USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard had a simple message for critics of the team. You’ve been proven wrong. Howard’s USMNT plays Belgium in the World Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday (4pm ET – ESPN2) with no one looking at the game as a mismatch. What does this mean for the USMNT? It’s another opportunity to address the team’s critics.
Also in Monday’s soccer news roundup, plenty of talking points from the Round of 16 games, with Mexico exiting and Costa Rica advancing.
“It’s always good to stuff it to a few people who always take the negative road. The only way you prove critics wrong is by going out there and doing what they say you can’t do. We did that. We did it with grit and heart.” USMNT goalie Tim Howard.
- The USMNT in the Round of 16 against Belgium.
- Jozy Altidore cleared to play on Tuesday.
- Mexico exits the World Cup but does it with a strong performance against the Netherlands.
- Costa Rica continues their World Cup run into the Round of 16.
- Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre takes the Japan National Team job.
Mertens ‘surprised’ by USA – from Football Italia: “They are a real team and have a united group.”
U.S. becoming fan favorite of other World Cup team nations – from Yahoo! Sports’ Martin Rogers: The Outlaws is a genuine movement, and it is one that has found its identity.
Comparison game between 2014 and 2010 (or 2002) is a bit premature – from Soccer America’s Ridge Mahoney: “I really do think this team is better equipped to possess the ball and press teams.”
Roy Keane set to become assistant at Aston Villa – from The Express & Star: The job-share arrangement will save Villa money at a time when every penny is being counted at the club…
Holland’s Arjen Robben sorry for diving against Mexico – from Sky Sports: “The one at the end was a penalty, I was fouled.”
Netherlands 2-1 Mexico: Mexico dominate the start, but Van Gaal changes help the Dutch back into the game – from Zonal Marking: The heat was obvious from the opening minutes.
Crime and Punishment: Should the Penalty Kick Spot Be Moved Back? – from Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry: players attempted 1,236 shots on goal; they converted 10 percent of them.
Why the marked increase in World Cup goals after a 16 year downward trend? – from The Score’s Richard Whittall: The problem however with focusing solely on defenses to explain goals is that not all goals are scored in a defensive vacuum.
Middle Class Brazilians Watch from Afar – from Fusion Soccer’s James Young: But tonight no one here is thinking much about housing standards or the quality of the drains.
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