As noted earlier this year the summer of 2017 is full of international soccer competitions. Here is a summary of results and progress to date.
U 21 Mens EURO
Spain defeated Italy 3-1 in semi-final #1 and Germany defeated England 4-3 on penalty kicks after a riveting 2-2 extra time tie. In the final Germany played a disciplined defensive game to hold on to a 1-0 lead and win the championship.
After battling to a goalless draw after 120 minutes Chile defeated Portugal 3-0 in penalty kicks in one semi-final. In the other Germany’s team of FIFA 2018 prospects ran over Mexico’s A-Team 4-1. The final was a group stage rematch between Germany and Chile with Germany emerging victorious 1-0.
U 19 Mens EURO
Portugal defeated Netherlands 1-0 and England defeated Czech Republic 1-0 in the semis. England went on to win the tournament 2-1 against Portugal.
Concacaf Gold Cup
With the group stage completed the tournament is set for the quarter finals. The match-ups are:
Costa Rica v. Panama
United States v. El Salvador
Mexico v. Honduras
Jamaica v. Canada
Although ranked lowest in FIFA (100), watch out for Canada to provide some upsets.
Women EURO 2017
Group stage play started this weekend. Look for Germany to run the table all the way to the finals.