Game-by-game: A look at the 2015 Women’s World Cup Round of 16

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Finally, the Round of 16 is set and beyond that the bracket for who lines up to play whom for the remainder of the World Cup.

And it literally came down to the last touch of group play, a Sonia Bermudez free kick that rocked the cross bar. Had it gone in, Spain and Costa Rice would have drawn lots for second in Group E. Instead they are both going home and Korea Republic took that coveted position.

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Here is a quick look at the eight matches for the next round. They are listed from top to bottom on the bracket so the winner of the first match will meet the winner of the second and so on and so forth.

China vs Cameroon | June 20, Edmonton

China came in with a defensive outlook but also showed they can score, while Cameroon introduced Gaelle Enganamouit who had a hat trick against Ecuador and showed well in the other two matches. World Cups should be about matches like this. The winner probably plays the United States but neither can go home too disappointed if they get bounced in the quarterfinals. Note the two extra days of rest to the winner.


United States vs Colombia | June 22, Edmonton

The United States did not attack well in the group stage but allowed only one goal behind strong showings by the defensive triangle of Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston, and Hope Solo. Colombia already beat France, so they have to believe that on their day they can hang with the United States. Colombia goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda will miss the match through suspension due to yellow card accumulation. The only good news there is that backup Stefany Castano at least played against Mexico.

WORLD CUP HISTORY (United States lead, 1-0-0)
2011 Group C: United States 3, Colombia 0

Germany vs Sweden | June 20, Ottawa

Sweden skated through by the skin of their teeth and was not assured of moving on until late on Wednesday, the day after they played. It will be a tall order to get through Germany, but then Germany should be feeling the same way going up against a Swedish team that did not lose a group match and nearly knocked off the United States.

WORLD CUP HISTORY (Sweden lead, 2-1-0)
2003 Final: Germany 2, Sweden 1, asdet
1995 Group A: Sweden 3, Germany 2
1991 Third Place: Sweden 4, Germany 0

France vs Korea Republic | June 21, Montreal

France finally looked like World Cup contenders when they opened up Mexico to win Group F. Now they’ll face one of the best technical sides in the tournament and one that rallied for its life with two second-half goals against Spain to stay alive.

WORLD CUP HISTORY (France lead, 1-0-0)
2003 Group B: France 1, Korea Republic 0

Brazil vs Australia | June 21, Moncton

This was always going to be a dicey spot for Brazil due to the strength of Group D which sent its runner-up here. The best news was clinching top spot after two matches and allowing key players to rest against Costa Rica. They also played that match in the same city that they’ll play this one. Australia, however, are showing signs of being legitimate contenders. This is the choice match in the round.

WORLD CUP HISTORY (Brazil lead, 2-0-0)
2007 Quarterfinals: Brazil 3, Australia 2
2011 Group D: Brazil 1, Australia 0

Japan vs Netherlands | June 23, Vancouver

The holders underwhelmed throughout the group stage yet managed to win all three matches against first-time World Cup sides. They get another first-time squad in the Netherlands, who moved on with 4 points despite their attacking personalities being dormant and conceding horrible goals in two straight. Remember Japan underwhelmed in group play four years ago as well…


Norway vs England | June 22, Ottawa

Another juicy matchup that neither team will stand to lose. England mixed up tactics during their three group matches so the storyline figures to be how they will approach this one against a Norway side that is younger and more technical than usual.

WORLD CUP HISTORY (Norway lead, 1-0-0)
1995 Group B: Norway 2, England 0

Canada vs Switzerland | June 21, Vancouver

The dream draw for the hosts continued as they won Group A and nabbed a third-place finisher in the first knockout match. That does not mean it will be easy. Switzerland showed they can annihilate a team as they did against Ecuador (10-1) and that it can hang with a classy side as they did against Japan.


World record-holding manager Gutendorf dies at 93

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The world record holder for most teams managed has died at the age of 93.

Rudi Gutendorf, who managed in the United States with the NASL’s St. Louis Stars (1968), last managed in 2003 when he led the Samoa national team.

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Those are two of 55 teams he led onto the pitch, 22 of which were national teams. He led teams from CONCACAF (Trinidad and Tobago), CAF (Ghana), CONMEBOL (Chile), OFC (Fiji), and AFC (Australia).

The German-born Gutendorf did a lot of his club work in Europe, leading clubs as big as Hamburg, Schalke, Real Valladolid, and Hertha Berlin.

Gutendorf managed Rwanda in the wake of the country’s dark civil war. From

“Such hate, you cannot believe. I was able to unite these two tribes to play football, and good football,” he said in a 2013 interview of the mixed Rwandan team of Hutu and Tutsi players.

What a fascinating career Gutendorf had, and the stories he’s told.

Man Utd’s Maguire “showed what a man he is” versus Leicester

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Manchester United is still working to find its form as a team, but center back Harry Maguire continued his run of fine performances when the Red Devils beat his former team on Saturday.

United beat Leicester City 1-0 on the day, a Marcus Rashford penalty the difference, but Maguire and fellow new back Aaron Wan-Bissaka were again exceptional.

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Ashley Young has been through a few iterations of Manchester United, and the long-time club offered up lofty words to credit Maguire’s contributions to the team.

“Again he showed today what a man he is,” Young said. “You know, I think the manager’s said about him, he talks non-stop, he’s a real leader and he can play as well.”

Maguire won five aerial battles and two tackles while completing 83 percent of his passes and managing two shots against his former side (WhoScored). On the season, only Anthony Martial has consistently been more important to the team.

He also did not record a loss of possession, and seemingly was unbothered by plenty of criticism from the traveling fans. From The Manchester Evening News:

“I don’t think it bothers (Maguire) whatsoever,” said Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “You’ve got to be that way and when you play, when you coach, when you manage, we don’t get carried away when we win a game that we maybe didn’t deserve to win, but we don’t get in the dumps when we don’t win.”

Solskjaer also loved Maguire and Victor Lindelof for their performance against pesky Leicester star Jamie Vardy.

“I’ve got loads of admiration for Vardy,” Solskjaer said. “I think he’s my type of centre forward, runs in in behind, harasses and you’ve got to be spot on with the decision-making, when to stay up, when to drop off, and both of them proved their worth today. There were a couple of races and Harry did well.”

Maguire didn’t love being on the other side of Vardy, either.

“It was tough playing against Jamie,” he said. “I’ve played with him for two years and he is a top player who can terrorize defenses when he is on his game. … We knew it was important to get the win, especially after the international break. We have to build on a solid base and we want to keep clean sheets, especially at Old Trafford. We are always going to score goals with the attacking talent we have.”

United hosts Kazakhstan’s Astana on Thursday in the Europa League before visiting West Ham United on Sept. 22.

Watch Live: Bournemouth v. Everton

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets the start up top as Everton looks to take down hosts Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via

Alex Iwobi, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Richarlison join Calvert-Lewin in attack for the Toffees, who can go fourth with a win.


Bournemouth enters the day in 16th, a point ahead of the bottom three, but can rise into the top half with a win. Early season vibes.


Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Rico, Ake, Cook, Stacey, Solanke, Billing, L. S. Cook, Wilson, King, Wilson. Subs: Boruc, Surman, Lerma, Ibe, Fraser, Simpson, Mepham.

Everton: Pickford, Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman, Delph, Schneiderlin, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin. Subs: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Walcott, Sidibe, Bernard, Davies, Kean.

USWNT legend O’Reilly scores stunner on night to honor her career

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USWNT hero and North Carolina Courage playmaker Heather O’Reilly gave her special day its just desserts.

The 34-year-old New Jersey native scored a sweet goal late in North Carolina’s 6-1 demolition of Orlando Pride on Saturday night, which just so happened to be the evening chosen to celebrate her 17-year career.

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O’Reilly dribbled down the left before cutting to the middle and slashing a shot across the goal and inside the far post.

She has 231 USWNT caps with 47 goals, a Women’s World Cup crown, three Olympic gold medals, three top-flight domestic titles, two Women’s College Cups, and an FA Cup with Arsenal Ladies.

The Courage have four matches left in the regular season and look set to again be the No. 1 seed, so O’Reilly may yet have more memorable moments left in her playing career.