Jose Mourinho Answers Phone Call in Midst of Press Conference

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had a significant interruption during his weekly press conference today. Since smartphones today can do almost anything that any other hand held electronic device can do, one journalist used his to record the session. Many journalists do it, it’s quite common, but most make sure the ringer is off.

It’s also very rare that someone would actually the call the reporter at the same exact moment the presser is being held.

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USA wins in Mexico for first time ever, 1-0

The US women’s gold-medal winning team may have dominated American soccer headlines the past month, but the US men have just made a resounding statement of their own.  For the first time ever, the men’s national team has defeated Mexico on Mexican soil, thanks to late tally from Michael Orozco Fiscal.  The game-winner, which was created by a trio of US substitutes, silenced the crowd at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, leading to just the second non-defeat for the US in 25 matches played against its rivals in Mexico. [Read more…]

London 2012: Olympic soccer quarterfinals observations

After nine goals in four women’s Olympic quarterfinal matches, two of the world’s top five teams have fallen, along with host nation Great Britain.  As the remaining four teams shift focus towards Monday’s semifinals, let’s take a look back at how a marathon day of soccer shook down.

France continues to surprise

The most consistent part of France’s squad this tournament has been its inconsistency, and that didn’t change Friday morning.  After getting bombarded and conceding early [Read more…]

London 2012 Olympics: Women’s soccer quarterfinals preview

With the group stages behind us, the quarterfinals of women’s Olympic soccer kick off tomorrow featuring several intriguing matchups.  Among the eight remaining teams are six of the world’s top seven squads, as well as host-nation Great Britain, composed primarily of players from the world’s No. 9 England.  The Olympic knockout stage will also feature six of the eight 2011 World Cup quarterfinalists (counting Great Britain as England), and all four semifinalists, making the field as stacked as any in recent memory.  Here’s what to watch for as kickoff approaches. [Read more…]

UEFA EURO 2012: Knockout stages preview

Just 12 days removed from the opening match in Poland, Euro 2012 has been as good as advertised and more, with 60 goals scored and not a single 0-0 draw in 24 group stage matches.  Host countries Poland and Ukraine each treated their fans to close and controversial thrillers before narrowly missing the knockout stage, while four teams that won their opening match (including Ukraine) somehow failed to escape the group stage.  As the quarterfinals kick off this afternoon, here are some keys to look for throughout the knockout rounds.

How far can Cristiano Ronaldo carry Portugal?

After wasting two golden opportunities against Denmark, Cristiano Ronaldo came alive against the Dutch in his final group stage match, scoring the equalizer and game-winner to send Portugal through to the quarterfinals.  [Read more…]

EURO 2012 Preview: Can Spain win it all again?

With a stacked 16-team field featuring seven of the world’s top 10 squads and 13 of its top 18, the 2012 European Championships should provide thrilling games throughout, starting Friday morning and running through the final match on July 1.  As we near the opening kickoff in Warsaw, here’s a close look at what you need to know for Euro 2012. [Read more…]

US loses 1-0 to Ecuador at Red Bull Arena

The U.S. Men’s National team has lost three of its first five games under Jurgen Klinsmann‘s reign as national team coach – scoring just 2 goals, and questions must now be raised about if he is the right coach for US soccer.

Until the 80th minute when Jaime Ayovi got in front of substitute Tim Ream to head in the game winning goal this match seemed destined for a draw. Both Ecuador and the US created scoring chances, but neither team threatened to breakdown the opposition’s defense. Goals in this match would come from capitalizing on mistakes and not moments of skill.

In the 80th minute the US were punished for a mistake.

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Uruguay wins Copa America handedly, 3-0 over Paraguay

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In a world cup that has been marked by stories of the best teams going out early, Argentina and Brazil, and the giant-killers left playing it out for the final, Uruguay and Paraguay, Uruguay has something different to say about their win tonight: They’re the best soccer team in the world.

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Manchester United Defeat Chicago Fire 3-1 in World Football Challenge

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The Chicago Fire have just 2 wins this MLS season. But they looked pretty impressive to Manchester United F.C. on Saturday. This match-up between the Red Devils and the “Men in Red” was much closer than anyone expected. The Old Trafford outfit absolutely destroyed the Seattle Sounders, 7-0 in their last preseason friendly. Therefore, conventional wisdom held that this match could see more of the same.

However, this friendly held in 90 degree heat and ugly humidity at Soldier Field, turned out quite different.

The scoring began in the first half when Chicago’s Cory Gibbs’ header found the back of the net. Coincidentally, Gibbs was the lone Fire player selected for the pre-game media conference Thursday.

“We’re excited for this opportunity, halfway through our season,” he told the press Thursday.

“Playing one of the top teams in the world, it will be a good test for us mentally, and I think our fans also deserve it.”

Gibbs certainly made the most of his opp.

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Manchester United vs. Chicago Fire: World Football Challenge Game Notes

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The international friendly kicks off in a few hours, Chicago Fire vs. Manchester United F.C. From Soldier Field on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, here’s all the vital info and numbers for this football match.

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Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson to Battle Chicago Fire, Heat

As the world famous Manchester United F.C. arrived in Chicago for an international friendly soccer match, they realized that they’re not just battling the MLS Chicago Fire, but also Chicago’s oppressive heat.

“We came from a nice cool atmosphere in Seattle to a furnace, so it’ll be a test for the players- both sides,” said Sir Alex Ferguson during Thursday’s media conference.

Thursday’s high temperature in Seattle was 63; in Chicago 99 officially, with numerous portions of the city recording Chicago’s first triple digit readings since 2005. Heat indexes are running in the 110s-120s and Saturday doesn’t look much better with a forecast calling for 95 degrees, with more oppressive humidity. The combination will make exercising outside for non-professional athletes extremely dangerous.

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