The unlikely quarterfinal run of Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza (pictured) and the Honduras Olympic team has come to an end. Honduras seized a 1-0 lead over Brazil, and then a 2-1 lead in the second half on a goal by Roger Espinoza, but Brazil would equalize and then take a 3-2 lead on a pair of brilliant plays by Neymar. Mario Martinez scored in the 12th minute for Honduras, then Leandro Damiao tied the game a little before halftime. Roger Espinoza put Honduras back on top early in the second half, but then Neymar, playing attacking midfield, delivered the ball to the big goal scorer Leandro Damiao, who was fouled in the box. Neymar converted the penalty kick to tie the game 2-2, and then the magic happened. In the 60th minute, Neymar delivered a truly beautiful pass to Leandro Damiao near the penalty spot, and Leandro Damiao scored his second goal of the match. All credit for the second two goals should go to Neymar, however, and he is without a doubt the best player of any age at the Olympic games. The crowd at St James Park in Newcastle gave Roger Espinoza a standing ovation when he left early with his second yellow card, and gave the entire Honduras team another standing O when they left the field. As did I, watching at home. Congratulations, Honduras. It is not known whether Roger Espinoza will re-join Sporting KC by the 8th of August for the US Open Cup final at Livestrong Sporting Park against the Seattle Sounders.
04 August, 2012
02 August, 2012
We know you are looking for something to do when not watching the Olympic soccer or Women's Gymnastics, so here you go: Oscar & Ewan. Pretty damn cool even if you can't eat off it... possibly slap a class top on there and you got yourself a pimp dinner table. Better start convincing the wife.
Photo: Oscar & Ewan
Photo: Oscar & Ewan
01 August, 2012
The quarterfinal matches will all take place Saturday, August 4. First, Group D winner Japan will play against Group C runner-up Egypt at Old Trafford, Manchester. The second match is Group B winner Mexico against Group A runner-up Senegal at Wembley Stadium, London. The third match is Group C winner Brazil against surprising Group D runner-up Honduras at St James Park, Newcastle. Finally, the host Great Britain team, winners of Group A, will remain in Wales to play against Group B runner-up South Korea at Millenium Stadium, Cardiff.
31 July, 2012
Today, in the 25th minute, Alex Morgan broke away into the North Korea penalty area to beat everyone else to a long ball, drew the defense, and then found a wide open Abby Wambach who easily netted the game's only goal.
Congratulations to the US Women for their best start in group play of any Olympic games, even though they have won three of the four Olympic Gold Medals awarded in Women's soccer, this is the first time they have finished group play with three wins.
30 July, 2012
Japan leads Group D with 6 points after two games, with Honduras coming up next. Honduras is currently second in the group with 4 points after two games, so a win over Japan gives the group to Honduras. The winner of Group D avoids probable Group C winner Brazil in the knockout round.
The other CONCACAF entry, Mexico, is tied atop Group B with South Korea, with 4 points each, as they tied each other 0-0 in their opening match. Mexico has a +2 GD and faces Switzerland in their final Group Stage game, while South Korea has a +1 GD and faces last place Gabon in their finale. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinal knockout round, so the four teams (Japan, South Korea, Honduras, Mexico) have all but clinched quarterfinal positions. However, the Japan/Honduras match determines who must face Brazil in the round of 8.
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