Written by Will Parchman

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Luis Suarez didn’t play in Uruguay’s listless 3-1 loss to Costa Rica to open the tournament. You could see it in the attack, which lacked bite – and that’s not just an oblique reference to Suarez’s past in the public eye. Uruguay is a shadow team without Suarez’s relentless motor churning over tackles and doggedly running down balls he has no chance of catching.

Suarez was back against England, and it was clear his knee wasn’t 100 percent. He couldn’t move with the same fluidity. His knee chained him to the ground and limited those Matrix moves that almost bring his body parallel with the ground. But in many ways he was the same Suarez, cleaving into space and finishing with ruthless abandon.

Two Suarez goals later and Uruguay had the sword buried into England to the hilt. Luis Suarez’s postgame comment before abruptly walking away was a perfectly apt summary.

“I dreamt it, I dreamt it,” Suarez said. “And I’m enjoying this moment as much as any other. For all the criticism I got, there you have it.”

There you have it indeed.

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Written by Will Parchman

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We have to talk about Leo Messi.

You may not want to talk about Messi. You may be Messi’d out. And that’s a natural reaction. The man’s gotten so much press over the years – and especially this year – that a sort of Messi fatigue sets in relatively easily. But he’s irrepressible, a charging rhino that keeps ramming your car no matter how much distance you seem to put between yourself and the tusks. And it happened again on Sunday. He gored the car.

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Written by Will Parchman

England and Ecuador fought to a 2-2 draw in Miami on Wednesday in a World Cup tuneup. And if nothing else, it proved the English are in for one hell of a ride in Brazil.

It’s not as though Ecuador is a poor team – there’s plenty of talent here, but England at times looked blown back defensively and unable to cover space Ecuador was all too happy to control. Both teams ended on 10 men, so it’s hard to take much away from the way it ended, but that goal up there is one.

To wit, check out that golazo from Michael Arroyo to make it 2-2. Jack Wilshere sort of lazily saunters up to the ball like he’s going to ask it on a date before it whizzes through his legs and into the upper corner. If England are deploying Wilshere and Milner together in the midfield, expect there to be openings. And lots of them.

The English are a bit like the Americans lately, in that nearly any eventuality seems like the most likely at any given time. Just spin the wheel and see where the dial lands, and are you surprised? No matter what happens, the answer has to be no. You’re not.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

Luke Shaw, Sunderland fullback extraordinaire, was recently called up to the England senior team. And Sunderland made a cool Vine about it. I’ll admit my first reaction was basically this:

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Written by Travis Clark


Sit back and watch the U.S. U17 MNT battle England at the Dev. Academy Showcase down in Florida. Kick off is scheduled for around 5 p.m. ET.
 

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Written by Will Parchman

Sometimes it’s nice to destroy England in a game of soccer. Like here, when the ladies U17s completely unraveled the English in Leicestershire on Sunday behind a masterful performance from Colorado dynamo¬†Mallory Pugh, who scored twice.¬†Taylor Racioppi, Michelle Xiao, Dorian Bailey and Frankie Tagliaferri, who’s just 14, also scored.

But hey, don’t take my word for it. Go watch. Beat-downs are always fun.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

The England U21s ripped open Scotland to the tune of 6-0 last night. It was ugly for Scotland in literally every way possible. (Scotland’s fans prepping for the senior team’s game didn’t seem to care much, anyway, which I guess is good).

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Written by The 91st

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So Nike ran a cool promotion that encouraged fans to send inspirational messages to England players. It went pretty well. So well that the team posted some of the best ones in very prominent places – much to the amazement of the fans.

Check out some of the photos that show off the fan messages on airplane pillows, training equipment, waters bottles and even pool tables.

More photos after the jump.

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Written by The 91st

Hey bud, you might want to record some of the game, too. This Brazilian fan is obviously super excited to be at Sunday’s match against England. So much so that he spends most of his time producing a dance video selfie. Looks fun. Hope that works out for you pal.

 

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The national England squad took a highly publicized walk to the beach in Rio. The media bombarded the team just to simply see how the English integrated themselves with the natives of Copacabana.

The paparazzi snaked through the streets to catch a glimpse of the players doing stretches on the sand and taking pictures with the locals.

The training session did not seem to be difficult, but English fans should not lose hope. The beautiful climate of this vacation hotspot is a lot to get adjusted to.

 

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