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Roman529
03-22-2006, 03:37 PM
I believe it is a live soccer game too.....for you "football" fans...on ESPN2....can't wait for the World Cup.

GermanFinFan
03-22-2006, 04:24 PM
Ohhhhhhh...we play sooo bad!! We have to win against you:D :D
But i love kasey keller...he is the keeper of my all time favourite team Borussia M├â┬Ânchengladbach

Prime Time
03-22-2006, 05:06 PM
2-0...I think US will still score before the game is over...Eddie Johnson got robbed of a goal by an amazing save by Kahn. 3-0 Germany...

ChrisKo
03-22-2006, 05:09 PM
At least the German populous can stop crying about Klinsmann's handling of the team.

Prime Time
03-22-2006, 05:11 PM
4-0....simply embarassing now....

Prime Time
03-22-2006, 05:17 PM
4-1...I knew Eddie Johnson would score. Even when it was 2-0, 3-0..I knew Johnson would get a goal tonight. Well he may not have touched it so..:lol:

Quelonio
03-22-2006, 11:39 PM
See, this is what I mean, this US team is in no way the same team as the one that played in 2002, They seem lost, they are not working like they used to, they are not dominating the teams they should (like Panama in the Gold Cup) and they are not putting a fight against tougher teams... It pains me to say so, but they seem like they are going to dissappoint us.

King Felix
03-22-2006, 11:47 PM
:usa:

Section126
03-23-2006, 12:13 AM
See, this is what I mean, this US team is in no way the same team as the one that played in 2002, They seem lost, they are not working like they used to, they are not dominating the teams they should (like Panama in the Gold Cup) and they are not putting a fight against tougher teams... It pains me to say so, but they seem like they are going to dissappoint us.


This team WAS missing alot of their best players out there today though.

I LOVE this team....they will be an elite eight team again...just like in the last world cup.

People forget that Portugal was one of the favorites in the last World Cup and the US was not favored to get out of their group last time.

The US is fine...THEY WILL get out of their group.

Pink_Dove
03-23-2006, 12:42 AM
This team WAS missing alot of their best players out there today though.

I LOVE this team....they will be an elite eight team again...just like in the last world cup.

People forget that Portugal was one of the favorites in the last World Cup and the US was not favored to get out of their group last time.

The US is fine...THEY WILL get out of their group.

Alot ? How 'bout half the team and it showed. Berhalter, Conrad, Gibbs, Zavagnin have no place on the first team. But you've got to like Eddie J's progress, he played a whale of a game.

I won't go as far as to say they'll be in the top eight once again (rarely does a team overachieve in consecutive WC's and the U.S hasn't beaten any of the European powerhouses recentely) but I can possibly see them getting out of the first round.

Also nobody mentioned the heat the Germans were under. This was an exhibition game and Ballack, Schneider, Klose, Podolski were all on the field to start. I'm sure Jurgen had something to do with that. And my boy Schweinsteiger played well.

Prime Time
03-23-2006, 12:43 AM
Exactly Section. They started Brian Ching at Forward. God, I hope he doesn't make the team.

All the stars where missing. Onyewu, Donovan, Reyna, Pope etc.

4-1 is going to hurt us, and I am sure Arena is dissapointed, but I won't take too much thought into it. Half of these guys won't be on the roster in a few weeks. Also, we will probably dorp from our highest ranking in the FIFA Rankings.

Prime Time
03-23-2006, 12:44 AM
Alot ? How 'bout half the team and it showed. Berhalter, Conrad, Gibbs, Zavagnin have no place on the first team. But you've got to like Eddie J's progress, he played a whale of a game.

I won't go as far as to say they'll be in the top eight once again (rarely does a team overachieve in consecutive WC's and the U.S hasn't beaten any of the European powerhouses recentely) but I can possibly see them getting out of the first round.

Also nobody mentioned the heat the Germans were under. This was an exhibition game and Ballack, Schneider, Klose, Podolski were all on the field to start. I'm sure Jurgen had something to do with that. And my boy Schweinsteiger played well.

I could see Gibbs being on the starting team. He has played there before.

Roman529
03-23-2006, 03:38 AM
The USA gave away some really bad goals....but at least this was just a "warm up."

BrazForPhins
03-23-2006, 01:53 PM
honestly, I think the US will do better than germany in this cup..correct me if I'm wrong, but the brazilian speaker said on 2nd half that US was not playing with all their starters..specially the best of them, who is he?
And germany was desperate for a win, to give the germans some confidence. It looked like after the 1st goal you were lazy, just it

wpgfishfan
03-23-2006, 08:15 PM
Germany 4-1 over USA

Italy 4-0 over Germany

Italy and USA in the same group:tongue:

Tone_E
03-23-2006, 08:39 PM
Germany 4-1 over USA

Italy 4-0 over Germany

Italy and USA in the same group:tongue:

:yeahthat:

Plus don't forget about the Czech Rep. Ghana is a decent team, but the African teams can suprise many. Their skill level is increasing every year. No way USA makes it out of that group, iMO. Even if they do, they wont be an "elite 8" team as someone mentioned. They gonna be paired with Brasil's group. Soooo, they'll more than likely finish second, making them play Brasil or Croatia, more than likely Brasil though. I see them finishing on top of that group.

Forza Azzurri!!! :hail: :italy:

Prime Time
03-23-2006, 08:58 PM
US will get out. I am willing to make a friendly FH bet on that. ;)

Tone_E
03-24-2006, 07:22 PM
US will get out. I am willing to make a friendly FH bet on that. ;)

Humour me here Prime, who do you have joining them in the second round from that group?

Prime Time
03-24-2006, 07:36 PM
Czech. I know you won't like that but that is what I think. I think Italy will pull an Argentina from 02 and choke badly.

Tone_E
03-25-2006, 12:34 AM
Its possible to say the least. Its a difficult group, and Italy usually starts slow, and picks it up later on. They can't afford to do that this year. But choke, not a chance, they will make it close. Goal differential if anything.


:hail: :italy:

and

:flag: :hump:

J/k. I'd much rather the US go through. I hate the Czhechs, and only because of Nedved. I like Baros though.

Prime Time
03-25-2006, 12:25 PM
I would prefer Italy and US advance because my ancestors are Italian, my name is Italian. But, I don't see it happening. Czechs are determined to advance after missing the last WC. I don't see an early exit for them.

EDIT - By the way...Koller is a big mofo...:lol:

Prime Time
03-25-2006, 01:54 PM
Projected US Squad accordiing to Soccernet.com


GK: Kasey Keller, Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann

D: Oguchi Onyewu, Eddie Pope, Carlos Bocanegra, Cory Gibbs, Steve Cherundolo, Gregg Berhalter, Eddie Lewis, Frankie Hejduk, Jonathan Spector

M: Claudio Reyna, Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey, Pablo Mastroeni, Clint Dempsey, Ben Olsen

F: Brian McBride, Eddie Johnson, Josh Wolff, Taylor Twellman.


My locks are..McBride, Johnson, Wolff, Beasley, Mastroeni, Donovan, Convey, Reyna, Onyewu, Pope, Bocanegra, Gibbs, Hejduk, Lewis, Keller, Howard.

That is 16 spots for me...leaving 7 left...I don't see how John O'Brien doesn't make this team. I hope they let him play soon...

All of this of course is barring injury...

Tone_E
03-25-2006, 04:47 PM
I'll take your word for it Prime. I live in Canada, and no one could care less about soccer here, for the most part. I'm a HUGE soccer fan, and can't name you two players on Canada's squad. Over here, all the exposure is on foreign soccer, since we are soooooooo mulitcultural :rolleyes: . :lol:

With that being said, not many say they are Canadians, even if they were born here - second, third generation. Rather, they say they are whatever their background is. In the states, you guys are American first, and your origin second. Here its the opposite.

With all that being said......we dont care about N. American soccer, and the BS CONCACAF division.:wink:

I'm speaking for the majority, I know true patriotic Canadians will flame me for this. I am proud to be Canadian though, just not to the extent as others. Its hard to explain my situation, but many are with me.

My babbling has ended.

Quelonio
03-26-2006, 07:24 PM
I have a problem of interests here, I am Mexican-American (born in Mexico, but my Dad is american) and I grew up admiring Eric Winalda... So I cheer for the states (hotugh I tend to be very pessimistic) but on the other side soccer is so much more important for Mexico, that I feel bad not supporting mexican teams (plus I really like this coach and Guillermo Franco, I think the man is a crack) and now it happens that my GF is Costa RIcan, so I have to cheer for them too....


Which means that this WC i am following MExico, Costa Rica and the US for nationalistic reasons. Argentina because I really like Pekerman and his style, and Netherlands because I like them....

I am so hyped.

Roman529
03-26-2006, 07:45 PM
I would prefer Italy and US advance because my ancestors are Italian, my name is Italian. But, I don't see it happening. Czechs are determined to advance after missing the last WC. I don't see an early exit for them.

EDIT - By the way...Koller is a big mofo...:lol:

I lived in Verona, Italy for four years so I am pulling for the Azzuri and the USA...too bad they are both in the same division. My favorite team is Juventus...I also like Lazio. I use to collect all the Italian soccer players cards when I was a kid. People here in the USA don't realize how crazy people are in Europe about their soccer teams. I know it is the same in other countries as well. Good to see soccer gaining in popularity here.

Prime Time
03-26-2006, 11:18 PM
Here as in FH or USA?

I am also super hyped for the World Cup. I will be rooting for Argentina and USA...

I would root for Peru also, but they didn't make it to the World CUp :(