By CAITLIN MURRAY
For 120+ minutes on Saturday, the 2014 World Cup favorites weren’t looking much like a sure thing. After being outplayed by Chile for much of the Round of 16 opener, Brazil eked by in a penalty kick shootout and the host nation’s citizenry was able to breathe a collective sigh of relief. Meanwhile, whatever firepower Uruguay was missing in ousted serial biter Luis Suarez, Colombia had in spades in the form of James Rodriguez, who tallied a brace. Now, Colombia advances to the quarterfinals for the first time ever.
For the U.S. Men’s National Team, who continue their World Cup run against Belgium on Tuesday, Jermaine Jones has emerged as a surprise leader and reliable core of the midfield. SBI’s Franco Panizo heard from coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Jones’s impact over the group stage. Meanwhile, Klinsmann also shared his penalty kick philosophy as the U.S. looks ahead to the knockout round.
And Major League Soccer is back. For teams like Real Salt Lake, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the San Jose Earthquakes, they may have wished the World Cup hiatus lasted a bit longer. But the Seattle Sounders extended their winning streak, the Colorado Rapids recovered from a surprising Open Cup exit and Erick Torres scored a golazo in a Chivas USA win.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI today:
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Impressive Jones providing USMNT leadership at World Cup
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Sounders extend unbeaten streak, beat D.C. United at RFK Stadium