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MLS Cup Final: Staff Picks

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By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

We are less than a week away from the MLS Cup Final between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC. Both teams are going for their second league championship, with the Sounders having won in 2016 and Toronto in 2017. Following a new format of single elimination playoffs, the Cup final will be played Sunday, November 10th at CenturyLink Field.

Several members of the MLSFemale staff offered their thoughts on who will lift the trophy at the end of the night. The results are… slightly skewed.


Seattle Sounders

Ashley, Official Sounders Reporter: Because Seattle invented MLS Cup…The team overcame so many injuries this season and not to mention players leaving and retiring. They busted their butts to get to this final and this city deserves to host a championship.

Keira, Official NYCFC Reporter: Sounders because they are a huge reason we have a cool soccer culture in the US. Great teams find ways to win the big games and that’s what Seattle does. Dig deep and find ways to win.

Bridget, Official MNUFC Reporter: I have to go with the Sounders. They have multiple players who peak in high pressure matches and yet nothing about their game plan leans on just these players. It’s a slightly different edge than Toronto.

Eve, Official Montreal Impact Reporter:  If I put my Toronto bias aside, I would say I feel like Seattle have the edge because they have finally been a consistently strong unit over the whole of the season, unlike in their two previous Cup runs.

Aya, Atlanta United Video Correspondent: Seattle because Toronto beat us.

Dayna, Co-founder of MLSFemale: Totally unbiased opinion — I think Seattle will win it. Home field advantage is real in Seattle.

Abigail, Seattle Contributor and USWNT Correspondent: Seattle of course! This team knows how to show up in big moments. Lodiero, Ruidiaz, and Frei are all big game players. This team is built for playoffs especially at home

Sylvana, Official NY Red Bulls Reporter and MLSFemale Social Media Manager: Definitely Seattle. They are a cohesive unit and have been able to execute a game plan. And they were able to put aside the mighty LAFC! They definitely seem to have the advantage going in.

Sarah, Official D.C. United Reporter and MLSFemale Editor-in-Chief: Seattle capitalizes on home field advantage to win the Cup and wow the home crowd, but Nick DeLeon scores some absolute stunners that turn the match into a nail biter.

Toronto FC

Liz, Co-founder of MLSFemale: I’m Canadian and BMO Field was the first MLS match I ever attended which helped put me on the path to co-creating MLSFemale.

Jess, Official Rapids Reporter: This isn’t a final I’m looking forward to because it’s very much more of the same. I would have loved to have seen an LAFC/Atlanta matchup instead. Normally I go with the conference my team plays in, but this time I see Toronto as the lesser of two evils.

Araceli, Official LAFC and Sporting KC Reporter: Toronto FC. It’s a difficult choice since both teams have a long history with each other in the MLS Cup Final. I think Stefan Frei and Quentin Westberg are strong keepers and could keep both sides in the game well into extra time. But I’m rooting for The Reds mostly because Seattle knocked out LAFC.

Kickoff is set for 3pm EST on ABC. MLSFemale will live-tweet the final. Follow along @MLSFemale.

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Moving on: Round of 16 for Denmark

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By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

They’ve done it! Denmark has advanced to the Round of 16 in the World Cup!!

Their best FIFA World Cup result to date was achieved in 1998, where they narrowly lost 3–2 in a quarter-final against Brazil. Denmark also made the second round in 2002. Check out these amazing stats comparing then and now…hmmmmm, makes you wonder.

Advancing to this next round was not clinched until the final day of Group C games on June 26th. France was already set to move on and that’s who the opponent was for Denmark. Australia was hosting Peru at the same time. With a Denmark loss and an Australia win, both teams would be tied at 4 points each. Tournament rules would then go into effect.

As the tweet below states, there was lots of huffing and puffing but not lots of scoring. The match with France ended in a scoreless draw. Kudos to keeper Kasper Schmeichel once again. Peru defeated Australia 0-2 in an exciting match to clinch it for Denmark.

France and Denmark were tops in Group C and both moved on to the knockout phase – Round of 16.

June 29th was a day of rest for the World Cup in Russia. Teams who did not advance packed up their bags, collected their memories and hopped a plane home. It will be another four years before they can try again.

Round of 16

France kicked it off versus the favored Argentina. Many say it was the match of all matches, and almost everyone agrees it was exciting to watch, even for new fans of soccer. The final score was 4-3, for France. Uruguay knocked out Portugal with a score of 2 -1. Sunday, July 1 has Spain and Russia playing the early game.

In the later game, Croatia and Denmark play. Croatia was in a competitive group with Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria who all played well during tournament play. They are coming in strong. Here is a quote from Crotia midfielder Filip Bradaric as we look forward to the match:

Denmark has some similar features to Iceland. Croatia will be well-prepared for this encounter.

Competitors in the football (soccer) world know Denmark to be a solid competitor. It will be an exciting match between these two intense teams as this is a win-or-go-home situation. Here’s what Denmark’s official team reporter for 2018 FIFA World Cup had to say:

See you there!

Croatia v Denmark. Sunday, July 1. #CRODEN

Update: Denmark was defeated in the knockout match against Croatia. It was a very exciting game, going into shootout penalty kicks, with the eventual loss. Kudos to all the Danish players on a successful World Cup!

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Denmark kicks off Moscow on a winning note

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By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Group C: June 16 #PERDEN, June 21 #DENAUS

Most people thought Denmark (tied for 12th) would lose this opening match against FIFA’s 11th ranked Peru. Maybe it was a belated birthday present (#20 celebrated his birthday June 15) that brought the team good luck or perhaps it was just patience that paid off in the end.

In the first half, Denmark was outplayed by Peru but after 45 minutes it was still scoreless 0-0. Keeper Kasper Schmeichel made some outstanding stops to keep Peru off the board. It’s quite the compliment when head coach Åge Hareide even said he considered Schmeichel the best in the world.

At the 59′ of the second half, 24-year-old forward Yussuf Yurary Poulsen received a perfect pass from Christian Eriksen to open the scoring. Yurary, #20, is known for his very quick feet and ball in the air skills. He made 9 appearances during the qualifying campaign to help get the Danish national team to the World Cup in Russia. He has 29 international caps and 5 international goals.

At full-time, the match ended 0-1 in favor of the red and white. Denmark was the lesser team in almost every statistic but the team momentum managed to keep them riding the wave.  With this win over Peru, Denmark has successfully earned 3 points and sits at the top of the leaderboard with France.

This is the Group Phase of the World Cup and if Denmark can remain in the top two of Group C, they can move on to the Round of 16 and have a chance to compete in the Quarter Finals. For now, it’s one day at a time and one match at a time.

Coming Up:

Thursday, June 21, Group C battles again. Denmark (1-0-0) welcomes Australia (0-0-1) at 8:00am ET. Later on in the day, France (1-0-0) hosts Peru (0-0-1) at 11:00am ET.

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Denmark has the nicest supporters in the world

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By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

What’s the opposite of unruly fans? Supporters of team Denmark! I can, personally, account for this as my heritage hails from this Scandinavian country. We don’t get too excited about anything and go through life in a placid sort of way enjoying food and drink with others.

Recently, us reporters decided that since neither the US Men’s National Team or the Canadian team qualified for the World Cup 2018 in Russia, we would write about other teams. Many chose teams via their heritage, some because of their MLS connection and others just because they like the country.

The World Cup starts June 14 with Denmark’s first match on June 16. There are 32 countries divided into 8 groups, A-H. Denmark is in Group C along with Peru, Australia and France. Denmark missed the last World Cup but have high hopes to come out on top of this group, even against heavyweight Team France.

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DENMARK: 23-man squad — Nicklas Bendtner has been left out of Denmark’s 23-man World Cup squad due to a groin injury that he sustained playing for his club side.

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Frederik Ronnow (Brondby IF), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town)

Defenders: Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield Town), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town)

Midfielders: William Kvist (FC Kobenhavn), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo)

Forwards: Nicolai Jørgensen (Feyenoord), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Viktor Fischer (FC Kobenhavn), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux)

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On our way. Image: Nicolai Jørgensen @njorgensen9

According to the FIFA World Rankings, Denmark is currently tied with England for 12th going into the tournament. They have moved up 7 spots in the past 9 months. If the team can continue to gel, they can ride this wave of momentum and kickoff Moscow on a winning note.

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