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U.S. Men's Soccer Team Defeats Ghana

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  • Center Left
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    The U.S. men's soccer team was matched against Ghana in a intense, almost two hour show of athleticism. The game was very intense the moment it started. It also drew 11.9 million viewers to ESPN during showtime. After losing to Ghana twice in the past (both in 2006 and 2010), U.S. wanted to take the feeling and place it in the hands of their opponent. And they succeeded. The final score: U.S. 2- Ghana 1. Not many at all had faith in the team due to their seemingly lack of drive to show out when needed. But everyone was forced to recognize the force they showed in the game.

    The majority of the game it was a tie score. Then close enough to the end, U.S. made the goal that changed it all. Unfortunately this did not leave enough time for Ghana to come back and claim victory.

    Although the U.S. had a great night, Jozy Altidore, one of their star players had a major injury in the first half of the game. "We're extremely bummed for him and the team, but we bring 23 players and so this is just a chance for somebody to step up," midfielder Kyle Beckerman said. No one can deny this has to be the worst times for this to happen. Although it did not hurt them too bad during the game, future games can be problematic without a full healthy roster.

    The next U.S Men's team game will be on:

    Sunday, June 22 6PM

    U.S. Mens Vs. Portugal. (Group G)

    At Arena Amazônia, Manaus
  • Center Left
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    2-2 draw with Portugal today for the US! I honestly can't believe they are doing this good. Right now, they are tied with Germany. I believe a win against them on Thursday, and the US moves on to the next round.
  • Center Left
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    As I've said previously...... I just hope that we progress. If we can make the round of 16 or better yet - 8 - That would be better than ever before. It's unusual for the powerful USA to be playing catch up on anything. The "Worlds Game" reached us too late. Maybe going forward we can continue to improve.
    Conspiracy theory........ some are saying Germany and USA will end in a 1 - 1 tie. That result would send both teams forward. We'll see.
  • Center Left
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    Alright....... I have to get this off of my chest. Soccer is suffering badly from those who "Flop" What is otherwise a great game has dozens or Little girl/Drama queens who fly to the ground, grab their injured parts, and act like a coward for 4 - 8 minutes. I know that players can get a yellow card for faking an injury.
    National Basketball Association has seen this acting creep into their sport. This year some fines were issued to these little girls. Hopefully this continues because this little drama show has no place in real sports.
  • Other Party
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    Agreed. I have seen "flopping" become fairly widespread in the NBA, even among the best players (LaBron, Wade, Durant and others) but it seems to be much worse in soccer. Some pretty good acting, but lots of BAD acting.

    But, at least there hasn't been an epidemic of biting in the NBA that I'm aware of. Mike Tyson is the only really famous biting incident in American sports that I've heard of.

    Yesterday when "Chewey Louie" of Uruguay took a big bite of his Italian opponent, we hear that he's been in trouble for doing it twice before! How's he still playing? Did he think he's get away with it during the most watched event in the world?

    Hopefully THAT won't catch on here.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Defying all odds, the United States are heading to the round of 16! USA fell to Germany 1-0, but still advanced to the next round after Portugal defeated Ghana. Their next game is on Tuesday July 1, at 1:00 Eastern.
  • Center Left
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    Luckily the US has move forward to the round of 16. Thanks to goal differential.
    What I think makes this sport so fabulous is the simplicity. You don't need huge players. You don't need expensive equipment or fancy facilities. In most countries, citizens are so poor they can't afford much of anything. (In a clip I saw on television) They showed children with a large swath of cloth that they wrapped around something - to make a ball. That was all that was needed for a game. If playing this game since childhood..... even a small country could out perform a much larger country.
  • Center Left
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    Great stuff! After this there will be even more USA fans.
  • Other Party
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    Right, there will be even more fans. Soccer fever is catching on.

    They've been saying that for decades, and it's a slow process. It's happening, just very slowly.

    Let's see...1st game we won, 2nd game we tied, 3rd game we lost. I detect a pattern here.

    Maybe the opposition will get easier in future games. Probably not.

    How many days untill football season?
  • Center Left
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    jamesn Wrote: Right, there will be even more fans. Soccer fever is catching on.

    They've been saying that for decades, and it's a slow process. It's happening, just very slowly.

    Let's see...1st game we won, 2nd game we tied, 3rd game we lost. I detect a pattern here.

    Maybe the opposition will get easier in future games. Probably not.

    How many days untill football season?
    Beginning of September. Then, and only then, can I get over my Hawks losing the cup and move on to more hope.
  • Center Left
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    My youngest 2 kids (28 & 30) played youth soccer as children. My eldest 36 played high school soccer. I later played 2 years of adult recreational soccer. This plus the expansion of youth soccer means the numbers watching have in fact increased. The reason the sport hasn't grown here more is because the US has money. Therefore any child has dozens of choices of what to do. Baseball, Football, Basketball, Futbol/Soccer, etc., etc.

    At least the biter was punished. In less than 3 months we have preseason pro football.
  • Other Party
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    Clay you are right the NFL season kicks off Thursday night Sept 4th with the Green Bay Packers at the Seattle Seahawks. Should be a good one. The first Sunday nite game is Colts at Broncos on the 7th, which should be interesting to see how Denver comes back from their bad loss in the SB.

    What's that until the first kickoff? About 70 days?

    Tony soccer is a great game for kids, but for adults in this country, it is still WAY behind the big 4. Soccer is enjoying a big spike in popularity right now, but after the World Cup, it will probably die down again. Now there is not much else except regular season baseball. The next Olympics is the next time when interest will spike again.

    The better the USA does in both these events, the faster it will catch on in this country.
  • Center Left
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    jamesn Wrote: Clay you are right the NFL season kicks off Thursday night Sept 4th with the Green Bay Packers at the Seattle Seahawks. Should be a good one. The first Sunday nite game is Colts at Broncos on the 7th, which should be interesting to see how Denver comes back from their bad loss in the SB.

    What's that until the first kickoff? About 70 days?

    Tony soccer is a great game for kids, but for adults in this country, it is still WAY behind the big 4. Soccer is enjoying a big spike in popularity right now, but after the World Cup, it will probably die down again. Now there is not much else except regular season baseball. The next Olympics is the next time when interest will spike again.

    The better the USA does in both these events, the faster it will catch on in this country.
    Packers - Seahawks will be a good kick off game. And If it goes my way, (as much as it hurts my stomach) the Packers will win. Sherman has ruined my taste for the Seahawks. He's a poor sport and needs a good... well he's already had a good smack in the face. But he needs another. I get it, he gets under people's skin on purpose? Ehh.. Too childish for me to think he gets paid that much. He's a public figure, he should behave more mature.

    As for the soccer popularity, unfortunately I think what needs to happen to make it gain more momentum in the states is publicity. And not in a good way. Take for example the Seahawks. When Sherman mouthed off to Crabtree (and all his other childish acts) it made a the web all over. Then a person who is using a social media site sees people talking about it, then watches a game to see if he does something interesting again, then boom. Now another person is watching due to the spark of drama. Don't get me wrong, I HATE drama in every way. If a favorite actor, athlete, performer of any kind, of mine behaves in a way like Sherman did there done to me. I won't watch another moment of them with joy.

    When it starts gaining publicity that gives people that childish tingle, it will gain popularity. I think. Huhh....
  • Center Left
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    We the U.S., play Belgium on Tuesday the 1st. Any thoughts on who will take the game?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I hate to trod on your World Cup frenzy, but according to Ann Coulter,

    AMERICA'S FAVORITE NATIONAL PASTIME: HATING SOCCER, June 25, 2014

    Individual achievement is not a big factor in soccer. In a real sport, players fumble passes, throw bricks and drop fly balls -- all in front of a crowd. When baseball players strike out, they're standing alone at the plate. But there's also individual glory in home runs, touchdowns and slam-dunks.

    Liberal moms like soccer because it's a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys. No serious sport is co-ed, even at the kindergarten level.

    You can't use your hands in soccer. (Thus eliminating the danger of having to catch a fly ball.) What sets man apart from the lesser beasts, besides a soul, is that we have opposable thumbs. Our hands can hold things. Here's a great idea: Let's create a game where you're not allowed to use them!

    I resent the force-fed aspect of soccer. The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO's "Girls," light-rail, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton. The number of New York Times articles claiming soccer is "catching on" is exceeded only by the ones pretending women's basketball is fascinating.

    It's foreign. In fact, that's the precise reason the Times is constantly hectoring Americans to love soccer. One group of sports fans with whom soccer is not "catching on" at all, is African-Americans. They remain distinctly unimpressed by the fact that the French like it.

    Soccer is like the metric system, which liberals also adore because it's European. Naturally, the metric system emerged from the French Revolution, during the brief intervals when they weren't committing mass murder by guillotine.
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    So there you have it liberals.."It's foreign"...how can a good American understand something that foreign "socialist countries" like the Netherlands embrace...and Algeria for God's sake.

    But hey Coulter is not alone: Fox News guy blames World Cup's popularity on Obama, marijuana.

    And there you go...if Obama is for it, they are against it. That explains EVERYTHING.

    Go USA! Sorry Dutch...