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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Iker Casillas - Spain
Only allowed 2 goals in 7 games while making a few clutch saves to keep Spain in games late in the tournament, although one of the two goals he was partly at fault for.
Eduardo - Portugal
Allowed just a single goal (that was offside) in four games. He deserved to go farther in the tournament but Portugal played too negative of soccer.
Manuel Neuer - Germany
He didn't really stand out but Germany only allowed 5 goals in 7 games while placing 3rd. Keeper was considered a weakness for Germany coming into the tournament so his play was a surprise.
Gerard Pique - Spain
In my mind, he was the defender of the tournament. He stopped everything that came his way while getting into the attack and providing some of the best passing out of the back in the tournament.
Maicon - Brazil
I am convinced that the goal he scored was pre-meditated. The best defender in the world didn't have the greatest tournament as far as attacking goes, but he did a fine job of defending.
Lúcio - Brazil
He was solid the entire tournament. It is because of him that I thought there was no way Brazil would lose a game at the tournament.
Carles Puyol - Spain
Scored the goal to put Spain into the final while being solid in the back the whole time.
Fábio Coentrão - Portugal
Portugal's attackers really flopped this tournament, but they were always the brightest when attacking down the left side, Coentrão's side.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst - Netherlands
He captained the Dutch to their third ever World Cup final while scoring the goal of the tournament. Many thought he would be exposed for pace, but this simply didn't happen.
Philipp Lahm - Germany
This wasn't a great tournament for attacking outside backs, but Lahm was the second best of the bunch.
Diego Lugano - Uruguay
If Uruguay had him for the semifinal, things might have been different. Through their first 5 games their defense was as stingy as any.
Xavi Hernández - Spain
Anyone who doesn't have Xavi on their all-tournament team doesn't know anything about soccer. There isn't really a lot that I can say about him that isn't just obvious. For me, he was the player of the tournament.
Andrés Iniesta - Spain
"Xavi lite" scored the most important goal in Spain's history while complimenting Xavi in the midfield that kept the best possession in the tournament.
Wesley Sneijder - Netherlands
I must say that he got pretty lucky on some of his goals, but sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. The fact that he scored 5 goals is impressive enough, but he also created many chances as well.
Thomas Mueller - Germany
The Golden Boot winner and Best Young Player winner deserves to be on this list simply for his fine finishing. 5 shots on goal and 5 goals in the tournament is pretty impressive to me.
Bastian Schweinsteiger - Germany
Even without Michael Ballack, he dominated the center of the midfield in every game but one (Spain). The former winger seems to be able to fill in to Ballack's boots easily.
Dirk Kuyt - Netherlands
Often overlooked, the hardworking utility man created many chances and even scored a goal while providing the type of hard work that every quality team needs.
Although he didn't play as well as the tournament progressed, he along with Muller showed why Germany's future is so bright. He could be one of the best players in the world in the next 2-3 years.
Michael Bradley – United States
These next two picks may seem completely biased, but I think they are deserving. Bradley simply dominated all four games that he played in. He was solid on the ball, almost never getting caught in possession, he completed a high number of his passes, and he once again showed that he is the master of the late run out of midfield by scoring a clutch goal against Slovenia.
Landon Donovan – United States
Landon may not have played consistently throughout every game, but it is hard to argue that many players were more influential than he was. He scored 3 of the 5 USA goals and was often our most dangerous player. Landon finally proved himself on the international stage in this tournament with his talent, which should always be good enough to make the all-tournament team.
Diego Forlán - Uruguay
Forlán was pretty much Uruguay for a lot of the time. It should be noted that 4 of his 5 goals were scored from outside the penalty area. This man seemed to be the only one who could strike the Jabulani correctly.
David Villa - Spain
When you score 62.5% of the goals for the World Champions, you can't be left off the team.
Luis Suárez - Uruguay
Honestly, this could have gone to many other players, and while he scored 3 great goals, what makes him stand out from the pack is his handball against Ghana. I don't think there was a more important or more clutch or more intelligent play in this entire world cup. If you call it cheating and say that you wouldn't do the same thing, then you are just lying.
Last Week 3-5 Overall 53-64
Wednesday July 14th
KC 0 Columbus 2
Thursday July 15th
Seattle 1 DC 2
Saturday July 17th
Toronto 1 Philadelphia 1
New York 1 Columbus 2
RSL 2 Dallas 0
KC 0 Colorado 3
Thursday July 18th
LA 3 DC 1