SBI Saturday Rewind: Brazil escapes nail-biter; Jones stepping up; full MLS slate and more

Jermaine Jones and Media

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

Klinsmann talks penalty kick approach as knockout phase draws near

USMNT World Cup Group Stage: Player Grades

WORLD CUP
Brazil survives, defeats Chile in thrilling penalty kick shootout

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: James Rodríguez

Colombia topples Uruguay to reach first World Cup quarterfinals

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Julio Cesar

Belgium defender Vanden Borre ruled out of World Cup

World Cup Round of 16: Your Running Commentary

World Cup Round of 16: A Look Ahead

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Sounders extend unbeaten streak, beat D.C. United at RFK Stadium

Galaxy hold off Earthquakes to win opening edition of Cali Clasico

Masterful Torres volley gives Chivas edge against 10-man RSL

Must-See Goal: Erick Torres

Rapids snap Whitecaps unbeaten streak, bounce back from Open Cup loss

Crew match postponed after fan struck by lightning

Le Toux nets brace as Union top Revolution in Curtin’s debut

MLS Week 16: Your Running Commentary

OPEN CUP
U.S. Open Cup Fifth Round Recap: Fights, upsets, and more

 

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5 Responses to SBI Saturday Rewind: Brazil escapes nail-biter; Jones stepping up; full MLS slate and more

  1. Gordoninho says:

    Where is all the Julian Green coverage?

    • Reginald Buckley says:

      Hear hear ol’ chap! Julian Green is a fellow of the highest order. He most certainly is deserving of a starting position in the grand USA soccer squad.

    • Chris says:

      Hear he’s been keeping busy filling water coolers and cleaning cleats for the other guys.

  2. Expat4455 says:

    I was totally wrong about my predictions about Julian Green. Not only did he not start at least 2 of the group games or score any goals he never even got on the field. I lost all bets and I didn’t know what I was talking about.

  3. Dikranovich says:

    I would not count out green getting minutes before this thing is over. Mix has yet to take the pitch and yet I expect he will contribute to a goal against Belgium. Didn’t pele not even hardly play in his first group stages. The fact that other young players have contributed already should tell us that all players are ready for selection, even the youngest of the bunch.