World Cup Predictions

I didn’t  get to this before the Cup started and I’m barely making it here since Uruguay-South Korea has already started.  Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for our intents and purposes) the game is frozen with the Koreans about to take a free kick in the 4th minute.

Anyway, it’s time for some predictions because everyone loves them even if none of them are right.

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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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USA Gets Robbed

My plan today was to DVR the USA-Slovenia match, avoid all forms of media, and then watch it when I got home after the game.  That idea went out the window when the game was on the scoreboard at Busch Stadium while I worked with a young baseball team.  There was no audio and it was hard to follow, but I got to watch it nonetheless.  I’m about to watch the replay so I can get a better idea of what went down but I’m still going to write a post about the game.

The first thing that I want to mention is the horrid marking that occurred Slovenia’s first goal.  Valter Birsa had days to line up his fantastic strike from just outside the penalty area.  Michael Bradley had stepped up to take away the initial ball carrier when he laid it off to Birsa.  From there, I don’t know where Jose Torres was and I don’t know why Oguchi Onyewu didn’t step up and at least act like he was putting pressure on the ball.  Birsa punished them for their terrible marking.

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World Cup Thoughts So Far

We’re five days into the universe’s biggest sports event and that means there has been plenty of stuff to talk about.  Unfortunately, I spent all weekend moving to St. Louis so I haven’t had time to write here.  Instead of going through each team that has already played, I’m going to try and hit the highlights and low lights from the first few days.

The first thing I feel like I have to mention is the presence of the vuvuzelas in the stands that people all seem to hate.  Honestly, I don’t even notice them.  I want someone to bring me one so if you’re reading this and can get one of these horns to me, send me an email at wellerandbryan@gmail.com.

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USA Qualfies for World Cup 2010

Conor Casey celebrates a goal

Conor Casey celebrates a goal

For the sixth straight time the United States will be playing in the World Cup Finals.  There were some dramatic moments in their 3-2 victory at Honduras, but the US came out on top, making their game against Costa Rica on Wednesday irrelevant.

The US needed three goals and a late missed penalty kick to put away the pesky Hondurans.  Striker Conor Casey picked a wonderful time to score his first two international goals when he found the back of the net in the 55th and 66th minutes.  Casey simply out-muscled the Honduran goalkeeper on his first goal, a header from the six yard box.  For his second, he was sent through on wonderful pass from Landon Donovan and he buried it in the corner.

Five minutes later, Donovan put the US ahead for good with a cracking free kick from the top of the box.

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