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U.S. vs. Ghana preview: A World Cup grudge match in a Group of Death [6:00PM EDT]
CNN ^ | June 16, 2014 | Saeed Ahmed

Posted on 06/16/2014 10:41:04 AM PDT by 1rudeboy

Your co-workers will bolt from work early today. Bars will make a killing. And even the most indifferent of your friends will feign a slight interest in the World Cup.

For today, the United States begins its Brazil adventure when it goes toe to toe with its nemesis, Ghana.

The Black Stars have knocked the U.S. out of competition the last two go-rounds -- in 2006 and 2010.

Can the U.S. avoid a three-peat? It'd better, if it wants to see its World Cup ambitions stay alive.

Because after Ghana, the U.S. takes on two giants: Germany and Portugal -- ranked by FIFA as the second and fourth best teams in the world.

For its part, the U.S. is ranked 13th. Ghana is 37th.

No wonder Group G -- the one the U.S. finds itself in -- has been nicknamed the "Group of Death."

Why focus on the negative though?

Sure, America's odds of lifting the most coveted soccer trophy in the world are 100 to 1. But the 23 players on the squad have dreamed of playing on the grandest stage of soccer since they were kids.

Kyle Beckerman, 32, was one of them.

As a child, he'd leave notes for his mom, signed, "Kyle Beckerman USA #15."

Now, he signs autographs that way.

This is their moment.

"For one month every four years, the world stops, everybody is watching," said team captain Michael Bradley. "To have the opportunity to represent our country, to wear our colors, there's nothing else like it."

WHY YOU SHOULD WORRY

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WHY YOU SHOULDN'T WORRY

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1 posted on 06/16/2014 10:41:04 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Good luck America!


2 posted on 06/16/2014 10:43:11 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Looks like Portugal is the team that needs to be worried.


3 posted on 06/16/2014 10:46:09 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: 1rudeboy
Shouldn't we tell Ghana that the name “Black Stars” is racist, and they shouldn't call themselves that? I suggest they change the name to “Rainbow Stars,” or maybe “Unicorn Stars.”
4 posted on 06/16/2014 10:46:11 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Germany is crushing Portugal.


5 posted on 06/16/2014 10:47:22 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: 1rudeboy
Because after Ghana, the U.S. takes on two giants: Germany and Portugal

Well, one giant (Germany) and one complete train wreck (Portugal).

6 posted on 06/16/2014 10:47:47 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: kevkrom

Portugal are unimpressive to say the least. No cohesion.


7 posted on 06/16/2014 10:48:36 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

And less one starting center-back.


8 posted on 06/16/2014 10:49:16 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: bkepley
Germany is crushing Portugal.

Almost as badly as Spain crushed Spain. (With Holland there to capitalize on the opportunities.)

9 posted on 06/16/2014 10:53:33 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: dirtboy
The World Cup is better than your job: An interview about priorities [contains profanity]
10 posted on 06/16/2014 10:54:56 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Underdog to Ghana neatly symbolizes exactly where Obama thinks this nation should be.


11 posted on 06/16/2014 10:55:18 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: agere_contra

12 posted on 06/16/2014 10:56:55 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: dfwgator

Pepe out for the red.

Two Portuguese players subbed out due to injury which may spill over into the USA match.

Ronaldo having to play a full 90 on that knee of his.

If the USA can come out and beat Ghana tonight things look at least a bit better for them in the Group of Death.


13 posted on 06/16/2014 10:56:58 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: MNlurker

Exactly. A win will put us in great shape. A tie and there is still a chance. Lose this one and uh oh...


14 posted on 06/16/2014 10:58:33 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Cowboy Bob

I will be rooting for Ghana, My granddaughter is a teacher there in an international school.


15 posted on 06/16/2014 11:02:54 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: 1rudeboy

“Your co-workers will bolt from work early today. Bars will make a killing. And even the most indifferent of your friends will feign a slight interest in the World Cup.”

Ahhhh. . .not a chance.


16 posted on 06/16/2014 11:06:19 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: 1rudeboy

This is horrible.

Hope US loses.

Soccer is not right, except ad a fun kick ball game for kids to play, unorganized.

Ghana would appreciate it. Hope they win.


17 posted on 06/16/2014 11:10:20 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: 1rudeboy

Let me preface this by saying I don’t really care about soccer at all. However, my pride takes quite a bit of a hit to think that our national team got knocked out of two straight World Cups by Ghana. Ghana has what, a population of about 100? A total GDP amounting to roughly the value of a bag of soccer balls? We got beat by THAT country TWICE. Sorry, but we need to win this one. Any self-respecting superpower ought to be able to grab a win against the likes of Ghana, for goodness sake.

(BTW - In case it’s not obvious, the above is meant to be a bit tongue in cheek.)


18 posted on 06/16/2014 11:30:20 AM PDT by stremba
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To: 1rudeboy
Your co-workers will bolt from work early today. Bars will make a killing. And even the most indifferent of your friends will feign a slight interest in the World Cup.

The authors are delusional.

19 posted on 06/16/2014 11:51:46 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: 1rudeboy
Nice picture!

Too bad that FR soccer threads attract the clowns who think that their dislike of soccer is somehow interesting or noteworthy.

20 posted on 06/16/2014 12:14:04 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Dagnabitt

I will be very surprised if the US team even makes it to the Round Of 16.

I’m not looking for a Miracle On Astroturf this year.


21 posted on 06/16/2014 1:54:00 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: ifinnegan

Probably best to leave this thread for the patriots.


22 posted on 06/16/2014 3:34:23 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: stremba

Tongue in cheek stuff aside, the U.S. traditionally has had trouble to teams with speed. We’ll see how they can deal with it this time.


23 posted on 06/16/2014 3:55:01 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Huh?

Who are the patriots?


24 posted on 06/16/2014 4:00:44 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: ifinnegan

Not the ones who can’t take Gen. Patton’s advice, and fail to cheer for athletes representing the USA.


25 posted on 06/16/2014 4:02:17 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: ifinnegan
This is horrible. Hope US loses.

huh???

26 posted on 06/16/2014 4:59:12 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: ifinnegan

Na Ghana, Na Ghana, NaGhana defeat the U.S. today.

27 posted on 06/16/2014 7:34:58 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: goldstategop

Every time the tournament has been held outside of Europe since 1990, the US has made it out of the group.


28 posted on 06/16/2014 7:37:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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