USA-Colombia

I was all excited about USA’s Friendly soccer match against Colombia today after Saturday’s match against Poland was on Fox Soccer Channel, which we no longer get.

Then…the game happened.

I haven’t seen a game that boring in a long, long time.  Both sides were lackluster and there was absolutely no hint of a goal.

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Four More Years! Four More Years!

That’s right, it’s four more years for Bob Bradley and US Soccer.  His old contract ran through December and while both the US Soccer Federation and Bradley did their fair share of posturing with Juergen Klinsmann and Aston Villa, respectively, I don’t think anyone was shocked with the extension.

I’ve had kind of a love/hate relationship with Bradley over the last four years.  I don’t necessarily dislike him and I don’t love him.  I’ve questioned many of his personnel decisions but I don’t hate the results…usually.

We’ve won games we shouldn’t have (Spain) and lost games we should have (Ghana) so why not keep on that road?

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Stop and Read This

It’s a tad long, but it’s worth it.  This argument is old, stupid, and finally put to rest.  Thank you, Patrick Hruby.  Thank you.  Click here to read this masterpiece.

Coming to Terms

I’m not going to write much about this game because quite frankly, I’m tired and I’m still pissed off about it.

The US lost to Ghana, blah blah blah.

Shouldn’t have happened.  Period.  Outside of the first 15 minutes and the only chance they got in extra time, Ghana did not threaten the US goal.  The difference in the game was that they capitalized on their chances while the US did not.  Anyone who tells you that the US was outplayed, outclassed, or out anything else’d in this game is just wrong.

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USA Marches On!

Today, USA defeated Algeria 1-0.  Today, USA also defeated all the doubters, naysayers, and nonbelievers. All the English fans who weren’t worried about us, all the national pundits who slammed the US team, all the referees who blew calls against us:  Defeated.  And it was so sweet.

Landon Donovan’s 92nd minute strike was the best moment I’ve had as a US Soccer fan, and I’ve been alive for some great ones.  Up until now, that honor went to John O’Brien for his early strike against Portugal in the 2002 World Cup.  Today blew that away.

I was at Tigin Irish Pubs (the official US Soccer bar in St. Louis) for the match and there was red, white, and blue everywhere.

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Biggest Disappointment Ever?

With today’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of South Africa, France’s dismal World Cup run has come to an end.  The only reason this makes me sad is because of the insane drama they brought to this year’s edition of the World Cup.  Sending home a star striker?  Refusing to train the next day?  Having the head director of team quit and fly home early?  Having the President of the country call the team out publicly?  Yeah, that’s drama.

But first let’s start at the beginning.  The French team struggled through qualifying, finishing second in UEFA Group 7 to Serbia.  Then, they only secured a qualification through Thierry Henry’s double handball during the playoff against the Republic of Ireland.

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