Getting caught up after attending my brother’s wedding on Maryland’s Eastern Shore this weekend. Eventful few days on Planet Football, or so I’m told.
Did all of these things really occur?
*More than 93,000 people stuffed the Rose Bowl to watch a soccer match that was not a World Cup game or World Cup qualifier and didn’t feature a European or South American club or national superpower. (Gracias, El Tri.)
*The United States led Mexico 2-0 — the famed “dos a cero” scoreline for past American home triumphs against their bitter rival — and ended up losing by dos. (From start to finish, Mexico was the Gold Cup’s supreme team.)
*More than 73,000 fans packed another historic arena, Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, to watch a women’s match. (Germans love their fussball.)
*River Plate, holder of 33 domestic league titles, was relegated to Argentina’s second division. (No superclasicos next season?)
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*Level on all tiebreakers with New Zealand in group play at the Under-17 World Cup, the United States won a drawing of lots for a higher place — and received the less desirable round-of-16 matchup. The Americans will play Germany (3-0-0, +10 goal difference) while the Kiwis are paired with Japan (2-0-1, +3).
*Nearing MLS’s midway point, the second-year Philadelphia Union (7-4-5) claimed sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. (Mr. Nowak, collect the coach of the year award at your earliest convenience.)
*Since moving into its new stadium, once-lowly Sporting Kansas City is undefeated. (Livestrong, play strong.)
*With 21 goals through 15 matches, D.C. United has equaled last season’s MLS-record scoring futility total over 30 games. (On the flip side, DCU is 1-2-4 at home since winning the RFK opener.)
*Seattle’s Tyson Wahl scored his first career league goal after a wait of more than 4,300 minutes. (A gem, it was.)
*The Chicago Fire settled for a draw — its 11th in 17 league matches overall, sixth in eight home games, and 11th in the past 13 outings in all competitions. (Chivas USA supporters, you know what’s coming next weekend at Home Depot Center.)
*Galaxy forward Mike Magee preserved a point in a 47-minute goalkeeping stint after starter Donovan Ricketts injured his arm and No. 2 keeper Josh Saunders was red-carded. (“The defense played great,” Magee said. “They knew if they let any shots come at me, it wouldn’t have been too pretty.”)
*In consecutive WPS meetings, the Philadelphia Independence outscored The Team Formerly Known as the Washington Freedom 9-1 and outshot the renegade outfit 41-12. WPS is taking a 10-day break for Women’s World Cup.