Actually Italy is next for the U.S.Bjorn Borg said: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)
The Dutch are my Plan B once all my other teams are eliminated! I just can't pull for Brazil or Argentina.cowain said:So far, my prediction to win it all is Netherlands. They just dominated their game and I was extremely impressed.
Of course, we've been getting out asses handed to us in international hoops as well (although certainly for reasons other than athleticism).HurricaneFloyd said: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.
I can relate to that. I've had a peripheral interest in it for years because I work and went to school with lots of Europeans, but I didn't watch a whole lot of it. For the last 1.5yrs, however, I've been playing in an adult co-ed soccer league in my town and not surprisingly I have a lot more interest in the professional game now, as well.the_bird said: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.
I was pretty bummed about Ecuador...that's who I'm rooting for this Cup (MIL is from Ecuador). I didn't see it, but heard they looked pretty ho-hum and not really up for the game while Germany was on fire.Bjorn Borg said:Anyone see Germany play today? I thought i was watching a hockey game for a minute with all their shots on goal! they are looking pretty sweet in my limited American soccer knowledge.
England vs Germany would be awesome to watch...
ps Brasil looked pretty good too thier last game.
yeah that was a crazy game!Caplan said:Well we've (England) avoided Germany (luckily) at the second round stage of the Competition at least - We won our Group but we've not played well in any of the games.
Add in the fact that we might be an experienced (although not on form it has to be said) striker down if Michael Owen doesn't recover from the injury he's picked up in tonight's match against Sweden - things aren't looking exactly rosy.....
Still, Ecuador next. C'MON ENGLAND!
I agree. Watching those matches is excruciating. The worst part of it for me is the bogus refs. They wreck it for me with the red card/yellow card BS. It is all a big conspiracy--I swear it. Living proof is the tape of that pathetic USA/Italy game. What a joke.ablrbrau said:C'mon guys, it's soccer. It's more exciting watching paint dry. I stopped at a local brewpub for lunch the other day. They had two TVs one with the US Open and the other with the World Cup. I told the bartender that it was a good thing the beer was good or I would have been out the door quick.
I'll be the first to admit I love playing baseball, but yes, watching it is hard. However, I still like to have the Brewers on in the background most days. College World Series--my ass is planted in the recliner (or at the games!) for the duration.Walker-san said:you see, the problem with Americans (and I can say this BEING one) is that we only get really excited about sports that we invented ourselves. I think this stems from a deep seeded feeling of inadequacy or fear thereof. The easiest way to be the best at something is to invent it and have no outside competition; basketball, american football, baseball (though, I think the central and south american's might be better at that one anyway.)
I like watching soccer, but it can be a little slow-paced at time. However, I find it a HELL of a lot more fast-paced and entertaining than baseball.
England shouldn't have too much trouble with Ecuador, although they did dominate their first two games and held out 3 players against Germany in the final game when they were assured of advancing. I bought an Ecuador jersey the other day since it also can double in a pinch as a Sweden jersey (career move!).Caplan said:Still, Ecuador next. C'MON ENGLAND!
I've not actually managed to watch Ecuador play yet - I will on Sunday of course! England are struggling to find their true form. We've been shown up really so far. No real strikers on form (and now we're one down as Owen has gone home with a knee injury) and totally shown up defensively from set pieces in the last game with Sweden. At least we have a decent Midfield but i'm not sure it's enough......Baron von BeeGee said:I will say England looked much more impressive against Sweden than they have in the previous two games. It'll be interesting to see if the form picks up in the elimination rounds for some of the teams that have failed to impress so far.
Welcome to US soccer! Take the most blue collar sport in the world and turn it into something that suburban momma's boys can play without fear of getting scraped up like they would in football, hockey, basketball, etc. Obviously doesn't work well on the world stage. Oh well, I've still got Mexico and Ecuador until this weekend when I'll have to switch to Plan B (the Dutch).Bjorn Borg said:We have too many pretty, ivy league looking, frat boys on our team.
Bjorn actually saved 2 hrs of your life.Walker-san said:By the way: DAMN YOU GUYS!
I came on here expecting a little more banter about soccer, but NOT expecting to see the result of the US game. I was going to watch that tonight at home.
You guys ruined it for me. Now I'll have to work or something instead.
yeat, it turns out my wife would have spoiled it anyway. she called a few minutes ago to rant about how terrible the US team was and that they were going home.Baron von BeeGee said:Bjorn actually saved 2 hrs of your life.
Well put.Baron von BeeGee said:Welcome to US soccer! Take the most blue collar sport in the world and turn it into something that suburban momma's boys can play without fear of getting scraped up like they would in football, hockey, basketball, etc.
I keep pulling against UNC, and they keep winning. If it weren't for hockey, nothing would be going my way.Dude said:You guys should stop wasting your time with futbol and watch the College World Series instead.