Catching Up from the Weekend

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Good Monday morning!  It's always a little easier to be at work when there are three World Cup matches on throughout the day.

A few things to catch up on from the weekend:

This will be very important for the U.S. going forward: U.S. to Evaluate Tim Howard Rib Injury
Howard was easily the best player on the U.S. side against England, making numerous saves, including a few spectacular ones.  The Americans will need him in goal if they expect to get out of group play, especially after the Slovenia-Algeria result from Sunday.

Some great ratings for the U.S. - England match on ABC.  At the local Kroger and Biggs grocery stores over the weekend, we spotted several shoppers sporting team USA gear and I would venture that a lot of the hot dogs, burgers, chips, and libations were being purchased for any number of World Cup watch parties. 

Interesting read on World Cup attendance issues.

A couple things on the ESPN broadcasts.  The worldwide leader has done a tremendous job of providing insight with its bevy of former players and managers from around the world.  I have been very impressed with Bob Ley's anchoring duties.  He is one of the all-time great broadcasters and it is clear he has done his World Cup homework. 

One thing we could probably use less of is the slo-mo instant replays.  Very cool technology and it is useful at certain moments, but a slo-mo of every "hands-on-the-head after rifling a shot 12 yards over goal" is a bit much.

Here's a neat piece on the voices of the World Cup on ESPN.  Glad they didn't just plug their own people in there.  Can you imagine Chris Berman shouting "Dempsey to Donovan and he COULD GO ALL THE WAY"?

Just settling in to watch the remainder of the Japan-Cameroon match.  The Netherlands defeated Denmark, 2-0, in the early match.  Italy begins its defense of the cup this afternoon against Paraguay.  Enjoy!

UC Soccer Staff

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