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OT: US Soccer - World Cup

Posted: 6/25/2014 12:39 PM

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Just a question for everyone.  How is your interest level in this World Cup and have you been following the USMNT in the World Cup.  

For me this World Cup has been awesome as I follow soccer just as religiously as I do college football.  I'm also all freaking in on the US team.  I actually scheduled tomorrow off for the game.  

Also, what are your beverage recommendations for tomorrow's game?  Two things, it's at 12:00 p.m. and  I live in Florida where it's hotter than NDAlum64's first high school girlfriend.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 12:48 PM

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First and foremost, I am an ND fan. But I also love the Hoosiers (being an IUSB grad and having Bloomington grads in the family). 

However I view the Hoosiers (like football)  like I view the Men's national team. If they win they make me happy and I watch them on TV. However I do not live or die by them. They never have a chance to win the whole thing. 

I will be watching the game Thursday with my Germany jersey on and hope for a Portugal win or tie and a Germany win.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 12:51 PM

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Don't watch soccer regularly but I love watching the World Cup.  I was watching the last game in the ATL airport which was crazy because all the bars/eateries were full with people standing outside watching the game too.  There are 12 of us that will be leaving the construction site early tomorrow to watch the game at the bar.  The project can wait, this is World Cup SOCCER BABY!

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Posted: 6/25/2014 12:54 PM

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So youre rooting against USA?

Ban yourself.

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First and foremost, I am an ND fan. But I also love the Hoosiers (being an IUSB grad and having Bloomington grads in the family). 

However I view the Hoosiers (like football)  like I view the Men's national team. If they win they make me happy and I watch them on TV. However I do not live or die by them. They never have a chance to win the whole thing. 

I will be watching the game Thursday with my Germany jersey on and hope for a Portugal win or tie and a Germany win.

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Posted: 6/25/2014 12:57 PM

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If you're American, it seems strange that you can not root for the US but...whatever strokes your goat.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 12:59 PM

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KurzND wrote: First and foremost, I am an ND fan. But I also love the Hoosiers (being an IUSB grad and having Bloomington grads in the family). 

However I view the Hoosiers (like football)  like I view the Men's national team. If they win they make me happy and I watch them on TV. However I do not live or die by them. They never have a chance to win the whole thing. 

I will be watching the game Thursday with my Germany jersey on and hope for a Portugal win or tie and a Germany win.
you filthy ******* Nazi. You disgust me Kurz.



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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:13 PM

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i am a fan... and to be honest.  I would have thrown a fit if I were Klinsman about adding 5 minutes of stoppage time to that last game.  There was no reason to add 5 minutes. 

that being said... I would take Michael Bradley out behind the hotel and beat him with a sock full of soap and rocks.  He has played about as poorly as he can... and he is the single reason we gave up 2 of the goals.  We should be 2-0-0.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:19 PM

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Ummm ok...not really...We had 3 CBs in the game with 1 objective, don't allow free headers. They didn't do that, so we let in a crap goal. Not all Bradley's fault. Find a new whipping boy.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:23 PM

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Bradley lost possession in the middle of the field instead of playing a ball to the sideline and let one of his guys run to the corner to milk the clock.  His mistake started the entire play.
yourahoser wrote: Ummm ok...not really...We had 3 CBs in the game with 1 objective, don't allow free headers. They didn't do that, so we let in a crap goal. Not all Bradley's fault. Find a new whipping boy.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:26 PM

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Geoff Cameron is my whipping boy, but that cross was a thing of beauty. You just knew Ronaldo was going to do something special as soon as he got the ball. Wouldn't have been AS special had someone marked Varela, but that was a really nice play by Ronaldo.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:28 PM

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I love watching the USMNT. Right up there with ND football for me. The World Cup gets gets more people fired up than pretty much any sporting event I can think of. 1000s of people at watch parties in dozens of cities around the US-Americans love an excuse to get wildly patriotic while drinking and watching sports.

I hope the increase in popularity increases the quality of our player pool, because I want to see a WC title in my lifetime.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:31 PM

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I take great interest in it. I will never be a hardcore fan but now that I know the rules and most of the star players from playing video games it's much easier to be a casual fan (I actually know who a couple guys on each team are, compared to my Dad who is excited but has to ask me who these players are and doesn't really know the substitution, extra time, offsides type rules). That being said I will never be a hardcore soccer fan as I love baseball / basketball / football even hockey much more but I do watch the World Cup with eyes on almost every game and find myself scoreboard watching even other groups and I do watch the Champions League when it gets deep into the playoffs and the final if I'm not working and actually realize its on but I'm not even a big enough fan to know when it is played so I more or less stumble onto it and watch it about half the time and forget or miss it the other half (going on roughly 5-6 as a casual soccer fan).

I was drinking homemade lime daiquiris on Sunday but I will have to work Friday afternoon and will miss this game. For the record my fan interest is far and away the US no.1, followed by Ireland (obviously didn't make it), Costa Rica (play in the same region as us obviously), Mexico (although I would love to see the US beat them I root for them independently of the US), and England (US ally and I like their hooligans). After that I just root for teams based on if I like their style of play, if I like their star players, against them if I think they play dirty or are over hyped or whatever, just usual stuff. Rooting for South Korea and Japan for obvious reasons, against France and Iran for obvious reasons, for Netherlands, Ghana, Germany, Brazil because I like the way they play, against Uruguay because of dirty tactics / Suarez, against Italy and Spain because they seem very boring, against Portugal because I don't like Ronaldo, I root for Cameroon because I like Eto'o and used to play with him in the video game alot. By this rambling post you should be able to tell I'm pretty fired up about the whole thing lol.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:57 PM

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I'm considering trying to force myself to take interest.  Haven't watched any games yet, but thinking about checking USA-Germany.

Soccer is boring, but that's no longer the primary opposition.  Games are won due to poor acting, poor sportsmanship, and poor officiating.  When soccer goes to a more technologically advanced form of officiating games to keep them fair and keep the B.S. out of the game, then I'll be far more supportive.


   

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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:58 PM

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Have you watched the play? He tried to trap a popped-up ball and then got swarmed by 3 Portugal players. He didn't have a good first touch but the play would have been difficult. It wasn't like he was casually strolling up field and lost possession.

Have you read how far he actually rant that game? 7.6 miles! In the Amazon, I'm guessing in the 95th minute he was a bit gassed. I'll admit he was crap against Ghana but he was solid against Portugal, not great, but solid. He should have roofed his shot that was blocked but he's a midfielder not a striker.

And yes, the cross was a thing of beauty.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 2:04 PM

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remmuh80 wrote: i am a fan... and to be honest.  I would have thrown a fit if I were Klinsman about adding 5 minutes of stoppage time to that last game.  There was no reason to add 5 minutes. 

that being said... I would take Michael Bradley out behind the hotel and beat him with a sock full of soap and rocks.  He has played about as poorly as he can... and he is the single reason we gave up 2 of the goals.  We should be 2-0-0.
What is funny, is that it was originally 4 minutes but because the US sub took so long to get off, they added an extra minute to it to make it 5. 

That extra minute doomed the US.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 2:11 PM

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yourahoser wrote: If you're American, it seems strange that you can not root for the US but...whatever strokes your goat.
No I do. but be honest, the US can't win the cup. 

I have been following the German team closely since 2007-2008. 

My favorite club is Bayern Munich and they have 7 (soon to be 6) players on the German team in Lahm (captain), Neuer, Schweinsteiger, Muller (one of my favorites), Gotze, and Kroos. As well Podolski played for Bayern for a time. 

As well Julian Green (who picked to play for the USA instead of Germany) plays for Bayern as well. 

I always hope the US does well and hope they go far. I want them to move on to the knockout stage. The only way I will be disappointed come Thursday is if the USA does not advance since Germany is a near lock.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 2:23 PM

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I had debate with some coworkers yesterday about US soccer.  Imho America's 4th or 5th best athletes are the ones playing soccer.  Every American kid grows up wanting to play football, basketball, baseball, or hockey.  Whereas everywhere else in the world soccer is the most popular sport so those nations best athletes are playing that game.  What if soccer was the most popular sport in America and people like Lebron James or Adrian Peterson grew up wanting to play it?  We'd DOMINATE!
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yourahoser wrote: If you're American, it seems strange that you can not root for the US but...whatever strokes your goat.
No I do. but be honest, the US can't win the cup. 

I have been following the German team closely since 2007-2008. 

My favorite club is Bayern Munich and they have 7 (soon to be 6) players on the German team in Lahm (captain), Neuer, Schweinsteiger, Muller (one of my favorites), Gotze, and Kroos. As well Podolski played for Bayern for a time. 

As well Julian Green (who picked to play for the USA instead of Germany) plays for Bayern as well. 

I always hope the US does well and hope they go far. I want them to move on to the knockout stage. The only way I will be disappointed come Thursday is if the USA does not advance since Germany is a near lock.

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Posted: 6/25/2014 2:28 PM

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I think the popularity of other sports is the reason we can have a history of top notch goalies. They're usually above average athletes and playing sports that require hand eye coordination groom them for the position without them even knowing it.


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I had debate with some coworkers yesterday about US soccer.  Imho America's 4th or 5th best athletes are the ones playing soccer.  Every American kid grows up wanting to play football, basketball, baseball, or hockey.  Whereas everywhere else in the world soccer is the most popular sport so those nations best athletes are playing that game.  What if soccer was the most popular sport in America and people like Lebron James or Adrian Peterson grew up wanting to play it?  We'd DOMINATE!
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yourahoser wrote: If you're American, it seems strange that you can not root for the US but...whatever strokes your goat.
No I do. but be honest, the US can't win the cup. 

I have been following the German team closely since 2007-2008. 

My favorite club is Bayern Munich and they have 7 (soon to be 6) players on the German team in Lahm (captain), Neuer, Schweinsteiger, Muller (one of my favorites), Gotze, and Kroos. As well Podolski played for Bayern for a time. 

As well Julian Green (who picked to play for the USA instead of Germany) plays for Bayern as well. 

I always hope the US does well and hope they go far. I want them to move on to the knockout stage. The only way I will be disappointed come Thursday is if the USA does not advance since Germany is a near lock.


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Posted: 6/25/2014 3:00 PM

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Have you watched the play? He tried to trap a popped-up ball and then got swarmed by 3 Portugal players. He didn't have a good first touch but the play would have been difficult. It wasn't like he was casually strolling up field and lost possession.

Have you read how far he actually rant that game? 7.6 miles! In the Amazon, I'm guessing in the 95th minute he was a bit gassed. I'll admit he was crap against Ghana but he was solid against Portugal, not great, but solid. He should have roofed his shot that was blocked but he's a midfielder not a striker.

And yes, the cross was a thing of beauty.

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Posted: 6/25/2014 3:01 PM

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Bradley could have kicked it into the upper deck!  or fell on it and dry humped it for 10 seconds...   whatever..  the game would have ended.  no, he played slow and weak and it cost the US.

I'd send him home now. 
WhiskeyFoxtrot wrote: Bradley lost possession in the middle of the field instead of playing a ball to the sideline and let one of his guys run to the corner to milk the clock.  His mistake started the entire play.
yourahoser wrote: Ummm ok...not really...We had 3 CBs in the game with 1 objective, don't allow free headers. They didn't do that, so we let in a crap goal. Not all Bradley's fault. Find a new whipping boy.
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