SI Staff
Thursday June 18th, 2015

The Women's World Cup is down to its knockout stage, and the USA has a favorable draw through to the semifinals.

Given how the U.S. played in the group stage, though, should the Americans be confident going forward? The lack of production in the attack has left room for improvement, although its defense has been stout, holding Group of Death foes to just a single goal, that scored by Australia in the first half of the opening game.

Looking at the bracket, which teams could trip up the USA? Who else are candidates to make it to Vancouver for the July 5 final? And in terms of tournament expansion, has it been good for the Women's World Cup?

On the domestic front, what do we make of Clint Dempsey's U.S. Open Cup outburst? The U.S. men's national team captain lost it in extra time against Portland, ripping a referee's notebook, earning a red card and opening him up to further discipline. We outline the parameters for what could happen to Dempsey and how it might impact him, Seattle and the USMNT down the line.

SI's Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor cover it all in the latest Planet Fútbol Podcast. Listen below (and subscribe to us on iTunes here): 

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