After picking up a win in the final night of MLS games before the 2014 World Cup break, DC United coach Ben Olsen wants more from his team. Who can blame him? The Eastern Conference in particular has flattered a few clubs that aren't as good as their points total suggests. Blame it on playing more games with MLS using an unbalanced schedule. Blame it on who they've beaten so far this season. MLS 2014 still has plenty to play for, with no true championship contender emerging in the Eastern Conference.
Also in Thursday's soccer news, it's the kickoff for the 2014 World Cup with basic infrastructure questions still demanding answers in Brazil.
"It’s nice. It’s nice to look at that, and I’m sure for the guys, they’ll be extremely pleased to see their work being rewarded. But we’ve all been around this league for a while – these players and our staff. We understand that it’s a long season, and we have to keep continuing to do the things that we’ve done well, and more importantly, we’ve got to get better." DC United coach Ben Olsen.
- Brazil's first step in a World Cup where they're the overwhelming favorite.
- Stadium preparations across Brazil.
- FIFA politics can't even get out of the way of the World Cup.
- DC United picks up a win before the MLS World Cup break.
- MLS in Miami runs into problems.
The World Cup Is Finally Here - from Grantland's Chris Ryan: "I would change all my record to make the people in my country happy.”
Klinsmann faces a forgettable Wednesday with a smile - from Goal.com's Ives Galarcep: So why wasn’t Wednesday a memorable day for the U.S. coach?
USA Tactical Breakdown: World Cup send-off reveals strengths, flaws - from SI.com's Liviu Bird: Formations are just convenient notations and starting points, and they don’t define a style of play....
Louis van Gaal’s new broom has Holland flying under radar in Brazil - from The Guardian's Paul Wilson: People disagree with him and say so, but few can ever get him to change his mind.
SILENCE IN THE FAVELA - from SB Nation's Matt Negrin: Flags line the ceilings of businesses that have nothing to do with soccer.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber: Stadium setback puts Miami expansion bid "back to square one" - from MLSsoccer.com's Olvier Tremblay: The setback came less than a month after after Miami-Dade County rejected their first choice at PortMiami.
Words are just words, money will do the talking - from Inside World Football's Matt Scott: But while these firms check the box of being seen to be dismayed by the actions of certain elements of the FIFA family, none of them has openly criticised FIFA or any individuals within it.
Michel Platini withdraws Sepp Blatter Fifa presidency support - from BBC Sport: The Fifa leader was helped in his bid for re-election by a congress vote not to consider age and term-limits for officials.
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