Weekend Watch List: July 12-14th

In this week’s preview, it’s an ode to Gold Cup, MLS, and FIFA U-20 World Cup. Cheers!

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Must Watch Games:
*USA vs. Cuba

**Saturday, July 13th at 2:30 pm CST on Fox Soccer (Coverage starts at 2:00 pm)
***After blasting 6 goals past Guatemala in a friendly on last Friday and burning Belize for another 6 in their Gold Cup opener Tuesday, the U.S. look to continue their hot, high scoring run against Cuba on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. Tuesday night’s match saw Chris Wondolowski pick up a new superstition after scoring a first-half hat trick with his last name spelled wrong on his jersey as well as Landon Donovan reach yet another landmark, becoming the first U.S. player to score over 50 goals and 50 assists all-time. Puebla’s Michael Orozco Fiscal and former Houston Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden also got on the score sheet, a fine achievement for Holden who has capped off his return to the national team in excellent fashion, coming on as a sub in the last 2 matches and making a big impact each time. After holding their own in the first half, Cuba spent the second half of their opener subbing in as a punching bag for Costa Rica, losing 3-0.

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*Martinique vs. Mexico
**Sunday, July 14th at 5:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer (Coverage starts at 4:30 pm)
***Mexico finally broke their losing streak Thursday night after a Raúl Jiménez header just before half and a second half penalty by Marco Fabián hoisted El Tri 2-0 over Canada. The young Canadian side seemed to stick with Mexico for the first 40 minutes of the game until the goal by Jiménez opened up the game and allowed Mexico to hold up the ball more and create more chances. The introduction of Miguel Layún at right back proved to be a great move from the start, as Layún was a terror up and down the right side all night. “Chepo” de la Torre will most likely stick with the same line up from Thursday night going into Sunday’s final group game show down with Martinique who sit tied with Mexico on 3 points. While Mexico was shocked by Panama in their opener, Martinique was the side doing the shocking in their opener, with a late 93’ goal from Fabrice Reuperne lifting them over Canada. However, their Cinderella story was short lived as Panama dispatched Martinique 1-0 on Thursday, putting the Panamanians through to the knockout round while setting up the showdown match up between the always favored Mexico and the underdog Martinique.

*Honduras vs. El Salvador
**Friday, July 12th at 6:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer (Coverage starts at 5:30 pm)
***In what is going to be one of the most intriguing matchups of Group B, favorites Honduras will battle a very feisty El Salvador who are coming off an entertaining 2-2 draw with Trinidad & Tobago on Monday. Rodolfo Zelaya had a brilliant game with his brace keeping the El Salvadorans in the match. Meanwhile Honduras kicked off their group play beating Haiti 2-0 off of goals from Rony Martínez and Marvin Chavez. While the possession remained steadily even for both teams throughout the match, Honduras came out with the majority of the shots, failing to capitalize on several great chances. El Salvador will definitely look to put a lot of pressure on the Hondurans so their failure to finish in the final third may come back and haunt them this game.

*France U-20 vs. Uruguay U-20
**Saturday, July 13th at 1:00 pm CST on ESPN (Coverage starts at 12:45 pm)
***Well, as always, this FIFA U-20 World Cup has been an exciting one! After defeating Ghana 2-1 in the semifinals, France has advanced to face Uruguay, who shattered our Cinderella team Iraq’s dreams after a 1-1 draw saw the South American team advance 7-6 via penalties. Now this final is yet another stage to showcase some of the most exciting up-and-coming world football talents. Players to watch include Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Arsenal’s new recruit Yaya Sanogo for France, while AS Roma’s Nicolas Lopez and newly signed Manchester United full back Guillermo Varela are players to keep an eye on for Uruguay.

*New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo
**Saturday, July 13th at 6:30 pm CST on KPRC Local 2
***Houston fans finally were able to breathe out a sigh of relief after the Dynamo’s dreadful winless streak was snapped last Saturday with a 1-0 win over Philadelphia at BBVA Compass Stadium. Now the Dynamo travel to New England who, after a streaky start to the season, have begun to gain momentum. The Revs beat the Dynamo at home in May 2-0 thanks to goals from 18-year-old Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo following a double ejection of the Dynamo’s Bobby Boswell and New England’s Dimitry Imbongo Boele for fighting in the first half.

Honorable Mention:
*FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake

**Saturday, July 13th at 8:00 pm CST on TWC Sports
***The two top teams in the Western Conference are facing off on Saturday as the top of the table Real Salt Lake host a struggling FC Dallas side who, despite jumping out to a fast start, are winless since May. Even though they are missing 4 players out on international duty in the Gold Cup, Real Salt Lake have been on cruise control, unbeaten in their last 7 league games.

*Ghana U-20 vs. Iraq U-20
**Saturday, July 13th at 10:00 am CST on ESPN2 (Coverage starts at 9:45 am)
***After brilliant runs to the semifinals respectively, both Ghana and Iraq must settle for fighting for a third place medal in Istanbul on Saturday. While they may not be battling for the World championship title, both teams have provided some of the most entertaining football of the tournament and are certainly worth watching over breakfast Saturday.

*D.C. United vs. Chivas del Guadalajara
**Friday, July 12th at 7:00 pm CST on ESPN2
***While D.C. United have struggled through the first half of the 2013 MLS season, they will face Liga MX side Chivas del Guadalajara on Friday night in a friendly as Chivas look to prepare for their upcoming 2013 Apertura season. Anytime we you can get a Liga MX-MLS matchup, it is definitely something to keep an eye on! Also, another incentive to watch, the game will be called by our very own Glenn Davis alongside Taylor Twellman.

Also, check out the other Gold Cup games coming up:
*Friday, July 12th
**Trinidad and Tobago vs. Haiti at 6:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer

*Saturday, July 13th
**Costa Rica vs. Belize at 5:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer

*Sunday, July 14th
**Panama vs. Canada at 2:30 pm CST on Fox Soccer

*Monday, July 15th
**El Salvador vs. Haiti at 6:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston
**Honduras vs. Trinidad and Tobago at 8:30 pm CST on Fox Soccer at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston

*Tuesday, July 16th
**Cuba vs. Belize at 4:30 pm CST on Fox Soccer
**United States vs. Costa Rica at 7:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer

Written by Cari Gelal
@CariGelal

Weekend Watch List: June 21-24th

These are the kind of weeks soccer aficionados live for! On Monday we saw the thrilling conclusion to the 2013 UEFA U-21 Euro in which Spain retained its crown after a 4-2 spectacular win over Italy. On Tuesday we watched Jozy Altidore fire the United States to the top of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying table with a 1-0 victory over Honduras. On Wednesday and Thursday we focused our attention to all of the excitement of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup down in Brazil. All in all, this week has been a fantastic, football-filled wonder, and this weekend is shaping up to be just as stimulating!

Must Watch Games:
*Italy vs. Brazil

**Saturday, June 22nd at 2:00 pm CST on ESPN News (Coverage starts at 1:30 pm CST)
***Two of the most exciting teams in the tournament, Italy and Brazil have had spectacular group stage play so far. Brazil has produced football reminiscent to the Brazilian Samba futebol of old, with a 3-0 win in the opener against Japan and a 2-0 win over Mexico on Wednesday. Whether you love him or hate him, Neymar has had one heck of a coming out party in this Confederations Cup, scoring two brilliant volleys, one with each foot, and setting up Jo’s goal at the end of the Mexico match with another insane run that has been added to the repertoire of YouTube highlights for the 21-year-old Barcelona-bound Brazilian. Italy has also reverted back to the steady and dominant Azzurri of old this tournament, led by the ever calm, cool, and deadly Andrea Pirlo in the midfield and the volatile and vicious Mario Balotelli up top. Italy coolly dispatched Mexico in their opener 2-1, but were responsible for one of the craziest games in the tournament so far when they fought tooth and nail to come back from a 2 goal deficit to battle Japan in an outrageous 4-3 victory on Wednesday night. Both teams are going into the match on Saturday already assured of their passage into the knockout stage, but the outcome in this match will determine who finishes at the top of the group.

*Nigeria vs. Spain
**Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00 pm CST on ESPN (Coverage starts at 1:30 pm CST)
***Spain showed their dominance by steamrolling tiny Tahiti 10-0 on Thursday, securing their passage into the knockout stage of the tournament. Their opponents, Nigeria, are looking to bounce back after losing 2-1 to Uruguay and they must get an upset result versus the giants of European football in order to advance into the next round of the tournament.

*Japan vs. Mexico
**Saturday, June 22nd at 2:00 pm CST on ESPN (Coverage starts at 1:30 pm CST)
***While their time in Brazil has come to an end, expect both Japan and Mexico to attempt to go out with a bang. Japan fought bravely but couldn’t contain the lethal Azzurri attack on Wednesday. However, they did put in an awe-inspiring performance and were able to put 3 past Gianluigi Buffon in goal. On the other hand, the woes of Mexico continue as El Tri suffered their second defeat in 2013 after being overpowered and outplayed by Brazil. There was some hope for them as you could see some of the old fire and spirit that used to be a staple of the Mexican national team in the past, but there was not enough to contain the brilliance of Brazil in the end.

*Uruguay vs. Tahiti
**Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00 pm CST on ESPN2 (Coverage starts at 1:30 pm CST)
***After getting a very important 2-1 win over Nigeria on Thursday, Uruguay is in the driving seat to secure the second place position in Group B qualification by a win over the honorable but overwhelmed Tahiti team. Currently tied with Nigeria at three points apiece, Uruguay looks most likely of the two to advance as Nigeria must attempt to steal points away from World Champions Spain in order to make it to the knockout round. As Tahiti has been torched for 16 goals in 2 games so far this tournament, expect Uruguay’s devastating offensive force of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, and Diego Forlan to have a field day up top.

*FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City
**Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30 pm CST on FirstRowSports.eu
***Taking a break from Confederations Cup action, lets bring it back state-side to the MLS Game to Watch this week and, much to the disgruntlement of Dynamo fans, it’s Houston’s two biggest rivals FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City. Dallas met their match last weekend, falling to the Portland Timbers on the road 1-0 but still lead the Western Conference over the Timbers by a point. Kansas City sits in third in the Eastern Conference and have struggled over the last few weeks without several key players like Graham Zusi who are out on international duty. Kansas are looking to get their first win of the month after losing 2-1 to an impressive Montreal side and then getting knocked out of the running to defend their title in the US Open Cup by USL side Orlando City SC in an embarrassing 1-0 defeat. Though it will take a lot for Sporting to get a result in Frisco, remember this is the team that went into BBVA Compass Stadium and destroyed the Dynamo’s intimidating 36 home game unbeaten streak on the stadium’s one year anniversary so this team knows how to win in hostile territory.

Honorable Mention:
*USA U-20 vs. Spain U-20

**Friday, June 21st at 1:00 pm CST on ESPN2 (Coverage starts at 12:45 pm CST)
***This weekend, the FIFA U-20 World Cup kicks off from Turkey and the USA is set to take on mighty Spain in their Group A opener. Group A has already been labeled the “group of death” in this tournament, including the U.S., Spain, France, and Ghana and the reason is because of the massive amount of talent littered throughout these teams. This U-20 tournament has launched the careers of players such as Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi and this year’s tournament features a crop of incredibly talented youngsters. For the U.S. and Spain, their U-20 squads resemble their senior squads remarkably. The U.S. is similarly facing some big question marks at the back, with coach Tab Ramos having to convert Shane O’Neill and Caleb Stanko into center backs during the World Cup Qualifying campaign. Now, O’Neill must sit out the Spain game due to a red card received during the 3-1 loss to Mexico. However, the offensive future is bright for the U.S. with players such as Jose Villarreal, Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas and Luis Gil who are all getting significant time with their senior club teams. On the other hand, Spain has literally become a factory for producing some of the greatest future talent in world football. On Monday, the U-21 squad put a cherry on top of a brilliant UEFA Euro campaign by demolishing Italy 4-2 to retain their title and now the U-20 squad is looking to further the success of the Spanish youth national program with a World Cup title. Just looking at the squad sheet is enough to make you drool. Óliver Torres of Atlético Madrid is billed as a mini-Xavi, and Real Madrid’s Jesé Rodríguez, Liverpool’s Suso, and Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu are absolutely deadly up top. Whether or not this young U.S. squad can repeat the upset the senior squad pulled over Spain in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, this is one match up to keep your eyes on!

*Mexico U-20 vs. Greece U-20
**Saturday, June 22nd at 10:00 am CST on ESPN (Coverage starts at 9:45 am CST)
***Yet another team with bright young talent, Mexico are tipped to make a long run in this World Cup and will start by taking on a overmatched Greek team in their Group D opener. The CONCACAF Champions are solid in all areas of the field but, like their senior squad, are missing that big time creative attacking midfielder who can take over the tempo of the game. Look for Mexico to get out to a quick start right out of the gate.

*San Lorenzo vs. Lanús
**Sunday, June 23rd at 4:00 pm CST on FirstRowSports.eu
***The Primera Division in Argentina has been giving us plenty of exciting games these past few weeks, but none have been as exciting as this fixture. Fourth placed San Lorenzo hosts second placed Lanús, and with just a point separating the two squads, they have a lot to play for. Lanús is having a tumultuous June, defeating mighty River Plate 5-1 at home and then losing embarrassingly to a weak Estudiantes team just three days later. San Lorenzo is on a nine game unbeaten streak stretching back to April, with their squad as a picture of discipline and consistency. Once again, will it be the steady, reliable squad of San Lorenzo who triumphs, or will the volatile Lanús pull it together again and produce another brilliant display?

*Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC
**Saturday, June 22nd at 8:00 pm CST on KPRC (Coverage starts at 7:30 with Dynamo Pre-Game with Glenn Davis and Eddie Robinson)
***After getting off to a roaring start to the season, the Houston Dynamo are looking to shake off this slump in form they have been in over the last month. The Dynamo have not won in 5 league matches and are coming off back to back defeats to Montreal Impact 2-0 in MLS play and the FC Dallas 3-0 eliminating them from the US Open Cup tournament. The Dynamo will play their first league match at home in over a month since losing to New England on May 18th and are looking to begin a new home unbeaten streak with a win over a struggling Toronto FC.

*Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls
**Sunday, June 23rd at 4:00 pm CST on ESPN
***Getting back into action after a three week break from MLS play, the Red Bulls are on the road at the Philadelphia Union in hopes to take recover from their disappointing 2-1 loss to Vancouver at the beginning of the month. With just three points separating the Red Bulls from the Union in the Eastern Conference standings, look for the game to be tense, especially with New York’s veteran striker Thierry Henry facing off against the Union’s 21-year-old star Jack McInerney who will be looking to add to his league-leading tally of 10 goals on Sunday.

Stoppage Time:
*France U-20 vs. USA U-20

**Monday, June 24th at 10:00 am CST on ESPN3 (Coverage starts at 9:45 am CST)
***Another enticing match up pits the US against a talented young French squad featuring the like of Lyon’s Samuel Umtiti at the back and Juventus’ fiery young forward Paul Pogba up top. Check it out as your Monday morning brunch break!

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Written by Cari Gelal
@CariGelal

Weekend Watch List: June 7th-9th

While there is no Dynamo game this weekend, here are some other games to satisfy your soccer craving:

Must Watch Games:
*Jamaica vs. USA

**Friday, June 7th at 8:30 pm CST on beIN Sport
***After defeating Germany 4-3 in their Centennial celebration friendly last Sunday, the USA looks to kick off this latest round of 2014 World Cup Qualifying with a win over Jamaica on the road. The Americans currently have 4 points from 3 games and are looking to clinch another crucial 3 points with a win over the Reggae Boyz. Meanwhile, Jamaica sits at the bottom of the qualifying table, having just lost to Mexico 1-0 on Tuesday night. The last two times these teams have met in qualifying, Jamaica topped the US 2-1 at home in September while the Americans took the next match 1-0 at home four days later.

*Panama vs. Mexico
**Friday, June 7th at 9:00 pm CST on Telemundo
***Mexico finally got their first win in 2013 in Jamaica on Tuesday night. Aldo De Nigris sank the Reggae Boyz in the 48th minute which saw Mexico leap to the top of the CONCACAF table, having played one game more than the rest of the group. Now El Tri travel down to take on a tough and talented Panama side. So far, Mexico is the only team in the Hex to win on the road but they will need to put together a stronger performance than the one which saw them trudge past Jamaica to claim the 3 points on Tuesday. A win for Panama would see the side regain the spot at the top of the table from Mexico going into the next round of qualifying.

*Real Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles
**Saturday, June 8th at 8:30 pm CST on TWC Sports
***The MLS game to watch for this week is between an red-hot Real Salt Lake and a gaining form Landon Donovan-led LA Galaxy. The last time Real Salt Lake hosted the Galaxy, the visitors roared out of the gates and took a 2-0 lead by the 13th minute. However, Real has changed alot since then and are in fine form going into this weekend’s clash with Los Angeles having scored 14 goals in their last 6 league matches. Meanwhile, the Galaxy will be without key players Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez who are playing for Ireland and the US respectively, so it will be up to the main man Landon Donovan to push the Galaxy to get a result.

*Portugal vs. Russia
**Friday, June 7th at 2:45 pm CST on ESPN3.com and ESPN Deportes
***Portugal is definitely feeling the heat going into this latest round of World Cup Qualifiers in the UEFA region. With only 4 matches to play, Portugal currently is sitting in third place and hosts top-of-the-table Russia in Lisbon in what according to Portugal manager Paulo Bento is a “must-win match.” Although defender Pepe will be out due to suspension, winger Nani will return after missing the last 2 qualifiers due to injury, and Real Madrid stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Coentrao will feature though they sat out their final La Liga match last weekend with minor injuries. Manager Fabio Capello’s Russia is one of only two sides left in UEFA qualifying with 100 percent records and boast a strong defense that have yet to concede a goal in their qualifying campaign. It will be an intriguing matchup of Portugal’s creative, lethal offense versus Russia’s disciplined, stalwart defense.

*Argentina vs. Colombia
**Friday, June 7th at 5:05 pm CST on beIN Sport
***In CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying, we have a matchup of two A-list attacking units looking to out gun each other. Argentina leads the table with 6 wins in 9 matches having lost only once so far in qualifying. Albiceleste strikers Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, and Lionel Messi have combined to score 20 goals so far in this campaign and, while Messi is still a question mark in the lineup due to injury, Argentina boasts a deep roster with the young Roma star Erik Lamela or veteran PSG winger Ezequiel Lavezzi ready to step in for the four-time FIFA World Player of the Year. After suffering a 1-0 defeat to Venezuela in the last round, Colombia manager Jose Pekerman will look to shake up the lineup by most likely pairing Cruz Azul striker Teo Gutierrez with Atletico Madrid hitman Radamel Falcao up top.

Honorable Mention:
*Brazil vs. France

**Sunday, June 9th at 2:00 pm CST on beIN Sport
***While Brazil has slipped to their lowest ever FIFA ranking at 22, manager Luiz Felipe Scolari remains adamant that he will keep his faith in the same lineup that drew 2-2 in a disappointing outing by the Samba Men against England last weekend. The French are coming off a frustrating 1-0 defeat against Uruguay in Montevideo last weekend and manager Didier Deschamps is still looking to find a cohesive lineup among his young talented roster. While this may be an international friendly, both teams are expected to produce high-level attacking plays so expect an open game right from the get go.

*Spain vs. Haiti
**Saturday, June 8th at 3:00 pm on beIN Sport
***European and World Champions Spain will take on Haiti in an international friendly in Miami on Saturday. As the Spanish look to prepare for the Confederations Cup in Brazil, look for Vicente Del Bosque’s squad to keep the play open with relaxed yet fluid attacking coming from their multiple offensive threats. Keep an eye on the striker situation, as Del Bosque has said that out of his forwards Fernando Torres, Roberto Soldado, Alvaro Negredo, and David Villa, no one has distinguished themselves as the number one choice for Spain yet for this tournament. Meanwhile, the Haitian national team promises to bring their own uptempo style of play to challenge the Spaniards and will most likely have a great number of supporters there to cheer them on while they do it.

*Germany U-21 vs. Spain U-21
**Sunday, June 9th at 1:30 pm CST on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com
***Not very often does a U-21 game garner much attention, however, when the two teams are Germany and Spain, its a different story. Both of these squads are confident and extremely talented, boasting players with senior international caps and top flight football experience. Spain is coming off a hard-fought 1-0 win over Russia in which La Rojita had to wait until the 82nd minute to get the winner through substitute Álvaro Morata of Real Madrid. Germany are looking to recover from a heart wrenching 2-3 loss to the Netherlands on Thursday. Despite the result, the young Germans showed great perseverance and promise, especially through the sparkling performance of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby. Definitely check out the duel in the midfield between Holtby and Spanish maestro Isco which will guarantee to entertain.

*Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
**Saturday, June 8th at 9:30 pm CST on NBC Sports Net
***Two Pacific Northwest teams with extremely passionate fan bases will clash on Saturday at CenturyLink Stadium in what is sure to be another great derby matchup. Seattle was able to recover from their 4-0 beating at LA Galaxy by thumping Chivas USA 2-0 on the road last weekend while Vancouver are also on a high having notched their first road win of the season at the New York Red Bulls.

*Arsenal de Sarandí vs. Quilmes
**Saturday, June 8th at 4:10 pm CST on FirstRowSports.eu
***As we come to the last weeks of the Torneo Final in the Argentine Primera División, we have a juicy matchup between Arsenal and Quilmes. When the two teams met in earlier in Torneo Inicial, it was Arsenal who came away with the 2-1 victory. However, Quilmes have been in impressive form this last month and will definitely stand toe-to-toe with Arsenal on Saturday.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?? Let us know!

Written by Cari Gelal
@CariGelal

Sepp’s men in town and how he will make football more “free flowing”…….

The Fifa technical committee is in town today and will tour Reliant Stadium and our city. The hope here is that if the World Cup is awarded to the United States presumably in 2022 that Houston will be one of the cities that will be awarded some of the games. From a financial perspective from some reports the city would get energized with $350 million dollars if this were to occur.
Houston stacks up as one of the top soccer cities in the United States. The strength of the sport at the grass roots level, adult soccer level and the professional level is solid and full of potential and possibility. The general interest of the game here is at an all time high and is even beginning to cross into the mainstream a bit boosted by events like the MLS All Star game and World Cups.
The diversity of our city means many here are following the game worldwide as well, lets just hope these facts come in to play and our expressed by those involved who have the job of making these points known to Fifa Officials. In the end, all the visits to various markets are also connected to the bigger picture of having the committee pick the United States to host.
Could Texas have two cities represented if awarded? Can Dallas and Houston both be host cities? Or is Houston in competition with Dallas and the Jerry Jones palace?

SEPP AND MAKING THE GAME MORE FREE FLOWING
The way for MLS to continue to move forward is to get another two skilled, game changing like players on the field for specific teams. Players that have break-down capability, can on their own change the course of a game. Within the context of great team play these types of individuals are coveted and make the game more interesting for all involved.
During the World Cup we saw teams employing pairs of deep holding midfielders as a shield for defenses and defending with blocks of 8 players an attacking with 2 and 3 players and on occasion a 4th not risking much.
The lone striker was all the rage with a five man midfield. The fewest number of goals ever scored in group play was produced in South Africa.
So Sepp Blatter now just may be ready to make some changes in the of “free flowing” and “attacking” football.

“We have to try to find a way to encourage free flowing football in tournaments like the World Cup, with teams playing to win. We plan to take the opportunity to look at the concept of extra time as well. Often we see teams set themselves up even more defensively in the extra time, in an attempt to avoid conceding a goal at all costs,” said Blatter to Fifa.com.

Blatter proposes the ideas of:

* Doing away with extra time and going right to penalty kicks would force teams to attack more.
* Possibly re-introduce the “Golden Goal”.

What are your thoughts on Blatter’s proposal? Did you believe the football played at the World Cup was overly negative?

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