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Team USA ends World Cup preparation work with impressive win vs. Nigeria
foxsports.com ^ | June 07, 2014 | FOX Soccer

Posted on 06/08/2014 3:13:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Nine days from now, the United States men’s national team will open the World Cup against Ghana in Brazil. And in their final official warm-up game, on the last day before they travel down, they ticked off a number of boxes on their lengthy to-do list in a 2-1 win over Nigeria.

Striker Jozy Altidore, on whom so much could depend in the coming weeks, finally ended his scoring drought by scoring in the 31st and 68th minutes. He hadn’t scored for his club Sunderland since Dec. 4 in his disastrous first season there, and his last tally for the USA had come on Oct. 11 -- a six-game scoreless stretch.

More momentum was built as the Americans took a third win from this three-game tune-up series, having previously vanquished Azerbaijan 2-0 on May 27 and Turkey 2-1 on June 1. The win itself, meanwhile, seems all the more significant since it came over another World Cup-bound opponent that plays much the same way as Ghana does. The Ghanaians, of course, bounced the USA from the last two World Cups. But the Americans will need a win this time around to retain any hope of advancing from a group that also contains world-beaters Germany and Portugal.

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1 posted on 06/08/2014 3:13:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator; kevkrom; 1rudeboy; BeadCounter; C19fan; corkoman; cartan; St_Thomas_Aquinas; ...

2 posted on 06/08/2014 3:16:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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3 posted on 06/08/2014 3:22:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Last warm-up games:

June 8 in Sao Paulo
Iran vs. Trinidad & Tobago

June 8 in Lille
France vs. Jamaica


June 9 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Ghana vs. South Korea

June 10 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Portugal-Ireland


4 posted on 06/08/2014 3:30:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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USA tops Nigeria 2-1 in front of record crowd
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A record crowd of 52,033 were on hand at Everbank Field to watch Team USA beat Nigeria 2-1 in the final tune-up of the Send-Off Series for the 2014 World Cup. It was the largest crowd ever to watch a U.S. soccer friendly in the southeast.
5 posted on 06/08/2014 3:35:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Klinsmann is doubtlessly breathing easier now after Altidore scored both of the Americans' goals in a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the men's national team's final friendly tune-up before heading to Brazil.
6 posted on 06/08/2014 3:38:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ World Cup Team Profile: USA - YouTube
7 posted on 06/08/2014 3:44:48 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“2-1 win over Nigeria”

Exellent.
Nigeria are one of the best in Africa ,IIRC.


8 posted on 06/08/2014 3:44:59 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. .............................................)
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9 posted on 06/08/2014 4:22:21 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ USA vs Nigeria 2014 (2-1) ~ All Goals and Highlights ~ Friendly Match 2014 - YouTube
10 posted on 06/08/2014 4:29:48 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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100 Caps
by Tim Howard on Jun 7, 2014
11 posted on 06/08/2014 4:35:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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It’ll take a miracle to advance out of this group...


12 posted on 06/08/2014 4:42:29 AM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Fan questions answered on formations, lineups and MORE
13 posted on 06/08/2014 4:42:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

My worry has never been Altidore. It’s the porous back line that has given me chills. The set up last night was good. The best part is having Chandler positioned firmly on the bench.

Now if Fabian Johnson will remember that his first responsibility is to keep the other side from scoring, we might get to play four games.

Oldplayer


14 posted on 06/08/2014 4:44:31 AM PDT by oldplayer
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To: Berlin_Freeper; lowbridge
Why does this thread remind me of this?


15 posted on 06/08/2014 5:02:12 AM PDT by Rodamala (LOWBRIDGERULES!)
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England 0 Honduras 0
It was an unorthodox way to head to the World Cup, featuring a tropical storm, a 43-minute delay and some unusually erratic finishing from Daniel Sturridge but, most importantly for Roy Hodgson, no more injuries.

England’s manager must have held his breath at times, as studs were raised and bodies dropped to the floor, in a game that will be remembered as the first England international in history when play was stopped by lightning.

Gerrard: England relieved to have no injuries after horrific Honduras fouls
"I thought the refereeing was poor. They were doing stupid fouls, breaking up the play for no reason, " he told ITV.

"We're frustrated but we're relieved to come out unscathed. There were some horrific challenges going on out there.

"I don't understand referees who see balls kicked into stomachs and not send them off. We're relieved to come out of it with no injuries.

"A lot of the boys are frustrated but we've got a week to go to get ready."

16 posted on 06/08/2014 5:03:48 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Daniel Sturridge struck by beer can thrown from crowd in England's draw with Honduras
It wasn't the first time the England hitman was targeted in the game, as he was also the victim of cynical play from Honduras' Emilio Izaguirre, who following a foul, directly kicked the ball into Sturridge's body while he lay on the ground following a trip.
17 posted on 06/08/2014 5:25:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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07-06-2014 - England 0-0 Honduras (Friendly)
18 posted on 06/08/2014 5:28:54 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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El Salvador 0-2 Spain: David Villa at the double
David Villa struck twice to extend his record goal tally for Spain to 58 as the champions eased to a 2-0 win over El Salvador on Saturday in their final warm-up game before the World Cup in Brazil.

Spain dominated the Central American minnows at the FedEx Stadium and barely broke into a sweat in securing a comfortable victory ahead of their opening Group B match against Netherlands in the city of Salvador on Friday.

19 posted on 06/08/2014 5:33:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Argentina players unfurl banner claiming Falkland Islands ahead of Slovenia friendly
Argentina’s footballers inflamed their rivalry with England by unfurling a banner claiming sovereignty of the Falkland Islands on Saturday.
Ahead of their 2-0 friendly victory over Slovenia, the squad unveiled a banner which read: "Las Malvinas Son Argentinas” (The Malvinas are Argentinian).

The banner is regularly put on show before Argentina's games but with the World Cup looming it has put the gesture in the spotlight.

The South Atlantic islands have been ruled by the UK since 1833 but Argentina claims them and in 1982 attempted to seize control, sparking a brief but bloody war.

Bloodbath: Military Police warn England fans of Argentine 'Ultras' army Brazil ambush
Military police in Brazil have warned an army of 650 Argentine “ultras” will launch a full-scale assault on supporters travelling from the UK.

They are heading to the city of Belo Horizonte when England play Costa Rica on June 24.

Prince Harry is expected to be among the 10,000 England fans and his presence is likely to further inflame Argie hardliners still seething over the Falklands War in 1982.

20 posted on 06/08/2014 5:37:54 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song We Are One (One Big Lie, Ole Ola)
21 posted on 06/08/2014 5:41:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Hodgson wants Italy scalp
They may have lost their past three games against Italy at major finals, but England will not be looking for a draw in their FIFA World Cup™ opener against the same opponents next Saturday.

After three weeks of preparation in Miami, Portugal and in the heat chambers of St George’s Park, England arrive in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday for the meat of their summer.

The last time the two sides met was two years ago, when the Italians knocked England out of UEFA EURO 2012 on penalties after a 0-0 stalemate in which Hodgson’s team were passed off the park. Unlike last time, a goalless draw would not result in a shoot-out lottery from 12 yards.

Instead it would give England a solid base on which they could go into their next games against Uruguay and Costa Rica. But there is certainly no suggestion from the England camp that a draw will be good enough.

22 posted on 06/08/2014 5:52:58 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England touch down in Rio de Janeiro for World Cup
England have arrived in Brazil ahead of the start of their World Cup campaign.

Speaking from the tarmac, he said:
"Team spirit is very very good, and it has been good since the moment we met up in Portugal, we have always had our focus on the day when we would focus on Manaus, we are getting more and more acclimatized to conditions."

BBC - For what it's worth, I think the England football team may have made a pretty big mistake by choosing Rio de Janeiro as their World Cup base

23 posted on 06/08/2014 6:03:22 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Paddy Power
24 posted on 06/08/2014 6:20:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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After three weeks of preparation in Miami, Portugal and in the heat chambers of St George’s Park, England arrive in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday for the meat of their summer.

Odd phrasing - its WINTER in Brazil and Sao Paulo was cold last week, mild this week - who knows for WC?

25 posted on 06/08/2014 6:20:59 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: neodad

“It’ll take a miracle to advance out of this group...”

Yes, but I think they can beat Ghana, and if Christiano is injured they could have a chance to beat Portugal.


26 posted on 06/08/2014 6:22:59 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Brazil leader slams ‘campaign’ against World Cup
A strike by subway workers snarling Brazil’s biggest city threatened to disrupt the World Cup as President Dilma Rousseff denounced a “systematic campaign” against the tournament.

The work stoppage over wage demands by staff has caused massive traffic jams for the past three days in Sao Paulo as the city prepares to host the opening game.

With five days to go until kickoff, authorities are hard-pressed to resolve the dispute

27 posted on 06/08/2014 6:24:22 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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The England game was a pretty grim affair - albeit a disrupted one. Honduras were alarmingly over physical for the last friendly before the World Cup. Sturridge was poor, Johnson is really starting to worry me at right-back and Rooney huffed and puffed but was largely uninspiring. Henderson looked good though.

It’ll all mean nothing when the real thing begins next week. I am starting to feel genuinely optimistic and excited. Fans from all the nations involved are entitled to feel the same way. At this stage, all dreams are still alive.

I’d better not comment on the Argentina-Falklands thing though. I want to keep my current high spirits!


28 posted on 06/08/2014 6:42:01 AM PDT by Tredegar
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Joe Hart: 'Confidence is high among England camp'
29 posted on 06/08/2014 6:48:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is under no illusions as to how important their final FIFA World Cup friendly against Trinidad and Tobago will be.

The Portuguese will lead Iran into their first World Cup since 2006 when they take on Nigeria in Group F on June 16.

If they have been unconvincing in their on-pitch build-up, their off-field goings-on have been chaotic with assistant coach Majid Salih leaving his post following their training camp in Austria.

30 posted on 06/08/2014 6:50:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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France-Jamaica Preview: Les Bleus look to recover from Ribery withdrawal
Didier Deschamps must weigh up his options ahead of France's showdown with Jamaica, after Franck Ribery was ruled out of the World Cup.

Les Blues' preparations for the marquee tournament were rocked by the news that the Bayern Munich winger will play no part in Brazil due to a back injury.

The 31-year-old had shown signs of improvements and it was hoped he could feature in Sunday's encounter with Winfried Schafer's men at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

However, he suffered a setback during sprint tests on Friday and an MRI scan ruled him out of contention.

In a further blow, Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Clement Grenier has also been forced to miss the tournament in Brazil with a groin injury sustained in training on Thursday.

31 posted on 06/08/2014 6:53:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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And with Germany’s star injured, US’s chances have slightly improved.


32 posted on 06/08/2014 6:58:36 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Add me to your ping list please.


33 posted on 06/08/2014 6:59:12 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Rodamala

Ah, is that the team we won against? ;-)


34 posted on 06/08/2014 7:11:37 AM PDT by lowbridge
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France captain Hugo Lloris calls for calm ahead of World Cup and new era for Les Bleus
France travel to Brazil tomorrow determined to erase the ­horrendous memory of their last World Cup campaign.

Four years ago in South Africa, France imploded. They failed to win a match in their group and lost to both Mexico and the host nation.

Off the pitch, manager Raymond Domenech was accused by Zinedine Zidane of losing control of the players and Patrice Evra was involved in a row with fitness chief Robert Duverne that led to the players refusing to train.

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was part of that squad – and as the present captain, he wants no repeat.

35 posted on 06/08/2014 7:28:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Exactly. The1980 Olympic hockey team was a miracle. The US getting out of this group would just be an upset.


36 posted on 06/08/2014 7:36:46 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Nigerian article and comments on the game vs. USA.

Boxscore, USA vs. Nigeria

37 posted on 06/08/2014 8:04:30 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: neodad
Even if Germany win their 1st two games, I don't expect them to take their foot off the pedal when they face the USA. Perhaps they would rest a few players. Germany has not sat by in the past and for all we know, Portugal might draw them in the first match and Germany will indeed have to win their 3rd match to make certain they would advance.

USA, Game 1 vs. Ghana, Game 2 vs. Portugal, Game 3 vs. Germany

Portugal, recent fixtures

Because the USA defeated Portugal in 2002, Portugal will be extra-wary of the USA. USA defeated them in the 1st game hence a big setback and Portugal did not get out of the group. Portugal also will be in a Portuguese speaking nation, their former colony for whatever that is worth. Would their be an advantage for Spain playing in Mexico? Maybe a slight one. In exchange with that, USA will have many many fans there. 15,000? I don't know but a lot and the largest traveling contingency.

Obviously, it is one game at a time for the USA but should we defeat our nemesis Ghana, I've got to think we would find a way to advance out of the group.

38 posted on 06/08/2014 8:33:26 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The Boatengs


There is Evil Boateng and Good Boateng.

39 posted on 06/08/2014 10:09:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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allegedly threw champagne
40 posted on 06/08/2014 10:11:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Who is your nation for the World Cup, Berlin_Freeper? Germany? The US?


41 posted on 06/08/2014 10:14:53 AM PDT by Tredegar
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Wheels come off ‘Rolls Reus’ World Cup hopes
Germany suffered a major blow ahead of the World Cup finals on Saturday as an ankle injury ruled midfielder Marco Reus out of the tournament, the German Federation announced. The 25-year-old Borussia Dortmund star, known as ‘Rolls Reus’ and scorer of seven goals in 21 appearances for Germany, suffered a slight tear to ankle ligaments shortly before half-time in Friday’s 6-1 friendly win over Armenia.
42 posted on 06/08/2014 10:18:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Tredegar

USA All The Way!
Then Germany.
Germany has a better chance.
If I had to bet a lot of money, Spain.
If Brazil wins, I will be happy for them.


43 posted on 06/08/2014 10:24:16 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Fernando Torres: 'Spain, Brazil favourites for World Cup'
Spain forward Fernando Torres has claimed that La Roja and hosts Brazil as the two favourites to win the World Cup this summer.

As holders, Spain will enter as one of the favourites to triumph, but no European team has ever won the World Cup on South American soil.

Torres, 30, has claimed that could end this summer, but the striker also believes that Brazil will be tough opposition.

"For me, we are still the favourites to win the World Cup, but in a big tournament the hosts are normally favourites as well," he told reporters.

44 posted on 06/08/2014 10:32:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Vicente del Bosque: 'We are not favourites'
"We don't feel like favourites. We feel the responsibility of defending the trophy and playing a good tournament," he told AS.

"But not favourites. We're not fools. We know that in Europe there are only two or three great teams but at the World Cup there are plenty who can win without a problem.

"Maybe this time we'll see an African team at least get close to the final."

45 posted on 06/08/2014 10:36:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

June 26th is going to be massive for you then! USA v Germany should be quite the occasion.

I think USA are in an immensely tough group, and I have a great respect for Germany for obvious reasons.

As Gary Lineker said: “Football is a simple game. 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”

Perhaps not in Brazil though. It’s going to be very hard for a European nation to triumph there.


46 posted on 06/08/2014 10:38:22 AM PDT by Tredegar
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Russia and Capello head out for Brazil
"We're all right and ready to depart," Capello told the press on his arrival to Moscow's Sheremetievo airport.

"The players are in a positive mood and are completely focused on the World Cup. They're ready to show their best in Brazil.

"I don't want to make any forecasts as any of participating teams have chances to win the World Cup before the event's kick-off. I believe the strongest one will grab the trophy."

47 posted on 06/08/2014 10:41:16 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

note that during the match I received no e-mails from Nigeria.


48 posted on 06/08/2014 10:46:13 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Tredegar

Yes, can only win there.
One win would be amazing, the other not so much.
Maybe they will tie. :)

I expect Germany will at least give the others a good run.
But everyone should be ready for a bad day.

Iran starting soon, I need to watch that - LoL!


49 posted on 06/08/2014 10:54:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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“Football is a simple game. 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”

Except when they play Italy.

50 posted on 06/08/2014 10:55:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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