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World Cup 2014: Belgium Eliminates U.S.A., 2-1
NYT ^ | 7/1/2014 | Jeff Z. Klein

Posted on 07/01/2014 4:16:50 PM PDT by mojito

The United States was eliminated from the World Cup, but it went out battling. Belgium beat the Americans, 2-1, in the Round of 16 at Salvador, with all the goals coming in extra time.

Tim Howard was heroic in keeping the game scoreless through 90 minutes, and he ended the evening credited officially with 15 saves. But in the third minute of extra time, Kevin De Bruyne finally broke the deadlock. He was set up by Romelu Lukaku, who had just come into the match.

Lukaku made it 2-0 at 105 minutes, seemingly putting the match out of reach.

But the 19-year-old Julian Green came on for the start of the second extra period and scored on his first touch, taking an inch-perfect pass from Michael Bradley and volleying it home to make it 2-1 in the 107th minute.

The Americans came close to tying a couple of times in the final minutes but couldn’t quite connect.

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


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: belgium; soccer; teamusa; usavsbelgium; worldcup
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Not a big soccer fan, but this was an exciting match.

A good show by the US team, especially goal keeper Tim Howard, but ultimately losing to a technically superior Belgian team.

1 posted on 07/01/2014 4:16:50 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

Oh Please let it be over!


2 posted on 07/01/2014 4:18:56 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Red_Devil 232

Yawn...............................................


3 posted on 07/01/2014 4:20:06 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: mojito

Thank God.

I’m tired of my employees disappearing for hours to watch the World Cup matches.

Why can’t these matches be played at night like a normal sport?

We don’t play the Super Bowl at 3 in the afternoon.


4 posted on 07/01/2014 4:20:30 PM PDT by Lance Romance
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To: mojito

Okay, maybe now Coulter can address the voter fraud her pal Mitch financed. How about it, Ann?


5 posted on 07/01/2014 4:22:05 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: mojito
I am becoming a big fútbol fan...and this was an incredible game.

Our team exceptionalism must have really p!ssed Obama off.

6 posted on 07/01/2014 4:22:19 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: RoosterRedux

So now we Americans spell it “futbol” accent grave?! What a country.


7 posted on 07/01/2014 4:24:22 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Lance Romance

I hate to tell you this but there are things called time zones and not every nation is in the same one.

Why, there are even parts of the globe that are dark when it’s broad daylight in ‘Murica!


8 posted on 07/01/2014 4:25:20 PM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The Ends)
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To: mojito

Thanks, it’s finally over. They only let them stay around that long to milk the tourist fans and fools from the US.


9 posted on 07/01/2014 4:26:14 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Surgeon General Warning: Operation of Government Motors vehicles may be hazardous to your health)
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To: Lance Romance
We don’t play the Super Bowl at 3 in the afternoon.

They don't play the Super Bowl in Brazil, either.

10 posted on 07/01/2014 4:26:17 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Lance Romance

PS the Super Bowl kicked off between 3-4 pm eastern for many years.


11 posted on 07/01/2014 4:27:40 PM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The Ends)
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To: mojito

Good. Now we can get back to American sports.


12 posted on 07/01/2014 4:27:50 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: mojito

Meh...my paint is peeling. Think I’ll crack open a beer and watch it.


13 posted on 07/01/2014 4:28:53 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: relictele

Yes it did, before the flood of pregame hype and commercials became almost unbearable, LOL.

Next WC is in Putinville, so the games will be on earlier I’d think.


14 posted on 07/01/2014 4:29:19 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: mojito

Tim Howard was great, the rest of the team not so great. 3-4 misses that could have been goals.


15 posted on 07/01/2014 4:30:34 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: miss marmelstein

It’s not your Dad’s soccer any more.


16 posted on 07/01/2014 4:30:34 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Belgium?

BELGIUM??

Belgium isn’t even a real country!

BELGIUM DOESN’T EXIST
http://zapatopi.net/belgium/

Nigel Farage even said Belgium was a non-country
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ6rfxoEFI4

Belgium was invented by the British to annoy the French!

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/how_to_make_sense_of_the_european_union_disaster.html

Belgium??


17 posted on 07/01/2014 4:32:00 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: mojito

18 posted on 07/01/2014 4:32:08 PM PDT by PROCON (I WILL NOT SUBMIT TO TYRANNY!)
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To: mojito

My dad played softball in the backyard with a tree stump as third base. It’s not my America anymore!


19 posted on 07/01/2014 4:32:21 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: nascarnation

Interesting that the acronym for World Cup is the same as a toilet.


20 posted on 07/01/2014 4:33:26 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein
It’s not my America anymore!

Amen, Sister!

21 posted on 07/01/2014 4:34:49 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Meh...my paint is peeling. Think I’ll crack open a beer and watch it.

I'll grab a 12-pack and join you. When we're done, we can go in the back yard and watch the grass grow.

22 posted on 07/01/2014 4:35:46 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: miss marmelstein
I still think I prefer a good, tight, competitive whiffle ball match.

Of course, there's no accent in “whiffle ball.”

23 posted on 07/01/2014 4:36:20 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: miss marmelstein

The sports landscape is changing. Now we have soccer, lacrosse, board sports, etc. I was in Fort Myers last week. A bunch of kids in my hotel for a select team baseball tourney. But they were playing soccer in the hotel parking lot!


24 posted on 07/01/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: miss marmelstein
My dad played softball in the backyard with a tree stump as third base. It’s not my America anymore!

...and you had to be a REAL American to slide into third!

25 posted on 07/01/2014 4:37:08 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: mojito

Well, I can go back to hating soccer now.


26 posted on 07/01/2014 4:39:14 PM PDT by MeganC (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: Yossarian

And a lot of torn up knees!


27 posted on 07/01/2014 4:39:24 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: lodi90

Who is up for an exciting game of checkers?


28 posted on 07/01/2014 4:39:30 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: miss marmelstein

It does not even resemble the country I grew up in


29 posted on 07/01/2014 4:40:03 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: miss marmelstein
Interesting that the acronym for World Cup is the same as a toilet.

It's also the same as Winston Churchill, but don't let that stop you. :)

30 posted on 07/01/2014 4:41:25 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: lodi90

Everybody picks on inner cities. But in my local inner city we still have sand lots where black kids bring a bat, a ball and a mitt. As bad as this area is, suddenly it looks like 1959 and all is right with the world.


31 posted on 07/01/2014 4:42:03 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

No, it won’t. Nobody called Winnie “wc” to his face.


32 posted on 07/01/2014 4:42:59 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: mojito

I just about always want the U.S. to win but I am sort of glad it is over. I tried several times to get interested in soccer but I just can’t understand how it ever got so popular.

I will be glad when the whole thing is over.


33 posted on 07/01/2014 4:44:04 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: GeronL

Maybe this is why Obama is bringing the 3rd world into our country via the southern borders - to beef up the interest in soccer.


34 posted on 07/01/2014 4:45:07 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

I am certain that has to be a top priority for this country!


35 posted on 07/01/2014 4:46:56 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: miss marmelstein

Did you watch the game?


36 posted on 07/01/2014 4:47:19 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: mojito

LOL. I loved whiffle balls as a kid for some reason. I guess I got good hits off them or something. Spaldeens went right into the ground. I don’t know why my father, uncles and brother put up with my bad batting.


37 posted on 07/01/2014 4:47:19 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: RoosterRedux

No, I was too busy placing accents grave and a goo on my English words.


38 posted on 07/01/2014 4:48:11 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

As a kid one game we played a lot was kick-ball. It was like baseball except the (thin, air-filled ball) ball was rolled and we kicked it.


39 posted on 07/01/2014 4:48:26 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL
Miserable Fat Belgian B@stards.....

Disclaimer: Not a rabid soccer fan, it's just that "It was my only line!!!"

40 posted on 07/01/2014 4:49:52 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Tea: A beverage best served cold. With RINO meat.)
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To: miss marmelstein

He did. He had the acronym on his shoes.

And no one refers to a WC as a toilet in the United Statesv that I know of. It’s. ..horrors. ..English. And you know what sport was invented THERE.


41 posted on 07/01/2014 4:50:35 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Mygirlsmom

Let’s not call them anything, let’s just ignore them.


42 posted on 07/01/2014 4:50:52 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: miss marmelstein
Heheh.

At least you got "accents grave" correct. So don't complain about folks who are fussy about being correct.

BTW, you should have watched the game. It was incredibly good.

I guess you hate sushi also.;-)

43 posted on 07/01/2014 4:51:40 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“Meh...my paint is peeling. Think I’ll crack open a beer and watch it.”

And for REAL excitement, you could then paint everything after the old paint peels and watch the paint dry. If you get lucky, there might be a paint drip or two to watch. Beats watching soccer for sure, though.


44 posted on 07/01/2014 4:53:18 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Perdogg
Tim Howard was great, the rest of the team not so great. 3-4 misses that could have been goals.

Well said. The shots on goal were something like 38-7 for Belgium, and obviously you can't win on defense alone. Too bad, because if the American team had played the first 90 minutes with the intensity they did in the last 15, could have easily been a different outcome.

That said, Howard made 16 crucial goal-saving stops, the most since England in 1966.


45 posted on 07/01/2014 4:53:46 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: GeronL

My husband just said he played that in the schoolyard in the Bronx. We played stickball in summers with at least one fire hydrant as first base. We also played stoopball which is nothing like baseball. It’s basically handball using a city stoop instead of a cement wall.


46 posted on 07/01/2014 4:53:52 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: RoosterRedux

No, I don’t hate sushi. But it’s deeply silly to spell football the way you just did.


47 posted on 07/01/2014 4:55:16 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: dfwgator

LOL


48 posted on 07/01/2014 4:55:48 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Tea: A beverage best served cold. With RINO meat.)
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Some interesting perspectives on the game from English fans who watched and commented at The Telegraph.

The commenters have only praise for the US side, saying that they were “heroic” and played like “lions” even in defeat, that they played with great sportsmanship and that they gave their all for their country, unlike the disappointing English side.

Maybe it's hard for us to see the Americaness of soccer, but it seems quite clear to fans of other nations when they watch the US team play.

Scroll down for the comments here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/10939708/Belgium-v-USA-Jurgen-Klinsmanns-team-bow-out-of-World-Cup-after-heroic-performance-in-extra-time.html

49 posted on 07/01/2014 5:00:37 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Mygirlsmom

KRYTEN:Yes, we can go to any time period in history.

RIMMER: Well for me it would be 19th Century Europe as one of Napoleon’s army Generals. The chance to stomp around killing Belgians! Marvellous!


50 posted on 07/01/2014 5:03:57 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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