USMNT goalie Tim Howard explains what it’s like dealing with the media pressure surrounding the 2014 World Cup. Howard expects the relocation to Brazil for final World Cup preparations to allow the team ‘to really dial it in.’ The USMNT open World Cup Group G play against Ghana next Monday.
Staying with the World Cup for Monday’s soccer news roundup, the USMNT got a significant contribution from forward Jozy Altidore on Saturday.
“The buzz has been big, so we just tried to get every last bit of media, interviews and press days out of the way. We’re ready and eager to be down in Sao Paulo. Then we can start to really dial in. The goal is to put our heads down and break out of the cage in the first game against Ghana.” USMNT goalie Tim Howard.
- USMNT finish off the World Cup Send-Off Series with a win over Nigeria.
- FIFA sponsors now asking for investigation over the 2022 World Cup.
- Brad Friedel gets another season with Spurs and becomes Club Ambassador.
- MLS begins its World Cup break. Well, except for the US Open Cup… and the regular season games still on the schedule.
- Cristiano Ronaldo rumored to return for Portugal on Tuesday night against Ireland.
READY FOR THE WORLD – from Sports on Earth’s Aaron Gordon: I’m not worried about the U.S. scoring goals.
Altidore primed to lead U.S. attack – from ESPN FC’s Jason Davis: Michael Bradley’s ball was the key, but with so much work to do, most of the credit goes to Altidore.
End of Altidore’s Slump Lifts U.S. Hopes – from The NY Times’ Brian Sciaretta: After Altidore’s two-goal outburst against Nigeria, the mood around the American team seemed hopeful.
Resilient Jozy Altidore Rediscovers Scoring Flair – from USSoccer.com’s Alex Abnos: That same feeling carries over to his teammates.
Meet ‘Wondo,’ the Cult Hero Who Beat Landon Donovan – from Rolling Stone’s James Montgomery: “I love walking the field, having my headphones on, envisioning the ball hitting the back of the net.”
Philipp Lahm prepares for his third World Cup in a third role for Germany – from The Guardian’s Raphael Honigstein: The injury to Reus was the sort of accident that can happen at any moment, but in the context of the past 10 days it seemed like a cruel, logical punchline.
Don’t underestimate Costa Rica – from Football Italia: But with the other three nations in Group D seemingly focused on each other, Costa Rica may spring a surprise.
FIFA’s World Cup, and why investigative reporting is the future of sports journalism – from The Score’s Richard Whittall: It’s easy to be cynical about this kind of press conference pantomime, in which the teams strictly control the message.
Time for Boston fans to take notice of Revolution – from The Boston Globe’s Christopher L. Gasper: It was the seventh-largest stand-alone Revolution crowd in Gillette Stadium history.
Sounders on pace for historic season – from The News Tribune’s Don Ruiz: “We like it up there,” coach Sigi Schmid said.
The Premier League Wage Cap: A Well Kept Secret – from DainelGeey.com: The practical effect of the above is that only a £4m increase in the wage bill for PL clubs per season will be permitted.
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