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World Cup preview: USA vs. Portugal [6:00pm EDT]
WP ^ | June 22, 2014 | Michael Caley

Posted on 06/22/2014 2:21:13 PM PDT by 1rudeboy

Today’s contest with Portugal is only the second match of the World Cup for the United States, but it is likely to be the Americans’ defining moment of this tournament. If the Americans win, they will qualify for the knockout round. Lose, and both Portugal and Ghana move ahead of the United States in the race for second place in Group G.

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A draw would be a strong result, as it would give the United States four points in the group. Four is the maximum number of points that either Portugal or Ghana could achieve after a draw in the U.S.-Portugal match. This means the United States could only be eliminated on tiebreakers. Because the first tiebreaker is goal difference, and Portugal’s goal difference is probably unsalvageable following its 4-0 drubbing by Germany, this would give the United States a huge advantage over Portugal.

But before American fans start counting out goal-difference scenarios, the United States needs to get a result against Portugal. It will not be easy, but fate and questionable decision-making have opened a door for an upset. Portuguese star left back Fabio Coentrao injured his thigh in the Germany match and has been ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup. Center back Pepe determined that a head butt would be a reasonable response to Thomas Müller exaggerating contact midway through the first half. For that he will be banned for today’s match. The Portuguese back line will thus be lacking its two best players, and their likely replacements, Ricardo Costa and Andre Almeida, are not of same quality. The United States should have opportunities to attack this weakened defense.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: soccer; worldcup2014

1 posted on 06/22/2014 2:21:13 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

There is a thread here

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3170944/posts?page=23#23


2 posted on 06/22/2014 2:28:18 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: 1rudeboy

In my mind getting out of the first round will be a victory!

It’s been a World Cup of surprises...so anything is possible.


3 posted on 06/22/2014 2:30:40 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Perdogg

I saw it, too many people whining about how soccer is boring.


4 posted on 06/22/2014 2:32:34 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: berdie

I remember when the US beat them in 2002; it is certainly possible. Living in an area inundated with Portuguese, I appreciated the five years of relative silence from them after that one...


5 posted on 06/22/2014 2:39:26 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: 1rudeboy

http://www.rojadirecta.me/


6 posted on 06/22/2014 2:43:01 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Yea, well...............soccer is boring!

But it’s oh, so “International”, and trendy and the “in” thing for the “IN” crowd and not so all fired brutal as US football.


7 posted on 06/22/2014 2:46:52 PM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: Rich21IE

Game to get underway in 8 minutes on ESPN.


8 posted on 06/22/2014 2:50:34 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

National Anthem in 2 minutes or so. Goosebumps here.


9 posted on 06/22/2014 2:52:02 PM PDT by Textide
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To: goldstategop

US national anthem


10 posted on 06/22/2014 2:54:11 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Portuguese national anthem


11 posted on 06/22/2014 2:54:43 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Referee makes coin toss. Awards opening shot to Portugal.


12 posted on 06/22/2014 2:57:52 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Rich21IE

International, in the sense that your national team is playing at the moment. If you can’t bring yourself to cheer for the USA, then . . . .


13 posted on 06/22/2014 3:00:47 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: goldstategop

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

Portugal


14 posted on 06/22/2014 3:04:43 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Well that’s not a good start.


15 posted on 06/22/2014 3:06:48 PM PDT by csvset
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To: 1rudeboy

Wow, more Live threads than the average goal total in W/C matches .......


16 posted on 06/22/2014 3:27:09 PM PDT by mikrofon (Go USA! Bump)
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To: mikrofon

Yeah, it’s too hard to score in this game. I suppose that is un-American.


17 posted on 06/22/2014 3:49:00 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: goldstategop

Half time - Portugal leads 1-0.

USA had a lot of scoring opportunities but failed to take advantage of them.

They need to turn things around in the second half. They weren’t bringing their “A” game to the stadium in Manaus tonight.


18 posted on 06/22/2014 3:49:05 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: 1rudeboy

Good luck USA...Hope you’ll win.


19 posted on 06/22/2014 3:52:45 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: ExCTCitizen

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!

USA!!!


20 posted on 06/22/2014 4:20:58 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

USA!!!

2-1!


21 posted on 06/22/2014 4:38:36 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

2-2!

Portugal


22 posted on 06/22/2014 4:53:29 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Not a win but USA still has a chance to make it to the Round Of 16.

It now plays against Germany.


23 posted on 06/22/2014 4:55:04 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Need Ghana and Portugal to tie.


24 posted on 06/22/2014 4:55:31 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 1rudeboy

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!


25 posted on 06/22/2014 4:55:44 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: goldstategop

What the ..


26 posted on 06/22/2014 4:56:23 PM PDT by csvset
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To: dfwgator

Its a good result.

Portugal couldn’t beat the US despite a strong first half.

And we’re tied with Germany in Group G.


27 posted on 06/22/2014 4:57:59 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Holy cow, what a game.


28 posted on 06/22/2014 4:59:05 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: goldstategop

Maybe the US and Germany can make a little arrangement, like the Germans and Austrians did in 82.


29 posted on 06/22/2014 5:00:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 1rudeboy

A great game!

The US showed its mettle and would have clinched the Group G title if not for Portugal’s last minute comeback from the dead.

Now there’s Germany.


30 posted on 06/22/2014 5:01:28 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

All they had to do was keep the ball in the corner.


31 posted on 06/22/2014 5:02:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

To put things in perspective, the US is undefeated so far in this World Cup.

Germany has the best team in the world to be sure but we’ve shown we’re as good as they are.


32 posted on 06/22/2014 5:04:09 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: dfwgator

Too many turnovers in the last four minutes for my liking.

Portugal needed to stay alive but they can only advance on tiebreaker scores.

They’re in last place behind Ghana.


33 posted on 06/22/2014 5:05:46 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: dfwgator

How hard is it going to be for the USA to advance to the next stage.


34 posted on 06/22/2014 5:06:05 PM PDT by yield 2 the right
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To: yield 2 the right

The USA can advance on a win or a draw with Germany.

We can no worse than a draw.

If USA loses to Germany, we’ll probably have to go home.

If the US had won outright today, it would have been assured of being in the next round.


35 posted on 06/22/2014 5:08:36 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: yield 2 the right

A big problem is that Germany will have had an extra day of rest, and the US will still be recovering from playing this match in the heat of Manaus.

Also Ghana will have that same advantage over Portugal.

So it’s very dicey for the US.


36 posted on 06/22/2014 5:36:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: goldstategop
a tie that feels like a loss....

I was screaming at the tv for our guys to work a little harder at keeping the ball but no, they played prevent defense to their detriment....

37 posted on 06/22/2014 5:59:09 PM PDT by cherry
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To: dfwgator; goldstategop

Thanks for the replies...nothing is easy...


38 posted on 06/22/2014 6:34:41 PM PDT by yield 2 the right
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To: goldstategop

And actually if the US gets beat...I’ll be pulling for Germany.

Good team. BUT...so are we!


39 posted on 06/22/2014 8:02:42 PM PDT by berdie
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