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MLS: Seattle at Salt Lake

Results: The Sounders and Salt Lake played to a scoreless draw. Missed opportunities all around and questionable officiating.

The San Jose Quakes have a near lock on the best record in the MLS this year. If you don’t follow the MLS that honor is awarded the Supporters’ Shield. But some other awards are on the line Wednesday night in Seattle when the Sounders hostĀ  Real Salt Lake. RSL currently stands tied for third place overall with the Sounders. A win on Wed could put them in a good spot to take sole possession of third with one game to play. And after Seattle’s pounding of Portland it doesn’t seem out of the question. Also at stake for the Sounders is the Cascadia Cup. It is currently 1 point ahead of Portland with two games to play. Winning the Cascadia Cup in 2012 would also put Seattle ahead of Portland all-timeĀ  Cascadia Cup wins. Qwest Field will be rocking as the Sounds try to put a winning spin on the end of their season.

MLS: N.Y. vs Kansas City

Results: K.C. blanks N.Y. 2-0.

Unlike baseball, New York and Kansas City are very competitive teams in major league soccer. In fact, Kansas City leads the Eastern Conference — something the Royals haven’t known much about for a long time. And with San Jose first to clinch a playoff spot in the West, a win tonight for KC against N.Y. will be a big step to trying and create some separation from Chicago and New York in the 2nd and 3rd spots. KC is currently on a 6-game win streak that includes a victory against N.Y.

WCQ: U.S. vs. Jamaica

Results: One goal from the U.S. was enough to take their must-win game.

Leading up to a ticket to Brasil in 2014, World Cup Qualifying preliminary matches forge on. The Semifinal round for the United States has gone from ‘sure thing’ for advancement to the realization that if they don’t finish in the top two (currently tied) in their four-team group, they will not move on. This was all unthinkable until their loss last Friday to Jamaica. And now much of their chances to advance hinge on beating Jamaica tonight. And unlike the U.S., who face more questions than answers right now and must rise to an occasion they were not planning to be in, Jamaica is riding a huge wave of confidence and national pride fueled by their prior win and a very successful showing at the Olympics. It all goes down in Ohio tonight. Will the short-handed Americans rise to the occasion?

MLS: DC at Chicago

Results: D.C. came to play and regrouped from their prior fallout to outscore the Fire 4-2.

The Chicago Fire’s last game finally put them on top of D.C. United and gave them a nice streak of 3 W’s. While D.C. United’s last 3 have been a mixed bag and looked especially frazzled in their last game where the arguments and red cards started flying. They basically unraveled internally and on the field and came out of it with a measly tie against Philadelphia. The Fire though have really starter to gel and there’s no indication they have any intent on giving up their lead in the standings. Thursday the two meet and the Fire just need to keep on doing what they’ve been doing and D.C. needs to get their heads back in the game and find their form.

MLS: U.S. vs. Mexico


Results: Even better than scoring a goal, the U.S. managed its first win against Mexico–ever.

Mexico shined at the Olympics, winning gold over Brazil and served notice to anyone who wasn’t aware, that Mexico is one of the most dominant sides in all of soccer. And Wednesday they will enjoy what no doubt will be over 100k adoring fans in Mexico City watching them reinforce that dominance on a pieced-together U.S. team in a ‘friendly’ match that doesn’t count for anything except pride. It will be a good opportunity for the U.S. to try and redeem some confidence after a heartbreaking match against El Salvador that left them unable to qualify for the Olympics. If nothing else it will give them a first-hand look at a team some call one of the top 5 in the world.

Soccer: The Actor’s Workshop


Results: The U.S. women pull out a 1-0 victory over N. Korea. Lots of yellow card and 1 ejection for N. Korea.

If you’ve spent any time watching professional soccer a good portion of any match is spent watching players fake contact and injuries to draw fouls. It’s a big act and part of the game. The U.S. Olympics women’s team had been getting a lot of attention for its inspired and dominating play. Over the weekend though, goalie Hope Solo did a bit of her own acting when she tweeted remarks criticizing former teammate Brandy Chastain about her TV commentary. Unfortunately this didn’t happen in the game and has only succeed in getting Solo unfavorable attention and her team a big distraction ahead of their upcoming match against Korea. All it really amounts to is silly drama that makes the media outlets drool.

The Olympics are Here!

Thank goodness. None of our B3TZ players seems to give a wing-wang about baseball. Too bad for them but they are in luck now that the Olympics are starting and we’re going to have a good ‘ol international time.


Results: Mexico and Korea played to a draw in their match. Korea did not take a single shot on goal. Defense can change a game too.

Opening ceremonies don’t get rolling until Saturday night but first round football (soccer!) competitions have already started. And unlike regular international team sports, the Olympics is less about evaluating talent than national pride. So even if you’re from a small country like Senegal and facing a football powerhouse like Great Brittan you support your national team and pick them to win — every time! With 8 first round games in play Thursday we’re going to follow one, Mexico vs. Korea. Don’t completely count Korea out. They have had some success at prior summer games but they will have their hands full with a strong Mexico team.