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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Switzerland v Argentina

The Swiss have never beaten Argentina, and Shaqiri is no Messi, the hat trick in the group stage notwithstanding. So an upset here would be even more unlikely than for the USA against Belgium.

Two serious underdogs, but both capable of pulling off an upset. Both games should be entertaining.

FIRST HALF 0-0. Switzerland could easily be up 2-0, but a great save and a poor shot leave it tied. Argentina definitely has the edge on talent, but the Swiss have been the better team so far. The defenders are living on the edge, however, by repeatedly attempting to dribble the ball out under pressure rather than simply clearing the ball from the top of the box.

SECOND HALF 0-0. Argentina took over the game and had several decent chances, but tough defending and a great pair of saves in succession by Bernaglio kept Switzerland in the game.

It's interesting to be watching the game with little girls.

Little Girl 1: Who is the guy with the green shirt?

Me: He's the assistant referee.

Little Girl 1: He runs up and down a lot.

Me: He has to stay even with the ball. It's his job to watch for offsides.

Little Girl 1: What's offsides?

Little Girl 2: It's when the ball goes off the side of the TV.

Little Girl 1: Oh, okay. (In a tone indicating "that makes sense")

Me: (nods

EXTRA TIME: Argentina 1 Switzerland 0. Looked like it was going to penalties, but Lichtsteiner got careless, Messi pulled the Swiss defense to him, and laid a perfect pass to Di Maria, who finished nicely. Di Maria deserved the goal, as he was the only player on either team that was actually trying to win the game for the second extra period. Switzerland then hit the post on a corner in extra injury time, but that was as close as they got.

USA v Belgium

FIRST HALF 0-0. Shaky start for Team USA, but they settle down and finally begin counterattacking. They gradually take control and start getting great runs down the right side, but just don't have the technical ability to finish off the chances they're creating. Belgium owns its own right side; DaMarcus Beasley is working hard but he's a bit overmatched. Belgium is the more skilled side, but contra the pre-match reports, the US is more than matching their athleticism.

The challenge will be when the players start to tire; that's when the more skilled team usually starts taking advantage of the extra time and space created. Johnson went out with a hamstring, but his replacement has been more than adequate, and remarkably, is even more attack-oriented.

SECOND HALF 0-0. Belgium wins 16 corners, but ferocious US defense and outstanding goaltending by Howard keeps the USA in the game. Yedlin, the right back, is somehow the entire US attack. Dempsey has two opportunities to send someone through, but he's got tunnel vision and takes two nothing shots instead.

Belgium is controlling the game and the USA looks beat, but they manage to make it to extra time with a little help from the Belgian attackers shooting wide.

EXTRA TIME: Belgium scores once quickly, then again near the end to seemingly put the game away. But a great drop-in by Bradley puts the US back in it. USA wins a lot of respect for refusing to quit and go quietly, but they just don't have the technical ability to match their spirit. 2-1 Belgium.

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116 Comments:

Anonymous zen0 July 01, 2014 12:39 PM  

Just saw the re-replay of Shaqiri's shot. It looks like he only got half a foot on it (heel). If he caught it full, I imagine it would have been in.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 1:00 PM  

As expected, Argentina owns the midfield. The Swiss have missed a couple of good chances, mostly generated through defensive screw-ups. Di María continues to be a disaster - he simply isn't ready for this level - but his cross to Garay's missed header would have been a classic. Too much dithering around the goal, especially by DiM. Depending on the miracle-worker to haul your coals out is an unfortunate Argie tendency. After so many years of Maradona then Messi, I don't know if the team can break the mindset.

It wouldn't shock me if the Swiss have been practicing their penalties. Altho' with their surprisingly dirty midfield, they might end up conceding one.

Blogger jamsco July 01, 2014 1:03 PM  

Vox (or anyone), for those of us who are ignorant -

1. Is this as far as the US has ever gotten in the World Cup?

2. Do you generally see the US as getting better over the years?

3. Why are you interested in the World Cup, but not the Olympics? (for the record, I'm typically not interested in either, but these posts are making me more interested in catching a little of these games).

Anonymous Tom S July 01, 2014 1:14 PM  

The US has gotten to the semifinals. But that was in 1930 (the first World Cup). I believe the furthest they've advanced since then has been the quarterfinals (in 2002, dunno of any other instances).

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 1:36 PM  

Palacios lucky not to be sent off for contact on the goalie.

Anonymous Ives July 01, 2014 1:45 PM  

Team USA has made the knockout rounds in 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2014. We made the quarterfinals in 2002. Team USA is improving a great deal. Almost all of our starters start for teams in the various first divisions around Europe. The MLS is getting better a a fairly rapid rate too. The best way to compare our players to American sports would be like saying that our players are players who start in the NBA or who play a lot off of the NBA bench. Where we lack compared to the rest of the world is that we do not have any high end star power. The only player who is considered to have star power is our goalie, Tim Howard. Besides him, Michael Bradley was a starter for Rome, before he received a large contract offer to play for Toronto in MLS. Clint Dempsey was also in important player for Tottenham, a fairly large club in London before he received a large contract offer to play for Seattle in MLS. The best way to think about these players in comparison to American sports is to think of these guys like David Lee in the NBA. Good players, who you want on your team, but they cannot be your top end players if your team wants to win championships.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 1:46 PM  

Do the Swiss have a single homegrown player?

Going to extra time.

Anonymous Anonymous July 01, 2014 1:48 PM  

Playing along with the NBA analogy, does that make Suarez the World Cup's Metta World Peace?

Anonymous Ives July 01, 2014 2:12 PM  

Metta World Peace combined with Kobe Bryant. Crazy as Metta World Peace and dominant as Kobe.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 2:13 PM  

Di María incapable of taking a shot that doesn't hit the defender right in front of him. Take the man off!

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 2:19 PM  

Finally, Di María takes a shot!

The Swiss goalie is good.

Anonymous Toby Temple July 01, 2014 2:23 PM  

Swiss defense was really good.

Anonymous Basileus July 01, 2014 2:26 PM  

Gago terrible. Higuain invisible. Fernandez minor league. Pachorra a non-entity.

Anonymous True Neoreactionary July 01, 2014 2:26 PM  

Gosh, it's almost like the media is pushing the World Cup down Americans' unwilling throats, as if it were an organized attempt at acculturation, like they for some reason want to change American minds about making voters out of illegal aliens...

Seeing posts like this, it kind of makes one question the affiliations of the blog owner, doesn't it?

Anonymous zen0 July 01, 2014 2:28 PM  

Back in the day in the kiddie leagues they would decide tie games by how many corners each team earned.

Maybe they should try that.

Whoops. Messi to Di Maria (useless bastard). Never mind

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 2:28 PM  

117 minutes!

Well deserved. Messi shows his quality, passing it off to Di María (okay, I'll eat crow) for the shot.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 2:32 PM  

And the Swiss lose an equalizer at 120'.

Anonymous zen0 July 01, 2014 2:33 PM  

Nice dive by Shaqiri.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 2:34 PM  

Clear dive by Shaqiri.

Anonymous zen0 July 01, 2014 2:35 PM  

Tough break for Swisse, but better than shootout.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 2:36 PM  

And it didn't work. Argentina goes through.

But it makes me think - a team of mercenaries has no honour, because they don't care for the homour of their country.

Anonymous Toby Temple July 01, 2014 2:37 PM  

DI MARIA for the win!!

Anonymous Alexander July 01, 2014 2:37 PM  

True, consider two things:

1. Vox is a soccer player living in Italy. Why on earth would you need to figure out an ulterior motive for such posts?

2. The World Cup is a *brilliant* tournemant, not least because over the course of a month much of the multicultural platform built over the past four years is left in tatters. Sure, there's the obligatory 'Say no to racism' campaign and the syrupy commercials, but how much goodwill and love of multiculturalism do you see this tournament fostering between say, Mexico and Holland?

Not to to mention, it fans the flames of nationalism, the enemy of the multiculturalism.

It's also (gasp) a lot of fun.

Anonymous Porphyry July 01, 2014 2:40 PM  

boom! it wasn't pretty, but Argentina got through. Switzerland played like they were going to be shot if they lost.

Anonymous Basileus July 01, 2014 2:43 PM  

I confess to not understanding the hate towards Dimaria. Mendo called him "not good for this level" Zen called him useless bastard. I concede he didnt have a superlative game, but he is one of the few truly world class players Argentina has. Starter for Real Madrid (which is likely better than any team in this World Cup) player of the match in the CL final, leader in assists in both La Liga and CL, etc. The Italian comentators called him one of the best players for Argentina during the match (thats not saying much, but I cant disagree). He certainly played better than Gago, Lavezzi, Higuain, Fernandez, Zabaleta (who has been inexplicably bad this tournament), Palacio. Only Mascherano, Messi, and maybe Garay clearly had a better game. Maybe Rojo.

Anonymous Scalzi's Daughter July 01, 2014 2:43 PM  

But can the little girls lift more weight than you?

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 2:44 PM  

And the Argie and Brazilian hooligans going at it in the stands. Cut quickly to interviews, but there is a palpable hatred with the Brazzers cheering for every team against us. They fear us, and with good reason.

Anonymous Basileus July 01, 2014 2:45 PM  

Mendo,

But every player in this tournament is a mercenary. What makes the Argentines ones so distinctly meh? No juegan a nada.

Anonymous Alte July 01, 2014 2:45 PM  

The Swiss looked like they were going to pass out after the goal.

I don't remember so many games ever ending so close so late.

Anonymous VD July 01, 2014 2:48 PM  

I confess to not understanding the hate towards Dimaria. Mendo called him "not good for this level" Zen called him useless bastard.

I was confused too. I thought he played all right during regular time and he was the best man on the field in extra time. Fitness counts too, after all.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 2:57 PM  

I confess to not understanding the hate towards Dimaria. Mendo called him "not good for this level" Zen called him useless bastard.

He's immature as a player. Whether he'll fulfill his potential will be seen but think that Messi, after setting up the shot, instead of taking it passed it off to Di María for a clearer shot. That's skill matched with maturity. And FOR ONCE (11 shots, 10 misses) he didn't screw it up.

Like Messi he is superb in posession, but he still doesn't play the game. After the Bosnia game he was interviewed, complaining how he would beat one defender, and then another, and then there would be yet another defender...

Not playing the game.

Anonymous Alte July 01, 2014 3:04 PM  

There's soccer at the Olympics, too.

The soccer posts are a big draw for me.

Anonymous Basileus July 01, 2014 3:07 PM  

Mendo


Argentina doesn't game. Sabella is maybe an even worse coach than Maradona. DiMaria is great with Real Madrid. Bale was brought in to supplant DiMaria and Dimaria still was able to earn his way back into the starting XI

Anonymous Basileus July 01, 2014 3:09 PM  

Sorry, i'll try again:


Argentina doesn't have game. What you describe is the game everyone in that team is playing. Messi is playing at the same, running at walls of defenders all the time. Among other factors, Argentina has a coaching problem. Sabella is maybe an even worse coach than Maradona. DiMaria is great with Real Madrid. Bale was brought in to supplant DiMaria and Dimaria still was able to earn his way back into the starting XI. DiMaria is not the problem with this team.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 3:17 PM  

If you play for your country, you're not a mercenary. The Swiss team might have the passports, but they don't represent Switzerland.

I have the same complaint about the French - a mix of Africans and Arabs.

Anonymous jonathan July 01, 2014 3:21 PM  

I am 5'6 and about 130 lbs and can compete at very high level soccer games. In every single popular american sport I wouldnt make the first cut on a second rate backwater league.

Anonymous Basileus July 01, 2014 3:25 PM  

Mendo,

Sorry. I thought you were riffing on the tired trope i see in La Nacion comment sections complaining about the millionaire Argentine players who don't really care anymore, as if the same wasn't also true of every other team. Hackneyed the trope may be, for some reason I never see Argentina play with the intensity of a Chile or, say, a Simeone coached team. Its not the millions though. I agree though. Something honorless about teams like Switzerland and Portugal, stocked with non-nationals.

Anonymous VD July 01, 2014 3:30 PM  

Something honorless about teams like Switzerland and Portugal, stocked with non-nationals.

The Swiss are not stocked with non-nationals. Their team is the belated consequence of giving refugee status to tens of thousands of former Yugoslavians in the early 1990s during and after the civil war there. Players like Shaqiri and Drmic would have grown up in Switzerland. This is very different than the US team, which starts players who have US citizenship through their parents, but grew up on US military bases in Germany.

Anonymous jonathan July 01, 2014 3:32 PM  

My brother has NBA level skills. Hes also 5'9, 155lbs and only moderately quick/fast so hewould have made a decent div 2 college player.

Soccer, more than any other sport, offers the largest array of areas in which an individual can benefit a team. Basketball ispretty much a function of height and football a function of muscle and top sprint speed. Not only are these things monotonic but they cannot even be a product of training and practice.

Watch mesut ozil move off the ball- Iits like watching grandmaster chess. Nothing in any american sport is remotely comparable.

Anonymous zen0 July 01, 2014 3:34 PM  

Basileus July 01, 2014 2:43 PM

I confess to not understanding the hate towards Dimaria. Mendo called him "not good for this level" Zen called him useless bastard.


That was sarcasm, Basileus. It was a little dig at Mendo who has been complaining about him for a couple of games.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 3:36 PM  

Sabella is maybe an even worse coach than Maradona.

Now that, I wouldn't disagree with, even though Maradona has been a disaster as a coach. I'm listening to Sabella being interviewed and his defense is "well, we're still here".

As for DiM, as I said above, he finally showed his worth. Perhaps he'll learn something from this tournament.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 3:42 PM  

It was a little dig at Mendo who has been complaining about him for a couple of games.

Ooooo. One goal and you're his bitch. Now all honesty Zeno - USA or the Phlegms? Remember Ypres!

Anonymous Josh July 01, 2014 3:43 PM  

This is very different than the US team, which starts players who have US citizenship through their parents, but grew up on US military bases in Germany.

Doing the jobs Americans just won't do.

Anonymous Basileus July 01, 2014 3:47 PM  

Maradona was unquestionably terrible at designing a gameplan, tactical schemes, making adjustments, and choosing the squad (leaving out Cambiasso and Zannetti, both coming off seasons for the ages), but at least he seemed to have some respect in the locker room and probably was a decent enough motivator. I dont think Sabella is an improvement on any of the elements listed above. I'm guessing his Libertadores Cup win with Estudiantes was more the result of Veron pulling the strings of that team, more than anything.

I miss Mendoza. I'm going to open my last Catena bottle for the Belgium game.

Anonymous Daniel July 01, 2014 3:55 PM  

The U.S. have the right attack to beat Belgium...but they don't have the horses. They'll gas out.

Anonymous zen0 July 01, 2014 3:59 PM  

@ Mendo > Now all honesty Zeno - USA or the Phlegms?

I would like to see the US win this one, just so everybody shuts up about Klinsman and the US can experience disappointment on a higher level than this.

Besides, Belgium is full of pedophiles and is home to the European fascist Parliament.

Anonymous jonathan July 01, 2014 4:21 PM  

Bradley is just disappointing again. I really like jones but he gets caught out too much.

Anonymous Difster July 01, 2014 4:40 PM  

It seems to be by sheer luck for the U.S. that Belgium hasn't scored yet.

Anonymous u July 01, 2014 4:49 PM  

~~~survival~~~

Anonymous wEz July 01, 2014 5:03 PM  

First half impresssion:
-Vox is correct in that Yedlin is fast and dangerous filling in for Johnson.
-US should have had 3-4 more quality chances but distributer on the counter has turned it over via poor trap everytime.
-Gonzales scares me--great in the air but slow and inconsistant w pass.
-Belgium turns it over often...should be taylor made for US counter.
Anyones game. Very even if US settles down.
wEz

Anonymous Dickie July 01, 2014 5:12 PM  

Dickie's Law: The more neocons smear soccer.... the more popular it will get.

Blogger Random July 01, 2014 5:31 PM  

Then it must be ready for a true emergence since Ann Coulter, Queen of Neocons, attacked it recently.

Can no one on the US side see Bradley ball watching, missing passes, conceding possession, time and time again?

Mind boggling why he's out there.

Anonymous Daniel July 01, 2014 5:36 PM  

Stop sitting on your knees and looking for the call while the other team runs it straight to your goal. Get up and get the ball you just muffed.

Anonymous zen0 July 01, 2014 5:36 PM  

Seems like Belgium will score before regulation time is up unless something changes.

Blogger Ken July 01, 2014 5:39 PM  

Well, to be honest, the little girls described offsides better than it was explained to me. Actually, could someone here explain it to me? I confess to being a band wagonner, only watching the US, and I am not overly thrilled by the game in general.

I guess you have to grow up with it.

Blogger Adam Lawson July 01, 2014 5:41 PM  

Ken: My understanding is that if you're behind the last defender and you don't have the ball, you are offsides.

Anonymous MK July 01, 2014 5:42 PM  

If USA pass, the other players should give half of their prizes to the goalkeeper Howard

Blogger Random July 01, 2014 5:42 PM  

Pretend there's an invisible line splitting the field horizontally, that moves with the last defender.

If an offensive player is past that line when he is passed the ball (at the moment of the pass, not reception), he's offside.

Blogger Adam Lawson July 01, 2014 5:43 PM  

Random said it better than I did, but admittedly, I was holding my breath watching the USA nearly blow it.

Blogger Random July 01, 2014 5:44 PM  

Forgive the errant comma in my first sentence...

Blogger AdognamedOp July 01, 2014 5:45 PM  

This is insane

Blogger Ken July 01, 2014 5:47 PM  

Errant comma excepting, Random, that was a very good explanation; it has assisted my understanding of this game (which, fortunately, does not have many complicated rules...that I have found).

So, to you who KNOW the game, is it that US has a terrible offense, but a great defense, or is Belgium just a great team, and we suck?

Anonymous wEz July 01, 2014 5:55 PM  

Fuckin kidding me wondo!??? Get your knee over the ball and bury it like a fucking man. Should have been game. Oh my God.

Blogger Adam Lawson July 01, 2014 5:56 PM  

"This is insane."

Comment of the thread, there.

Not sure I can take the overtime.

Blogger Dystopic July 01, 2014 5:57 PM  

Tim Howard is having one hell of a game.

Anonymous Difster July 01, 2014 6:00 PM  

Uh oh.

I'm surprised it took this long!

Blogger Raggededge July 01, 2014 6:02 PM  

Bradley SUCKS

Anonymous Anonymous July 01, 2014 6:07 PM  

I came to Vox Pop to read about the SFWA and stayed for the soccer. Go figure.

Anonymous jonathan July 01, 2014 6:09 PM  

Ive seen better crossing in over 40 recreational leagues. The US long ball passing makes their finishing look like lionel messi's

Anonymous G.Veil July 01, 2014 6:11 PM  

I haven't been able to catch any of the game has Altidore played at all?

Blogger Adam Lawson July 01, 2014 6:12 PM  

And that's the game... barring a miracle.

Anonymous Difster July 01, 2014 6:12 PM  

Now it's REALLY over.

Anonymous jonathan July 01, 2014 6:14 PM  

Bradley has got to be the single biggest disappointment in the tournament, not just restricted to the US?

Blogger Dystopic July 01, 2014 6:16 PM  

Well that's game. Got to give Tim Howard some credit, though. Otherwise it would have been a blowout.

Anonymous Daniel July 01, 2014 6:17 PM  

Only one I feel really bad for is Tim Howard. He played like a contender. The rest of the team? They overachieved but were simply out of their depth. Bradley's on the field because he's among the best they've got. There are no finishers on the team except for the one guy who never gets to play offense: at his best, he can maximize tie games.

Anonymous zen0 July 01, 2014 6:18 PM  

Nice set up by Bradley..........heh, heh.

Anonymous jonathan July 01, 2014 6:18 PM  

Green!!! Now theyre letting junior high kids score in the world cup

Anonymous TurboPanther July 01, 2014 6:19 PM  

Maybe the US isn't dead yet.

Anonymous Difster July 01, 2014 6:19 PM  

Maybe it's not over!

Blogger Random July 01, 2014 6:21 PM  

But remember everyone, this is not exciting, it's a boring game for faggots and socialists...

Anonymous Basileus July 01, 2014 6:26 PM  

Belgium is a really good team. Nearly every player is in the starting XI of a first or second tier team in a top European league. Kompany is the best CD in the EPL, Hazard is a wunderkind MF for Chelsea, Courtois was the goalie of the year in the CL, Van Buyten is a CD for one of the three best teams in the world, etc. The US players are great MLS players in a fifth rate league, except for Howard (and maybe Dempsey, who was a good player in some good Midtable teams in EPL. Belgium should win this and there is no shame to losing to them.

Anonymous Daniel July 01, 2014 6:26 PM  

Bradley is not a disappointment. That really is as good as he is. I don't know anyone who thought he was going to be great. He wouldn't have made any of the remaining teams except maybe Costa Rica...and certainly would not have been a star. Skillwise, he's a pretty decent passer, but don't call on him at goal.

Anonymous jonathan July 01, 2014 6:28 PM  

When your playmaker is regularly sitting 60 yards from goal that is not a good sign. Pirlo excepted

Anonymous Daniel July 01, 2014 6:30 PM  

And naw, the US is done, although I have to say I am impressed by the U.S. tenacity. They are kind of a bull in a china shop at the goal, but for some reason, Belgium started to play fragile for them at the end.

Anonymous jonathan July 01, 2014 6:31 PM  

Fellaini has also underperformed most of the tournament

Anonymous jonathan July 01, 2014 6:32 PM  

Daniel have you seen bradley play in europe? Hes usually silky smooth

Blogger AdognamedOp July 01, 2014 6:32 PM  

We missed so many good chances in the ET. If only that stupid pollack hit that open net in reg time. What a loser.

Anonymous Difster July 01, 2014 6:33 PM  

Well, it proved to be a very interesting game after regulation.

Blogger Dystopic July 01, 2014 6:33 PM  

And now, back to your regularly scheduled American sport.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 6:34 PM  

Sorry mates, I was rooting for you. Coming back from 2-0 in overtime...

Blogger AdognamedOp July 01, 2014 6:34 PM  

I need a drink

Anonymous Basileus July 01, 2014 6:39 PM  

Daniel, that's exactly right regarding Bradley. I live I Rome and saw him play extensively during his hear here and your view tracks with mine. That's as good as he is. I didn't see anything off about his game during the WC. He's always been bad in the last third.

OpenID malcolmthecynic July 01, 2014 6:39 PM  

Screw the U.S. team. They can't have just lost properly so I could turn them off after that second goal.

Anonymous wEz July 01, 2014 6:43 PM  

Dempsey...all he had to do was get that perpect FK set piece play in the air with a chip and ita 2-2.
Wondo blew the game in the 88th...pro needs to bury that.
US were outplayed but could and should have won late. Shame. Great resilient effort at the end though.

Anonymous Pat Hannagan July 01, 2014 7:23 PM  

Chin up lads, the Whiter team won.

There's no shame in that.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 7:23 PM  

Screw the U.S. team. They can't have just lost properly so I could turn them off after that second goal.

Welcome to football.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 7:26 PM  

So Pat, are you one of the black Irish or one of the red Irish?

Anonymous corvinus July 01, 2014 7:26 PM  

Belgium is a really good team. Nearly every player is in the starting XI of a first or second tier team in a top European league. Kompany is the best CD in the EPL, Hazard is a wunderkind MF for Chelsea, Courtois was the goalie of the year in the CL, Van Buyten is a CD for one of the three best teams in the world, etc. The US players are great MLS players in a fifth rate league, except for Howard (and maybe Dempsey, who was a good player in some good Midtable teams in EPL. Belgium should win this and there is no shame to losing to them.

It was a good game -- we didn't get our a$$es kicked, but Belgium was definitely better.

The USA needs a real offense though. That's all there is to it. We'll never win the World Cup on a superb goalie and tight defense alone. We did get credit for the most saves by a goalie in a World Cup game ever, but that doesn't help us advance.

I do expect Belgium-Argentina to be interesting.

Anonymous MontyDraxel July 01, 2014 7:28 PM  

Soccer: more flops than Adam Sandler. Good thing this is every 4 years. We can go back to pretend liking it in 2018.

USA ratings nosedive for ESPN in 3, 2, 1...

Anonymous Pat Hannagan July 01, 2014 7:33 PM  

Mendo, I'm an Ozzie, not that that means anything. Pure White, all the time, every time. Nothing wrong with the so called "black Irish".

I wouldn't go for any Oz team were it disproportionately not of my kind. It's self-defeating, if not masochistic, to be "rooting" for a team dressed in your national colours who are actually emblematic of your oppressors.

Blogger thimscool July 01, 2014 7:37 PM  

You're being oppressed?

Anonymous Pat Hannagan July 01, 2014 7:40 PM  

Damn right I am, Thimscool.

My skin colour determines where I place on the scale of job placement, and whether I can complain if I'm the victim of a Polar Bear hunting expedition.

You're obviously not White, since you had to ask that question.

OpenID malcolmthecynic July 01, 2014 7:42 PM  

Welcome to football.

Ha! It happens sometimes in all sports, though I notice that in soccer/football more than others a team can really be dominated and lose by a single goal.

Anonymous corvinus July 01, 2014 8:03 PM  

I wouldn't go for any Oz team were it disproportionately not of my kind. It's self-defeating, if not masochistic, to be "rooting" for a team dressed in your national colours who are actually emblematic of your oppressors.

The worst team in that regard is (and I was rather surprised) Switzerland, which seems to be mostly Balkan Muslims for some reason.

Anonymous MendoScot July 01, 2014 8:04 PM  

Call it as you you see it, Pat. My brother married into the black Irish. It was the first wedding in memory that didn't end up in fisticuffs.

Soccer: more flops than Adam Sandler.

Fuck off. Your team played better than your post.

They have a slow attack and a weak midfield. Bradley should be in the midfield, as his setup for the goal showed. You need an attacker who can keep the defenders back and a coach who teaches the team to respond to the changing situation. The number of times that there was a turnover and the team just stood there and watched...

...said the Scot.

Blogger Craig Marshall July 01, 2014 8:32 PM  

"You're being oppressed?"


Poor Pratt has a victim mentality. He was throwing a tantrum about the English on another thread. Everyone but Pratt Hannagan is to blame for the fact that Pratt is a failure in life.

hahahaha

Blogger Adam Lawson July 01, 2014 8:33 PM  

I'm not a big soccer fan, but I'm not sure it has more flopping than basketball.

Anonymous proud neocon July 01, 2014 8:33 PM  

glad this unAmerican faggot "sport" is finished... now we can get to what is really important: Invading Iraq and winning the Senate.

Anonymous wEz July 01, 2014 8:34 PM  

Great effort by Howard today; World class, and has been for some time. Shocking that no top club has offered serious cheddar to Everton over the past 5 years for his services.

Anonymous umph July 01, 2014 8:36 PM  

this has got to be hardest loss for American soccer fans since that dark day when the dutch beat mexico

Anonymous zen0 July 01, 2014 9:05 PM  

Tim Howard made the most saves in a cup game (16) since 1966 (England).

Talking heads are praising the spirit of the American team but Belgium had better talent. 38 shots with less than 50% of the possession time.

Anonymous NateM July 01, 2014 9:48 PM  

If Tim Howard were Trayvon Martin he'd have cracked 4 whites,2 asians, and a spanish guy and STILL be walking around

Anonymous mach0 zen0 July 01, 2014 10:04 PM  

France over Germany, Argentina over Belgium, Netherlands over Costa Rica.

If Neymar is out, Colombia over Brazil (wishful thinking). If not, Brazil over Colombia.

Blogger ScuzzaMan July 02, 2014 4:39 AM  

USA v Belgium was interesting in that it was a virtual replay of Algeria v Germany.

The underdogs fought well in the first 90, but the heat and the exhaustion emphasised the skills differences in extra time and decided both matches.

Good to see the favourites working desperately hard to avoid the penalty shootout lotteries, too. I dont like that method of deciding a game so I am happy to see a clear winner on the scorecard.

France will be very hard for Germany to beat, on present form.

The other games are harder to call, I feel.

Anonymous Ann Coulter was right July 02, 2014 11:46 AM  

Hope you socialist fags enjoy your company:
Poll: World Cup a liberal's game; just 30% of nation following it
http://washingtonexaminer.com/poll-world-cup-a-liberals-game-just-30-of-nation-following-it/article/2550374

Blogger aaron July 03, 2014 12:12 PM  

How is Klinsmann getting a pass from besotted US fans? He constructed the team poorly, leaving off a 2nd physical striker (E. Johnson) and Donovan, who may be hard to coach, but what #10 isn't? And he is still the best the US has as a midfield attacker. Besides Dempsey of course, so moving him to striker to replace Altidore gave him another goal but ensured he wouldn't be touching the ball for most of all the games because there was no one left to pass it to him. Bradley isn't suited to be an attacking midfielder, and his lack of touch was the biggest reason for the US's lack of possession. Jermaine Jones had a great tourney overall, but he and Dempsey were never on the same page, which became more noticeable as Jones started to attack more. Having Dempsey and Donovan on the attack in the midfield could have led to playing young Green on the wing earlier, given the impact he had in 5 minutes of play, perhaps he could have contributed more than Zusi, who faded in effectiveness as the tourney wore on.

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