— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) June 25, 2015
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.
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.
— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) June 16, 2015
— LAFC (@LAFC) June 16, 2015
Mia Hamm appears at 1 p.m. as a guest on Fox Women’s World Cup today on Fox Sports 1.
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:
*The most entertaining game of the weekend (or should that be the worst defending of the weekend)? Brazil-Peru gets my vote:
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..
World 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).
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.
— Christen Press (@ChristenPress) June 9, 2015
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 8, 2015
U.S. Soccer is releasing a series of videoes profiling members of the U.S. World Cup squad called “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.”
This is the video for veteran striker Abby Wambach.