Today's Top Stories:
Andrea Pirlo has announced that he will retire from Italy following the World Cup.

Dejan Lovren handed in a formal transfer request to Southampton in order to provoke a move away from the club.

Shoutout to Grant and David Fowler who are driving from North Carolina to Brazil for the World Cup.

FIFA investigator Michael Garcia has said he had access to a vast majority of the documents made available by recent media investigations.

Sepp Blatter will stand for a fifth term as FIFA president and has criticized the “disrespect” he has gotten from top UEFA officials.

Deadspin has a sweet little guide on how to stream every World Cup match, I recommend you check that out. A promise to my friends and audience, if you Facebook message, Tweet, or call/text me, I will find you a working stream of the highest quality for every World Cup match. It is my duty as a football fan and upholder of the Pirate’s code.

Trivia segment:
Before we get to our results from the weekend and upcoming matches for tonight, here’s a new trivia segment sponsored by Ruffneck Scarves and Who Are Ya Designs. They make a tons of great shirts and scarves and sent me their #Murica shirt, so you should check them out at . That brings us to our trivia question for the day which is: Who is the oldest scorer in World Cup history? If you think you know the answer, Tweet me @IamSchaffer, respond on the Full Time Football Facebook Page, or comment on the blog. We’ll select the winner from the correct responses and send them a gift card so they can pick up some new gear. If you don’t know the answer, still go to or and buy a shirt for yourself or the football fan in your life.

In our matches from yesterday:
In MLS action, four goals first half goals gave DC United a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Impact. Luis Silva had a hat trick that he capped off with a penalty conversion in the 5th minute of first half stoppage time. Nick DeLeon scored the other goal for United. Jack McInerny and Andrea Romero scored for the Impact.

FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers played to a dramatic 2-2 draw at last night. Fabian Castillo and Blas Perez scored in the first half to give Dallas a 2-0 lead. Things fell apart for them down the stretch after conceding a penalty to Adi Fernando, Will Johnson converted from the spot. Moises Hernandez was then sent off in the 87th and Blas Perez received a second yellow signaling his dismissal in the 92nd. Finally in the 94th minute, the Timbers struck home the equalizer through Pa-Modou Ka.

In the NWSL:
The Boston Breakers earned a 2-0 win over the Washington Spirit. Katie Schoepfer opened the scoring in the 42nd minute and Courtney Jones added the other just a minute and thirty eight seconds later. That two minute period proved to be enough to get them the win in that one.

The Houson Dash ran out 2-1 winners against the Western NY Flash. Tiffany McCarty opened the scoring for Houston in the first half. Adriana Martin drew level for the Flash, but a penalty conceded in the 64th minute signaled their doom. Teresa Noyola converted from the spot to give the Dash a 2-1 win.

Match Day One Preview:

This is without a doubt the most exciting day of my year. After four years the world is once again ready to view the greatest football spectacle, and it is all brought to you from beautiful Brazil. The matches kick off with the host nation facing a very talented Croatian side that will look to play spoilers for the occasion. That match is taking place at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paolo at 4PM Eastern time.

In previous episodes I previewed the major groups within this tournament, but I didn’t have a chance to get to either of these team, so I figured I would take the chance to point out some key players, storylines, and make some predictions.

To start things off, I predict both of these teams will be the ones that advance out of Group A. I think they are the two most talented squads in the group and that both should advance, barring any catastrophes.
Brazil are by my estimation, the team to beat in World Cup. They will have unbelievable crowds to support them and some of the most exciting players in the tournament.

Luis Felipe Scolari is dealing with a bit of personal tragedy, his nephew was killed in a car crash yesterday. So it is with a heavy heart that Big Phil takes the pitch to lead Brazil. He’s a top quality manager and Brazil has played well under his tutelage.

Possible weakness: Not great depth at striker. Lyon fans and Brazilian League fans will know Fred well, but many are considering him not up the quality of other squad members. Perhaps people are forgetting when he won the Silver Shoe a year ago at the Confederations Cup. He’s been in and out of the squad since 2005 and has plenty of international experience. As an alternative they also have former Man City and CSKA Moscow striker Jo.

Boast a strong defensive midfield and defense, but could be prone to mistakes.