Goalkeeper Justin Garces, who grew up in Kendall, and midfielder George Acosta, who played youth soccer at Miami Lakes and Weston, are in Panama with the U.S. U-17 National Team for the CONCACAF U17 Championships.
The University of Miami, Florida State, Florida and Florida Gulf Coast are locks for the NCAA Tournament. But for bubble teams like Syracuse, Kansas State and Vanderbilt, it will be a nerve-wracking day on Sunday.
U.S. fans and the media will be paying close attention to see if the U.S. men’s national team looks more energized and creative under Bruce Arena than they did in a pair of losses to Mexico and Costa Rica that wound up costing Jurgen Klinsmann his job.
In the end, the Hurricanes remained undefeated in the Mark Richt Era with a 38-10 victory, and will surely keep a spot in the Top 25, but they were tested, frustrated and penalized more than they were during last week’s cakewalk.
There is soccer galore these days with the Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016 overlapping. The U.S. advanced to the Copa semifinals with a 2-1 win over Ecuador. In France, the European Championships head into their second week.
The world will tune in as unlikely EPL leader Leicester City plays Sunday’s crucial game against Swansea City. The Foxes, who lead Tottenham by five points in the standings with four games to go, will be without leading scorer Jamie Vardy, who is suspended.
Los Angeles Galaxy Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong was suspended three games by Major League Soccer and fined an undisclosed amount for a hard tackle on Portland’s Darlington Nagbe. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena says media and fans overreacted, incited by social media “hysteria.”
Maria Sharapova didn’t run. She didn’t hide. She didn’t have her agent speak for her. She didn’t even ask officials to test her “B” sample. She did what she has always done in tough moments. She faced the microphone, just like she does after humbling losses.
Time will tell whether FIFA will truly clean itself up and become the kind of organization soccer officials, players, and fans can put their faith in. But one thing seems certain — the election Friday of Gianni Infantino as president seems to be a step in the right direction.
The South Florida Haitian community has one more reason to pay attention to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers this season. Haiti national team midfielder Jean Alexandre signed with the team last week, and he brings plenty of experience to the roster.
Michelle Kaufman grew up in Miami and graduated from UM in 1987. She has worked at the St. Petersburg Times and the Detroit Free Press and has been with the Miami Herald since 1996. She has covered 13 Olympics and 6 World Cups.
The agency says the office in the Omni building, on the northern edge of downtown Miami, is unable to take appointments or process passports. All passport processing in Florida and some other parts of the Southeast flows through the Miami office.
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