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Morning Sports Report - June 27, 2014

More than 7,000 Springfield Cardinals fans were at the ballpark Thursday night - to see the home team win. Dan Lucy has highlights in your Friday morning sports report.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Springfield Cardinals continued their series with Corpus Christi Thursday night at Hammons Field.

Springfield pitcher Mike Mayers was making his home debut after joining the Cardinals last week from Palm Beach.

Mayers is still looking for his first AA victory.

Big crowd on hand, 7-thousand plus for a ring give away.

And it was 2-nothing Hooks in the second and they wanted more, Jio Mier chops this to third, Patrick Wisdom throws home to get Delino Deshields at the plate.

Still 2-nothing.

We'll pass along a little more Wisdom.

Bottom of the second a man on for Wisdom, he takes this deep to center, over the Bud Sign and gone, a two run shot it's 2-2.

Springfield trying to get more in that second, David Popkins with this fly ball to center, but he's robbed by the Hooks Andrew Aplin.

More Cardinals offense in the third, Aledmys Diaz doubles to right center, Mike O'Neill scores it's 3-2 Springfield.

Later in the third, Jonathan Rodriguez hammers this shot to center, it sneaks over the boards, one of his two homers on the night, it's 5-2.

And Springfield holds off a late Corpus Christi rally to win 6-5.  

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The United States National Soccer Team had one goal when it stepped on the field down in Brazil at the World Cup Thursday: advance to the round of 16 in the world's soccer tournament.

The U.S. didn't necessarily need to win to order to do that. 

The U.S. takes on Germany and would advance with a win, tie or get help from Portugal.
It was a scoreless first half.
But early in the second half, Germany would strike, the first shot off a head ball is stopped, but the rebound goes to Thomas Muller who shoots and scores to the far post, and it's 1-0, German.

The United States would have a couple of opportunities to tie it up late in the game, nice attack to Alejandro Bedoya, but his shot is blocked by the German defense.
Then a few minutes later, the crossing pass to the far post, Clint Dempsey is there with the head ball, but it just misses.

And Germany holds on and wins 1-0.
But the United States did get the help that it needed from Portugal and advances to the Round of 16.

Jurgen Klinsmann/USA coach:"It's huge, obviously we wanted a tie out of the game," says Jurgen Klinsmann, coach of Team USA.  " Maybe in the beginning we had too much respect.  Everybody said you have no chance.  We took that chance and now we move on and want to prove a point."

USA captain Clint Dempsey added; "It's great to advance out of the group.  A group that many people thought we'd never advance from.  Still we would have liked to have ended the last game on a better note.  And got a result.  But at the end of the day we're excited about getting to the knockout stage.  And hopefully we can do better than the last World Cup."

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