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USA Soccer Team Draws with El Salvador, Fails to Qualify for '12 Olympics
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Posted on 03/26/2012 9:04:07 PM PDT by 38special

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1 posted on 03/26/2012 9:04:15 PM PDT by 38special
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To: 38special

Well, there’s always synchronized swimming.


2 posted on 03/26/2012 9:07:34 PM PDT by bleach (If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong.)
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To: 38special

We are only good at the sports we don’t let anyone else play.


3 posted on 03/26/2012 9:14:09 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: bleach

I don’t get it; the US soccer fans I know insist we’re about to win the World Cup. They don’t let facts stand in the way of their dreams...

I like watching the World Cup games, but outside of them the sport is just too boring.


4 posted on 03/26/2012 9:15:37 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: 38special

They lost to frickin’ Canada, what a disgrace....heads should roll.


5 posted on 03/26/2012 9:17:14 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

Can’t believe that either. I can understand hockey but this is soccer.


6 posted on 03/26/2012 9:19:08 PM PDT by max americana
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To: 38special
But Alas scored his goal off the hands off keeper Sean Johnson to stun the Americans,

Alas.

The New York Post headline writer is gonna be all over that.

7 posted on 03/26/2012 9:19:54 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: 38special

If there’s the World Cup, what’s the point of the Olympics? Honestly?????


8 posted on 03/26/2012 9:26:56 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: 38special

I have never in my life watched a soccer game. I’ve seen them as I run through the channels on my remote, but I can’t watch soccer for more than 5 minutes.

I find that watching paint dry is more stimulating.

IMHO Soccer is un-American.


9 posted on 03/26/2012 9:38:32 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Gingrich or Bust.)
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To: 38special

Olympic men’s soccer is nothing like the World Cup.

It’s an afterthought, and most of the players have to be under 23 years old to play in the Olympics.


10 posted on 03/26/2012 9:38:40 PM PDT by AnybodyButBarry
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To: AnybodyButBarry

This was supposed to be Freddy Adu’s chance to finally shine....looks like he failed, again.


11 posted on 03/26/2012 9:41:41 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: kearnyirish2
I like watching the World Cup games, but outside of them the sport is just too boring.

As a soccer parent (and coach) for many years, I'm pretty sick of soccer.

The game has some good elements, but the defense if far too heavily favored, and the pitch (field) is too large, so the adult game (as opposed to the kids version) always becomes a gigantic game of "keepaway", with the occasional Hail Mary long shot, and some Crazy Ivan attacks, hoping for a random goal.

I have seen some exquisite play, and some phenomenal shots, and some impossible saves, all of which I enjoyed. But the tedium in between the excitement is a time bandit, and the "game-within-the-game" nonsense is a total myth. (It's just a big game of "keep away", and that's that.)

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12 posted on 03/26/2012 9:46:09 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Seaplaner

NHL rules.


13 posted on 03/26/2012 9:49:09 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: 38special

Unbelievable. I thought we wuz getting bettah. It must be the racial unrest that upset our players, I dunno.


14 posted on 03/26/2012 9:49:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Seaplaner
The game has some good elements, but the defense if far too heavily favored, and the pitch (field) is too large, so the adult game (as opposed to the kids version) always becomes a gigantic game of "keepaway", with the occasional Hail Mary long shot, and some Crazy Ivan attacks, hoping for a random goal.

You need to watch more EPL or La Liga games.....watching Messi and Barcelona is like watching poetry.

15 posted on 03/26/2012 9:50:55 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: bicyclerepair
Absolutely.

(Front teeth are highly over-rated, eh?)

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16 posted on 03/26/2012 9:51:27 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: dfwgator
watching Messi and Barcelona is like watching poetry

I'm sure that it is true, and to be fair, soccer players are (or can be) fantastic artist/athletes.

That said, the defense is too heavily favored under the "laws", and much of the "poetry" you (correctly) describe, is de-coupleted 10 yards past the halfway line.

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17 posted on 03/26/2012 9:58:47 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Seaplaner

Good points; I think they would improve the game by removing a couple of players from each team, and by fixing zones for offsides (like the lines in hockey). The problem isn’t just that it is too hard to score a goal; the problem is that it is too hard to even set up a scoring opportunity.

Soccer’s popularity in the US was doomed when we hosted the World Cup in 1994, and a lot of people unfamiliar with the sport watched the final only to be treated to a 0-0 tie after 2 hours. Italy played an 11 man defense, and it was boring as hell.


18 posted on 03/26/2012 9:58:47 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: 38special

We oughta just disband the men’s team. It’s a waste of money and we’ll never win anything with it. Let’s concentrate on things we’re actually good at.


19 posted on 03/26/2012 10:00:10 PM PDT by caldera599
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To: Seaplaner

Start with 5 minutes of free kicks, then play the rest of this ridiculous...game.


20 posted on 03/26/2012 10:19:55 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: P-Marlowe

“I find that watching paint dry is more stimulating.

IMHO Soccer is un-American.”

I’m with you. BLEEEEEECCCCCCCH!


21 posted on 03/26/2012 10:25:46 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama (Mitt Trotsky and his wingman RuPaul should return to Iran.)
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To: 38special
Meh,,,Soccer, who cares???

Maybe the illegal aliens in your neighborhood........

22 posted on 03/26/2012 10:27:56 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: P-Marlowe

It’s socialism in the form of a sport.

I’ll watch golf (muted) before I’d ever watch soccer.

The real problem in America is that they took dodge ball out of public schools and gave them soccer instead. That’s the thinking shift that took over with the people in charge of teaching most of the kids here.


23 posted on 03/26/2012 10:28:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
The real problem in America is that they took dodge ball out of public schools and gave them soccer instead. That’s the thinking shift that took over with the people in charge of teaching most of the kids here.

I suppose that a sport in which you can have children running around in circles for three hours without ever scoring a point is a good way to teach children the futility of competition.

If nobody scores, then everyone wins!

24 posted on 03/26/2012 10:31:42 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Gingrich or Bust.)
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To: Secret Agent Man; P-Marlowe
It’s socialism in the form of a sport.

What would the sport equivalent of capitalism and free enterprise be?

25 posted on 03/26/2012 10:34:08 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: P-Marlowe

If only that was the reason why they did it.


26 posted on 03/26/2012 10:36:51 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
There is NOTHING "feminine" nor "metrosexual" about getting kicked hard, in the b*lls, during a soccer match, I'll tell ya what.

(Well maybe in the aftermath of it....)

27 posted on 03/26/2012 10:37:31 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Feigning past support for a candidate (w/no posting history of it), then suddenly "withdrawing it"?)
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To: thecodont

Singles tennis.


28 posted on 03/26/2012 10:37:57 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Seaplaner

So true. Luckily I get to see live national and international play rugby here. I’m going to my international 7s event from 9am-5pm on Sunday. 25 short games with only 7 players per side - should be a blast. Rugby really is amazing as far as true sport goes.


29 posted on 03/26/2012 10:38:42 PM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I’m not talking about the rioting fans in the stands, I’m talking about the players. :-)


30 posted on 03/26/2012 10:47:52 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

LOL! Touche!


31 posted on 03/26/2012 10:54:28 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Feigning past support for a candidate (w/no posting history of it), then suddenly "withdrawing it"?)
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To: kearnyirish2

US Soccer fans are in denial. We are nowhere near as good as most Latin American or European teams. I love World Cup, I always halfheartedly hope the U.S. won’t get destroyed, but I do my main rooting for Argentina.


32 posted on 03/26/2012 11:04:53 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (There's no shame in attacking a criminal's bean bag. -- Ron Swanson)
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To: thecodont
What would the sport equivalent of capitalism and free enterprise be?

Wrestling.

33 posted on 03/26/2012 11:09:55 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Gingrich or Bust.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Thanks for having a sense of humor. Sometimes it’s absent around here.


34 posted on 03/26/2012 11:13:47 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: 38special

Huge crowd at the stadium parallels USA’s love affair with “football”. All 7800 of them


35 posted on 03/26/2012 11:23:48 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Vince Ferrer

A common assertion, but as a non-american, I think a tad unfair. You are very good at the combats sports - especially boxing, and individual sports generally, like tennis.


36 posted on 03/27/2012 12:23:21 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: P-Marlowe

How can a sport be un-american? You make it sound like some kind of international marxist conspiracy to undermine the US!


37 posted on 03/27/2012 12:25:49 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: thecodont

My favorite sport is men’s gymnastics, where things are fairly capitalistic in that your unbelievable effort get you points, and you can go small as in one shop where you sell expensive things, meaning you don’t have too many tricks but each move is perfection, or you can go big like McDonald’s and throw a lot of cheap stuff at the judges and collect points that way.

But even football can be seen as capitalist competition, where your best efforts earn you points, but another can take them from you so you have t fight and be creative and strong.


38 posted on 03/27/2012 12:52:17 AM PDT by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - our sole chance to stop the Rominee)
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To: dfwgator

I was about to mention EPL. There’s soccer, then there’s SOCCER. Now, the Mexican game can put me to sleep.


39 posted on 03/27/2012 2:01:07 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Vanders9

Actually, we produce some pretty decent goal keepers, too. It’s that whole eye-hand coordination since youth thing.


40 posted on 03/27/2012 2:05:27 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: 38special
I watch soccer every day: European Champions League, Europa League, Bundesliga, 2nd Bundesliga, occasional games from the English Premier League, and the Spanish and Italian Leagues. Also the World Cup and the European Championship.

However, absolutely never, not even once, have I watched a soccer game from the Olympics. Seriously, nobody cares about them. Most countries only send a bunch of amateur squads there. Don’t know why, but that’s the way it is.

41 posted on 03/27/2012 3:18:20 AM PDT by cartan
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To: cartan
Viva Viva FC Bayern
42 posted on 03/27/2012 3:30:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: All

Like the metric system, the left has been trying to jam soccer down our throats since the 70’s.. and the more they try, the more we reject it.


43 posted on 03/27/2012 3:34:03 AM PDT by newnhdad (Soylent green is people..)
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To: cartan
Partie Hertha BSC
44 posted on 03/27/2012 3:34:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Choose Ye This Day

I think the only chance for US soccer internationally is make the Americas one group, so we have to qualify against Argentina/Brazil/Uruguay/etc. Either they’ll rise to the occasion, or admit they’re outclassed and focus on baseball.

This nonsense where we slap Haiti around in a group designed to allow the US and Mexico to qualify for each World Cup is silly.


45 posted on 03/27/2012 3:40:46 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: 38special

“Bush’s” fault!


46 posted on 03/27/2012 3:58:42 AM PDT by zavvone
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To: Berlin_Freeper

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47 posted on 03/27/2012 4:04:17 AM PDT by cartan
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To: Secret Agent Man

48 posted on 03/27/2012 4:19:26 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: P-Marlowe
Soccer has it's good points:
49 posted on 03/27/2012 4:28:42 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Vince Ferrer
We are only good at the sports we don’t let anyone else play.

Soccer is for Euroweenies and 3rd worlders...so enjoy.

Baseball was taken away from the Olympics....because the one worlders do not like the idea of American exceptionalism.

as far as a national pastime?

“Shooting is our national pastime. Always has been, always will be”. Cole Younger (Cliff Robertson) “The Great Northfield Minnestoa Raid”

50 posted on 03/27/2012 4:31:10 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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