June 15, 2010
Group H Honduras vs. Chile Where: Nelspruit Time: 4:30 a.m. PDT TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision; Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5, KDLD-FM/KDLE-FM 103.1 Group H is the last of the eight groups to get underway and that's been good news for both Chile and Honduras, who have been rushing to get players healthy. For Honduras, making its first World Cup appearance in 28 years, playmaker Julio De Leon has joined a list of injured players that already includes midfielder Wilson Palacios and striker David Suazo.
June 14, 2010 |
Group F New Zealand vs. Slovakia, Rustenburg Time: 4:30 a.m. PDT. T V: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision; Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5, KDLD-FM/KDLE-FM 103.1 New Zealand will have to look to someone other than Coach Ricki Herbert for a rousing pep talk before its World Cup opener. "We could play the best we've ever done," Herbert said, "and lose all three matches." Not exactly inspirational — but true. Older and more experienced than previous All Whites squads, the Kiwis nevertheless look to be outclassed here.
June 12, 2010
Group B Greece vs. South Korea, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Time: 4:30 a.m. PDT TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision. Radio: Sirius/XM. Greece will not be taking South Korea lightly, at least not if Coach Otto Rehhagel has anything to say about it. Rehhagel, a German who led the Greeks to their Euro 2004 title, said Asian teams have "caught up massively" since he first took teams the region in the 1960s. "They have wonderful ways to move and we really can't imitate that as Europeans," he said in a comment sure to draw negative reaction.
June 10, 2010
Group A Mexico vs. South Africa, Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg Time: 7 a.m. PDT TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision Radio: 710 ESPN, Sirius/XM Mexico comes into this World Cup with lofty aspirations, but to accomplish any of its goals El Tri will have to avoid an upset in its first match. Former President Nelson Mandela and a raucous vuvuzela-blowing crowd of more than 90,000 mostly South African fans could rattle the young Mexicans, one reason Coach Javier Aguirre is expected to start seasoned veteran Oscar Perez in goal.
February 8, 2010 |
In soccer-mad Mexico, there's no bigger sporting event than the quadrennial World Cup. Which makes the selection of the World Cup team Mexico's second-biggest sporting event. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," says goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. "You don't know if it will ever be repeated." Never mind that it already has been repeated for Ochoa, who has been to one World Cup and is the closest thing Mexico has to a sure bet for this year's 23-man team. But for the other 50 or so players with a realistic shot at representing Mexico in South Africa this summer, the next few months will be an anxious time.
December 4, 2009 |
The brash and controversial Miami Hurricanes of the 1980s, the taunting, end-zone-celebrating villains of college football from that decade, are the subject of a new documentary called "The U," a film by director Billy Corben, which is part of ESPN's "30 for 30" series. The documentary is scheduled to be televised at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12, following the presentation of the Heisman Trophy. "Whether you're a lover or hater of the Hurricanes, it's a fun two hours," Corben said during a conference call this week.
October 29, 2009 |
In a champagne-drenched locker room at RFK Stadium in Washington in early September, Kasey Keller said something that everyone in Major League Soccer now knows to be true. "First-year organization or 100-year organization, we're doing it the right way," the former U.S. World Cup goalkeeper said. He was talking about the Seattle Sounders, who in their first season of existence have produced the model by which all MLS teams, present and future, should be judged. In their inaugural season, the Sounders, who open the MLS playoffs tonight against the Houston Dynamo, have: Won the U.S. Open Cup, defeating two-time winner D.C. United, 2-1, in the final in Washington.
October 22, 2009 |
Chivas USA tonight AT CHICAGO Time : 5 p.m. On the air : TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes; Radio: 690. Where : Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. Records : Chivas USA 13-9-6, Fire 10-7-12. Record vs. Fire : 0-1-0. Update : In its next-to-last game of the regular season, Chivas USA finds itself poised to finish anywhere from first to fourth in the Western Conference. The team, tied with the Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo with 45 points, one point ahead of the Seattle Sounders, already has secured a playoff berth.