Soccer? Or football? Because the former might need an explanation. The latter would be insane.
World Cup Open Thread: Knockout Round Edition
yea, bring back the XFL, roughing the kicker penalties are disgraceful!!!!
This is not flopping, it's time-wasting. You'd see this in football and basketball too if the clock ran nonstop.
I would have laughed like hell if we would have scored while that jackass was lying there like he was dead.
from Ghana. Just pathetic and disgraceful. Even Darake is calling them out.
"every team in the tournament would do the same"
still plenty of time, calm down
It's not like I'm yelling at my tv or anything. I'm stating what I see. If you see it differently, fine. Doesn't mean i'm not "calm"
Gerald Laird does more with a baseball bat than we're doing with our corner kicks.
That idiot that laid there near the penalty area should have been booked.
Ref will add stoppage time, but there was nothing bookable about it. They called the stretcher to make the time legit.
And he clearly didn't add enough stoppage time on.
come on Landon...
Good job to win the group, but the defense just wasn't good enough to get to the next round.
The end result sucks ass, but you can't be overly upset with the effort. We've just got to figure out what the hell we're doing in the first 5-10 minutes of a game.
If the USA didn't play like dog shit for half the game then maybe they'd deserve to win. Also Bradley (coach) sucks.
The USA doesn't have enough talent to win a Cup yet. There are too many holes in the team, especially the defense.
It's a slow progress, but eventually more and more players will be at the top end of the european leagues. Wasn't Dempsey just this year the first ever american in a european cup final? Eventually there will be more and more players moving to top level clubs, and the feedback loop of more expose that brings will build more and more talent. Coaching kind of let the team down, but you can't really say they underachieved.
I'm excited to see where some of the US players move. With Hodgeson likely leaving Fulham it wouldn't be a surprise to see Dempsey move up. Donovan could definitely get in a good team. Bradley had a great tournament, looked great bombing into space and could move to a bigger club. It'll be interesting to see how Altidore does in a lower league for a year. It's a slow process.
And you could have done a better job as the coach? I'll believe that...
But I've heard from somewhere he's a hell of a ref...
Congrats to both teams. The US played a fantastic World Cup, they attacked well and were a joy to watch. No shame in losing at this stage, definitely didn't under achieve.
Ghana is a fantastic young team, the fact that Muntari (won the european cup this year) doesn't get on the field till extra time shows how strong that midfield is. Great, great game, the most entertaining I think I've ever seen the US take part in.
good game, just one lightning strike too many needed by the USA. Good effort by our team, heroic, tough...the dream ends...
Now to go find out what kind of fresh hell the Tigers have waiting for us...
I think the real story of that match was that the U.S. had dead legs from the start. They dug deep to put some pressure on early in the second half, but they had nothing left after that. The disallowed goal from the Slovenia match really loomed large in that sense.
Robbie Findley being a second-rate striker and Bradley's inexplicable decision to start Clark over Edu - who really, really impressed the last couple of matches - also played a role, to be sure. The U.S. still falls into the habit of wasting the ball too often also, and that became especially apparent in the second half, when Dempsey and Donovon's legs were too heavy to control the ball well.
To be honest, that was an ugly, boring slog of a match. Still, the U.S. played their hearts out this tournament. At this point, I'm hoping for an Argentina-Brazil final.
The disallowed goal from the Slovenia match really loomed large in that sense.
Huh? That was something like a week ago and during the first stage. At some point in time, you need to move on.
To be honest, that was an ugly, boring slog of a match.
Huh? Were we watching the same game?
There were a couple of logical steps I left out - my point being that had the U.S. been given 3 points for the Slovenia match, the Algeria match would never have become the marathon test of wills that it was. The U.S. would have already been comfortably in the driver's seat for the group.
And yeah, this match was largely disjointed and ugly, except for about 20-25 minutes in the second half. To put it another way, the U.S. defintiely deserved a goal or more against Algeria. I don't think they really deserved another one against Ghana, especially outside the aforementioned burst. I guess we had different perspectives.
It was the general shape of the team. Bradley was just naive to think our 4-4-2 could contain that midfield. 2nd half we matched them with three in the middle which freed Donavon and Dempsey to attack, and they also picked up their game pressing when out of possession. Ghana also looked a little fatigued after working so hard that first half. Still, a great game from the US, they had plenty of chances to win it so no complaints.
I'd like to credit Bradley with the cajones to swallow his pride and make the necessary adjustments, but I also want to throttle him for starting the game with such a poor tactical strategy. The most obvious manifestation of this is his decision to start Clark over Edu, but it still took the change you mentioned for the U.S. to develop any kind of threat. Unfortunately, the players' already tired legs were wasted over the first 45 minutes until the adjustments were made, and then there were no more bullets left in the chamber for extra time. I just think about how Dempsey was trying to single-handedly get the team into the game in the first half, and how dog-tired he was near the end ... and I can't help but blame Bob a bit.
I'm no soccer expert, but the other thing I noticed is that the team always seemed a little sharper with Feilhaber on the field, and not just because he was fresh. I had to agree with the announcers when they said they wondered why he never started (the only thing I did agree with them on).
This was the match that finally punished us for lacking finishing quality.