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Old 06-16-2014, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Great start, every game except one having at least 3 goals! Highlites and observations:

* The Swiss game-winner was incredible. This kind of goal can convert non-soccer fans. Behrami avoided 2 professional fouls to keep going forward leading to an end-to-end counterattack goal. Granted, many Ecaudoran players appeared to be taking a siesta.

* Italy v England in sweltering Manaus. Italy was able to block many English crosses, passes and shots while they rarely had their own passes affected. Defense is a team game, and many English players were completely unaccountable in that respect.

* Iker Casillas, 4 years ago he acheived international fame by winning the tourneyment and kissing his famous girlfriend on the sidelines after. This past Saturday, he was found flailing, crawling, misjudging, and praying while the Dutch pelted him for 5 goals. Granted, most other Spanish players would also get failing marks for the debacle.

* Death by red card... some red cards mean more than others. Maxi Pereira's early red card doomed Uruguay and motivated Costa Rica. Maxi appeared to be using his foot like a sickle.

* Frank (Ribery) who? France plugged in Antoine Greizmann who may have added 10 million whatevers to his asking price this summer. Fast, clever, great vision, and the ability to play big were on display.

* Bosnian own goal, of the "I'm not paying attention" variety, put them behind the 8 ball early against a so-so Argentinian team they otherwise could have beaten.

* Ivory Coast had the courage to drop the great (but old) Drogba. Without him they showed a more democrat attacking ability which resulted in 2 almost indefensible headed goals. I think this is the World Cup where an African side goes deep.

* To the pub tonight for US v Ghana; workweek hangover be damned.
I agree with most everything you said. Except for the fact that both of Ivory Coast's goals came after Drogba had been introduced into the game. And he did have an impact on the game.
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Old 06-16-2014, 12:05 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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Portugal gets pounded by Germany 4-0. Ronaldo is going to sleep checking his closet for Thomas Muller tonight
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I agree with most everything you said. Except for the fact that both of Ivory Coast's goals came after Drogba had been introduced into the game. And he did have an impact on the game.
True, pardon the omission. Drogba should continue to come in as a catalytic early sub for best results though. It'll let the fit, speedy attackers like Bony, Gervinho and Kalou soften opponents up before letting Drogba come in and put a different stamp on the game.
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Orange Blossom Trail
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What are the US chances tonight?
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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I think the US chances are pretty good but Ghana have become a bit of a bogey team so you never know
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:04 PM
 
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All I'd say is losing twice to Ghana concentrates the mind wonderfully!...;-).....I think we will be entertained at this very important game. The US knows what it's in for and I'm eager to see how they have prepared for the competition. The climb starts!
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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1-0 dempsey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:18 PM
 
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the usa are a much better team than most give them credit for , i think they will qualify from their group , portugal wont achieve anything without ronaldo being on form and apart from having fitness issues , it looks like he is a little disinterested

usa to come second in the group behind germany , a good draw and they might make the quater finals
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:43 PM
 
Location: SLC, UT
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Noooo!

EDIT: Yesssss!
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:56 PM
 
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Whoa....US 2 Ghana 1 ...talk about grinding it out!
Juergen for Pres!...;-)....
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