“Chants of ‘BRAZIL! BRAZIL!’ ringing though the arena, without any trace of irony.”
ESPN soccer commentator IAN DARKE, on the home team’s crowd finally coming to life after a late goal in a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany.
HOLLAND ATCHA Today’s World Cup wins: Argentina upends Belgium, 1-0, while late substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul sends the Netherlands over Costa Rica, stopping two shots on goal in a 4-3 win on penalty kicks (0-0 after regulation and extra time). (Photo: Fabrice Cofrini / AFP-Getty via the New York Times)
And now, the best impression of a Godzilla villain landing on a Colombian soccer player’s arm goes to… whatever the Hell that thing is on James Rodriguez.
WORLD CUPDATE: France surrenders to Germany (natch); Brazil moves on, but Neymar — seen above, writhing in pain after fracturing his vertebra during the second half against Colombia — does not. (Photo: Marius Becker / EPA via the New York Times)
The New York Times charted all 16 of U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard’s saves. Above: the eight saves he made in the second half.
Besides all the great #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave memes going around, someone went ahead and altered the Wikipedia entry for the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Chile 0, goal posts 2. (Photo of Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar not needing to do his job since the goal posts did it for him against Chile in a 3-2 shootout win on Saturday by Ian Walton / Getty Images via the New York Daily News)
SOCCERER IN CHIEF President Obama watches the U.S. battle Germany aboard Air Force One en route to Minneapolis on Thursday. The Germans prevailed, 1-0; both teams advance to the knockout round of the World Cup. (Photo: Doug Mills / New York Times)
Call us bandwagon jumpers and poseurs.
Berate us for calling it “soccer.”
Slam us for allegedly not being true fans of the beautiful game.
And we will keep rooting for the USA anyway.
See you on the pitch.
If you’d rather be watching the US Men’s National Soccer Team taking on Germany today, here’s a template work absence note from coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Lionel Messi, a hero in stoppage time, leading Argentina to a whisper-thin 1-0 victory over Iran. (Photo: Adrian Denis / AFP via the New York Times)