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« on: June 11, 2006, 12:00:45 am »
Does the USA have a chance this time?!
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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2006, 12:12:31 am »
Hiker Jim, when I found this message board, your posting number was at "666".

That is a strange convergence.

I was impressed with the way that the Ivory Coast took it to the Argentinians.  They never let up!

Thanks for moderating the Soccer Board! :)
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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2006, 12:25:34 am »
It wasn't just Trinidad, it was also Tobago. Interesting day.
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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2006, 12:37:33 am »
Does the USA have a chance this time?!

Jim,

Anywhere from 3-and-out and winning it all would not shock me.  I'd certainly prefer they WIN pool E, 'cause playing the Brazilians too early can't be good!

Totally a gut hunch, but I think they'll take Croatia on Monday.

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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2006, 02:27:50 am »
After watching England (unimpressive play, at best) and hearing about Sweden, maybe  we have a first round with some serious upset potential.
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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2006, 09:18:25 am »
Does the USA have a chance this time?!

Jim,

Anywhere from 3-and-out and winning it all would not shock me.  I'd certainly prefer they WIN pool E, 'cause playing the Brazilians too early can't be good!

Totally a gut hunch, but I think they'll take Croatia on Monday.

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If the "they" is Brazil, the match is Tuesday; if it's the USA, they're playing the Czech Republic Monday.

I don't think the USA has enough firepower to advance, but the group results depend more on how well the Azzuri play than anything else.  Italy could get 9 points, or let their many distractions affect their play and go out early.  It should be interesting to watch.

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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2006, 06:57:01 pm »
Oops, sorry for the brain-fart - I meant the Czechs, though their 6'8" striker is gonna be a serious challenge.

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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2006, 10:56:15 pm »
Hiker Jim, when I found this message board, your posting number was at "666".

Thanks for moderating the Soccer Board! :)

That must mean it will be a hell of a good board. ;)
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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2006, 12:52:38 am »
Good tournament so far. I've watched 6 of the eight games.

Netherlands didn't finish well, but with their ball control and the defense they played today, one goal is all they need. Looking forward to Netherlands v. Argentina

All the goals in the Mexico - Iran game were pretty. How tough must it be for Sanchez to bury his father on this past Wednesday and then return for the tournament?

Haven't wached the Portugal - Angola game yet. Have it on tape.

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Socceroos 2 - Japan 1
Azzuri 2 - Ghana 0
USA 1 - Czech Republic 0

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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2006, 01:28:39 am »
I'll agree with you on the USA-CR game (I'll even agree on the margin), but I can't see the CR shutting down so (almost) totally Beasley, Donovan, McBride, etc., and their 6'8" striker (whose name escapes me at the moment) scares the s*** out of me - I'll call it 3-2, USA.

IF we are right in this prediction, I'm fairly confident we will advance.  But I sure would like a victory also over Italy - otherwise we may escape Group E, but would likely face Brazil in round 2!

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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2006, 08:57:14 am »
given that the czech epublic is getting old and slow, has a ton of injuries, and has some defensive problems and italy also has a ton of injuries, i would consider it a failure if the US failed to advance out of group play.

the US has a defender in Oguchi Onyewu thats the huge than can contain the 6'8" guy. He's considered the most intimidating defender in the whole World Cup, being 6'5" and weghing 216 lbs. By the way, Czech Republic lost to the Netherlands is qualifying 2-0 and Romanio 3-0 and Jan Koller (the 6'8" guy) didn't do anything. He did have 9 goals in qualifying, but they all came against pretty bad teams and hes struggling to come off knee surgery.

On the other hand, US only lost one game in qualifying to #4 ranked Mexico 2-1 then revenged the lost 2-0. Also beat the Cinderella Trinidad and Tobago! US also had 8 shutouts in qualifying, and our goalie Kasey Keller is considered to be one of the best in the world!

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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2006, 11:19:38 am »
How about them Aussie's.  Maybe if they didn't have a part-time coach, they would have figured out earlier that the Japanese offense wasn't good enough to counter well and put three forwards in from the start.


Can we beat the Czechs?  Yes, most definately!  Are their injry reports overrated?  Yes; most everyone will be fit and on the pitch!  Will we beat the Czechs?  I honestly don't see how, but I have to say Yes because this would give us the easiest path into the next round!

We're going to have to score two though; I doubt we hold them scoreless.
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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2006, 11:22:39 am »

I'm not sure if this topic is old yet or not, but since I just found the board I have to say it.

Have you ever seen a top-tier team miss so many crosses as England did in the first match?  I mean how can all of those guys be so bad at lobbing the ball accross the pitch with any accuracy?  No one could hit anywhere close to the targets the whole match.  And Beckham, the only one who can pass with any accuracy, decided to run from the ball like a 2nd grade girl in gym class.  Unbelieveable.  I still have them winning the whole thing though.  Sven will get it worked out; they have enough bench guys to compensate for the prima-donas.
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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2006, 11:55:37 am »
As the father of a second-grade girl, I am offended. :)
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Re: World Cup 2006
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2006, 01:38:59 pm »
The US is currently down 3-0.  The US looks just flat our horrible.  Too many mistakes on defense. Terrible passing. They don't look like they have any idea what the hell they are doing on offense. I know that sometimes you have to pass backwards to go forwards, but you arent going to ever win if you keep passing backwards 90% of the time.  WHen they did have good opportunities to score, they mae completely idiotic poasses or didn't apss when they should. This looked more like the 1990 USA team that got their ass kicked rather than the 5th ranked USA team of this year.