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U.S. soccer advances to World Cup knockout stage despite loss to Germany
WP ^ | June 26, 2014 | Steven Goff

Posted on 06/26/2014 1:41:36 PM PDT by 1rudeboy

RECIFE, Brazil — The U.S. national soccer team advanced to the next round of the World Cup on Thursday, thanks in part to a handsome and talented chap playing 850 miles away.

While the Americans failed to control their future, losing to Germany, 1-0, at soggy Arena Pernambuco, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late goal to all but end Ghana’s hopes of catching the United States in the Group G standings.

The Americans (1-1-1) finished second in the so-called Group of Death, even on points with Portugal (1-1-1) but well ahead on the first tiebreaker, goal difference. The United States finished with as many goals for as against, while Portugal — a 2-1 winner over Ghana (0-2-1) in Brasilia — was minus-three.

Said Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation: “Group of Death, I died a few times. It is a little bit of an odd feeling because you have lost your last game but we are dancing. We did what we needed to do in this group.”

On Tuesday in a round-of-16 game in Salvador, the Americans will play the winner of Group H, which was scheduled to conclude play later Thursday. Belgium began the day in prime position to clinch first place, with Algeria and Russia in pursuit.

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


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KEYWORDS: soccer; worldcup2014
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1 posted on 06/26/2014 1:41:36 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Isn’t soccer one of those “everybody gets a trophy” sports?


2 posted on 06/26/2014 1:44:39 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Feed the wacko enrviromentalists to the starving polar bears.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

No, that’s an American thing.


3 posted on 06/26/2014 1:45:15 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
This demonstrates how important defense is.

4 goals allowed in 3 games vs. 7 goals allowed for Portugal.

Tim Howard deserves the most credit for this advancement.

4 posted on 06/26/2014 1:46:42 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Isn’t soccer one of those “everybody gets a trophy” sports?

According to Ann Coulter's recent article, they get a ribbon and a juice box.

5 posted on 06/26/2014 1:46:53 PM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

6 posted on 06/26/2014 1:47:03 PM PDT by Obadiah (None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

No, that’s little league baseball.


7 posted on 06/26/2014 1:47:16 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Kinda queer, isn’t it?


8 posted on 06/26/2014 1:48:01 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: fwdude

Annie C. was very perceptive in regards to the Soccer thing... Her article is a must read.


9 posted on 06/26/2014 1:48:49 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

After today, half are gone...without trophy.

Only one team gets the trophy.


10 posted on 06/26/2014 1:49:25 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: 1rudeboy

The excitement is incredible. If there’s no game to watch tomorrow maybe I’ll watch the grass grow.


11 posted on 06/26/2014 1:49:38 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: BigEdLB

I’ve seen the same article every four years for ages. Ann dialed it in. Glad to see that she’s a hero again on this website, though.


12 posted on 06/26/2014 1:57:25 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: All

You guys rock. Second round, weakest possible opponent.

Belgium are so-so, all the other group winners would probably kick your butts, Belgium a toss-up.


13 posted on 06/26/2014 1:57:56 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (My only sexual confusion is why I ain't getting any)
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To: 1rudeboy

Who cares?


14 posted on 06/26/2014 1:58:27 PM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: CarmichaelPatriot

I care. And I don’t care that you don’t care.


15 posted on 06/26/2014 1:59:44 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: FlingWingFlyer

how exciting for the winless teams..

.. you lose a 1 to 0 game after you tied another team and you move on with the winners


16 posted on 06/26/2014 2:02:26 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: 1rudeboy

Would have loved a win today, but here we come Knockout Round!

#USMNT


17 posted on 06/26/2014 2:04:02 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: 1rudeboy
World Cup 2014 Viewing Team USA in Chicago


18 posted on 06/26/2014 2:06:10 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Isn’t soccer one of those “everybody gets a trophy” sports?

No, it's one of those "If you suck, you get relegated" sports.

19 posted on 06/26/2014 2:06:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: fwdude

Ann obviously isn’t familiar with the Barclay’s Premier or the FA Cup.


20 posted on 06/26/2014 2:08:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

I’m not sure about the etymology of the term, “round robin,” but I believe it’s an American term.


21 posted on 06/26/2014 2:08:58 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Reaganez

That is a WHOLE lot of young people out on a workday.


22 posted on 06/26/2014 2:09:11 PM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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To: 1rudeboy

Yea, we move on...now onto more important issues, like Iraq...


23 posted on 06/26/2014 2:10:03 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: Texas resident

They’re all probably illegal immigrants.


24 posted on 06/26/2014 2:11:37 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
They’re all probably illegal immigrants.

If they were they would be rooting for Meh-Hee-Co.

25 posted on 06/26/2014 2:13:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

That’s not one of the opinions I’ve seen on FR. I mean, just look at all those brown-skinned folk disguised as whites cheering for the USA just to trick us. Sneaky, they are.


26 posted on 06/26/2014 2:15:06 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Texas resident

That looks like USA v Portugal, a Sunday game.


27 posted on 06/26/2014 2:15:13 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Peter ODonnell
"kick your butts"

Here's where I'm supposed to say Oh Yeah? Yes,..... well....uh.....let me see....WELL, OH YEAH?????

28 posted on 06/26/2014 2:15:39 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: 1rudeboy
They’re all probably illegal immigrants.

Actually, if you look closely at the picture: as compared to a typical U.S. sports crowd, they're a lot younger, fitter, and whiter.

29 posted on 06/26/2014 2:17:23 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: Texas resident

Not everybody has a boss that’ll “re-purpose” a couple of big monitors so people can watch the game at work.


30 posted on 06/26/2014 2:17:54 PM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: dfwgator

Ann isn’t familiar with anything that doesn’t involve her self-promotion.


31 posted on 06/26/2014 2:18:28 PM PDT by JacksonCalhoun
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To: EEGator

Maybe. I figured that was from today.


32 posted on 06/26/2014 2:23:08 PM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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To: 1rudeboy

How American ... Ties and advancing after losing.


33 posted on 06/26/2014 2:25:48 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Round Robin is a Pinochle term.


34 posted on 06/26/2014 2:29:34 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ConservativeInPA
Again, round robin. Funny how corporate America has nearly erased its memory.

In any case, about ties, love this ad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KeG_i8CWE8.

35 posted on 06/26/2014 2:32:55 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: fwdude; FlingWingFlyer

AYSO soccer provides a season trophy to every player in the league.

Why would anyone care who wins...


36 posted on 06/26/2014 2:33:24 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: wideawake

Sorry, but the USA just doesn’t look that good. Other teams seem to dominate in terms of ball control and time of possession.


37 posted on 06/26/2014 2:35:27 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Texas resident
That is a WHOLE lot of young people out on a workday.

They would have been at Wrigley, if it were a day game. They swing over for the game against the Nationals at 7pm
38 posted on 06/26/2014 2:36:26 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: editor-surveyor
"AYSO soccer provides a season trophy to every player in the league."

As did the basketball leagues that my son and daughter played in and the lacrosse league that my daughter played in. Your point is?

39 posted on 06/26/2014 2:37:57 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: editor-surveyor
AYSO soccer provides a season trophy to every player in the league.

What does the 'A' stand for?

40 posted on 06/26/2014 2:39:13 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

My guess would be “American,” but I could be wrong.


41 posted on 06/26/2014 2:45:27 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: safeasthebanks

My point is “why achieve when it doesn’t count anyway.”
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42 posted on 06/26/2014 2:46:51 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: PGR88

I agree. We are 16th out of 16 in the playoffs for a reason. Losing Altidore was brutal and it really shows.


43 posted on 06/26/2014 2:50:38 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: editor-surveyor

And that point is relevant to this thread and the AYSO how, exactly? Actually, don’t bother, you’re not really here for a good faith debate anyway so I’m not wasting anymore time with you.


44 posted on 06/26/2014 2:53:20 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: safeasthebanks

All he ever does is pick fights.


45 posted on 06/26/2014 2:54:39 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: ConservativeInPA
Good point. In domestic US sports only teams with perfect records get into the playoffs.

It's mathematically impossible in the NFL for a team with fewer wins than another team to make it into the playoffs while the other team stays home . . .

Oh wait.

46 posted on 06/26/2014 2:54:40 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: safeasthebanks

He posts because his view is that his stupidity is contagious.


47 posted on 06/26/2014 2:56:35 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Texas resident
World Cup 2014: Gov. Cuomo grants state employees extra lunch hour to cheer on Team USA
48 posted on 06/26/2014 2:57:15 PM PDT by mikrofon (W/C Bump)
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To: EEGator

Does he ever win any - I know, in his mind he wins them all!


49 posted on 06/26/2014 3:04:13 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: wideawake

Let’s pray he’s wrong!


50 posted on 06/26/2014 3:04:50 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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