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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Deacon » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:07 am

So... Implications of Altidore's injury? I know we don't know exactly how long he might be out, but let's say 3 weeks.
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by The Cid » Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:37 pm

Without Altidore the US loses a little bit of its attacking power. The way Dempsey looked in the first minute (!!!!!!!), if the US could get him and Altidore out there together firing on all cylinders then we might turn some heads in the tournament. Without Altidore we'll have to work harder to set up offense, with him there was always the chance he'd break out and get in alone with the goalkeeper.

After yesterday my main concern is on the other end of the field. One thing the USA has world class talent in is goalkeeping, but our back line leaves an awful lot to be desired. Particularly as the USA's remaining two games are with Portugal, who has Cristiano Ronaldo, and Germany with Ozil and others. Creativity and possession are going to be important moving forward.
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Rorschach » Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:14 pm

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Deacon » Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:37 pm

He can try :)
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by The Cid » Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:42 pm

Klinsmann's been great for us. His insistence that the US develop a unique style all their own (rather than just trying to ape Europe like we'd been doing to mixed results at best) has really set a tone, and this is only his first World Cup.

When I was growing up we had neighbors from Germany. Their son used to take on all comers in FIFA, in which he would always use a team that had Klinsmann, score, and then shout "KLINNNS-MAAAAANNNNNNNNN!!!!!" extremely loudly. Now when team USA scores I'm often tempted to do the same.

USA. Play like Stallone today.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Rorschach » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:21 pm

Yes!
Looks like our Onkel Tom German got us through to the last 16. U S A! U S A!
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Deacon » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:12 pm

Well I'm happy about it even if out English chums aren't in a mood to celebrate.
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Rorschach » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:23 pm

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Rorschach » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:01 pm

Goddamnit.

Poor initial defending but a cracking goal. <grr>
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Rorschach » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:13 pm

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Rorschach » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:18 pm

Yeeeeees!
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by The Cid » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:55 pm

So close.

Great showing in the last 15 minutes. I'm not quite the expert in this sport but was one minute appropriate for that stoppage? I kind of thought there'd be more. Not a major "we got screwed" scandal or anything--we didn't start really playing until 105 in, we deserved what we got--but I'm just perplexed.

I didn't know Richard Ayoade played soccer, was Belgian, or was considered a dangerous midfielder. Huh. Learn something new every day.

Now I can go back to being angry that Robert Kraft refuses to build the Revolution their own stadium so New England can have a club team worth watching.

This tournament is amazing though. I tried to look up the existing WC record for extra time in one tournament, but 2014 has to have passed it by now.
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Deacon » Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:12 am

I'm disappointed about the US loss, having hoped this would be the one we made it to at least the quarter finals, but I'm sure I'm nowhere near as disappointed as Belgians would've been if we had made that second goal and pulled it out on penalties.
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Deacon » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:52 pm

Well, it's been a good one, but now it's over. Congratulations to Germany on their 4th!
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Rorschach » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:01 pm

The best bit was watching the English pundits decide which was the lesser of the two evils: Germany or Argentina.
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