Most of the nation turned its eyeballs to the National Football League this weekend, but it wasn’t the only national sporting event of the weekend. The USMNT kicked off the 2014 World Cup year with a 2-0 victory over South Korea at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA. For fans looking to watch the game on ESPN2, the pregame and first few minutes of the game were lost to the interminable conclusion of the FSU college basketball game on the network. Unfortunately, the first goal was lost to those fans watching the “Deuce” as the basketball ran long. Despite the conspiracy theories of many soccer fans, this is a long standing ESPN policy, that live games run to completion before heading to the next venue. UniMas showed the game starting with the first kick.
In other soccer news, Beckham to Miami continued to move forward over the weekend, with the announcement that Becks will be in Miami on Tuesday night and Wednesday for a number of events. These will include a reception, press conference and meet and greet for Becks with youth soccer players in the Miami area. In unrelated Beckham news, Golden Balls was on the Jimmy Fallon show to promote his HM line in advance of his Super Bowl commercial appearance.
Finally, it appears that Michigan Stadium will play host to a major club friendly between Real Madrid and Manchester United. The match will be part of the average cris crossing of the United States for the currently named International Champions Cup.
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