SBI Thursday Rewind: Brazil’s opening win, Ronaldo’s knee, and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The 2014 World Cup is underway — and the controversy is already heating up. Neymar and Oscar led Brazil to a come-from-behind win to open the tournament, but it was a dubious penalty kick that remained a talking point after the match. Meanwhile, outside of the pitch, protestors continued to oppose the game, clashing with police in San Paulo.

Injury scares hit Portugal and the United States during training in Brazil. Cristiano Ronaldo had to leave a training after only about 20 minutes with his knee bandaged with ice, adding more doubt to the Portugal striker’s match fitness. And Tim Chandler spent the day recovering from a “minor” leg injury, U.S. Soccer said.

In Major League Soccer news, Commissioner Dan Garber said Miami might not become the next MLS franchise if a downtown stadium location can’t be secured. And New York City FC added one more to its roster in Montreal Impact’s Jeb Brovsky.

Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI today:

WORLD CUP 2014:

Thursday Kickoff: Pirlo’s last World Cup; Rooney questions Ronaldo’s teamwork; and more

Neymar, Oscar lead Brazil to controversial comeback win over Croatia in World Cup opener

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Neymar

Report: Ronaldo still dealing with knee issues

Mid-day Ticker: Rioters clash with police in Sao Paulo; Fabregas signs for Chelsea; and more

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM:

USMNT players back Klinsmann, label World Cup success as advancing from group

Report: Chandler recovering from “minor” leg injury

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER:

Garber: Miami expansion can’t proceed without downtown venue

MLS Disciplinary Committee punishes Fire, Sounders for altercations

NYC FC acquires Jeb Brovsky from Impact for 2016 draft pick

Revs Notes: Kobayashi an unsung hero; U.S. Open Cup approaching; and more

Dynamo, Earthquakes advance to fifth round of U.S. Open Cup

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM:

Ellis looking to put pieces together in first matches as new USWNT coach

FIFA:

Gulati denies report that FIFA urged U.S. Soccer to prepare for 2022 World Cup

 

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5 Responses to SBI Thursday Rewind: Brazil’s opening win, Ronaldo’s knee, and more

  1. Snack Time says:

    MLS’s Marc Geiger is going to ref the Colombia-Greece game on the 14th.

  2. Ivan says:

    Blatter’s comment about the Japanese referee gifting the win to Brazil:

    “If you criticize the referee, you are a racist!”

    With Marcelo, Luis and Alves in defense, this Brazil team doesn’t stand a chance, unless, of course the referees continue to gift them 1 -2 goals per game.

    This started too early.

    At least in 2002 the Koreans waited until the 1/8 and 1/4 finals in what was the most disgraceful WC of our time.

    • TomG says:

      These are elite defenders starting for elite sides. I think your statement is a bit reactionary based on one match.

  3. Raymon says:

    Where’s the related story about Jurgen Klinsmann wrapping Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, and Tim Howard in bubble wrap?