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FUEL Soccer Talk: World Cup kicks off in France; USMNT’s Gold Cup roster set; England’s woes and who’s to blame

Women’s World Cup 2019 kicks off this weekend: What you need to know

WHEN: June 7-July 7
TV: English-language broadcast on Fox, FS1 or FS2. Spanish-language broadcast on Telemundo or Universo.
STREAMING: Live streams will be available on Fox Sports Go online or via the app. If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can watch games through a streaming service.
USWNT GAMES: June 11 vs. Thailand (3 p.m. ET on Fox); June 16 vs. Chile (12 p.m. ET on Fox); June 20 vs. Sweden (3 p.m. ET on Fox).
Defending Champion: USA

OPENING WEEKEND

Friday, June 7

France vs. South Korea, 3 p.m. (FS1)

Saturday, June 8

Germany vs. China, 9 a.m. (FS1)

Spain vs. South Africa, 12 p.m., (Fox)

Norway vs. Nigeria, 3 p.m. (Fox)

Sunday, June 9

Australia vs. Italy, 7 a.m. (FS1)

Brazil vs. Jamaica, 9:30 a.m. (FS1)

England vs. Scotland, 12 p.m. (Fox)

Which games this weekend offer the most intrigue?  

Berhalter names final 23-player roster for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter has selected the final 23-player roster for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. With a mix of veterans and promising young talent, the United States will pursue its seventh confederation championship title. The 16-team tournament marks the first official competition for the MNT in the 2022 World Cup cycle. The team heads to Cincinnati for a tournament tune-up against Venezuela on June 9 at Nippert Stadium. Kickoff for the USA’s first visit to the Queen City is set for 2 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on FOX, UniMas and UDN.  Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@USMNT) and Instagram (@USMNT) accounts.

U.S. MNT GOLD CUP ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS):

GOALKEEPERS (3): 12-Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 7/0), 22-Tyler Miller (LAFC; 0/0), 1-Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 9/0)

DEFENDERS (8)14-Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 10/1), 3-Omar Gonzalez (Toronto FC/CAN; 50/3), 2-Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 3/0), 23-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 5/0), 16-Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 4/0), 19-Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 13/1), 13-Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 29/1), 5-Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 6/2)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 145/17), 20-Duane Holmes (Derby County/ENG; 1/0), 8-Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 8/1), 10-Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 25/10), 15-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 10/0), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 16/0)

FORWARDS (6)17-Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 110/41), 7-Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 22/3), 21-Tyler Boyd (Vitória Guimãres/POR; 0/0), 18-Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 4/0), 11-Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 27/5), 9-Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 44/7)

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the US roster?

England’s loss to Netherlands is just another setback for the nation

There was plenty of blame and finger pointing to go around after England’s 3-1 semifinal loss on Thursday. Netherlands capitalized on two defensive mistakes from England in extra-time to win the Nations League semifinal and reach the final against Portugal on Sunday.

Declan Rice, one of England’s rising young stars, believes the team needs to point a finger at themselves. “It is gutting and really tough to take,” said the West Ham midfielder. “After Marcus Rashford put that penalty in, we ran our socks off in the first half. But then we sat back a bit and the set-piece (goal) is a tough one to take, because we work on that day in day out. We have to take it on the chin, but then we gifted them two goals.”

It was not a good day for England, particularly a couple of Manchester City players.

From Daniel Taylor’s column in the Guardian: “For (John) Stones, this was a personal ordeal in keeping with a season on the fringes of Manchester City’s success. The records will show it was Kyle Walker’s own goal that put the Netherlands in front. In reality it was Stones who endangered his team, dilly-dallying on the ball with Memphis Depay in close proximity, losing possession and watching the rest unfurl without being able to do anything about it.

“It was difficult to know which was the more calamitous goal and, unfortunately for Stones, he had a part in both. It was Stones, after all, who played the pass that put Barkley under pressure and saw him, as the last man, lose the ball to Depay again. Quincy Promes, one of the Dutch substitutes, was waiting to turn in Depay’s pass to make it 3-1 and that, for England, was that – another semi-final defeat and another story of squandering a first-half lead, just as they had done against Croatia during last summer’s World Cup.”

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