SBI Wednesday Rewind: Messi’s Argentina in World Cup final; MLS names homegrown all-stars; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Lionel Messi’s Argentina is now just one game away from a World Cup. After more than 120 minutes scoreless on Wednesday, Argentina had to move past the Netherlands on a penalty kick shootout. It certainly wasn’t the decisive win of the unstoppable German team that reserved their spot in the final, but the result is the same for Argentina. It will mark the country’s first World Cup final since 1990 and Messi’s best chance to add to his résumé as one of the best players in the history of the game.

In Major League Soccer, the league announced their inaugural Homegrown Game as part of the MLS All Star Game. The roster includes standout youngsters like DeAndre Yedlin, Harry Shipp and Wil Trapp. The match will be the first time all-stars are selected from the league’s young homegrown players to compete.

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

WORLD CUP
SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Javier Mascherano

Argentina down Netherlands in penalties to book place in World Cup Final

Netherlands vs. Argentina: Your Running Commentary

World Cup semifinals: Argentina vs. The Netherlands: A Look Ahead

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
MLS Notes: McCarty making progress; Jimenez out for 2 months; and more

MLS announces roster for inaugural Homegrown Game

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER
Wednesday Kickoff: Scolari accepts blame; Bayern introduce Lewandowski; and more

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