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ASN Morning Read: Gosh, Brazil Is a Large Place

Getting around the South American country next summer will be a bigger problem than David Luiz's hair. No, that doesn't make any sense. Neither does Tim Ream solving the left back issue. Plus, Mix!
BY Noah Davis Posted
December 04, 2013
8:14 AM
  • Would you like to see a lot of Brazil? We mean a lot? Then hope the United States is drawn into spot D4 or G4 on Friday. That way, you'll get to fly 8,866 miles, hitting Natal , Manaus, and Recife along the journey. One thing's clear: we're going to know a lot more about Brazilian geography in the coming weeks.

  • Speaking of the draw, America, f yeah!: "The challenge, as ever, is not just to win -- which is good, actually, because the U.S. isn't winning its way out of a group with like Brazil and Portugal and Italy in it -- but to do what we do best. Are we just going to sit back and complain about it? No, of course not. We are going to stand up when we complain. It will be beautiful. It will be us. And it will be the envy of the rest of the world, again, as ever."

  • The Hair Across America Tour continued with Mix Diskerud, a "midfielder for the United States at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil," showing up in New Jersey and talking to school children about soccer. Why yes, there is video:
  • Alejando Bedoya scored a goal and earned a penalty in Nantes in a 2-1 win over Valenciennes.
  • Tim Ream is the answer at left back. At least he was for one night, as he earned an eight for his performance for Bolton.

  • Don Garber gave his State of the League speech on Wednesday afternoon, and the Soccer Don trumpeted expansion. MLS, now coming to a city near you. Perhaps the biggest takeaway: Garber saying, "we are still evolving and still sometimes doing stuff on the fly." That's both honest and accurate.

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