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Post by S7 Coolhand on Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:04 pm

I've been watching on the Univision Deportivo app. Doesn't require a cable subscription.

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Post by Air7Cav on Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:29 pm

OneBadHuskerFan wrote:Epic win for the USA.  What a match!

USA!!  cheers   USA!!  cheers  USA!! cheers   Good game and hard fought win but it cost us. (Although sometimes we are our own worst enemy.)

Netherlands just beat Australia 3-2. Good game but Australia is now out. Next is Chile vs Spain (the defending WC Champs). Spain looked so bad against NED that Chile could win and Spain would be out thus letting NED and Chile advance to the next round in that group.

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Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:49 pm

And now Spain is down 2-0 at halftime of the game against Chile.  Spain is gonna have to take some PED's at halftime if they want to get this one back.  It's nice to have a boss that lets me sit here and stream the game from ESPN.   Very Happy

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Post by Atrum on Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:53 pm

OneBadHuskerFan wrote:And now Spain is down 2-0 at halftime of the game against Chile.  Spain is gonna have to take some PED's at halftime if they want to get this one back.  It's nice to have a boss that lets me sit here and stream the game from ESPN.   Very Happy

Ha! Same here. It's my last 2 weeks on the job, before moving to a new company - perfect time for World Cup games.

I was telling someone else earlier, if ALL soccer games were this high-scoring and interesting it'd be a lot more popular in the US.

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Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:59 pm

AtrumX wrote:
OneBadHuskerFan wrote:And now Spain is down 2-0 at halftime of the game against Chile.  Spain is gonna have to take some PED's at halftime if they want to get this one back.  It's nice to have a boss that lets me sit here and stream the game from ESPN.   Very Happy

Ha! Same here. It's my last 2 weeks on the job, before moving to a new company - perfect time for World Cup games.

I was telling someone else earlier, if ALL soccer games were this high-scoring and interesting it'd be a lot more popular in the US.

Yeah, I'll be honest I've never been a real soccer fan (as can be seen by previous posts) but I've been glued to the screen this time around.  I'm not sure what it is but it seems that every game has been enjoyable to watch and I don't find myself getting bored straight away like I would have in the past.

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Post by S7 Coolhand on Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:04 am

Adiós Spain!

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Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:56 pm

And now England is basically out unless they get lucky.  I though they were good at soccer over there!

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Post by S7 Coolhand on Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:53 pm

Wow Rooney finally scored. He could have won it for them a few times.

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Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:23 pm

Aaaand now England is gone.  Saw something that said it's the first time they've been eliminated in the group round since 1958.  Crazy.

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Post by Atrum on Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:52 pm

Costa Rica... crazy. That's like LA making a team and sending it to the World Cup. lol

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Post by S7 Coolhand on Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:35 pm

There is still a slim hope for England but it would take a ton of goals scored for Italy and England in their next games.

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Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:40 pm

S7 Coolhand wrote:There is still a slim hope for England but it would take a ton of goals scored for Italy and England in their next games.

They are completely out according to this...

World Cup 2014: England crash out after Costa Rica surprise Italy

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Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:55 pm

Wow, that sucked.   Shocked

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Post by S7 Coolhand on Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:12 pm

Yep, the Costa Rica win sealed it for them.

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Post by Atrum on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:38 am

I can't stand it when teams go in to panic 'just clear the ball mode' at the end of the game. Thankfully we're good with a win, oooor a tie most likely gets us through as well.

PS: My wife has never been super 'in' to soccer and was like "Let's just go, nothing can happen in 40 seconds" ... We can all safely blame her for the US tie.

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Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:10 am

AtrumX wrote:I can't stand it when teams go in to panic 'just clear the ball mode' at the end of the game. Thankfully we're good with a win, oooor a tie most likely gets us through as well.

PS: My wife has never been super 'in' to soccer and was like "Let's just go, nothing can happen in 40 seconds" ... We can all safely blame her for the US tie.

Yeah, I've never been a fan of "playing not to lose" instead of playing to win.  I still can't believe that happened.  Literally the last kick of the match changed the ability of the US to rest some players and take a breather to having to show up against Germany.  Still have a great chance to get to the round of 16 but playing Germany isn't really the way I'd want to do it.  Anything can happen.

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Post by S7 Coolhand on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:52 pm

I just knew it was coming when they shoved Gonzalez back there as a fifth.  He blows and so does that tactic. The other two subs were excellent moves.

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Post by S7 Coolhand on Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:04 pm

Ciao Italy!

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Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:56 pm

USA lost 1-0 to Germany but makes it to the round of 16 thanks to Portugal beating Ghana 2-1.  USA cutting it a bit close there.

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Post by Atrum on Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:06 pm

We almost had the equalizer at the end there! Have to thank Ronaldo for solidifying our qualification with Portugals 2nd goal.

Next up is probably Belgium. Should be an exciting game!

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Post by S7 K1ll3rKlown on Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:29 pm

Belgium is good and we're just hanging on by the skin of our teeth.
If something doesn't happen in the US camp and get more shots on goal we're doomed. Know why we lost? Germany was constantly attacking. It's also why they've scored more points than anyone in group G thus far.

I'll use another sport for the analogy-- basketball: if you pass, pass, pass and never shoot you simply can't win.

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Post by Atrum on Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:08 pm

Having Altidore back would be a big help for our midfield.

I've been pretty unimpressed by our defense so far. Their positioning has been fine, but they're definitely not all on the same page. There are times when they do act somewhat like a real team and you see the US move the ball around well, they just have difficulty transitioning into attack patterns that are at all diverse. If we do manage to best Belgium I imagine other teams will have better responses for our long balls up the side.

Other than that, we need a mid moving up the far side for our crosses. No idea how many times we could have had great opportunities with better movement.

Still, none of our opponents have been easy. If we can become more consistent early/late game, move the ball through pressure better, and don't make ridiculous defensive passing mistakes - we can do well.

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Post by S7 Coolhand on Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:14 am

I am impressed by our close loss to the best team in the world. There defense shows some signs of weakness, but their kids and forwards are unmatched. I was happy with this result.

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Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:48 am

S7 Coolhand wrote:I am impressed by our close loss to the best team in the world. There defense shows some signs of weakness, but their kids and forwards are unmatched. I was happy with this result.

Being the soccer novice I am I have to say I was pretty impressed overall in their group stage games.  They clearly outplayed Ghana and Portugal and held their own against Germany.  We are a pretty heavy underdog against Belgium (4.7/1) so it'll be interesting to see how we come out against them.

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Post by S7 K1ll3rKlown on Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:05 am

Apparently you're warming up to futbol played on the pitch instead of a field.
Good!

Now if they could just completely cancel Hockey season... Rolling Eyes 

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