By: Mike Cortez | @CortezEra
With July 4th this upcoming weekend the USA men’s soccer team prepares to make an unprecedented run in the World Cup, Venus Williams looks to pick up the slack of eliminated Americans and capture the Wimbledon crown, the NBA is in the middle of another transition and the MLB is slowly gaining traction. These were the waves of the last week of June:
World’s Eye View
The World Cup has entered its knockout stage and the drama has not seen a letdown. Host country Brazil squeaked by Chile by the skin on their teeth, winning in penalty kicks to advance to the quarterfinals. Colombia has a rising superstar in James Rodriguez, who scored against versus Uruguay to take control of Golden Boot standings with five tournament goals and push Colombia to the quarterfinals. Colombia is 4-0 in the Cup and Rodriguez is looking like Messi or Ronaldo 2.0.
Mexico was five minutes from upsetting the rising favorite in the tournament, the Netherlands. The Mexican hero, goalie Guillermo Ochoa held the highest scoring squad to nothing until the 88th minute when Dutchman Wesley Sneijder put it in the net followed by a questionable Mexican penalty that led to a 2-1 defeat.
Costa Rica continued its Cinderella run, escaping Greece despite playing with one less man due to a red card. This week the rest of the round of 16 will conclude with powerhouses such as Germany, France and Argentina yet to play. USA plays tomorrow against Belgium and might have their striker Jozy Altidore back on the pitch. If USA was going to make a run in the World Cup, it’s this year.
The World Cup is not the only international competition going on. Wimbledon is drawing to a close. Venus Williams is still alive and is looking to avenge the Americans already eliminated, her sister Serena and Sloan Stephens. The Williams sisters are still alive in the doubles bracket and it’d be a shock if they didn’t clean house.
The NBA Draft is over and now the real fun begins. In addition to Carmelo Anthony opting out, the big three in Miami opted out of their contracts. Can there really be a NBA team running out four of the top 10 picks of the 2003 Draft next season? With Cleveland’s pick of small forward Andrew Wiggins the door has closed on LeBron returning to the Cavs. He’s going back to Miami.
A super team of Melo, LeBron, D-Wade and Bosh would easily become the most hated team in America and the worst defensive team to ever be assembled. If LeBron thinks Melo will suddenly start playing defense if he joins him in Miami he is in for a rude awakening.
Speaking of New York, Brooklyn Head Coach or should I say “former” Brooklyn Head Coach Jason Kidd fled BK for the greener pastures of Milwaukee!? According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Kidd will have a Phil Jackson/Pat Riley type role with the Bucks, something the Nets rightfully weren’t willing to do. Kidd is no doubt one of the best point guards to ever play, but his power hunger may be the end of him. The Nets took a big risk on hiring Kidd and he repays the team.