down in training.

Higuain: I never got desperate about scoring

FIFA - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 7:02pm
Gonzalo Higuain speaks to FIFA.com about ending his goal drought for Argentina against Belgium, while Enzo Perez expresses his delight about finally tasting FIFA World Cup action.

Sub Krul wins shoot-out for Dutch

FIFA - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 6:50pm
Tim Krul rose from the bench in injury time of extra time and inspired the Netherlands to a 4-3 win over Costa Rica on penalties and a FIFA World Cup™ semi-final with Argentina.

Toronto FC perplexed by changed decision leading to Nick Hagglund red in loss to DC United

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 6:07pm

TORONTO – Toronto FC lost 2-1 to D.C. United on Saturday at BMO Field, but it was a moment of drama in the last 10 minutes that left the players and coaches buzzing after the fact.

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