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Seven Hot Matches

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 11:45 PM
It's time for your quadrennial reminder that the Summer Olympics don't actually start with the Opening Ceremonies. They begin with the soccer tournament's first game on Wednesday, July 25 - two days before the flame is lit in London on Friday, July 27. It so happens that July 25 is also the day of... Read more

Seven Hot Matches

Friday, July 13, 2012, 12:44 PM
Los Angeles Galaxy at Portland Timbers 11:00 p.m. Saturday (NBC Sports Network) In their first game since firing manager John Spencer, the Timbers will face a tough test from the resurgent Galaxy. Landon Donovan has brought the defending MLS Cup champions back to life, and in this game they’ll... Read more

Seven Hot Matches

Friday, July 6, 2012, 8:46 AM
It's the time of year where it gets a bit hard to find seven matches to fill out this column. So I did something a bit unconventional and picked a CONCACAF Futsal World Cup qualifying game. The United States was involved in the tournament until Wednesday, when it was eliminated at the end of the group... Read more

Putting Spain's dominance in the Euro 2012 championship game in historical context

Sunday, July 1, 2012, 8:51 PM
As Juan Mata coolly slotted home the final goal of Spain's 4-0 demolition of Italy in the Euro 2012 championship game, I could not help thinking about how lucky we all are to be able to watch a team of such style and grace triumph over all opposition. So often we see teams win games by doing what... Read more

Seven Hot Matches

Friday, June 29, 2012, 2:11 AM
Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City 8:00 p.m. Friday (NBC Sports Network) Major League Soccer enjoyed a bonanza of offense last week, as 52 goals were scored in 15 games from Wednesday through Sunday. That trend could continue in this game, as two teams with plenty of firepower face off in the heartland... Read more

Seven hot matches

Friday, June 22, 2012, 12:52 AM
Greece vs. Germany 2:30 p.m. Friday (ESPN; The second quarterfinal at Euro 2012 might not be the most glamorous, but it is likely the most emotional – and not because of soccer. Greece's economy is mired in near-depression conditions due to budget cuts enforced by its membership... Read more

Seven hot matches

Friday, May 25, 2012, 12:19 PM
Some weeks, I have to stretch to find good games to feature. This time, it was pretty easy. Enjoy. Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona 3:50 p.m. Friday (ESPN Deportes; Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola brings down the curtain on his glittering career with the Catalan giants in the Copa del Rey... Read more

Video: Ghana-Chile highlights, analysis and postgame reaction

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 3:47 AM
Since the Ghana-Chile game wasn't televised in the United States, we had permission to film the action and put together a highlights package for you on Below you'll be able to watch both goals, and also a postagme interview with Ghana and Chicago Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko. I'll have... Read more

Ghana, Chile play to 1-1 tie at PPL Park

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 6:18 PM
Despite playing the last 20 minutes a man down, Chile rallied to a 1-1 tie with Ghana at a rain-soaked but festive PPL Park. Matías Fernández equalized for Chile from the penalty spot in the 75th minute, canceling out a 42nd-minute goal for Ghana by Richard Mpong. Mpong's strike was... Read more

Video: Ghana's pregame press conference at PPL Park

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 1:18 AM
Here's video from a press conference with members of Ghana's national team ahead of their game against Chile at PPL Park. On the dais are (from left to right): the team's press officer, goalkeeper John Paintsil, assistant coach Akwasi Appiah, and midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah. Thanks to the Union for... Read more
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