FIFA Women’s World Cup Quarterfinals Preview: Where are you going to watch the USA play China at 4:30 p.m. on Fox?



Click here for a preview of all the quarterfinal match-ups.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video Preview: U.S. plays China live at 4:30 p.m. Friday on Fox


Scoring goals has become a problem for the U.S. in Canada and with that has come criticism that you don’t often see directed at the USWNT.

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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.


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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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video preview: U.S. can clinch group with win over Nigeria live at 5 p.m. on Fox



Game preview.

Mia Hamm appears at 1 p.m. as a guest on Fox Women’s World Cup today on Fox Sports 1.

Finally, here are the locations of Southern California viewing parties.

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Weekend Video Rewind: MLS, Copa America and World Cup highlights

Too much soccer and not enough time this weekend? Get caught up here.

*Weather delayed the LA Galaxy-Columbus Crew MLS game two hours and this one didn’t age well:

*Kaka and Orlando City put on a better show Sunday against D.C. United. Here’s the goal that was the difference in the game:

*Perhaps the most compelling performance of the weekend was offered by the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team against Serbia in the quarterfinals:
Check out the highlights here.

*The biggest upset of the weekend came at the Women’s World Cup.

*The most entertaining game of the weekend (or should that be the worst defending of the weekend)? Brazil-Peru gets my vote:

*Finally, this was the most-viewed game of the weekend.
Highlights are here.

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U.S. Women’s World Cup Opener sets ratings record for Fox Sports

WCFoxFox Sports announced today that Tuesday’s U.S.-Australia Women’s World Cup game has become the highest rated group game in tournament history on American television.

The 3.3 million viewers that watched the 3-1 U.S. win beat the previous record of 2.5 million for the 1999 U.S-Denmark contest. That means three times as many fans watched the game as they did the U.S. opener in the 2011 World Cup.

The game also earned the highest-ever rating for a soccer game on Fox Sports 1.

The rating in Los Angeles was the 10th highest in the nation with Baltimore No. 1.

Overall through the first eight games of the tournament, viewership has increased 76 percent over 2011 when the tournament was held in Germany, Fox Sports announced..

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Video highlights: Christen Press of Palos Verdes Estates scores winner for U.S. in World Cup opener against Australia

WCPressWorld Cup winner: Christen Press and Australia’s Caitlin Foord battle for the ball Monday during a FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer match in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo by John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP).

Game story.

From the U.S. Soccer press release:

In the other Group D match earlier in the day, Nigeria and Sweden played to an exciting 3-3 draw that saw Nigeria erase an 2-0 deficit in the second half and then equalize late in the game after the Swedes had made it 3-2. Following today’s matches, the USA sits in first place of Group D with three points, followed by Nigeria and Sweden with one apiece, and then Australia with zero.


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USA plays Australia in Women’s World Cup opener live at 4:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1


Reporter Elliott Almond of sister newspaper The San Jose Mercury News profiles forward Alex Morgan ahead of today’s USWNT World Cup opener against Australia. But will she be fit enough to play?

Meanwhile, the Hope Solo train wreck continues.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video Profile: Veteran midfielder Shannon Boxx of Torrance has one more shot at winner’s medal as retirement beckons


This reporter/blogger has followed the international career of Shannon Boxx from the beginning, so it was fitting to write what may be the final story on the eve of the U.S. Women’s National Team opener in Winnipeg against Australia.

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