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Old 06-23-10, 10:09 AM   #1
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Usa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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what a great game, great finish.

best of all, the squad has to feel great about overcoming some of the most tragic calls (2 unfairly disallowed goals, for those not watching) in the finals and winning the group. it was the stuff of legends.
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didn't see it (stupid work) but heard we almost got taken in by another phantom call.
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it must be nice to be brazil and almost always qualify to advance with the 2nd game in pool play.
this nail-biting shizz iz gonna be the death of me. excellent resilience and never say die attitude from the boys. that being said, i think i'd rather let england play germany; it would be a classic matchup & i'd prefer to play a team with less international experience in serbia or ghana.
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it must be nice to be brazil and almost always qualify to advance with the 2nd game in pool play.
this nail-biting shizz iz gonna be the death of me. excellent resilience and never say die attitude from the boys. that being said, i think i'd rather let england play germany; it would be a classic matchup & i'd prefer to play a team with less international experience in serbia or ghana.
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match was a bit sloppy, but made for entertaining TV with all the counterattacking. It could easily have ended 3-2 in favor of the US or possibly the reverse. Go USA!
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Nicely done. Happy about England, too.
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I'm just pleased that the Socceroos are out.
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What I find even more amazing than the USA stoppage time goal is the Wimbledon match that has been suspended for a SECOND day and is currently at 59-59 in the 5th set. This is almost an incomprehensible number considering the previous highest was 20-18 in the 5th. Hopefully, I will get to see the end of this match tomorrow along with some more great World Cup action!
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it must be nice to be brazil and almost always qualify to advance with the 2nd game in pool play.
this nail-biting shizz iz gonna be the death of me. excellent resilience and never say die attitude from the boys. that being said, i think i'd rather let england play germany; it would be a classic matchup & i'd prefer to play a team with less international experience in serbia or ghana.
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What I find even more amazing than the USA stoppage time goal is the Wimbledon match that has been suspended for a SECOND day and is currently at 59-59 in the 5th set. This is almost an incomprehensible number considering the previous highest was 20-18 in the 5th. Hopefully, I will get to see the end of this match tomorrow ...
Sorry. That match isn't scheduled to end until next Monday.
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Sorry. That match isn't scheduled to end until next Monday.
It's OK, I have that day off, too...who says unemployment is ALL bad?
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wow. just wow. italy out! what a great run and opportunity seized by the slovakian substitute to oust italy late in the game!
the last italian goal was beautiful touch as well. the azzurri definitely got caught flat-footed on that last goal allowed though.
italy out! france out! either germany or england (i think england will finally put it together vs germany) out soon enuff!
same with argentina or mexico (more likely) out soon enuff! spain better put it together vs chile otherwise another football
power could find themselves on vacation. given the spanish national team's less than stellar world cup history, i'd be worried
big-time about chile & switzerland advancing & leaving them behind. seems like a trend for the big euro teams as none of them,
save the dutchies, have played up to their capabilities.

nice to have some (relatively) new blood in the sweet sixteen.

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Going home after being only being able to win a single game out of 4...Outed two WCs in a row by a nation of 30M with a GNP the size of Cedar Rapids. Just imagine the facilities they have in Ghana compared to a typical USA HS soccer team...Yet, somehow, we're supposed to be proud of this team. USA, go fight win in the WC 2014!
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Short review of the game - Ghana played to win, USA played not to loose.

Uruguay/South Korea game was much better overall; both teams played to win, even during the 2nd period rainstorm. Uruguay looks like they could go all the way. They have to play Ghana next, then either Brazil or the Netherlands. My pick to win would be Argentina.
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Someone please don't tell me those defenders are the best we have... and Clark starting over Edu????? Yes, it's hindsight, but it only took a couple minutes to tell that was a big mistake... and why not put in Buddle? Who's a better scorer on this team?
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... and now England is out as well. they SUCKED this Cup.

now I'm rooting for Mexico I guess.
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I maintain our coaching sucks. We have a giant pool of top notch atheletes playing soccer, we should be a world class program, we suck. If the USA basketball team played Ghana, I don't think it would be close.
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I maintain our coaching sucks. We have a giant pool of top notch atheletes playing soccer, we should be a world class program, we suck. If the USA basketball team played Ghana, I don't think it would be close.
We do? Most of them are 8-12 years old and then they quit. At least that's the case for boys. Women, I'd argue, have much more and higher quality programs to develop into after the youth leagues. The international results bear that out.

Completely unfair comparing soccer to basketball in the US. First of all I have to pay to get my kid into developmental soccer. That's not true with b-ball or most other sports as well. Soccer in the US is an upper middle-class sport and is largely inaccessible to other income brackets. Until that changes the pool of athletes will remain small.
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I maintain our coaching sucks. We have a giant pool of top notch atheletes playing soccer, we should be a world class program, we suck. If the USA basketball team played Ghana, I don't think it would be close.
We do? Most of them are 8-12 years old and then they quit. At least that's the case for boys. Women, I'd argue, have much more and higher quality programs to develop into after the youth leagues. The international results bear that out.

Completely unfair comparing soccer to basketball in the US. First of all I have to pay to get my kid into developmental soccer. That's not true with b-ball or most other sports as well. Soccer in the US is an upper middle-class sport and is largely inaccessible to other income brackets. Until that changes the pool of athletes will remain small.
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We do? Most of them are 8-12 years old and then they quit. At least that's the case for boys. Women, I'd argue, have much more and higher quality programs to develop into after the youth leagues. The international results bear that out.

Completely unfair comparing soccer to basketball in the US. First of all I have to pay to get my kid into developmental soccer. That's not true with b-ball or most other sports as well. Soccer in the US is an upper middle-class sport and is largely inaccessible to other income brackets. Until that changes the pool of athletes will remain small.
That is the same with baseball here. 7 year olds need to be taking "private lessons" to be in many youth leagues. That is why so many kids gravitate towards football (which you can get into later and still be successful) and basketball (which just needs a net)
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Someone please don't tell me those defenders are the best we have... and Clark starting over Edu????? Yes, it's hindsight, but it only took a couple minutes to tell that was a big mistake... and why not put in Buddle? Who's a better scorer on this team?
I agree with that. I was questioning putting Clark and Findley in as soon as the lineups were released. Edu had a lot more pace and energy.
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... and now England is out as well. they SUCKED this Cup.

now I'm rooting for Mexico I guess.
Can't wait for Argentina/Germany. That should be entertaining.
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What struck me was the lack of accurate passing (especially via headers) in the mid-field. I'm not a soccer expert by a long short...but it seemed that any ball that was headed by our guys went to the other team, whereas our opponents (I saw this in all the games) seemed much better at controlling the long balls and delivering them to their own team.

But...it was fun to watch... if I were the coach, here's what I'd tell the men in the locker-room before the game. "OK guys...we're down 1-nil with 90 minutes left to play. Let's go!"
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Can't wait for Argentina/Germany. That should be entertaining.
yeah, that should be a great one.
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... Women, I'd argue, have much more and higher quality programs to develop into after the youth leagues. ...
The attrition rate for talented female players is even higher than it is for men. I used to coach my daughter's traveling team (here in an upper-middle class town with a High School program that usually makes the play-offs). They were the division 2 team at U-14, and held their own. My daughter was no superstar, so there were easily 20 other girls who were stronger players in her age group at that time. Their Middle School team was stacked. The JV team saw about half those girls quit. By her senior year, only one other girl from those age-group teams remained on the squad. There are several reasons for this, and I thought most of them were a shame. The one thing that didn't take players away were other sports - which does happen frequently on the men's side.
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