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thecubsfan
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#81 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
The first half of the round of the knockout bracket

USA vs Ghana (Saturday, 2:30 pm EST, ABC)
plays the winner of
South Korea vs Uruguay (Saturday, 10:00 AM EST, ESPN)

on the other side
Germany vs England (Sunday, 10:00 am EST, ESPN)
plays the winner of
Argentina vs Mexico (Sunday, 2:30 pm EST, ABC)

All four teams playing on Saturday must be thrilled to be playing on Saturday and dreaming about a chance to the semifinal. Saturday's the day of teams happy to be this far, Sunday's the day of countries who will be utterly crushed if they lose.

If the US win, they play on July 2nd. That has collective four day weekend written all over it.



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#82 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.19
Please tell me we'll get an England-Argentina matchup in the Quarters. The only way that would be more awesome would be if Peter Shilton was coaching England.



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#83 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.02
    Originally posted by UnsUwe
    In Germany there's a saying like "the luck of the hard workers",


Oooh, I like it. Between this and schadenfreude, Germany's got some good sayings.

And once again that bitter USA - Ghana rivalry is rekindled!
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#84 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.41
    Originally posted by The Goon
      Originally posted by UnsUwe
      In Germany there's a saying like "the luck of the hard workers",


    Oooh, I like it. Between this and schadenfreude, Germany's got some good sayings.
I think we need to be educated on the German version of that saying so we can casually drop it in conversations this weekend. Can you help us out, UnsUwe? :)



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#85 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.91
    Originally posted by MoeGates
    Please tell me we'll get an England-Argentina matchup in the Quarters. The only way that would be more awesome would be if Peter Shilton was coaching England.






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#86 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.51
I haven't been so excited at a big sports play like I was after Donovan's goal since the Bucs' playoff run back in 2002. This was a great moment and I'm glad I got to see it, and I hope the theory that this accelerates the game's growth in the U.S. proves to have merit.

The U.S. has a very good chance to reach the semifinals. I saw Ghana today and their attack looked great, they were so fast and putting tons of pressure on the German keeper. But then, the same team couldn't score when playing with a man advantage for an hour against Australia - the same Australian team that Germany beat 4-0 when the Aussies had a player sent off. Either way, getting first in the group made a big difference, because this is way better than a bracket with Germany, Argentina and Mexico.

Here, for as long as it stays up, is the winning goal, with the ESPN call:



I find the international (by which I mean, non-American) soccer announcing to be refreshing, much better than commentators in American sports. I shudder at the thought of Joe Buck making the call in this situation.

(edited by TheBucsFan on 23.6.10 2300)


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#87 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.70
    Originally posted by MoeGates
    Please tell me we'll get an England-Argentina matchup in the Quarters. The only way that would be more awesome would be if Peter Shilton was coaching England.


Well, it would be the MOST awesome if England scored the winner on a Wayne Rooney handball, leaving Maradona to explode on the sidelines.
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#88 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.89
    Originally posted by MoeGates
    Please tell me we'll get an England-Argentina matchup in the Quarters.


Hell will freeze over and the Sun will rise from the west before that happens. There is no way England can go over Germany. It's wrong for a team I hate so much to do so well.



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The pace is too fast, you just won't last
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#89 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.35
Slovakia 3, Italy 2.

And so both of the finalists from 2006 are no more, both having finished bottom of their group. Meanwhile, New Zealand make their exit from the tournament but do so unbeaten after drawing with Paraguay.

All these shock results are doing a fine job of making me look stupid in the Fantasy World Cup thing. Of course in many cases, my stupid picks aren't helping either....
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#90 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.41
Please PM me if you currently have a UK flag and would like it temporarily changed to an England flag. (Ideally, you would also be in England when you made this request, but our programming is not that sophisticated so we're on the hono(u)r system here.)



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#91 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.07
Highly anticipated Brazil-Portugal ended on 0-0 which I had predicted; Im thinking we'll see a rematch later on in the tournament?
Zeruel
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#92 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.36
    Originally posted by CHAPLOW
    Highly anticipated Brazil-Portugal ended on 0-0 which I had predicted; Im thinking we'll see a rematch later on in the tournament?


They can only rematch in the final match for the Cup as group winners are on the opposite side of the bracket from the runner-up.



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#93 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.86
Your knockout round World Cup bracket:

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Best you could say about Brazil-Portugal is that both sides were very "professional".

Full marks to Chile for coming back with a goal playing down a man to potentially win the goal differential tiebreaker, even though I think Switzerland trying to play attacking football was like looking for a service break in that Isner-Mahut match. Ugly, ugly display - I think the Swiss' only idea of offense was flopping around the outskirts of the box in hopes of a juicy free kick chance.

(edited by TheOldMan on 25.6.10 1550)


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#94 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.05
That's a pretty good draw for the US. I don't expect us to make the semifinals...but we probably have a better chance than we would in any of the other quadrants. Man, that Argentina/Mexico/Germany/England quadrant is brutal.
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#95 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.74
    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by CHAPLOW
      Highly anticipated Brazil-Portugal ended on 0-0 which I had predicted; Im thinking we'll see a rematch later on in the tournament?


    They can only rematch in the final match for the Cup as group winners are on the opposite side of the bracket from the runner-up.

They could also meet in the third-place match, but that's...less than likely.



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#96 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.00
YOU GHANA MAKE ME CRAZY!!!
The Goon
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#97 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.02
Really unfortunate for the US today.
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#98 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.79
Another USA loss/exit that will be blamed on the coach?

Once overtime started, it looked like the Americans had less jump in their legs than they had throughout the game.



TheOldMan
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#99 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.86
I'm not a diehard fan, but I think I've figured the game out enough to know that you can't expect to do well in this tournament if you only play hard when you're behind (or when the chips are down, as v. Algeria).

After dominating play in the second half leading up to the PK equalizer, once the game was leveled, you could visibly see the urgency ooze out of the US side. And then giving up a score early in extra time seemed more obvious than anything, only the fourth comeback attempt proved the laws of probability trumped any 'team of destiny' talk.

Fair or not, soccer goes back into the American sporting consciousness closet until 2014. I love the Cup games, and will continue to watch, but asking me to watch MLS is sort of like going to a minor league baseball game - the rules are the same, the uniforms look professional.. but there just isn't the skill (or the stakes) there to make it interesting.

Even the Donovan miracle moment goal in the third game? After having two disallowed, I swear I waited five seconds to see if the score would be waved off. Never did get around to celebrating it like the folks in the YouTubes did.

If I'm disappointed about this, it's only because with the Cubs going down the tubes so soon, it's two extra weeks of tedium I have to endure waiting for Da Bears to start.

/goes to look up the latest LeBron rumors



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#100 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.23

I think, thanks to ESPN's coverage of the EPL, we will still continue to see small growth of futbol fandom in the US.

The good thing is that people in the US don't have to follow "the minor leagues" (MLS) when they have easy access to the "major leagues" (EPL, La Liga, Seria A).



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