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Old 06-12-2006, 09:50 PM   #1
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well the u.s. got spanked today by the Czech's...we suck.

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Old 06-12-2006, 10:04 PM   #2
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well the u.s. got spanked today by the Czech's, and it could be more of the same from England (apparently they are even better then the Czechs)
Actually Italy is next for the U.S.

That was pathetic to watch. The U.S. needed a good showing to generate any kind of interest in the sport--but that effort won't help. They look uninspired to say the least. I won't be watching any more World Cup....it was just about how I figured it would be. The US team is boys against men in this sport.
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Old 06-12-2006, 10:54 PM   #3
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England were pretty awful in their first game against Portugal.

The Scots have officially adopted Trinidad & Tobego as our team!

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Old 06-12-2006, 10:59 PM   #4
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So, Mysterio, you're rooting for MacTrinidad, huh? They tied Sweden on Saturday, right? I heard they're a team with some promise.

I'm interested to see Korea play tomorrow. Incidentally, how do they decide who plays in the WC tourney? Are the national teams playing constantly and they qualify if they have a certain record?

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Old 06-13-2006, 03:00 PM   #5
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Prior to yesterday, my teams were (not predictions, just who I'm rooting for):
1. US
2. Mexico
3. Ecuador
4. Sweden

After that showing by the US, however, they're off my list. Totally agree with Dude...they're whining about a lack of awareness, and that's how they generate excitement? By not even playing as hard as a U-7 team? What a bunch of crap. I'll happily eat my words if they beat Italy and Ghana to advance, but I'm not holding my breath. Even Ghana looked significantly better and more prepared than the US.

The England/Sweden match is going to be huge for that group! Also, with a good showing against Costa Rica, Ecuador is likely to advance (where they'll probably get whupped). Remains to be seen how Mexico plays against a European foe.

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I can only hope that the US's performance was a fluke and the real team will show up for the games against Italy and Ghana. The only upside is that only one of the goals (the last one) was earned - the rest were caused by extremely poor defense (no marking on the 6'7" man-child in the box on the first and pathetic clearance right to the open attacker on the second). If the defense will stop being so terrible and the offense will do anything, we could have a chance.

So far, my prediction to win it all is Netherlands. They just dominated their game and I was extremely impressed. Of course, Brazil v. Croatia is today, so I may have a new favorite after that.

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So far, my prediction to win it all is Netherlands. They just dominated their game and I was extremely impressed.
The Dutch are my Plan B once all my other teams are eliminated! I just can't pull for Brazil or Argentina.
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I would rather watch curling and men's figure skating than soccer. Part of me is happy the US lost their first game. The US will never be able to compete in international soccer since all of our premier athletes are playing football and basketball instead of soccer while most of these other countries, soccer is the #1 sport.

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Since my wife is Australian and the US is not looking too good right now I'll have to say,

Let's Go Australia!!! They finished strong against Japan.

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I would rather watch curling and men's figure skating than soccer. Part of me is happy the US lost their first game. The US will never be able to compete in international soccer since all of our premier athletes are playing football and basketball instead of soccer while most of these other countries, soccer is the #1 sport.
Of course, we've been getting out asses handed to us in international hoops as well (although certainly for reasons other than athleticism).

I just have a hard time getting into soccer. Might have been different had I played in a league or something when I was younger, but I just have no connection to the sport. For me, it's kind of like that with hockey, as well.

The one big-internationally-but-not-in-the-U.S. sport that I *do* enjoy watching (or *did*) is cricket. Used to watch it all the time when I had FoxSportsWorld. i thought about joining one of the local teams (I know there are at least one or two around before realizing)

A. I'm getting old.
B. I have very little free time as it is.
C. I'm in terrible shape.
D. I'm not exactly the most co-ordinated individual around.
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