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OT : Attention turns to World Cup Soccer

  • enk64
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Posted: 06/14/2014 1:12 PM

OT : Attention turns to World Cup Soccer 


USA faces its nemesis in Ghana . That  country eliminated the Americans in the last two
World Cup outings.. With Donovan being dropped from the team , somebody must step
up to face this powerful Ghanaian team. Just about every player on that team plays in the
Premier European Leagues.

Let's see how far we have come against  the world's best players. One point here. Our coach
is from Germany and not the USA. Will the USA fair any better than before ? We shall see on
Monday.
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Posted: 06/14/2014 1:42 PM

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not my attention...
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Posted: 06/14/2014 1:53 PM

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Enk, World Cup does not interest me or 70pct of Americans. There is a low minority who are not citizens or who got there citizenship recently who care. I was at a sports bar yesterday afternoon and they turned the golf to World Cup and there was a **** storm of people who were pissed. The manager changed them back and put the soccer on a couple of tv's and made it right. You should probably post this on a soccer chat rom.

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--- enk64 wrote:

USA faces its nemesis in Ghana . That  country eliminated the Americans in the last two
World Cup outings.. With Donovan being dropped from the team , somebody must step
up to face this powerful Ghanaian team. Just about every player on that team plays in the
Premier European Leagues.

Let's see how far we have come against  the world's best players. One point here. Our coach
is from Germany and not the USA. Will the USA fair any better than before ? We shall see on
Monday.

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Posted: 06/14/2014 2:39 PM

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I have my dvr set for that one! I hate rooting for a tie, but a win and 2 ties should get us out of the first group!
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Posted: 06/14/2014 2:45 PM

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The World Cup interests me but it's only once every four years. Fortunately, I can follow ASU Football and ASU Baseball a good part of the year. None of the pro sports teams I like are in the valley. MLS is 5th on my list, but it doesn't even compare to the World Cup or the Premiere or European leagues. But it is getting better slowly.

Klinsmann is a great coach. Not only are we lucky to have him, but he's 100% right. The US will have a monumental challenge just to get out of its group. Winning the World Cup IS NOT realistic. I would say the only teams that can say they can win it at this point are the 8 countries in the field of 32 that have won a World Cup (2 of those teams have already lost) and maybe 5 more teams. If the US gets out of its group, depending on how they look, maybe we can reassess their chances.

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Posted: 06/14/2014 2:49 PM

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I love the world cup and believe it or not I'm American and so are my parents and their parents and their parents and their parents.

Soccer just might have their chance coming up in the next few decades. Once the baby boomers are gone baseball will join boxing as a former past time (much to my dismay as I played baseball in college).

Football could also be at an interesting spot with the new found dangers stemming from head injuries. I could see parents steering their kids away from football at younger ages because of these dangers.

The thing that soccer needs though is a legit American super star. As long as the best players in the world are from Portugal and Argentina then we won't ever capture the attention of the nation.
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Posted: 06/14/2014 3:10 PM

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I was surprised that it took us a few days to get this WC thread going.  Already on day 3 we've had some huge upsets (Netherlands, Costa Rica) and some amazing goals (Van Persie header, Duarte (CRC) header).

Only bummer to me are some of the near-flops that resulted in PKs.  Perhaps a solution would be moving back the PK spot a few yards.

As for the US, I really do like their team and their coach, but their group is too strong.  If you look at the groups with each team's respective world ranking, you'll notice the US's group is strong with a 2,4,13 and 37.  Groups A,E,F and H have just one top 15 team PER GROUP.  Not fair.

That said, I love the world cup.  Every game matters and mistakes might be unrecoverable for 4 years.  Great intensity.

Go USAFlag.gif
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Posted: 06/14/2014 3:21 PM

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They need to send a couple of the referees out to the islands... for a long vacation. Hopefully today is more about good soccer and less about officiating.

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Posted: 06/14/2014 3:23 PM

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--- ocodevil wrote:


Enk, World Cup does not interest me or 70pct of Americans. There is a low minority who are not citizens or who got there citizenship recently who care. I was at a sports bar yesterday afternoon and they turned the golf to World Cup and there was a **** storm of people who were pissed. The manager changed them back and put the soccer on a couple of tv's and made it right. You should probably post this on a soccer chat rom.

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--- enk64 wrote:

USA faces its nemesis in Ghana . That  country eliminated the Americans in the last two
World Cup outings.. With Donovan being dropped from the team , somebody must step
up to face this powerful Ghanaian team. Just about every player on that team plays in the
Premier European Leagues.

Let's see how far we have come against  the world's best players. One point here. Our coach
is from Germany and not the USA. Will the USA fair any better than before ? We shall see on
Monday.

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No need to be a pompous a$$. Guess what a lot of us dont care what you think. Did enk's post annoy you that much, pathetic
“A lot of people will talk about how young we are, and then the next year they’ll say this young defense is going to be around awhile,’’ Coach Todd Graham
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Posted: 06/14/2014 3:26 PM

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ENClNlTAS wrote: I was surprised that it took us a few days to get this WC thread going.  Already on day 3 we've had some huge upsets (Netherlands, Costa Rica) and some amazing goals (Van Persie header, Duarte (CRC) header).

Only bummer to me are some of the near-flops that resulted in PKs.  Perhaps a solution would be moving back the PK spot a few yards.

As for the US, I really do like their team and their coach, but their group is too strong.  If you look at the groups with each team's respective world ranking, you'll notice the US's group is strong with a 2,4,13 and 37.  Groups A,E,F and H have just one top 15 team PER GROUP.  Not fair.

That said, I love the world cup.  Every game matters and mistakes might be unrecoverable for 4 years.  Great intensity.

Go USAFlag.gif
One of the things I love about JK is our team actually tries to score goals now.  Bradley wasn't bad in 2010 in that regard, but 2006 was painful.  We only had 2 goals in 3 games and it seemed like most of the time we weren't even trying to score.  Just passing it around at mid field.  No runs, no long balls, no counters.  Rich Olson had the attacking style of a great white shark compared to that team.

I also know that some of the old guard are upset at JK bringing over some duel citizen guys, but get over it!  We need talent.
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Posted: 06/14/2014 3:28 PM

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devilaw1 wrote:


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--- ocodevil wrote:


Enk, World Cup does not interest me or 70pct of Americans. There is a low minority who are not citizens or who got there citizenship recently who care. I was at a sports bar yesterday afternoon and they turned the golf to World Cup and there was a **** storm of people who were pissed. The manager changed them back and put the soccer on a couple of tv's and made it right. You should probably post this on a soccer chat rom.

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--- enk64 wrote:

USA faces its nemesis in Ghana . That  country eliminated the Americans in the last two
World Cup outings.. With Donovan being dropped from the team , somebody must step
up to face this powerful Ghanaian team. Just about every player on that team plays in the
Premier European Leagues.

Let's see how far we have come against  the world's best players. One point here. Our coach
is from Germany and not the USA. Will the USA fair any better than before ? We shall see on
Monday.

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No need to be a pompous a$$. Guess what a lot of us dont care what you think. Did enk's post annoy you that much, pathetic
hahaha

give him a break.  By his own admission he's at a country club with a bunch of yuppies watching golf therefore he's allowed to be pompous.  In fact I'd expect nothing less.
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Posted: 06/14/2014 3:29 PM

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devilaw1 wrote:


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--- ocodevil wrote:


Enk, World Cup does not interest me or 70pct of Americans. There is a low minority who are not citizens or who got there citizenship recently who care. I was at a sports bar yesterday afternoon and they turned the golf to World Cup and there was a **** storm of people who were pissed. The manager changed them back and put the soccer on a couple of tv's and made it right. You should probably post this on a soccer chat rom.

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--- enk64 wrote:

USA faces its nemesis in Ghana . That  country eliminated the Americans in the last two
World Cup outings.. With Donovan being dropped from the team , somebody must step
up to face this powerful Ghanaian team. Just about every player on that team plays in the
Premier European Leagues.

Let's see how far we have come against  the world's best players. One point here. Our coach
is from Germany and not the USA. Will the USA fair any better than before ? We shall see on
Monday.

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No need to be a pompous a$$. Guess what a lot of us dont care what you think. Did enk's post annoy you that much, pathetic
hahaha

give him a break.  By his own admission he's at a country club with a bunch of yuppies watching golf therefore he's allowed to be pompous.  In fact I'd expect nothing less.

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True that
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Posted: 06/14/2014 3:38 PM

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Ocodevil,

Interest in soccer is fastly growing in America.The recent ESPN survey  among 18 and
19 year olds shows that soccer is as popular as baseball, the American pastime. Hop
on the boat before it sets sail.
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Posted: 06/14/2014 3:56 PM

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ENClNlTAS wrote: I was surprised that it took us a few days to get this WC thread going.  Already on day 3 we've had some huge upsets (Netherlands, Costa Rica) and some amazing goals (Van Persie header, Duarte (CRC) header).

Only bummer to me are some of the near-flops that resulted in PKs.  Perhaps a solution would be moving back the PK spot a few yards.

As for the US, I really do like their team and their coach, but their group is too strong.  If you look at the groups with each team's respective world ranking, you'll notice the US's group is strong with a 2,4,13 and 37.  Groups A,E,F and H have just one top 15 team PER GROUP.  Not fair.

That said, I love the world cup.  Every game matters and mistakes might be unrecoverable for 4 years.  Great intensity.

Go USAFlag.gif
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"I think it would make it more fair," Rodriguez said. "But I'm not worried about that. Hell, I'm just trying to get a first down right now."
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Posted: 06/14/2014 3:58 PM

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England vs Italy is a slug fest.      Dam the Netherlands looked really good!


"I think it would make it more fair," Rodriguez said. "But I'm not worried about that. Hell, I'm just trying to get a first down right now."
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Posted: 06/14/2014 4:02 PM

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That and Iker Casillas was terrible.
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Posted: 06/14/2014 4:17 PM

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I have to say that Fifa needs to take a page from the NBA and start fining players for flopping.
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Posted: 06/14/2014 4:22 PM

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Netherlands over Spain isn't a huge upset, but how they did it was surprising. 5-1. Robben and Van Persie made the GK for Spain look like garbage. Brazil is fun to watch too. Can't wait to see what they can do against the European powers.

I've waited my whole life for England to do something in the WC. But Italy is so tough holding a lead. You just get the feeling England will fall short again.

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Posted: 06/14/2014 5:11 PM

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Anyone here ever been to Manaus? The rain forest? Italy 2 - England 1. U.S. play the Portuguese there next weekend. Hot hot hot! I thought this was a football board? I'll check in later. Cheers mate!

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Posted: 06/14/2014 6:22 PM

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Ha,ha. Its football alright. The British people used to call it   "  football "... Seriously, the
Nethelands team is a soccer machine. In some circles, the USA bracket is regarded as
the toughest. I mean Germany , Portugal and Ghana are just not the group you want to
compete in.
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