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ASN Morning Read: We Are Going to Brazil Now

The United States men's national team lands in Brazil after a productive weekend that included a victory over Nigeria and a bunch of other stuff that you need to know about right now.
BY Noah Davis Posted
June 09, 2014
9:49 AM
  • The United States defeated Nigeria in a game that wasn't a big deal for Jozy Altidore, despite him scoring two goals. Five thoughts, anyone? Post-Nigeria, make that 17 wins:
  • And now they are in Brazil:
  • You can tour all the World Cup venues via Google Maps.

  • U.S. Soccer dropped its "One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories." series over the weekend. Jermaine Jones FTW:
  • Young players, man. It's all about the young players: “They’re not here just because they’re young to get the experience,” midfielder Graham Zusi told The New York Times. “They’re here because they deserve it. They have to realize that they’re going to have an impact on this team whether they play or not.”

  • [Insert Dumb and Dumber joke]
  • Chuck Blazer. What a crook: Much of Blazer’s wealth and influence can be traced back to an extraordinary contract he made with the organization that runs soccer from Panama to Canada, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, or CONCACAF. It entitled him to 10 percent—under his unilateral interpretation—of just about every penny the organization brought in. That document provided him an intoxicating personal incentive to grow the sport, earning him a life of spectacular luxury and an unforgettable nickname: Mr. Ten Percent.
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