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Post by A_Fan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:30 am

Chatbox anyone?

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Re: USA vs Brazil

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:28 am

Halftime with the lead. It could be worse.

Brasil has scored 5 goals right after the half.

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Post by DaTruRochin on Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:55 am

WOW..... The officiating in this game is making it unwatchable... I've seen better in MLS, and that's saying something.

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Re: USA vs Brazil

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:31 am

I have seen some poorly officiated games, but this one takes the cake.
1) Ridiculous penalty re-take
2) Brazil goal during extra time off of an obvious (but no called) offside.

FIFA: What do you have to say to this mess?

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:44 am

I would have thought nobody could call a worse game that Nicole Petignat.

I was wrong

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Re: USA vs Brazil

Post by OldePilot on Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:52 am

What in the world did Megan ever do to Foudy Evil or Very Mad

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Re: USA vs Brazil

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:59 am

Brazil loses my respect after that injury stall followed by getting up and running to the team bench and running back onto the field.

Is it still illegal to criticize refs? I have a lot on my mind.

EDIT: There is still humanity left in the world. U-S-A! U-S-A!

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Post by DaTruRochin on Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:30 am

Even the neutral fans did not appreciate the Brazillian tactics... I guess the ol Sheed proverb "Ball don't lie" really fits this match. (And somehow I think Hope would have had a thing or 2 to say if the game had gone the other way)

I will say Megan may have had some shaky combinations with the ball, but her deliveries were fantastic. Even before the perfect one to tie the goal all her corners and free kicks were continuously dangerous, it was only a matter of time before one was able to find an attacking player.

But 2 lasting impressions, fitness absolutely won this game, Brazil was gassed even up a player for 55 minutes (Just shows what happens when you only give your team a month to prepare). And man that was some stone cold penalty kick taking, no hesitation (even with the GKs attempt to distract) just PURE focus...

Now I wonder, does this mean Steph gets a start with Buehler missing the semis with a questionable at best red suspension?

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Re: USA vs Brazil

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:54 am

ESPN playing it to the hilt. Now replaying USA China 1999

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:18 pm

Wow! Exciting finish. Clearly I didn't plan my wedding today around sports with this going on as well as the Portland vs. Sounders game. Smile

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Re: USA vs Brazil

Post by purple haze on Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:20 pm

The soccer gods are smiling on the USA. What a show of strength and will after the team went down a player, then was abused by rotten officiating. No one quit, no one got rattled; they just carried on and made Brazil pay. Never say die ... and Megan is still my idol.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:32 pm

onetouchfutbol wrote:Wow! Exciting finish. Clearly I didn't plan my wedding today around sports with this going on as well as the Portland vs. Sounders game. Smile

Congrats.


But what were you thinking?

My best friend got married on Superbowl Sunday

In DC when the Redskins were playing.....

I had to go, I had the rings.

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:46 pm

Purplegeezer wrote:
onetouchfutbol wrote:Wow! Exciting finish. Clearly I didn't plan my wedding today around sports with this going on as well as the Portland vs. Sounders game. Smile

Congrats.


But what were you thinking?

My best friend got married on Superbowl Sunday

In DC when the Redskins were playing.....

I had to go, I had the rings.

It was the only weekend that worked for everyone in the family. Smile It will be a great day even if the wrong team wins the Sounders vs. Timbers game. I'm probably not as hardcore as some fans since I have connections to both teams involved in that one. Smile

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Post by Backside Defender on Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:57 pm

Funny...I actually told my fiance we couldn't get married during soccer season...so the date is set for 1/12/13, our eight year anniversary. Please let me know if I am missing anything important on that day, maybe I can get her to reschedule.

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Re: USA vs Brazil

Post by fan from afar on Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:09 pm

I agree that Meghan's crosses were great, but she seems slow to me, like she has lost a step since college. Is it just the higher level competition, or has she lost a step?

I doubt that Bueler being out brings Stephanie in since Bueler plays in the middle. Only good judgement would bring Steph in, for Lapelbic, although she had a better game today (OK, OK - I know I butchered the spellings).

I wonder if Brazil will learn something from this game about class. The neutral fans had it right.

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Re: USA vs Brazil

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:38 pm

well, with 38,000 military in Germany (the German Army is only about three times that) I'm not so sure it was neutral. but yeah, i think even the Germans in the stands were disgusted.

Megan's crosses into the box were 5/10 on completions . the rest of the team were 0/18.

Boxx"s cross doesnt count because it was to a Brasilian for an own goal.

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Post by fan from afar on Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:16 pm

I haven't actually been watching the US team much until the World Cup, but from what I have seen, I think Rampone is probably the best player on the team, certainly the most valuable. She is like a rock back there, like Cloee for the Pilots. I would be interested in what others think.

Also, the Wambach bashers (myself included) will have to admit that in the end, she was the difference. That was an absolute dynamite goal, and I doubt that anyone else could have done that. I don't always like the way she plays, but she does bring an attitude to the team that is priceless. It could be that all the wasted possessions with the long balls aren't so much her fault as the passers of the long balls. I sure wish they would attack through the midfielders more. They actually did after they went down a man.

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Re: USA vs Brazil

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:22 pm

purple haze wrote: Never say die ... and Megan is still my idol.

Amen



Foudy has been grating on me, but even she couldn't get this call wrong.

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Re: USA vs Brazil

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:15 pm

This guy made the better call on the play, though.


I'm sure of it.


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Post by A_Fan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:13 pm

Maybe ESPN could get him for the semis and the finals.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:23 pm

I think the two guys Celebrating in the corner are FIFA officials. One even has his Ref's white badge on.

Oops.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:37 pm

Even the Brazilian feed got it right.


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Stats for the game

Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:02 am

Thanks to BS poster Blustar

Brasil USA
16(6) Shots (on Goal) 14(5)
19 Fouls 17
6 Corner Kicks 11
2 Offsides 4
49% Time of Possession 51%
4 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 1
4 Saves 3

51% possession with 60 minutes of being a man down!

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Post by A_Fan on Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:28 am

That is an amazing stat. A combination of the other US players stepping up and the Brazilian team not being in good enough condition.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:06 am

You might enjoy this.


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New American Heroes

Chris Ryan on the new heroes of U.S. women's soccer.



Epics need heroes. Yesterday's epic match between Brazil and the United States produced, at the very least two of them. Here's how Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo became household names in a little more than two hours.

Dwight Clark can have "The Catch." Megan Rapinoe now has "The Pass."

You could call Rapinoe's pass to Wambach a Hail Mary, but that takes away from how precisely calibrated her 30-some-odd-yard cross really was. The gorgeous, arcing ball seemed to hold up in the air just enough to goad Brazil's keeper, Andreia, into coming out for it. But Andreia got it wrong, punching at nothing as the ball hit Wambach's forehead and ricocheted in.

After scoring, after screaming so loud everyone back home in the States could hear her, and after being mobbed by her teammates, Wambach, towering over the other American women hugging her, looked toward something coming toward her. And there it was: Megan Rapinoe jumping into her arms.

"I don't think I've ever hit a cross with my left foot that well," Rapinoe said after the game. It was reminiscent of the kind of psychic, centimeter-perfect passes that made Juan Roman Riquelme into a national folk hero in his home country of Argentina.

There's the fairy-tale version of this story that focuses on Megan Rapinoe missing two years of national team action and nearly having her promising, fledgling career derailed by multiple ACL injuries. And how her hard work, determination, and never-say-die attitude was rewarded with her Cup-saving, 35-yard rainbow cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute.

And now here's the better version of the story: Megan Rapinoe is an absolutely awesome American human being, and if she isn't doing the Top Ten on Letterman by the end of July then we should just put Lady Justice on a milk carton and call her "missing."

Look, anyone who celebrated a goal against Colombia by running over to a field microphone, tapping it to see if it was on and then singing Bruce Springsteen to the television audience at home, is going to Valhalla, as far as I'm concerned.

And anyone who steps up to the spot, as she did against Brazil in the penalty shootout, throws a cocky look to the sideline, crushes a penno, then does a totally earned, drop-the-mic-and-turn on the Brazilian keeper like this 5-foot-7 woman from Redding, Calif., was suddenly possessed by the spirit of Rakim and screams something into the air that, even in that most pressurized of situations, made her teammate Alex Morgan crack up well, that person is my kind of athlete.


I take issue with his use of the word "penno".


From now on it's " 'Pinoe"

The rest is at

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6756058/a-summer-fairy-tale

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