Skip to comments.World Cup preview: USA vs. Portugal [6:00pm EDT]
Posted on 06/22/2014 2:21:13 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
Todays 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.
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 Portugals 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 todays 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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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.
I saw it, too many people whining about how soccer is boring.
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...
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.
Game to get underway in 8 minutes on ESPN.
National Anthem in 2 minutes or so. Goosebumps here.
US national anthem
Portuguese national anthem
Referee makes coin toss. Awards opening shot to Portugal.
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 . . . .
Well that’s not a good start.
Wow, more Live threads than the average goal total in W/C matches .......
Yeah, it’s too hard to score in this game. I suppose that is un-American.
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.
Good luck USA...Hope you’ll win.
Not a win but USA still has a chance to make it to the Round Of 16.
It now plays against Germany.
Need Ghana and Portugal to tie.
What the ..
Its a good result.
Portugal couldn’t beat the US despite a strong first half.
And we’re tied with Germany in Group G.
Holy cow, what a game.
Maybe the US and Germany can make a little arrangement, like the Germans and Austrians did in 82.
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.
All they had to do was keep the ball in the corner.
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.
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.
How hard is it going to be for the USA to advance to the next stage.
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.
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.
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....
Thanks for the replies...nothing is easy...
And actually if the US gets beat...I’ll be pulling for Germany.
Good team. BUT...so are we!
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