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DeAndre Yedlin replaces Fabian Johnson after injury

DeAndre-YedlinUS midfielder Fabian Johnson went down with an apparent hamstring injury in the first half against Belgium on Tuesday, and the man who replaced him does not have a whole lot of experience. His name is DeAndre Yedlin.

Yedlin, 20, is Clint Dempsey’s teammate with the Seattle Sounders. He has tremendous speed and is primarily a defender, having scored just one goal in his collegiate career at the University of Akron. He also has just one goal in 42 games with the Sounders.

Yedlin is considered a raw talent with tremendous potential. Last year, he became the first rookie since 2004 to be named to the MLS All-Star team. He came on as a substitute in the second half against Portugal and helped set up Clint Dempsey’s goal that put the US on top 2-1.

Johnson is one of the better offensive midfielders on the US roster and Yedlin primarily plays right back, so Jurgen Klinsmann will likely have to make some adjustments with Yedlin playing in place of Johnson. The 20-year-old is likely going to be on the US Men’s National Team for a long time, so now would be a great time for him to burst onto the scene.

Fabian Johnson suffers apparent hamstring injury

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US midfielder Fabian Johnson suffered what looked like a hamstring injury in the first half against Belgium on Tuesday. Johnson was trying to save a ball from going out of bounds when he came up a bit lame. He later went down grabbing the back of his leg and was removed from the game.

Johnson is one of the US’s better offensive midfielders. His speed is an important part of Team USA’s offensive approach. With Jozy Altidore viewed as an “emergency” substitute against Belgium, the US is working with a serious shortage of offensive talent.

Belgium dominated time of possession early on against the US, and you’d have to think losing Johnson would create even more issues. Johnson was replaced by the inexperienced 20-year-old DeAndre Yedlin.

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Jurgen Klinsmann not happy about referee Djamel Haimoudi

Jurgen Klinsmann put referee Djamel Haimoudi on notice prior to the US vs. Belgium round of 16 game at the World Cup on Tuesday.

Djamel HaimoudiHaimoudi is from Algeria and was selected by FIFA two officiate two round of 16 games, including the US vs. Belgium. Klinsmann noted that Algeria lost to Belgium in the tournament. He also noted that Haimoudi could speak French and would be able to communicate with the Belgium players.

“Sometimes I don’t understand FIFA,” Klinsmann said. “It’s difficult always to choose the right referees for the right games and it’s always been kind of tricky for FIFA, but it is what it is. We give it absolutely the benefit of the doubt. We respect the decision. We’re going to be spot on in the game and hope that everything goes well.”

I’m not completely sure what Klinsmann thinks the official will do or why he feels Haimoudi would be motivated to call things biased towards Belgium, but there’s little doubt about what Jurgen was doing. Much like a Phil Jackson who tries to prime the refs ahead of games, Klinsmann was probably trying to get into Haimoudi’s head and make him realize that there will be a close eye on him. Hopefully that helps.

Switzerland was this close to taking Argentina to penalty kicks

Switzerland gave Argentina all they could handle in the round of 16 on Tuesday, forcing extra time and coming just inches away from having to settle the game with penalty kicks. With less than three minutes remaining in extra time, Switzerland midfielder Blerim Dzemaili hit the post with a header that would have tied the game at 1-1.

After his header rattled off the post, Dzemaili had a shot at the rebound but couldn’t react in time. The cross was perfect and the scoring attempt was about two inches away from being the same.

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Argentina took the lead in the 118th minute on a goal from Angel Di Maria that was set up by — you guessed it — Lionel Messi.

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Mauricio Pinilla gets tattoo of missed shot against Brazil

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Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla blew a perfect opportunity to send his team to the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Saturday when he missed a shot against Brazil. Pinilla’s shot, which came as the final seconds of extra time ticked away, deflected off the crossbar and out. Brazil went on to win in penalty kicks.

Now, Pinilla has taken extreme measures to make sure he never forgets that he came within inches of being a hero. The 30-year-old got a tattoo of his missed shot on his back.

As Metro pointed out, the words alongside the tattoo read “One centimeter from glory.”

It’s hard not to feel bad for Pinilla. His shot beat Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar and literally missed by inches. It was probably a good idea to get the ink on his back and not in his permanent line of sight.

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Algeria goalie Rais M’Bohli makes incredible save on header (Video)

Algeria goalkeeper Rais M’Bohli made some phenomenal saves to keep his team in the game against Germany on Monday. His best work came late in the second half when he stopped a header from Germany’s Thomas Muller.

Muller got his head on a perfect cross and placed it in a decent spot, but M’Bohli left his feet and was able to make the save. Algerian defender Esseid Belkalem followed it by placing himself in perfect position to stop the rebound.

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Germany entered the game as a heavy favorite and many expected a blowout. If not for some phenomenal saves by M’Bohli, that may have wound up being the case.

GIF via SB Nation

Luis Suarez issues apology to Giorgio Chiellini

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Rememeber when Luis Suarez defended himself by saying he lost his balance and accidentally smacked his teeth off of Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder, injuring his own mouth in the process? The Uruguay star has apparently had time to reconsider his position and come to the conclusion that honesty is the best approach.

On Monday afternoon, Suarez issued an apology to Chiellini on Twitter.

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Chiellini, who has already stated that he believes the punishment levied against Suarez by FIFA was too harsh, quickly accepted the apology and said he hopes FIFA will reduce the length of the ban.

Chiellini is incredibly admirable for letting the whole incident go, but it’s hard to take Suarez’s apology seriously. He’s been punished for biting multiple times in the past. Actions speak louder than words, and Suarez has repeatedly proved that he has a serious problem.

Also see: Uruguay president calls FIFA ‘sons of bitches’