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Team USA faces "dangerous" opponent in next World Cup match
cbsnews.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Elaine Quijano

Posted on 06/22/2014 4:34:49 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

The American team has a chance to move on to the next round of the World Cup Sunday when it takes on Portugal.

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USA! USA! USA! USA!
1 posted on 06/22/2014 4:34:49 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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2 posted on 06/22/2014 4:44:15 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

A win would be huge. Hopefully Ronaldo doesn’t play well tonight.


3 posted on 06/22/2014 4:45:46 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Soccer. I fart in its general direction


4 posted on 06/22/2014 4:48:07 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Is there a live stream of the game available ?

We disconnected from cable years ago.


5 posted on 06/22/2014 4:48:08 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Berlin_Freeper
U.S. faces 'massive game' against Portugal in World Cup
Both the U.S. and Portugal will go a long way toward determining their World Cup fates when they meet Sunday in the heat and humidity of the Amazon.

For the U.S., it's win and go on. For Portugal, it's win or go home.

And a tie? Well, then it gets complicated.

6 posted on 06/22/2014 4:50:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: maine yankee

I’m not sure if this will work or not. Game is 1800hrs.

http://www.livesoccertv.com/news/10463/live-streaming-watch-usa-vs-portugal-on-tv-and-online-june-22-2014-fifa-world-cup-match/


7 posted on 06/22/2014 4:51:14 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Berlin_Freeper
“It was just like being in Fairfax — Americans everywhere,”
8 posted on 06/22/2014 4:55:32 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: maine yankee

http://www.rojadirecta.me/


9 posted on 06/22/2014 4:55:42 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: maine yankee

Univision is streaming all of the group games.


10 posted on 06/22/2014 4:59:26 AM PDT by voicereason (The RNC is like the "One-night stand" you wish you could forget.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
a ton of Americans
11 posted on 06/22/2014 5:03:01 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Vaquero

It’s not a bad game. Has potential. Needs to tweak a few rules to get a little more scoring. Deciding a World Cup Final in a shootout makes it a bullshit sport. Period. End of argument.

So as not to just complain without suggesting how to fix it, here goes my tweaks if I was FIFA king:

1) Make the goal slightly larger, like one meter wider and half a meter taller.

2) Relax the offsides rule, or perhaps do away with it altogether.

3) Tighten the rule on when the goalie can use his hands. Perhaps only in the goal crease (immediate goal box). Or only on saves, not on crosses.

4) Put in some stall ball prevention rules. Like when your team crosses the midline, you can’t go back over (like the halfcourt rule in basketball.

5) Disallow passes back to your own goalie.

6) And for Heaven’s sake, penalize any player who flops. Any player on the ground for more than 5 seconds MUST come out of the game for the rest of the half.


12 posted on 06/22/2014 5:06:10 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

13 posted on 06/22/2014 5:10:56 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vaquero

Real football only five weeks away — NFL training camps open at the end of July.


14 posted on 06/22/2014 5:12:34 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Vendome

Wow...trannies play soccer?


15 posted on 06/22/2014 5:15:40 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
How the USA will stop Cristiano Ronaldo
How can you stop a player who can do it all? How do you deal with someone who can beat you with a leaping header, or a blistering shot, or a well-placed free-kick, or a speedy run and an expert finish? How do you defend a player who, when on his game, commands “best player in the world” status as if he was born for it?

organised team defending, combined with effective and sustained possession and a few Hail Marys

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16 posted on 06/22/2014 5:17:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Portugal has been weakened. But given the dismal performance of highly rated European teams so far, team USA stands a chance of making it for the first time ever to the coveted Round Of 16.

They just have to avoid being sent home.


17 posted on 06/22/2014 5:18:19 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: twister881
Real football only five weeks away — NFL training camps open at the end of July.

Word. Enough of this 'skip, skip, skip, kick!' nonsense. The way ESPN wets their pants over this 'sport' is nauseating.

18 posted on 06/22/2014 5:18:22 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Vaquero; Berlin_Freeper

I find soccer extremely boring and not unlike watching grass grow.

That said, the “media” seems to be pushing this world cup crap down our throat to force us to join the one world community.

It’s despicable...and it’s not American!


19 posted on 06/22/2014 5:21:48 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The embarrassing shocker of this year’s World Cup is traditional football powerhouse England will not be in the Round Of 16.

And 2010 World Champion Spain is not in it at all. And Germany is struggling.

With winter setting in South America, all we keep hearing are excuses.


20 posted on 06/22/2014 5:24:15 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Today’s games:

Belgium vs Russia 12:00 PM EDT

South Korea vs Algeria 3:00 PM EDT

Portugal vs USA 6:00 PM EDT

First two games will be broadcast on ABC. ESPN will carry the Portugal-USA game tonight.


21 posted on 06/22/2014 5:31:54 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: newfreep

I find soccer extremely boring and not unlike watching grass grow.


I feel the same way about baseball. I grew up on it and can’t stand to watch it on TV now. I much prefer soccer now. The international aspect is great. No matter where someone is from in the world you always can talk soccer.


22 posted on 06/22/2014 5:32:37 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: Eccl 10:2

Prevent defense in soccer is more boring than prevent defense in NFL.


23 posted on 06/22/2014 5:32:40 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: TexasGator

If you play good defense, you can prevent the other side from scoring.

Football games generally don’t lead to blowouts unless one team is very weak against the other.

It would be no shame if the US kept it a tie today, it would still be assured of making it to the next round.

But winning their group would be doing the impossible. Then again, no one predicted they would defeat Ghana.

All eyes are on them tonight.


24 posted on 06/22/2014 5:37:15 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Lionel Messi saves the day as Argentina beats Iran, 1-0
It took 90 minutes, but Argentina superstar Lionel Messi finally flashed his brilliance, striking a goal in stoppage time to beat Iran and secure his team a spot in the Round of 16.

Argentina 1:0 Iran Match Highlights

Nigeria win knocks out Bosnia
Bosnia-Herzegovina's maiden appearance at a World Cup finals ended in disappointment as Peter Odemwingie's goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat by African champions Nigeria in Cuiaba and ensured they could not qualify for the second round.

Nigeria's win, their first at a World Cup finals since 1998, leaves them as favourites to join Argentina in the second round.

Nigeria 1:0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Match Highlights

25 posted on 06/22/2014 5:40:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: goldstategop

“If you play good defense, you can prevent the other side from scoring.”

True but if you allow the other team to continually attack and play on your side of the field eventually they will score while you give yourself ZERO chance of scoring.

If it is 2-0 maybe, but 1-0 you still have to attack. Going to prevent defense with almost the whole game left?


26 posted on 06/22/2014 5:48:23 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Miroslav Klose comes on to rescue Germany from defeat by Ghana
Africa has a tale of World Cup redemption in Brazil at last, though Ghana know they could have had much more. They led impressively, deservedly with 19 minutes remaining and Germany running short of options. Löw opted for a trusted source, 14-goal Klose. The record-equalling No15 arrived within moments of his introduction to salvage a point for a Germany side that, for all Löw’s pre-match warnings, could not avoid the second-game syndrome that has afflicted so many teams in Brazil.

World Cup 2014: Miroslav Klose equals World Cup scoring record
Ronaldo has been all too aware of the possibility of losing his record.

He spoke at a fans' festival in Fortaleza only last week, and his message to the Brazilian fans was clear. "I have one big favour to ask of you," he said. "Please cast a tiny spell on Miroslav Klose. That would be good, so that Klose scores no goals."

27 posted on 06/22/2014 5:49:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: twister881
Real football only five weeks away — NFL training camps open at the end of July.

Baseball NOW! Though not really the national pastime.

“Our national pastime is shooting, Always will be.” ... Cole Younger (Cliff Robertson ) “ The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid”

28 posted on 06/22/2014 5:52:33 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: lodi90

I also grew up playing baseball among other sports but cannot watch a game on TV.

That said, soccer is REALLY, REALLY boring and requires such a low level skill set - kicking a large ball while running. At least baseball requires a far higher skill set including an ability to hit a very small ball traveling close to 100mph with a very narrow bat.

Add the fact I totally reject the media meme of “You must accept soccer as THE world sport and assimilate into the world community” as patently un-American.


29 posted on 06/22/2014 5:54:15 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Germany 2:2 Ghana Match Highlights

Photos

What the Germany-Ghana tie means for U.S. hopes in the World Cup
In short, a tie was probably the best possible result for the Americans.

30 posted on 06/22/2014 5:56:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Who’s In, Who’s Out
31 posted on 06/22/2014 5:59:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
World Cup 2014: Today at the tournament - day 11
The final set of second-round group games could see the World Cup hopes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal dashed.

Having been demolished by Germany, the Iberians know defeat by Group G rivals USA would end their involvement - and a draw would leave them with much to do in their final game.

Belgium v Russia
South Korea v Algeria
USA v Portugal [USA! USA! USA! USA!]

32 posted on 06/22/2014 6:04:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: goldstategop

We made it to the round of 16 in 2010. We actually came in third in the 1930 World Cup.


33 posted on 06/22/2014 6:08:11 AM PDT by kabar
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To: newfreep

I also grew up playing baseball among other sports but cannot watch a game on TV.

That said, soccer is REALLY, REALLY boring and requires such a low level skill set - kicking a large ball while running. At least baseball requires a far higher skill set including an ability to hit a very small ball traveling close to 100mph with a very narrow bat.

Add the fact I totally reject the media meme of “You must accept soccer as THE world sport and assimilate into the world community” as patently un-American.


You are falling for stereotypes. Soccer isn’t anymore boring or any less technical than a 4 plus hour baseball game. You just chose not to understand the game. Fine.

I was at the US-Nigeria game in Jacksonville a couple weeks ago. The 50,000 crowd was as white bread as can be. Mostly 20 and 30 somethings out having a blast. Fact is the sport is growing in the US because it’s fun to play & follow. More people watched the US-Ghana game than watched game 5 of the NBA finals.

Feel free to continue soccer hating but the times they are a changing for soccer in the US.


34 posted on 06/22/2014 6:09:35 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: Berlin_Freeper

There is a lot of “dissing” of soccer going on in this thread. I have never been a big soccer fan, my kids never played it. Then we spent a couple of years as an ex-Pat family in Europe. My older son is now a huge AC Milan fan, and my youngest literally learned to play on the playground at recess. Now that younger one has been doing rec league back here at home for a couple of years. He HAD to get a Messi jersey when we visited Barcelona, because ALL of his friends had them.

The World Cup has been a fixture on our TV this entire week. We are loving it! (even me, Mom, who still needs a rules clarification occasionally)

Crossing my fingers for a USA win today. My “other” rooting interest is Argentina, because Messi seems like a class act, and it would be nice for him to get the big win (if USA is out of it).


35 posted on 06/22/2014 6:09:48 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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Hank Hill explains it
36 posted on 06/22/2014 6:14:50 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Bosnia got screwed twice by the officials. The real score should have been 1-0 in favor of Bosnia.

This ref crew will likely not be moving on to the knockout stage.


37 posted on 06/22/2014 6:15:09 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: newfreep
That said, soccer is REALLY, REALLY boring and requires such a low level skill set - kicking a large ball while running.

As much as I dislike soccer, it is most definetly NOT a low skill level. My kids played, one is still playing in college.

Your is a statement similar to the clowns who say they don't play defense in the NBA. You could never get a shot off against an NBA player. Put yourself on the field against an 'Advanced' soccer team of 15 year olds, and the score would be 100 - 0. You couldn't stop them. You wouldn't get a shot on goal.

Soccer is for Satan

38 posted on 06/22/2014 6:21:11 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Russia unhappy with performance under Fabio Capello
a sense of resignation more familiar to England supporters rules among those who are closely following the team’s fortunes. “Ask yourself when you last actually enjoyed watching the national team play,” wrote one disgruntled commentator on a football forum, after the draw with South Korea. “There is always this national belief in miracles that has absolutely nothing to do with reality. Unfortunately this is our team and it’s the only one we have got.”

South Korea vs. Algeria
FOXES ORGANIZED BUT CAN THEY SCORE? Algeria have only given up four goals in the last four World Cup games, so that's not a problem. But that attack? Problem with a capital "P". The Fennec Foxes have not scored from the run of play in any of the four games, with their only goal coming from the penalty spot. Can Algeria finally score and secure a win?

MASTER PLAN: South Korea lost their last game before heading to the World Cup 4-0 to Ghana in Miami. According to manager Hong Myung-Bo, that was all part of his plan. “The players did what was asked of them, I want to thank them,” he said. “The defeat against Ghana was just part of the process.” His plan was also to bring Lee Keun-Ho on so he could score against a tired Russian defense and that worked as well.

39 posted on 06/22/2014 6:21:18 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
North Korea Lambasts Spain's 'Worn-Out' Tiki-Taka
Yu Myong-Uk, an official of North Korea's football association, told KCNA he was "very surprised" at Spain's "disgraceful defeat" at the hands of the lower-ranked Netherlands.

"It seems to me that Spanish tiki-taka is going bankrupt", he said.

Pak Chol-Nam, a teacher at Pyongyang International Football School, said Spain's failure provided a valuable lesson.

"The Spanish team's defeat gave me a lesson that it is most important to grasp the tactics of rivals and smartly counter them," Pak was quoted as saying.

"I will further study together with my trainees lessons and experiences gained in the on-going World Cup to put the training on a more scientific basis."

40 posted on 06/22/2014 6:25:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: maine yankee

The Watch ESPN app is showing most if not all games.


41 posted on 06/22/2014 6:28:16 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: goldstategop

Team US got past the first round in 94 and in 02.


42 posted on 06/22/2014 6:34:40 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
Another World Cup, another England flop – so who's to blame in 2014?
The familiar search for scapegoats and answers is set to begin.

Wayne Rooney offers a heartfelt apology to fans Maybe we’re too honest, I feel, as a team. In terms of Uruguay the other night, they stopped the game, they committed I don’t know how many fouls

Harry Redknapp says he dealt with players at Tottenham who tried to avoid England duty.
"When full internationals came around, two or three players didn't want to go and play for England," Redknapp said.

"They'd come to me 10 days before the game and say: 'Gaffer, get me out of the game. I don't want to play in it.'"

England don't have a prayer of winning World Cup 2022, says Harry Redknapp
"Are we going to win the World Cup in Doha? Good luck. Not a prayer. Get in the real world," he told BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday.

43 posted on 06/22/2014 6:44:49 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Portugal is the better Team, PERIOD. But the better Team doesn’t always win. Having said that I would be very happy to get a tie out of this one.


44 posted on 06/22/2014 6:48:15 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: FatherofFive

At the World Cup level these guys are elite athletes. Too suggest otherwise is ignorant.


45 posted on 06/22/2014 6:54:32 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: Baynative

I remember that episode. And I heartily concur.


46 posted on 06/22/2014 6:55:09 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Ghana Zombie Goal Celebration

Ghanaian witch doctor claims he caused Cristiano Ronaldo’s knee injury
Nana Kwaku Bonsam – whose name translates literally as “Devil of Wednesday"

Does juju work in modern Africa football?

Huge sinkhole near World Cup stadium

47 posted on 06/22/2014 7:01:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
How can you stop a player who can do it all?

How about the Tanya Harding approach?

48 posted on 06/22/2014 7:07:54 AM PDT by super7man
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Fatass cheeseburgers with jalapenos and freedom fries smothered in fried onions
have arrived... :)


49 posted on 06/22/2014 7:08:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: lodi90
At the World Cup level these guys are elite athletes. Too suggest otherwise is ignorant.

I know. The US has struggled in soccer because football, basketball and baseball draws so many elite athletes.

I don't enjoy soccer, I don't enjoy baseball, but I appreciate the high level of skill. Watching a soccer pro give a 'skills demo' is simply amazing.

50 posted on 06/22/2014 7:11:13 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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