Weekend TV Video Preview: Steven Gerrard to make LA Galaxy MLS debut live at 8 p.m. on UniMas and more on Uni

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Semifinal between USA and Germany is third most-watched soccer game ever

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Watched by 8.4 million television viewers, only the USA-China 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17.9 million) and the Japan-USA 2011 Women’s World Cup final (13.5 million) were seen by more in the U.S.

From the Fox Soccer press release:

The six USA matches on FOX and FOX Sports 1 have averaged 5.3 million viewers, +121% better than the 2011 tournament average through the semifinals (2.4 million) on ESPN.

Makes you wonder just how many people in this country will watch Sunday’s final, which features the U.S. against either Japan or England and kicks off at 4 p.m.

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Video highlights and analysis from Fox Soccer: U.S. defeats Germany to reach FIFA Women’s World Cup final Sunday against either England or Japan

The U.S. team celebrates after defeating Germany 2-0 in a semifinal in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

The U.S. team celebrates after defeating Germany 2-0 in a semifinal in the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Game story.

Check out the impressive second goal on YouTube here.

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World Cup Video Preview: Where to watch the USA-Germany semifinal live at 4 p.m. today on Fox Sports 1

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Here’s some of the best places in Los Angeles to watch today’s USA-Germany game.

Anyone got any other tips?

Finally, here’s a game preview.

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The Soccer Week Ahead: FIFA Women’s World Cup, Copa America, MLS, Galaxy, Steven Gerrard, USMNT

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Weekly Soccer Column: Bad boys Neymar, Clint Dempsey and Arturo Vidal bid to upstage Hope Solo in worst way

NemarcopaWho Me: Neymar protests his innocence at this year’s Copa America (Associated Press Photo).

Like it or not, athletes are role models. It’s why they get the big bucks on the field and often big bucks off it, as sponsors seek famous pitchmen to hawk their products.

But when sports stars go off the rails — the substance abuse issues of George Best and Paul Gascoigne come to mind — the results can be tragic if no one is willing to tell prodigiously talented stars with egos to match to straighten up fast for the good of their careers and lives.

This week one notable sports site suggested that the recent actions of Neymar, for example, at Copa America were merely about boys being boys.

That’s a dumb, small-minded attitude that portends trouble ahead.

Accountability has sadly been missing of late in the corrupt world of soccer off and on the field.

For more, read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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By coincidence, U.S. Soccer issued a ruling on the Dempsey red card this morning:

The U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel has suspended Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey a total of six U.S. Open Cup matches or the next two years of U.S. Open Cup competition, whichever is greater. The suspension is due to his actions during the U.S. Open Cup match between Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers on June 16, 2015.

In addition, Dempsey has been fined an undisclosed amount.

The panel convened Tuesday, June 23, 2015 to review the evidence gathered in regards to the incident. Mr. Dempsey waived his right to an appeal.

Due to the suspension, Dempsey cannot play in any U.S. Open Cup matches in 2016 or 2017, and possibly longer depending on the number of tournament games in which Dempsey’s team participates in those years.

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Video: Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel tonight on HBO explores the perils of heading the ball and concussion in youth soccer

headingHeading to a concussion? Real Sports correspondent Mary Carillo spotlights the increasing concern among parents, coaches and players about the health dangers of heading the ball in youth soccer (Photo courtesy HBO).

Former USWNT star Cindy Parlow-Cone, once considered one of the best headers of the ball in the women’s game, talks about memory issues and other health problems she attributes to repeatedly heading the ball in HBO’s “Real Sports.” The show airs at 10 o’clock tonight. Check out the clip below.

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