...I thought it was at 2:00?
Edit: looks like I was wrong...
...I thought it was at 2:00?
Edit: looks like I was wrong...
Still waiting for the Mexicans to break through,. Thought they had a chance when they drew with England.
It's one of those "Coverage starts at 2 but the actual game starts at 2:45" things.
Japan has knocked off some super-powers in this tournament so they are not to be taken lightly. On paper USA should win but we'll see what happens.
USA has beaten Japan before this year, but that Japanese team was not at 100%.
USA! USA! USA! Here's to another clutch Wambach winner
In Ann Arbor this afternoon...is Conor's the best place to find enthusiastic fans? Don't want to sit somewhere where the channel gets changed to NASCAR.
Since Ann Arbor is probably somewhat of a ghost town right now, I would guess Connor's is the best. I used to watch a lot of the Champions League games at Blue Lep with the foreign crowd, but I don't know how it's going to be there today. You could always go to Charley's which has $3.25 pitchers on Sundays, but you'll probably be with the I'm here because it's the USA, but I don't really care about soccer 350+ days of the year crowd.
Can I watch the game online anywhere?
ATDHEnet.tv or ESPN3.com
I would assume that http://espn.go.com/espn3/ has it. It is on their schedule so if your internet provider has ESPN3 readily available then you're good.
Edit: Beaten to the punch. Feel free to mark as redundant.
Kick ass!! I actually never realized ESPN3 was free..... For some reason I always thought it was a paid thing. Thanks for the tip. :)
if you live outside the US, ESPN's stream won't work. You shoudl watch the game on veetle.com - they'll usually have a great HD stream. That's where my son and I will watch the game at 3:45am, Korean time.
I will endorse Veetle. I believe you need a plug in, but the quality is usually pretty high compared to other streaming sites. When I want to watch an Arsenal match or Sky Sports News, I turn to Veetle first.
Great to see the Fatherland pull of 3rd place. Sweden had its weaknesses, but played excellent and entertaining soccer throughout the tournament and certainly deserved the result.
Now time for the USA to finish the job. Japan is a very strong side and technically almost flawless. We will need to utilize our physical supremacy to win, although both Sweden and Germany had that and got sent packing, so it's not a gimme.
Prediction: USA wins 2-1, Abby Wambach with another header to win it in the 75th minute.
Don't discount how hard this task will be for the USA. Japan is technically miles ahead of the USA - beautiful two touch team soccer. Japan's last two matches were the best two team efforts I have seen in the WC. I liken this match up with USA to ManU and Japan to Barcelona. It will be interesting to see the USA's starting midfield line up. Against France it was not good until the" subs" came in , maintained possession, improved the build up. Both teams play with tremendous grit so it should be a very entertaining match.
I don't know how much I like the Man U comparisons for the US, but the Barcelona comparisons for Japan makes me want us to beat them even more. It will be interesting to see how this goes because I think we should be the physically more dominant team. As you said though, Japan has some technically exquisite players.
USA has the best GK (VanderSar/Solo), a very good back 4, plays a very direct attacking style, plays in spurts, and have a knack for scoring late goals to save their bacon. Wambach is sort of like the lumbering Berbatov, a few great moments and the ability to finish (rare in the women's game) make you forget about all the other maddening moments.
Anyone watch Real Madrid just destroy Donovan, Beckham, and the LA Galaxy last night? Spain, Real Madrid and of course Barcelona are playing on a whole different level not seen before. The technical ability , speed of play, quality first touch, and ball possession are beyond description.
Not saying Japan are this good but if they execute well employing similar tactis/skills I could see them "surprising" the USA. USA are definitely more physically dominant, but if you are chasing the ball all day it doesn't matter. Sort of like vintage Red Wing playoff hockey.
Oh, I didn't like the Man U comparison because I don't like Man U...I should have clarified in that regard.
youth system as well as high school system. Not sure about it but there should be a national high school soccer clinic/session on how to teach players to get better in technical skills. I would go with European style coaching on emphasizing technical skills and creativity rather than just have them bomb the ball to streaking striker in hope of getting a good shot at a goal.
USA is really lacking in technical skills and creativity that they will never compete against the world powers on a consistent basis. Yes, they did beat Spain in '09 but they got lucky since Spain dominated the game. Recent friendly was more of an indicator of how far USA has to come to meet up with the world's powers.
I don't agree with the comparison becaue the USA is the better team, if both teams play thier best game the US wins 9 out of 10 times, with Barcelona Man U I would say its the other way around since no team in the world is better than barcelona at its best.
I think he was talking more about style/characteristics rather than who is more dominant. Clearly, Barcelona is the best team in the world at the moment and a nightmare to almost every team.
Have you seen Japan play in this world cup? To say the USA would win 9 out of 10 is ballsy. We'll find out soon enough how big the gap is...and yes I was talking style of play for USA/ ManU.
enjoy this beauty from last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP6onVyO1l0
but the USA played as well as I have seen them play in this tournament and still didn't win. They had more chances, but chances mean nothing if you can't convert them primarily due to poorer fundamentals. If I see another shooter not go far post, or lean back and send a shot 20 rows into the stands,I will scream.
The US soccer federation needs to get kids to stop playing insane amount of tournaments and play small sided games and learn fundamentals.
It's a site that lists almost every sporting event in the world and has links to any internet streams for the game if they are available. It's a pretty awesome site that I've used to watch EPL, NFL, and of course Michigan Football when it hasn't been on TV in my area. They also have links to all of the streaming software that different sites use so you don't have to go searching for it.
MyP2P is crack for soccer junkies, especially someone like me who doesn't get FSC.
has never made me so pumped as it has this year...Go USA!
15 posts in and not one mention of Alex Morgan yet? Anyone else hoping this one goes to PKs so that she can pull a Brandi Chastain?
Trust me, you're not alone.
I see the attraction...
But I'm not sure the shirt coming off would make much of a difference...
If there's going to be any top removal...
USA 2-0 - Alex Morgan gets another one....
Where you can post a women's soccer thread 12 hours before start time and it's still 3rd (legit) from the top on the front page. We need another hello post.
Anyone watching the British Open just waiting for the soccer coverage to start?
...I'm just not emotionally involved in this tournament. I have no rooting interest. I'm going to be happy for Clarke. He's had some tough times and this would be great for him. However, it's not like I've been following his entire career and rooted for him his entire career. I'm watching The Open because I'm a sports fan and I love competition. I really can't wait for this USA game, especially with the Sox playing the night game.
F Amy Rodriguez out.
Lauren Cheney will be moving up to take her place. Megan Rapinoe will start at LMF.
I hope Pia brings out Morgan over Rodriguez for fresh legs and pace. If that happens, I would expect Cheney to take Lloyd's spot at center mid and have Morgan play left striker.
It was expected that Amy Rodriguez get benched because she has done nothing to deserve starting role.
There you go.
Just do the ring of death?
Man, I wanted Alex Morgan to start when I heard Amy Rodriguez wasn't starting. : (
wanted to keep Morgan in reserve so she can use her speed/pace when the defense is tired.
USA is going to have their hands full because Japanese women are the most technically proficient than France. France dominated in terms of possession. USA women aren't the most technically sound even though the system is possession based but they really don't have the personnel to do it.
Post above meant in reply to this one.
But it almost seems like Japan has a hierarchy, and if you're not cute enough to make the cut for a J-pop band, then a dozen levels down you get to play soccer.
Though I think I saw their head coach in a Godzilla movie. (/no racism. He has that Toho actor good looks that make me think instead of coaching soccer he should be developing the Oxygen Destroyer or something).
Oh, so close! Rapinoe to Cheney.
US presuring early but cannot capitalize
Cheney to Rapinoe, just wide right.
I didn't realize an open thread had been put up.
I can change the title, if people want to use this one.
the "adidas is all in" banner? Did they really steal our terrible slogan?
Come up with it, and we just accepted it for a buck.
thats the most likely explanation. at least in that case we can't say it's Michigan's bastardized attempt at being current.
Wambach hits the frame!
I'm tired of these near goals
Why are Japan's blue?
Well, China has red, so Japan went blue?
I did mean uniforms: China has a red one.
And knowing is half the battle.
Sounds like an X-Men villain or a Japanese Beer. Either way, cool.
I like this weird line, which sounds like it was translated by the Zero Wing guy:
It was a time that the blue color took place, but the Federation had other intentions.
All your blue are belong to us?
In soccer, the home uniform can be dark, as in American football. I don't think there are any regulations about that, other than that a team must have home/away uniforms that are in two different colors.
As far as Japan goes, I think they always have a blue uniform. Some countries, for whatever reason, choose not to use their flag's colors for sports. For instance, Australia always wears yellow and green, and New Zealand wears black and white. And of course, the Netherlands wear orange.
Ando gets behind the D, but shoots right at Solo.
Though in the depiction's defense, it DOES look like the point of the scene where he's already been half dragged into the cage. (I wonder if they just used the top half of a Lego Man).
And everyone be sure to set your dvr for Lego Star Wars Special on TOON pemiering Friday at 7. (*public service announcement finished*)
Ball over the top to Ando, just a little too far, and Solo gets it.
I'm so scared. Get some goals :(
As the USA plays Japan in Germany. Hmmmm.....
I'm gonna miss that ESPN World Cup music.
Get the ball on net. That keeper for Japan clearly sucks.
Lauren Cheney out with right ankle injury.
Alex Morgan coming in for her!
Morgan so close!
How does that *not* happen?!
Are there less whistles/calls/flops in the women's game, do they commit less penalties, or has this just been a relatively clean game so far?
There are less flops. Fouls, it depends. Nigeria had a hackfest against Germany.
US gets a break on the offsides call, which wasn't.
Abby gets a header on frame, saved by Kaihori.
ALEX MORGAN!! ALEX MORGAN!!! OOOOOOOOOOO ALEX MORGAN!!!!!!!
If Hope Solo isn't available i'll take Alex Morgan... She's FINE!
Is working out.
US D can't clear the ball, Japan capitalizes.
These last seconds have been tense as fuck.
Why clear the ball in front of your goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
O'Reilly crosses, neither Wambach nor Rapinoe get to it.
That was fast!
Sakaguchi from outside the box, wide left.
US pressuring, Japan defending, 2 minutes stoppage time.
Two 15-min periods, no golden goal.
here. we. go!
I've always thought soccer should liberalize substitutions when you get into extra time. Three subs is fine for a normal, 90-minute game, but now you're asking the teams to go for another 30 minutes.
Wambach finds Morgan, she shoots wide left.
ABBY WAMBACH IS FUCKING BEAST
What a perfect cross and Abby is so amazing using her head.
I love when soccer players who have just scored huge goals react with seconds of utter disbelief. It's such an event they can't even fathom what happened in order to celebrate
6 minutes, 16 minutes, 11 minutes, whateva.
Taking off her shirt, she only has to do math up to 2.
Close call, Japan can't put it home.
What the hell was that
Tobin Heath in for Megan Rapinoe.
Kinga free in the box, Rampone saves.
Japan scores off the corner!!!
In the clutch.
And they've been so clutch this tournament, maybe they're getting tired.
Okay, let's close this out and do it in PKs.
Well, this has truly been a memorable seesaw game. I look forward to a potential PK and Alex morgan taking her shirt off.
YES. This would make all the stress worthwhile.
Its nice that it's kinda damp out and she's sweating.. I see that pink/red bra..
BITCHTITS. I guess winning in a shootout will be more exciting..
O'Reilly cross, Wambach shoots high.
Through ball to Alex Morgan, foul outside the box. Red card!
RED CARD! BITCH TRYING TO TAKE OUT MY WIFE ALEX MORGAN.
Win or lose, I've got to say, this is compelling stuff. One of the most dramatic soccer matches I've watched.
PKs, come on girls! You can do it!
Women don't cover their groins on the free kick.
Alright, PK's here we come! I have hope in you, Hope.
Your not solo.
As much as I hate it that was a very smart play by Japan because Morgan was gonna put that in.
damnit, i can't handle this
USA! USA! USA!
These girls definitely don't like blowing teams out. They gotta make it fun for us to watch. It's smart of them, because it's making soccer look better. Good idea, girls! Now just win...
Miyama scores. 1-0 Japan.
Lloyd blows it, shoots high!
Well these PK's suck. Two straight misses for USA. Awful... It's not lookin' good
B1G save by Hope. 1-0 after two kicks each
Tobin Heath denied!!
0-3?! WHAT THE FUCK
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo put ball in net
Sakaguchi scores, Solo had a piece.
Wambach scores. Not dead yet.
Japan wins. Shit in my mouth.
On the bright side, good for them after the earthquake and tsunami. They deserved it
Kumagai wins it for Japan.
Somethings were truly just not meant (or meant) to be.
Congratulations to Japan. May this somehow help speed the healing.
DAMN! That's too bad, but a lot of credit to Japan, they hung in there. And a great run for the US, they played well.
Seems like a Japan victory was just meant to be. They came back twice to equalize and send it to PKs. Congrats to them, they played very well this tournament.
Wambach showing a lot of class after the game, congratulating Japan and whatnot.
Considering we haven't been hit by any tsunami inducing earthquakes, I guess Japan is owed a couple. Still, bad to blow the lead in waning minutes, twice.
Nice effort ladies. We will love you again in four years.
We would've won if our team didn't get struck by lightning....I blame America Blank Hating God.
The US was the last team to qualify. Getting to the final game (especially after a loss in group stage) is better than we've done in the past two World Cups.
"pressure makes us" commercials right now....
Hope Solo will be a big media star. She's got it all - skills, looks, style, swagger, and a bad-ass swashbuckling name . . . Hope Solo.
But my favorite player is Megan Rapinoe, and she didn't even start some of the games.
and the score should have been 2-0 at the break. Congrats to Japan for hanging in there, they deserved the win.