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post #1201 of 1284
Well when they were up 4-0 they sort of lost their bearings. Kind of understandable. They fell back too deep.
It was 4-2 in the 52 minute and the trend wasn't great. It wasn't like two goal lead with Germany with 8 min left and no chance. Or even the one goal lead with Germany. The US 5th goal restored order and locked it down.
post #1202 of 1284
Here's all 5 US goals as announcd by Telemundo's Andreas Cantor.
After the Lloyd midfield goal it's amazing the guy didn't have a heart attack.

http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/listen-to-all-five-u-s-goals-as-called-by-telemundos-a-1715908057
post #1203 of 1284
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

Here's all 5 US goals as announcd by Telemundo's Andreas Cantor.
After the Lloyd midfield goal it's amazing the guy didn't have a heart attack.
 

 

The man likes his football...:popcorn

post #1204 of 1284
USMNT beats Honduras 2-1.

Lauren Holiday retires from women's national team.
I'd expect Shannon Box and Christie Rampone next. Wambach is considering an Olympic run. I think the Olympic team only has 18 spots.
http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2015/07/08/lauren-holiday-retires-usa-womens-world-cup

Women's team to get parade in NYC which at this point is rare for a non New York area team.
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New York City will hold a ticker-tape parade on Friday for the United States women’s national soccer team, breaking with decades of precedent to bestow a rare honor upon a group that competes outside the metropolitan area.

Two days after the team’s World Cup triumph, the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the players would be saluted along the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan at 11 a.m. Since Monday, lawmakers had noted that a parade would be a landmark city honor for a women’s team.

“The people have spoken,” the mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray, wrote on Twitter, “and they want a ticker-tape parade.”
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/nyregion/new-york-city-ticker-tape-parade-for-us-womens-soccer-team.html?_r=0&referrer=
post #1205 of 1284

I only caught the tail end of the men's game last night, but it was nice to see Dempsey back and scoring.  Shame what he did in the cup, hopefully he has learned his lesson.  I always loved the fact that he was so fiery and competitive, but tends to get him into trouble as well.

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post #1207 of 1284
US Women's team going to play 10 game Victory Tour supposedly. The first two are in August. In Pittsburgh Aug 16, Heinz Field, and Chattanooga Finley Stadium 8/19 both against Costa Rica. Chattanooga is sold out ? Or maybe just the $100+ seats left.
Pittsburgh has gone beyond 30,000 tickets.
http://www.ussoccer.com/tickets/150819-us-women-vs-costa-rica

Here's a page on where to see USWNT players with their teams.
http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2015/07/06/uswnt-roster-club-teams-womens-world-cup
post #1208 of 1284

Gold Cup's ramping up:popcorn

post #1209 of 1284
Did anyone watch the Mexico-Panama Gold Cup final?
I heard it was a mess with bad calls- a red card at 24 min, then bad handball pk that even Mexico who got the call said was questionable. Fans protesting by throwing stuff onto the field, referee nearly attacked.

Panama team after:
Panama calls CONCACAF 'corrupt thieves' after controversial Gold Cup loss
Panama.0.0.jpg
http://www.sbnation.com/2015/7/23/9019805/panama-gold-cup-mexico-robbed-controversy-banner-thieves
post #1210 of 1284

Do you mean semi-final? ^^^

 

The final is Mexico-Jamaica.

 

I did not see but I also heard it was a mess. I heard there were some questionable calls in the US game as well.

post #1211 of 1284
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Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post
 

Do you mean semi-final? ^^^

 

The final is Mexico-Jamaica.

 

I did not see but I also heard it was a mess. I heard there were some questionable calls in the US game as well.


I saw it.  In real time it was a borderline call.  Panama defender went down then fell on the ball while getting back up, did touch the ball with his arm in the process.  But, he fell because he was blatantly tripped by the Mexican player he was trying to defend.  I didn't see it either until the showed the replay close up.  Call really could go either way, but at the 88+ minute mark it has to be very blatant and goal saving for a whistle to be blown like that.

 

My Mexican neighbors also admit that they got VERY lucky.  For them, I'll wear Mexico kit for final, but will laugh my ass of if Jamaica beats them.  Quite an incredible job the Jamaica coach has done.  Very disciplined team they have there.

post #1212 of 1284
Yes, semi final.

In other news Sydney Leroux to have ankle surgery and be out 3-4 months.
Alex Morgan had arthroscopic knee surgery and will be out 3-4 wks.
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2015/07/17/15/30/150717-wnt-sydney-leroux-to-undergo-ankle-surgery

They will also be playing in Detroit and Birmingham in Sept.
post #1213 of 1284

Turned the TV on seconds before the controversial call, what a way to start watching the game (or what was left of it).  I did not think it was a PK, there was no intent, the defender seemed to have no idea where the ball was, and lastly his keeper was right there and picked the ball up anyway.  The touch w/ the hand made no difference at the end.  I guess you can always make a case the other way considering that there was definite contact between the hand and the ball.

 

A buddy of mine told me that the dude that took the PK for Mexico also said that he did not think it was a PK and remotely considered sending the ball wide on purpose (interview after the game).  He also mentioned being a professional... which eventually prevailed.  Would have been one of the biggest fair plays had he done it.

post #1214 of 1284

Well the final was ...yawn..dissappointing..

 

Barca or Chelsea tonight?

post #1215 of 1284

Got a chance to watch Barca v. Man U last weekend, Barca was very dull.  They did their usual possession game, but could not create anything in the last 1/3 of the pitch.  Man U on the other hand had numerous chances and half-chances.  Not only could Barca not create offensively, but they were also timid on D, there was no bite and they did not cover (how open was Rooney in the 6 yard box on that goal).  This was perhaps somewhat expected considering it's pre-season, but there is no messing around with Mourinho, I'll take Chelsea today.

 

In other news Drogba to MLS, another great player whose better days are behind him.  He will definitely put butts in seats.

post #1216 of 1284
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Got a chance to watch Barca v. Man U last weekend, Barca was very dull.  They did their usual possession game, but could not create anything in the last 1/3 of the pitch.  Man U on the other hand had numerous chances and half-chances.  Not only could Barca not create offensively, but they were also timid on D, there was no bite and they did not cover (how open was Rooney in the 6 yard box on that goal).  This was perhaps somewhat expected considering it's pre-season, but there is no messing around with Mourinho, I'll take Chelsea today.

 

In other news Drogba to MLS, another great player whose better days are behind him.  He will definitely put butts in seats.

 

Suarez hit a few posts, though. That guy is so good, he does create out of nothing.

post #1217 of 1284

Agreed on Suarez, that was my first time watching him live and it was impressive.  He isn't the biggest or the fastest of players, he also doesn't do anything fancy, but like you said, he creates chances out of nothing.  I do remember him nicking the post to the keeper's right I believe, but even that was worked out by him and wasn't really a "Barcelona" chance created the way they usually do.  I thought those were more 1/2 chances.  To that point neither team really went best 11 v. best 11.

post #1218 of 1284

So Messi and Neymar Jr are still on vacation.  That explains a lot.  Heading to PKs tied at 2 after regulation..

 

:popcorn

post #1219 of 1284

How about Suarez's goal, pure class, ice in his veins.  Hazaard's wasn't bad either, but I thought that was more Barca's D, they acted like badly placed training cones on that one.

post #1220 of 1284

MLS is getting loaded with aging talent. Pirlo, Kaka, Villa, Keane, Gerrard, Altidore, whatever his name is in Seattle ...

 

Good or bad ?

post #1221 of 1284
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Originally Posted by goranmilos View Post

MLS is getting loaded with aging talent. Pirlo, Kaka, Villa, Keane, Gerrard, Altidore, whatever his name is in Seattle ...

Good or bad ?
I think it will put butts in seats. Also some are not as old, Keane for example has given LA good three years (unless I am mistaken ). He is good for another couple, as are Kaka and Villa. Pirlo and Drogbba are a different story, I think they are too old. Pirlo is a boss and can still do his thing ( he just played in a CL final), he can't go that much longer at a high level.

Attendance will go up, and I guess it may financially make sense, but I am not sure if it will grow the league. I don't know that people who come to see Pirlo this week will necessarily be back next week for a Earthquakes vs. Dallas game for example.

I am also not sure how players feel about it, there is so much disparity between players' salaries, can't imagine a regular with $70k/year being too happy about a guy way passed his prime making 15 times more.

I guess if the investments pay off and money is made on increased attendance, jersey sales and sponsorships, then invested in higher salaries and younger stars in the future it will pay off. I also hope it doesn't create too much of a gap for small market teams who can not afford big names.

To sum it all up, we'll see:)
post #1222 of 1284
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Originally Posted by CaliSki View Post

I think it will put butts in seats. Also some are not as old, Keane for example has given LA good three years (unless I am mistaken ). He is good for another couple, as are Kaka and Villa. Pirlo and Drogbba are a different story, I think they are too old. Pirlo is a boss and can still do his thing ( he just played in a CL final), he can't go that much longer at a high level.

Attendance will go up, and I guess it may financially make sense, but I am not sure if it will grow the league. I don't know that people who come to see Pirlo this week will necessarily be back next week for a Earthquakes vs. Dallas game for example.

I am also not sure how players feel about it, there is so much disparity between players' salaries, can't imagine a regular with $70k/year being too happy about a guy way passed his prime making 15 times more.

I guess if the investments pay off and money is made on increased attendance, jersey sales and sponsorships, then invested in higher salaries and younger stars in the future it will pay off. I also hope it doesn't create too much of a gap for small market teams who can not afford big names.

To sum it all up, we'll see:)

 

David Villa is making only $60K   :D

post #1223 of 1284

Hmm, that was surprising so I took the opportunity to bring it up to my soccer cronies... they believe he is top 10, a lot of articles are suspicious of the $60K listed salary - http://www.si.com/soccer/planet-futbol/2014/09/30/david-villa-nycfc-salary-mls-kaka-frank-lampard.

post #1224 of 1284
Hence my big grin
post #1225 of 1284

Anyone here doing fantasy for the Premier League? Only a few more days left to the season...and I haven't picked my team yet.  If you're into it, name your team!

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QPR. Oh, wait .....

post #1227 of 1284
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QPR. Oh, wait .....

whoops.

 

Well, sheepishly, I mostly follow Manchester United. My son started liking them back when he was playing FIFA 06 or something, and it's just easier that way, lol. I always like Tottenham, too, because "Hotspurs" is the coolest name ever (and the name of a team I assistant coached for a few years with this guy ). And I like to watch the US guys, at Fulham before but now Stoke seems to be getting them. 

post #1228 of 1284
Manchester United - acquired big talent, lost few
Chelsea - strenghtened their bench, ageing starting 11 (not real age but the amount of big games they played - too many). Are they still hungry ?
Manchester City - got Sterling and now they have 5 players that could play same position, how would that help ?
Arsenal - last few years they overachieved with the talent they have. Maybe this year they peak, big doubt
post #1229 of 1284
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whoops.

 

Well, sheepishly, I mostly follow Manchester United. My son started liking them back when he was playing FIFA 06 or something, and it's just easier that way, lol. I always like Tottenham, too, because "Hotspurs" is the coolest name ever (and the name of a team I assistant coached for a few years with this guy ). And I like to watch the US guys, at Fulham before but now Stoke seems to be getting them. 

Yea; we have dueling jerseys in my household on EPL Sat and Sun mornings, with me sporting QPR gear, one son a ManU fan and the other Chelsea.

And, I have a pair of Liverpool underwear!

post #1230 of 1284
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Originally Posted by goranmilos View Post

Manchester United - acquired big talent, lost few
Chelsea - strenghtened their bench, ageing starting 11 (not real age but the amount of big games they played - too many). Are they still hungry ?
Manchester City - got Sterling and now they have 5 players that could play same position, how would that help ?
Arsenal - last few years they overachieved with the talent they have. Maybe this year they peak, big doubt

Bizarre transfer, but the norm now I guess. I read somewhere between Zidane and Ibrahimovic?!?! Ridiculous.

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