Monday, June 16, 2014

The Beautiful Game, Volume 2

J├╝rgen Klinsmann is correct.  We are not going to win the World Cup.

Nice looking ball, though.

Points should be awarded to the US for a certain defensive tenacity, plus, obviously two points for the goals they scored.  And 86% of teams who win their first game advance to the knock-out round.  And our points differential mattress has been stuffed nicely by Portugal losing by 4.  But let's not let any of that obscure the reality of the situation:  the US looked horrible, borderline amateur.  If Clint Dempsey had scored in the first 32 seconds against Germany, the way he did against Ghana, we'd have lost by 75-1.

The US team should be forced to sit down and watch Games 3, 4 and 5 of the recent NBA finals.  Hopefully it will then dawn on them that you pass the ball to your teammate, not to your opponent.  That's why they have different colored shirts, so you can tell them apart.

I'm giving some serious consideration to changing my name to Geef and telling people I'm from the Netherlands.  At least then I'd have a decent team to root for.

2 Comments:

Blogger John Harbour said...

Sorry, but a polite rebuttal to your post and disagreement regarding the score if the match was against Germany. Probably be 25-1, we usually play well against Germany.

First to give you props on picking that the US won't make the finals. The world knows it will be one of the power houses; Germany, Brazil, Netherlands, or even the dark horse Belgium. I'm hoping Germany as they have an amazing side right now.

BUT, the US didn't play as bad as you would like to make out. They always have to be the underdog with their backs against the wall to play well. When they get a lead, they become flat. And they knew that they would need at least 2 goals to win. Going clean sheet against Ghana is never likely. Ghana's whole strategy is to assault a defense time after time until they finally wear down. They are a younger and more fit team, average age last night was 22... The US didn't relent until the 63rd minute and that was after having three key players hurt. The team was limping like a wounded animal and still held out. I think you'll be surprised at what their game looks like against Portugal, who by the way we are really well matched against.

Not saying it was pretty, but pretty doesn't matter if you get the job done. And Ghana's a better side than they get credit for... So stop throwing shade.

Although you may just still be smarting from your Heat's loss and transferring that disappointment.

3:24 AM  
Anonymous Lunatic said...

every soccer coach i've had the pleasure or pain of playing for, including NCAA Div 1 and professional level play (if you can call US soccer in the late 80's and early 90's professional) always said a strong midfield can make your game. Against Ghana, Mike Bradley had one of the worst games I've ever seen him play. Absolutely horrid. He and the rest of the midfield must step it up to even have a chance at having a chance of making it to the next round. jeez!

11:25 AM  

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