Hi, how are you? I've been in Austin for the last few days, nerding out at a variety of TV shows and eating a crapton of barbecue. Nevertheless I'm glad to have brought Texas weather home with me. So let's dive in:
European Qualifiers 2016 - Finland-Hungary – UEFA.com: Markus Halsti went 90 minutes and earned a yellow in a losing effort for Finland, dropping a 1-0 result to Hungary. The Finns are fifth in Group F (of sixth) and seven points behind Hungary for a playoff berth in the Group. Things are so bad that they've sacked their manager as a result.
USA vs. Sweden 2015 final score: 0-0 is all she wrote - Black And Red United: ICYMI, the U.S. and Sweden played an entertaining scoreless draw in Women's World Cup play Friday night, to record TV numbers to boot.
2015 Women's World Cup -- Abby Wambach says turf field costing United States team goals: Yeah, sure, Abby, the problem is the turf. Jesus, bad craftsman and all.
Michael Bradley's success is built on the mastery of his emotions | Fusion: Ex-FC Dallas player Bobby Warshaw looks at the Toronto FC/United States midfielder from a different aspect.
Father's Day: Lessons my dad taught me through sports - More Sports - SI.com: Bradley's Uncle Jeff pens a nice piece for Sports Illustrated.
Defoe's Return? Toronto FC to play Sunderland in July 22 Friendly - Waking The Red: Along with the July 22 date, Sunderland will play Sacramento Republic FC July 14 and Liga MX side Pachuca July 17. Couldn't fit time in with the partner club, huh?
Smells Like Team Spirit | Eight by Eight: Remember days like this MLS fans and be proud.
The next two links are unrelated, yet kind of related:
AP News : Man who led IOC scandal probe: 'It may be too late for FIFA': I mean, yeah, why not?
In Philadelphia, homeless find a community — and new lives — on the soccer pitch | The Washington Post: To wash off the FIFA-ness, I nice article from WaPo's Rick Maese.
Postscript: Christopher Lee - The New Yorker: Folks want to be all "RIP Count Dooku," and a I get that, but doing so ignores the scores of memorable performances the actor had into his eighties. Go check out this remembrance and learn.
So what else is up?