World Cup Day 10: Your Running Commentary

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By TIM FONTENAULT

As the World Cup enters its tenth day of action, several teams are trying to assert themselves as contenders to escape their groups.

Argentina have a simple task on Saturday. A win against Iran puts them through. That is where the simplicity ends. Iran held African champion Nigeria to a scoreless draw in their opening match and can keep their hopes alive with just a draw in what is considered the biggest game in Iranian history.

In Group G, Germany can do themselves and the United States a favor by defeating Ghana. After rolling over Portugal in their opening match, the Germans are considered one of the primary contenders to win the World Cup. They cannot clinch a spot in the knockout rounds on Saturday, but a win coupled with a U.S. win or draw against Portugal on Sunday sees them through. The U.S. can live with a Germany draw, as that and a win against Portugal puts them through, thanks to a 2-1 win over Ghana in the opener.

Bosnia and Herzegovina put up a fight against Argentina in their first ever World Cup game. Their only downfall was the fact that they were playing against Lionel Messi. The lone team without a point in Group F, Bosnia could really benefit from three points. Nigeria will also be gunning for the three points. They end the Group Stage against Argentina next week.

If you will be watching today’s matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (TV listings after the jump):

 TODAY’S WORLD CUP SOCCER ON TV

12 p.m. – Argentina vs. Iran – ESPN

3 p.m. – Germany vs. Ghana – ESPN

6 p.m. – Nigeria vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina – ESPN

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181 Responses to World Cup Day 10: Your Running Commentary

  1. Trollski says:

    Which team is more unwatchable Iran or Greece?

  2. beachbum says:

    on Argentina, they don’t really defend with 11 players. obviously ridiculously skilled but very few easy chances created through their defense in the middle third to spring counters or other attacks against defenses that are more spread out. when they do actually get one they look dangerous but otherwise against a packed D, of it’s much tougher

  3. Citronomics says:

    Just get the feeling that Iran could steal this one as they are threatening now and the Argys haven’t been precise with their chances. Surely they will create more so looking forward to the final 20+.

    • beachbum says:

      seems like their attacks just develop too slowly and the defense then has an extra body defending, maybe two or three if it develops as slowly as some of their attacks. perhaps on a set piece they can break thru

  4. fastrightleg says:

    WOW! Messi!

  5. Jack says:

    who is writing this stuff

    • beachbum says:

      incredible!!! lightning in a bottle

      defining moment forever for him, perhaps this team too

  6. beachbum says:

    OH BABY!!!

    wow

  7. beachbum says:

    that is greatness

    • Citronomics says:

      The pic chosen for today’s running commentary thread is brilliant foreshadowing (in hindsight). Magnificent strike.

  8. JayAre says:

    wow i was starting to get worried. Thanks Messi

  9. Increase says:

    Messi scored but I gotta say. Argentina is going to get murdered by like… anyone. France, Costa Rica, they just don’t play well together.

    Even Messi did the nothing for most of the game then a goal thing. Great shot though.

  10. reignman says:

    Argentina were unbelievably lucky in that game. Iran should have had a penalty, and were very dangerous on the counter throughout. Also did anyone else notice Argentina waste 2+ minutes in stoppage and only have 30 seconds added back on? I had Argentina winning it all before the WC but I am seriously doubting that, they’ve scored 3 goals so far, 1 own goal and 2 works of art by Messi. You can’t rely on that game in and game out.

  11. Will Smith says:

    Messi was triple teamed. It was like he was walking around saying OK guys, there are three men on me–you do something. When they didn’t after 90 full minutes Messi had to show them how.

    What’s up with Aguero? is this the same player who plays for Man City and supposed to be dangerous?

  12. Animasta says:

    I am sad about Iran, they deserved a point; they played very well, the goalie was great, they should’ve had a penalty and Dejagah was so very close to that header…

    Argentina can’t go very far if this is all they have to show for it.

  13. bryan says:

    Interesting article on how much teams have run so far. USA ran more than anyone else. Not ideal. Also, Jones hit the top speed for any USA player.

    link to washingtonpost.com

  14. NATO STRONG says:

    feel so bad for Jozy. had hoped he would have a good tournament. Score some goals. Regain morale. Start off the season wonderfuly for Sunderland

    hope he can get a game later in the tournament and score

  15. SilverRey says:

    Any idea what the whistling is all about in the first 10 min.? Can’t tell if their mad at a player or something off-screen…

  16. JayAre says:

    Christian Atsu is no joke. It wasn’t Beasley playing bad. He’s just really good.

    • Autolycus says:

      I was just going to post something similar. So far, Ghana has had some success against the German left, just like they did against Beasley. It wasn’t necessarily Beasley playing poorly.

      I’ve also noticed that Ghana isn’t pressing nearly as high as they were against the US. I wonder how much of that was a result of the early goal. And I wonder if they’ll press higher if Germany scores first.

  17. Tony Meola says:

    For all the people hating on Beasley against Ghana, look at what Ghana are doing to Germany. They have been much more threatening. Beasley may have looked shaky but he conceded crosses that seldom threatened because that’s what his job was. People aren’t giving our defense enough credit.

  18. Old Clunker says:

    We’re wanting Germany to demolish Ghana, right?

    • bryan says:

      That’s what I’ve read.

    • QuakerOtis says:

      That’s the safest route out of the group, allows us to progress with a tie or win tomorrow. An Irish friend of mine (fwiw) thinks we should expect to beat Portugal and should want Germany to lose so we can finish top in the group, play Russia or South Korea instead of Belgium next round. The flipside though is that Ghana could then beat an eliminated Portugal, and we would have a do-or-die against Germany. I prefer that Germany lock it up for us here, and I think they will.

      • Gotze says:

        What about a draw today between Germany and Ghana?

        • bryan says:

          That leaves Ghana alive and makes it a bit more nervy. Ether way, IMO, we just need to beat Portugal and everything else is irrelevant.

          • JJ says:

            Not really, if Ghana beat Germany and Portugal then and we be Portugal and lose by enough goals to Germany then we are out on goal difference. I say we want Germany to win today!

            • Paul6 says:

              That’s wrong. If we beat portugal tomorrow then all we need is a for between Ghana and German to pass through

        • QuakerOtis says:

          That could work, especially if we do in fact beat Portugal by more than a goal. And the game today seems to be going that way *so far*.

          We still have more “outs” if Germany wins though, lower risk overall.

          IF Germany ties today and we win tomorrow:

          US — 6
          Germany — 4
          Ghana — 1
          Portugal – 0

          IF Germany ties today and we play to a draw tomorrow:
          Germany — 4 (better goal differential)
          US — 4
          Ghana — 1
          Portugal — 1

          This sets up a game where a Ghana blowout win against Portugal *could* see them nab 2nd if we lose to Germany on June 26.

          There are a lot of ifs here, so also, consider the outs if Germany wins.

          Germany wins today, and we win tomorrow:
          Germany — 6
          US — 6
          Ghana — 0
          Portugal — 0

          Germany wins today, and we *tie* tomorrow:
          Germany — 6
          US — 4
          Portugal — 1
          Ghana — 0

          Ghana has no chance in this scenario, and while Portugal could beat Ghana, as long as we don’t lose by more than 4 to Germany, or as long as Portugal don’t make up their -4 goal difference, we are still through in 2nd place.

  19. Jack says:

    Germany isn’t so good, we scored much faster then this. haha

  20. Old Clunker says:

    Anyone hear that Hope Solo was arrested for domestic violence? lol, I think we all knew it was just a matter of time!

    • Gotze says:

      The off the field issues for Hope Solo get even more bizarre. First, marrying that football player literally hours after he beats her up? Now she’s beating up her sister and her nephew?

  21. QuakerOtis says:

    Teams taking turns in each other’s half. Ghana with a good run of possession, some improved distance shooting. They still haven’t figured out how to work the outside of the box though, keep sending crosses well off target.

  22. chuck says:

    Portugal was already melting down by now

    Ghana is tough

  23. bryan says:

    Portugal coach just said Bruno did not practice and will basically be a game time decision for tomorrow. Injury bug hitting them so hard.

    • Increase says:

      Down 2 CBs? That would be very bad for them. Neither of the backups are close to what thw starters are.

      • bryan says:

        Costa is solid but slow…granted so is Bruno. Neto is just inexperienced. It especially hurts because they were already stuck with likely having to play a CB at LB since Fabio is out. Carvalho can maybe play CB?

        Their defense isn’t looking great no matter how you slice it!

  24. g-dub says:

    This Ghana Germany game is just a flat out amazing toe to toe slugfest. Great match at half.

  25. The Garrincha says:

    looks like there could be some second half drama in Fortaleza.
    The Black Stars are showing they are no push over
    as the lowest ranked team in the “Group of Death”.
    If Klose, see’s the pitch he may just have one in him?.
    having a keeper such a Neuer, or Howard, Ochoa, and Navas makes a world of difference.
    England, not so much.

    • Increase says:

      Hart is decent but never even close to world class let alone consistantly great. Rooney atleast earns his hype on some level.

  26. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    Ghana doing their best today. Let’s see if Germany can handle it for 90min.

    • g-dub says:

      Germany be like Apollo Creed in Rocky I right now… All Awww ish – black stars not messing around.

  27. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    I know this probably won’t happen but it would be sweet to eliminate Germany from the world cup. For Jermaine Jones reaction alone.

  28. run says:

    What a pass! Goal Germany

  29. Shawn says:

    game set match

  30. JJ says:

    Das gut

  31. Shawn says:

    i take that game set match back lmao

  32. JJ says:

    Das bat

  33. JayAre says:

    Come on GHANA!!!! Just lay down and lose already!! is that too much to ask for?

    • JJ says:

      scrappy team, just won’t go away

      • Benjamin C. says:

        They are clearly a tough team to beat. So despite being outplayed for long stretches, I am very pleased the U.S. beat them without even playing near their potential and after dealing with physical adversity..

    • Landy Cakes says:

      No I want everyone to realize how hard it is to beat Ghana. We’re still getting no respect.

      USA the Rodney Dangerfield of world football.

  34. QuakerOtis says:

    Shizer!

  35. g-dub says:

    Gyannnn!

  36. Shawn says:

    WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. soundersdude says:

    This is bad. Portugal is an even bigger must win than ghana was…

    • Landy Cakes says:

      Portugal are mid implosion. The Iberians are DONE. Andora have a best chance of anyone on that peninsula of beating the USMNT.

  38. JayAre says:

    Come on seriously Ghana just freaking lose!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Patrick2 says:

    Black Stars. Respect. They have that mental toughness thing down.

  40. Jeff says:

    Those haters of USMNT defense and particularly Beasley take note!

  41. Benjamin C. says:

    I think we have officially found the Group of Death.

  42. The Garrincha says:

    Both of Ghana’s goals chock full of master full like “babyhorse”, on Juneteenth.

  43. Jack says:

    Germany bringing in Klose, it got serious

  44. The Garrincha says:

    Come in Berlin, the Germans are shell shocked.
    Now everybody has to know playing Ghana, is going to be like Rocky and Ali.

  45. The Garrincha says:

    Klose!

  46. Shawn says:

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssss

  47. QuakerOtis says:

    Klose!!!!

  48. Benjamin C. says:

    What a match! What a World Cup! I love this game!

  49. Citronomics says:

    Whoa. Klose to the rescue! Now tied with Ronaldo for most WC goals. Has he scored in 4 WC now or 3?

  50. JayAre says:

    Thank You KLOSE!!! Thank you!!!!!

  51. usaalltheway says:

    Does that make Klose the highest World Cup scorer of all time now or is Ronaldo (Brazil) still above him?

    WHAT A GAME!!!

    Ghana is a VERY good team. Holy hell…

    • Citronomics says:

      The ESPN announcers said that Klose has now tied Ronaldo for most WC goals.

      • usaalltheway says:

        And he was so close to beating him there.

        I am actually shocked Klose missed that second chance. He could have, “should”have bagged that one.

        This group is FAR from decided. If the US loses tomorrow…no way we beat Germany. But then again, anything is possible.

  52. JJ says:

    Klose, all he does is score goals

  53. Fredo says:

    Of course

  54. Jack says:

    How bad or good is a draw for us?

  55. usaalltheway says:

    Another example of an aging talisman coming in to rally his team….

    Doesn’t the US have someone like that? ;)

  56. Ah says:

    Hilarious. Klose Klose Klose.

  57. The Garrincha says:

    Hope Klose, inspires players such as Wonderwow,
    because that man K11, is Poachers delight.

  58. run says:

    Note the Google search banner

  59. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    Where’s the trolls talking about our group not being the group of death.

  60. Dezag says:

    I know that it’s assumed we win or tie tomorrow. But the reality is that we can lose as well. Taking that into consideration I think a tie today would not be a terrible thing. If we lose tomorrow and Ghana feel they have no chance to go on, then they might lay down for Portugal and give Portugal four points to go ahead of us. If Ghana-Germany tie, and we lose tomorrow, and Ghana plays Portugal hard into another tie, we move on. If they tie today and we get any points tomorrow, we likely move on as well.

    I think a tie today gives us a safer chance of moving on, no matter the result tomorrow. But in reality who knows… Assuming any outcome of tomorrow’s game is more than a little foolish, but I guess we have to choose something to make a decision on what our favored outcome is.

    • Turgid Jacobian says:

      “I know that it’s assumed we win or tie tomorrow”

      I do not assume it. However, I sure hope so.

    • QuakerOtis says:

      I don’t think we assume it. I just don’t want to take the trouble to work out the scenarios. That would essentially require a result against Germany.

    • Landy Cakes says:

      Nope. Wrong we can’t lose tomorrow. By the transitive property the US are better than Germany, which makes us better than Portugal, which means we are going to CRUSH tomorrow.

    • Citronomics says:

      With the Ghana-Germany tie, the NATS advance with a win v. Portugal.

    • The Garrincha says:

      Sounds pretty good Dezag.
      we told the Witchdoctor, Nana from Ghana,
      we got a stronger, extra strength medicine show.

  61. g-dub says:

    End to end at87′

  62. g-dub says:

    5 v 3 and dude runs off side

  63. JB says:

    Lol @ German Goalkeeper

  64. Shawn says:

    dammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  65. Landy Cakes says:

    I KNEW THE USMNT WERE THE BEST TEAM IN THE GROUP!!!!!!!!!!

  66. JJ says:

    Win tomorrow and we’re in folks, lets do it!

    • QuakerOtis says:

      USA! USA!

    • Lawson Ferreira says:

      Lose tomorrow andwe are out. No way we are beating Germany on that last game. Klose may set the record against us. However, a tie tomorrow and a tie against Gmanyis all sibleand then, we are in.

  67. JayAre says:

    wow talk about an ending.

  68. JayAre says:

    I’m going to go against the grain here and say Brad Davis should play tomorrow. Non of these European teams can handle the heat and that’s were our advantage is and we need to milk it. This isn’t a Aaron Johannson game it’s a Wondo, Cameron, Davis, Gonzo etc Everyone that’s played in MLS needs to play in this one

    • Landy Cakes says:

      LOL Gonzo, the only defender we have gimpier than Christiano Ronaldo…. GREEEEAAAATTTTT plan.

      • JayAre says:

        The Germans were gasping for life towards the end of the game. I’m a big fan of Brooks but I don’t think he’s the first sub off the bench in this game.

        • Landy Cakes says:

          There’s no way you sub on Gonzo, did you watch that Nigeria game. Gonzo come in immediately lets Moses blow past him and Besler has to give up a PK to stop the goal. We should put Julian Green in at center back before Gonzo.

    • Dezag says:

      That and he plays in the Houston heat so he’s used to it!

    • The Garrincha says:

      JayAre, so you think the Amazon will be
      hard on the Nordic Vikings, and Anglo-African Saxons?.
      (I still have that pained image of TC, in the heat in Honduras,
      Hunter S. Thompson-esque, something out of fear and loathing in Las Vegas? ).
      Maybe by now everybody has adapted to the climate change?.

  69. Bac says:

    Someone wake me up at 5:59 tomorrow… the next 24 hours too much thinking….

  70. Lawson Ferreira says:

    Despite the poor performances, Argentina is looking good all the way to he semis where they don’t face neither Brazil nor Germany, shold the last two win their respective group . I told my friends this is Messi’s world cup, and so far is shaping out to be the case.

  71. Cheddar says:

    If we beat Portugal: We are through

    If we draw Portugal: We need a result vs. Germany…….or, need a draw between Portugal-Ghana, or a Portugal win.

    If we lose to Portugal: We need a result vs Germany, and we become Portugal fans vs. Ghana, as even a draw vs. Germany, might not be enough for a us. If we were to lose to Portugal 1-0, then draw Germany 1-1, and then Ghana were to beat Portugal 1-0…….Ghana goes through.

    • Dezag says:

      Why would Ghana go through in that scenario? Goal differential is the same, and we won the head to head.

  72. Lawson Ferreira says:

    Whatever your projections are, just factor in that we A NOT beating Germany on that last game. So a result tomorrow is imperative.

    • Dezag says:

      I’m not convinced of that. We recently beat them, and If Ghana can get this close to beating them, then why can’t we actually beat them? I know it’s not the most likely scenario, but it’s also not a crazy though.

  73. Benny says:

    USA, let’s take care of business on Sunday, 06/22/2014

    • Benny says:

      If the U.S. does beat Portugal then the U.S. can think about winning the group and playing possibly a very beatable Russia or South Korea side in the knockout rounds. They have a great opportunity to defeat a hobbled injury plagued Portugal. The U.S.players can smell it. Take care of business boys!!!!!!!!!

  74. JayAre says:

    According to weather dot com the temperature at kick off tomorrow in Manaus will be 78° with 87% humidity. Right now it’s 74° with 81% humidity in Miami and 75° with 81% humidity in Houston tomorrow will be 73° with 81 % humidity in Chicago. The weather in Ghana is 81° with 81% humidity and it’s usually like that year round so this isn’t something they aren’t used to and we beat them.
    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say we have a serious advantage tomorrow.

    • Dezag says:

      Honestly, I’m not sure where you’re getting the Houston weather for today, but it was actually 90 degrees. Davis and even Cameroon are used to this heat and humidity.

    • Dezag says:

      I think you might have looked at the low. But the high is low 90’s. 75 is late at night if we’re lucky.

      • bryan says:

        6pm-8pm local time (when the game will be played) on weather.com says:

        78, 78, 76 w/ humidity starting at 87% and getting up to 93%.

        • Dezag says:

          Well, considering it is 5:30 right now, and it’s 87 degrees outside(according to weather.com), that’s a HUGE drop… I think you’re also looking at the morning. I’m gonna bet on you misreading the information rather than me imagining the heat I just felt outside.

          • bryan says:

            well, i’m not. look, i’m not saying you are wrong, just passing along info from weather.com. if they’re wrong, take it up with them. they probably are.

            6 pm T-Storms 81°
            T-Storms

            FEELS LIKE:
            87°

            HUMIDITY:
            82%

            PRECIP:
            60%

            WIND:
            E at 3 mph

            7 pm
            Sun
            Jun 22
            Isolated T-Storms 78°F
            Isolated T-Storms

            FEELS LIKE:
            78°

            HUMIDITY:
            87%

            PRECIP:
            30%

            WIND:
            ESE at 3 mph

            8 pm Isolated T-Storms 76°
            Isolated T-Storms

            FEELS LIKE:
            76°

            HUMIDITY:
            93%

            PRECIP:
            30%

            WIND:
            ESE at 3 mph

            • bryan says:

              grrr, that first listing should be for 5pm. apparently 6pm doesn’t exist because it’s not included in the hourly forecast for tomorrow. classic weather.com.

            • Dezag says:

              It’s not posting the reply with the links to weather.com. But you’re mistaken. For today and tomorrow it says that by 9 pm it will be 84 degrees. I don’t know how you’re misreading it, but you are. Any rational person comprehends that the weather doesn’t drop 10 degrees from one hour to the next unless there is a giant cold front coming through which seeing as how it’s summer(and it doesn’t say it’s happening on weather.com), it’s not happening. You can insist all you want, but the reality is that this information you’re giving is wrong, and that weather.com isn’t agreeing with you. So I’m not sure wether you’re reading it incorrectly, or reading something else.

              • bryan says:

                i know what’s going on, you are talking Houston, I’m talking Manaus. idk why i thought you were talking about Manaus. my b.

      • JayAre says:

        yeah thats the low. my point is we have an a huge advantage if we don’t concede early.30 mins in we should start running over them

        • Dezag says:

          Yeah I completely agree. At least a few of our players are used to this heat and humidity, and I’m willing to bet that almost none of theirs are. I think you’re right that if we can outlast that initial freshness we have a good chance.

  75. Fast Eddie says:

    Does anyone here understand, even a little bit, that based on our play so far we are the worst team in our group. We were not better than Ghana, we got lucky.

    • Awful says:

      Jesus you’re boring. Go outside. Do something else besides troll around here all day. Sad.

    • Landy Cakes says:

      No. We beat Ghana despite playing poorly. Which is what good teams do. Part of the reason we played poor was because we took the lead 30 seconds into the match, at which point our sole objective was to preserve the lead, not posses, not advance the ball. Had we not scored in 30 seconds we wouldn’t have played that way.

      Also Portugal suck and we will dismantle them tomorrow. I am completely unimpressed with them, their playoff against Sweden showed their completely lack of depth and required Ronaldo at the height of his powers to stave off a sweden team which also only had one quality player.

    • Dezag says:

      You are misinterpreting what happened in our game. We got our early goal and decided to play defensively. In my opinion that’s stupid cause sooner or later the other team will score. BUT the moment we attacked again…BOOM, goal. Which tells me that if we had been attacking all game we’d have scored more goals. Playing not to lose generally causes you to lose(or give up points), in ANY sport.

      • Fast Eddie says:

        Scoring on a corner can hardly be interpreted as “Attacking”

        • Dezag says:

          Ok, well if you want to be so specific about just the action of a corner kick being interpreted as “Attacking,” then no. BUT attacking strong and getting a corner from it that results in a goal, IS. You can be as negative as you want, but the reality is that we scored quickly. Then went into defense mode. Within minutes of their goal, we scored and went back into defensive mode. You can try to paint it however you like, but those are facts. When they were really attempting to score, they scored quickly…twice.

        • Landy Cakes says:

          LOL tell that to Ghana, I’m sure they felt attacked.

        • Sharkbait says:

          Oh hey cool I didn’t realize you could earn corners by defending.

    • Benny says:

      Go play with your sister’s dolls.

    • usaalltheway says:

      Fast Eddie,

      You are 100% correct.

      However, most of the posters on here have either 1) a very poor understanding of the game 2) suffer from blindness 3) think the USMNT was playing today and not Germany 4) have one extra chromosome or 5) have their egos and personal worthy WAY TOO wrapped up in the USMNT and can’t handle any realistic criticism of the team without throwing a fit that could only be roughly describe as the equivalent of petulant, puerile brats who had their favorite video game taken away from them.

      The team played terribly. Too many excuses come from the fans and posters on here but the simple fact is the team scored early, defended wave of attack after wave of attack and managed a crazy and unlikely fluke header to win the game. That is it. Nothing more, nothing less. Outside of Dempsey’s goal, Howard’s saves and Jones, the team looked as it has for most of JK’s term: disjointed, unorganized, unsure of tactics and positioning, timid in the midfield and generally useless in the attack.

      I get so sick of hearing the excuses for losing Jozy. If the team is that dependent on him to help Bradley and the attack, the team isn’t that good frankly. Dempsey did get his nose broken and that is awful, but as others have pointed out, athletes regularly play hurt or sick. He is a multi-million dollar athlete playing in what will most likely be his last Cup. Not to mention, he has played with broken facial parts before…

      All this “you are a troll” nonsense is what is known as the ad hominem fallacy: you attack the person expressing the ideas, not the ideas themselves.

      The team has looked poor for most of JK’s tenure and looked poor in the last match.

      The reality is the USMNT is the third best CONCACAF team in this Cup thus far, as measured by showings on the field and clearly the worst in the group, despite the win.

      Sports fans can be annoying, but the posters on here, for the most part, are simply refusing to recognize reality or deal with it.

      Poor, poor little, sad lost souls…it’s just a game! One day I hope you learn that fact.

      • Fail says:

        “Sports fans can be annoying, but the posters on here, for the most part, are simply refusing to recognize reality or deal with it.”

        Nobody more qualified than you, expat.,.. you’re 60% of the people on here.

        • Nick F says:

          Lol I was thinking the same thing … This guy is the same guy as Expat4455, Dirk, and so many more…

          • Fail says:

            Loser has cycled through about 15 identities in the World Cup buildup alone. This is what the chump does all day long, every day. Maybe he’s paralyzed or something… I guess I’d feel bad for him. Kind of.

      • Dezag says:

        “4) have one extra chromosome or 5) have their egos and personal worthy WAY TOO wrapped up in the USMNT and can’t handle any realistic criticism of the team without throwing a fit that could only be roughly describe as the equivalent of petulant, puerile brats who had their favorite video game taken away from them.”

        HAHAHAHAHAHA Number four definitely proves that everyone else on here is the “perulant, pEUrile brats.”

        No one made any excuses in this thread. But you said it:

        the simple fact is the team scored early, defended wave of attack after wave of attack and managed a crazy and unlikely fluke header to win the game. That is it. Nothing more, nothing less.

        The only part of that statement that is not a fact is “unlikely fluke” part. It’s by definition an opinion because those are descriptive terms of which you have no proof. If it were fact, you would have some proof to show that it was unlikely and a fluke(which by the way is redundant, and goes to show that you’re blustering). The FACT is that they did it. Wether you believe it was an “unlikely fluke” is irrelevant.

        We scored quickly, defended wave after wave, they scored, and quickly we responded to win the game. Wether or not the grandiloquent “usaalltheway” believes it was through luck or skill is irrelevant. You’re opinion is worth nothing. But the goals they ACTUALLY scored are worth 3 points…

        • Dezag says:

          I’m looking forward to your reply…I want to see a good reaction to a specific something btw…LOL

  76. J says:

    We may not have been better than Ghana, but our guys worked hard and earned that result. Those same attributes will make us a difficult team to beat tomorrow, and again vs Germany. That’s not luck. There’s a reason teams don’t enjoy playing us.

    By the way, has anyone gotten the emails about the free fantasy games that Stuart Holden and Taylor Twellman are hosting on Draft Street? The contest is Pick’em style, involving just the teams playing tomorrow, with 8 tiers of players (ex: Tier 1: Clint Dempsey, Ronaldo, OR Eden Hazard). You just have to pick one player from each tier before the games kick off tomorrow.. pretty cool and an easy shot at some cash prizes.

    Here’s the link if anyone wants to check it out: tinyurl.com/HoldensFantasyContest

  77. JayAre says:

    Come on NIgeria you can do it!!!

  78. Matt Bk says:

    Great games today, from first to last. Wow, I love the World Cup, best time of every four years. Let’s go yanks!

  79. DB says:

    So, if you’re a former member of Yugoslavia, you can expect to be on the wrong end of some questionable calls…

  80. Wanteiger says:

    Lol, UEFA