Friday, June 27, 2014

U.S. Group Stage Highlights--Animated

Courtesy of artist Richard Swarbrick:

- John C.L. Morgan

Despite Loss to Germany, U.S. Advances to Knockout Round

Thomas Muller scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Friday as Germany defeated the United States 1-0 to win Group G ahead of the Americans, who also advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing. With two wins and a draw, Germany topped the group with seven points, while the U.S. progressed with four. Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 but both were eliminated. Portugal also finished with four points but the U.S. had a better goal difference.
Official highlights from the game can be seen here.

- John C.L. Morgan

Revs Top Rhinos, Advance to Open Cup Quarters

PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A pair of first half goals from Saer Sene and Kelyn Rowe were enough for the New England Revolution to top their USL Pro affiliate, the Rochester Rhinos, 2-1 on Wednesday at Stevenson Field. Saer Sene opened the scoring in the 11th minute, while Kelyn Rowe grabbed a goal of his own in the 33rd minute. After starting the second half down 2-0, the Rhinos controlled possession and fought aggressively to tie, but fell short as they only were able to score on a Colin Rolfe header in the 55th minute.
- John C.L. Morgan

Monday, June 23, 2014

Portugal Scores Late Goal to Tie U.S.

MANAUS, Brazil — The U.S. Men’s National Team’s once again delivered some late World Cup dramatics, but so too did Portugal. Substitute forward Varela scored a last-gasp goal at Arena Amazonia on Sunday night to give Portugal a thrilling 2-2 draw with the U.S., which had rallied from an early deficit and was on the brink of securing an early ticket to the Round of 16.
Official highlights from the game can be seen here.

- John C.L. Morgan

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

U.S. Opens '14 World Cup with Thrilling Win

An early goal by Clint Dempsey--the sixth fastest in World Cup history--gave the United States national team a shocking lead against Ghana in the teams' opening game of Group G. And a late goal by John Brooks, an inexperienced American defender who came on as second-half substitute, earned the Americans a victory. The 2-1 win was the United States team's first over Ghana in three World Cup games.
Official highlights of the game can be seen here.

- John C.L. Morgan

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The (Animated) World Cup

Richard Swarbrick, the filmmaker behind this sublime animated representation of some of the most well-known goals scored in World Cup history, will be animating each day of the 2014 edition. Above is his take on Day 1.

Swarbrick's YouTube channel is here.

- John C.L. Morgan

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tactical Previews of the World Cup

Soccer writer Michael Cox has compiled a collection of tactical previews for each of the 32 teams in the upcoming World Cup. Highly recommend you check them out prior to every game and after each game to read his recaps. Here's a snippet of his preview of the United States' tactics:
The United States are expected to add to this variety by using a diamond midfield, which might be unique among the 32 teams. Jurgen Klinsmann has spent recent weeks telling the press that the formation doesn’t matter, but the switch to the diamond in April’s 2-2 friendly draw against Mexico was a significant move, and was designed to bring the best out of the USA’s outstanding player, Michael Bradley.
- John C.L. Morgan