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.
From the Fox Sports press release:
Combining games with anticipated pregame, postgame, bridge shows and complementary programming, FOX Sports is expected to provide almost 200 hours of coverage from FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ averaging between six and seven hours a day over the month-long tournament.
No broadcast network has ever televised 16 FIFA Women’s or Men’s World Cup matches in a single tournament, and the 2015 event marks the first time since 2003 that any FIFA Women’s World Cup™ matches are scheduled for over-the-air broadcast in the U.S. In addition to the 16 matches committed to FOX, five of which are in primetime and include one semifinal, the third place match on July 4 and the final on July 5, FOX Sports 1 carries 29 matches, including all eight in the round of 16, two quarterfinals and one semifinal. The remaining seven games are slated for FOX Sports 2.
The real excitement came at the end of the game as the U.S. came from behind with two goals in as many minutes to overhaul a classy opponent, but Gyasi Zardes will be well pleased with scoring the (first) equalizer with about 30 minutes gone.
Zardes’ first U.S. goal came in his seventh international appearance.
A+ ball by Fabian Johnson. A+ run and finish by Gyasi Zardes. A+ goal by the #USMNT.
— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) June 5, 2015
Zardes w/a nice finish, but has also had handful of plays that simply needed to be better. A work in progress, but goal = confidence booster
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) June 5, 2015
— Baggio Husidic (@Ba66io) June 5, 2015
Seeing @gyasinho play for USMNT is so amazing! We grew up in the same hood, went to the same school! I'm so proud his accomplishments!
— [G]uppy (@BellaChrista121) June 5, 2015
Alexandra Wrage, an anti-corruption specialist who served on FIFA’s International Governance Committee, a group meant to reform the organization, tells Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports” that Sepp Blatter rebuffed her suggestion to add a few independent members to his executive committee to create transparency.
“There was really clear evidence in my mind that we were just going to be used as window dressing,” she said.
Coincidentally today we found out why Blatter had that attitude. American FIFA official Chuck Blazer has admitted taking bribes in connection with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, part of a larger network of alleged FIFA bribery believed to involve $150 million over the last 25 years.
The show airs at 9 o’clock tonight.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) June 1, 2015
Missing plenty of first-choice players as has become the norm this season, the LA Galaxy (5-4-6) squandered a lead in difficult windy and wet conditions on the fake turf so many players hate (Robbie Keane, who despises artificial turf sat this one out) in New England Sunday to draw 2-2 with the New England Revolution in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup.
The result saw the Galaxy extend their road winless streak to 14 games in what was their record seventh MLS game in a month.
The highlight of the game was a cheeky back heel from the steadily improving Jose Villarreal in the 27th minute to set up the second Galaxy goal for Hawthorne’s Gyasi Zardes, who retained his place on the USMNT roster for the upcoming games against the Netherlands Friday and Germany on June 10 in Europe.
“Jose is a phenomenal player,” Zardes said. “He’s so classy and cheeky. Just to play a through ball like that is nice.”
The Galaxy have not started the same XI in consecutive weeks this season and on Sunday were without Robbie Rogers, Todd Dunivant, Robbie Keane, A.J. DeLaGarza and Brian Perk due to injury.
Next for the Galaxy: Against the Vancouver Whitecaps 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Carson.
The Galaxy, winless in five games, meet a Dynamo team seeking their third straight win on a channel many English-speaking MLS fans don’t subscribe to.
And it will likely be a lightly attended game, too, given that LA traditionally clears out for the holiday weekend (maybe they should have held the game in Vegas since that’s where a good many Angelenos will) and tickets were being offered for 50 percent off this week.
Robbie Keane, who should return up front for the Galaxy tonight, has warned the incoming Steven Gerrard that he should not expect to come to Southern California with the attitude he is on summer vacation.
Finally, despite the Galaxy’s recent form there will be fireworks — literally — in the form of a post-gme fireworks display.
As for me I’m heading out of the office for a week, so expect light blogging here until I return.
“We were awful on the day, said coach Bruce Arena. “I had 14 players that played and I thought about three of them played in an acceptable manner. We were outplayed all over the field. Really, there’s not much you can say.
“Starting two young players in the attack probably didn’t help, but our passing was so poor,” he added. “For us to connect on anything it was dangerous and next to impossible because of the quality of our passing. We had a majority of players that didn’t play well.”
“We basically helped create every one of their goals with our poor passing and dispossessing the last half of the field,” Arena said.
I think we’ll leave it at that.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) May 16, 2015
— Jorge Ramos & Banda (@ESPN_JorgeRamos) May 16, 2015