Which American Players Caught the Eye of European Scouts at the World Cup?

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July 8 2014 5:27 PM

World Cup Dummy: The Dutch, Masters of Gamesmanship Edition

Howler’s World Cup podcast on diving, which U.S. players impressed European scouts, and a tough tournament for African teams.

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Throughout the World Cup, Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen will have a special treat: a podcast extra from our soccer-obsessed friends at Howler magazine.

On today’s episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi talk Dutch diving and gamesmanship as well as the rumors that a couple members of Team USA impressed European scouts. Alex Abnos sends in his dispatch from a bus station in Rio, a final look at the U.S. team as they say goodbye to Brazil. Sean Jacobs, New School professor and founder of the blog Africa Is a Country, joins to talk about the behind-the-scenes conflicts faced by some of the African teams at this World Cup. Finally, the group discusses the fact that the crowds at World Cup stadiums have not been representative of Brazil's typical soccer-watching demographics.

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Podcast production and edit by Matthew Nelson and Ryan Catanese.

You can email the Howler crew at hello@howlermagazine.com.

David Goldblatt was born in London; lives in Bristol, England; and teaches in Los Angeles. He is the author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer and Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer.

Danny Karbassiyoon is a former American soccer player who has suited up for Arsenal, Ipswich Town, and Burnley. He is currently an Arsenal scout and co-founder of SWOL.co.

George Quraishi is founder and editor of Howler, a magazine about soccer. During the World Cup he is editing soccer.fusion.net.

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