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World Cup 2014: United States and Portugal Play to 2-2 Draw
New York Times ^ | 06/22/2014 | JEFF Z. KLEIN

Posted on 06/22/2014 6:37:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The United States had advancement to the second round within its grasp, only to have it slip away agonizing moments from the final whistle. The startling counterstrike came when Silvestre Varela headed home a perfect inswinging cross from Cristiano Ronaldo in the fifth minute of stoppage time, giving Portugal a 2-2 draw with the Americans in Manaus.

With that last-second goal, Portugal kept its slim World Cup hopes alive. The U.S., meanwhile, will play its group finale against Germany on Thursday in Recife, with both teams needing a draw to advance.

But if the United States were to lose, they could be caught by either Portugal or Ghana. The Portugal-Ghana match will be played in Brasilia, at the same time as USA-Germany.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: fifa; searchlivethread; soccer; teamusa; worldcup

1 posted on 06/22/2014 6:37:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Germany and the US will pass the ball around for 90 minutes on Thursday.


2 posted on 06/22/2014 6:39:06 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: SeekAndFind
As long as both teams tried their hardest and had fun, EVERYBODY'S A WINNER!

Mondos and Orange slices for everyone!

3 posted on 06/22/2014 6:40:34 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: Perdogg
We will most likely lose to Germany.
4 posted on 06/22/2014 6:43:54 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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We need Stalone as the goalkeeper.


5 posted on 06/22/2014 6:48:40 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, there is something behind Ronaldo’s arrogance. What a pass and goal! Sob.


6 posted on 06/22/2014 6:49:31 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: SeekAndFind

They’re playing better than most of us thought they would have but they should have won this game. It’s inexcusable to give up a goal on the last play of the game.


7 posted on 06/22/2014 6:56:02 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: SeekAndFind

Last goal was scored with 20 seconds left in the game. Sickening. We had it in the bag.


8 posted on 06/22/2014 6:58:06 PM PDT by bergmeid
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To: MuttTheHoople

LOL!


9 posted on 06/22/2014 7:00:00 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: dowcaet

I can’t believe I have to suffer another World Cup watching Michael Bradley drag around the field making one bad pass after another. Generally the next person to touch the ball after Bradley was someone wearing a red uniform.

An Mikey, after you lose the ball, please show some urgency about getting it back!

Yuck! Please start anyone but Mikey, Jurgen. Give him a rest!

Oldplayer


10 posted on 06/22/2014 7:01:01 PM PDT by oldplayer
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To: dowcaet

” It’s inexcusable to give up a goal on the last play of the game.”

It’s not inexcusable,it’s the magic of sports.

.


11 posted on 06/22/2014 7:03:08 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears

” It’s inexcusable to give up a goal on the last play of the game.”

It’s not inexcusable,it’s the magic of sports.

No! This is not about sports. It’s more important than that! This is soccer. This is the World Cup. This is not about playing hard and having a good time. This is about taking names and kicking A.

Oldplayer


12 posted on 06/22/2014 7:08:08 PM PDT by oldplayer
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To: SeekAndFind

It was an amazing game, one of the best times I ever had with a sports game. The bar was simple exploding with every shot on goal. That last goal was beautiful, but sad for USA fans. Still, there is hope, in fact even a good chance that we advance.


13 posted on 06/22/2014 7:09:40 PM PDT by BurningOak (Live Free or Die)
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To: Mears

Maybe so but as supporters of Team USA that sure sucked big time!!


14 posted on 06/22/2014 7:10:53 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: oldplayer

“This is soccer. This is the World Cup. “


Are you sure you’re not my son???? (He usually just ignores me)

:-)


15 posted on 06/22/2014 7:11:08 PM PDT by Mears
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To: SeekAndFind

The U.S. did score two, but had MANY other opportunities… Just before their tying goal, they had a yawning goal-mouth to put the ball into, but the only opponent in the picture (NOT the goaltender) somehow got his knee on the shot to deflect it away.

Even so, kudos for a thrilling effort, and good luck to the squad in the last Group match. Unless Portugal wins their game by more goals than the U.S. *might* lose to Germany, the Americans should advance onward.

16 posted on 06/22/2014 7:15:36 PM PDT by mikrofon (Go USA! Bump)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Where can I donate for trophies for all the players, coaches, and
player’s siblings?


17 posted on 06/22/2014 7:16:40 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: JimSEA
“Well, there is something behind Ronaldo’s arrogance. What a pass and goal! Sob.”

He's a great player, but the US IMHO outplayed him and Portugal much of the night. Considering how much money the name players like Ronaldo are making, the should be playing at a very high level.

18 posted on 06/22/2014 7:18:32 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: mikrofon

Wide open goal of course! And Michael Bradley once again passes it directly to a Porto! Why couldn’t he have miss hit that pass like most of his others?!!! He would have scored!

Oldplayer


19 posted on 06/22/2014 7:19:13 PM PDT by oldplayer
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To: SeekAndFind

What a “sport”! That’s pretty exciting, no?


20 posted on 06/22/2014 7:19:33 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind

So the clock ran out, and they kept playing until the other team could tie the score?


21 posted on 06/22/2014 7:22:04 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: MuttTheHoople
Mondos and Orange slices for everyone!

Our kids went to Dairy Queen!

22 posted on 06/22/2014 7:23:07 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: PAR35

Google “stoppage time”.

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23 posted on 06/22/2014 7:23:48 PM PDT by Mears
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Except Nani and Ronaldo, Portugal was clearly outplayed. The USA was the better team, shame the scoreboard didn’t reflect it.


24 posted on 06/22/2014 7:24:02 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: hal ogen

Oh gosh an eggball fan here, make yourself at home! Let me find that picture of Michael Sam smearing with cake and exchanging saliva with his quivering boy toy...


25 posted on 06/22/2014 7:25:04 PM PDT by BurningOak (Live Free or Die)
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To: JimSEA

I agree.


26 posted on 06/22/2014 7:29:08 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Don Corleone
Soccer Eggball
27 posted on 06/22/2014 7:31:45 PM PDT by BurningOak (Live Free or Die)
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To: oldplayer
I can’t believe I have to suffer another World Cup watching Michael Bradley drag around the field making one bad pass after another. Generally the next person to touch the ball after Bradley was someone wearing a red uniform. An Mikey, after you lose the ball, please show some urgency about getting it back! Yuck! Please start anyone but Mikey, Jurgen. Give him a rest! Oldplayer

Why wasn't he substituted out after he missed the goal. Even the second goal he bobbled and had to push it off. He's lucky Dempsey followed through like he did because the guy he pushed it off to had no angle on the goal.

Dempsey has been running his tail off trying to make things happen and Bradley has been dogging it. Anybody on that team would have been a better pick to play I don't know why Jurgen keeps him in. Hell Donovan would have done a better job and had more of a political reason to be chosen for the team.

28 posted on 06/22/2014 7:50:46 PM PDT by stig
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To: SeekAndFind

Unlucky USA - I hope you get a pint against Germany and carry on through to the next round - you have played well enough!


29 posted on 06/22/2014 7:52:11 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: bergmeid

One mental lapse on a bad pass cost the U.S. the match. Need to play to the very end.


30 posted on 06/22/2014 7:54:30 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan

Problem is that with Bradley, it’s not ONE mental lapse, it’s two games full.

To be fair, if Fabian Johnson would have buried himself to save Bradley’s lapse one more time, things could have been different. But a giveaway under those circumstances was the last thing he expected or he would have already started back.

Michael Bradley = the new Claudio Reyna. Another guy who can complete 85% of his passes, as long as they are back passes. Shades of Ghana 2006! Both acted as they were brilliant field marshalls, when at best they were pretty average players (at this level LOL).

Oldplayer


31 posted on 06/22/2014 8:04:11 PM PDT by oldplayer
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To: stig

Why wasn’t he substituted out after he missed the goal. Even the second goal he bobbled and had to push it off. He’s lucky Dempsey followed through like he did because the guy he pushed it off to had no angle on the goal?

Stig, I think at this point Jurgen has to play the only cards he brought. Mix Dskerud (However you spell it, sorry!) is a good, tough and smart player that has some of the skills needed; but he hasn’t played Bradley’s role at all for this team. It’s too late to fix this problem that has been a fear of many of us all along.

Oldplayer


32 posted on 06/22/2014 8:12:17 PM PDT by oldplayer
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To: melsec

Typo - Pint/point? One of both!!


33 posted on 06/22/2014 8:23:20 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: oldplayer
Stig, I think at this point Jurgen has to play the only cards he brought. Mix Dskerud (However you spell it, sorry!) is a good, tough and smart player that has some of the skills needed; but he hasn’t played Bradley’s role at all for this team. It’s too late to fix this problem that has been a fear of many of us all along.

That may be why you start the guy but if the game plan is to sit on the lead you just need a guy who can defend well and distribute the ball out of the midfield. The worst part of this is I thought the rest of the team was playing rather well compared to the Ghana game. Reminds me of the Rangers in the Stanley cup. Ugh!

34 posted on 06/22/2014 8:41:31 PM PDT by stig
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To: oldplayer

U R soooo right, and the announcers keep carrying his water! it was SO dam obvious he gave away the final play. he could have done ANYTHING else and time runs out.

Bradley is lazy and if I didn’t know better, plays for opponents.

pathetic now 2 games in a row.


35 posted on 06/22/2014 9:17:41 PM PDT by apostoli (Time to thump the nose of the parrots.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Be sure to see post #27, sweetie. I hear one gets to see a lot of that “faggotry” at SEC football games - both on the field and in the stands.


36 posted on 06/23/2014 5:18:39 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: SeekAndFind; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

My cleaning lady’s Portuguese.


37 posted on 06/23/2014 5:45:00 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Gamecock

RE: My cleaning lady’s Portuguese.

I’d be very surprised if she rooted for the USA... :)


38 posted on 06/23/2014 7:02:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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