OT: World Cup Day 15 Open Thread

Submitted by wlubd on June 26th, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Posting early because interesting news out of the Ghana camp:

#GHA crisis: Muntari & Boateng fought 2 days ago, which spilled over to Boateng insulting the coach when queried about it. #clubmetro

Reliable Twitter sources are saying that Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have both been booted from the Ghana team. Muntari was out today anyway due to suspension but bad news for Ghana and says something about the potential state of their camp. Bad news for Ghana is good news for the USA. A Ghana win is the last thing U.S. fans should want to see from their game.

Anyway here's the schedule today:

12:00 PM

USA vs. Germany (ESPN)

Portugal vs. Ghana (ESPN2)

4:00 PM

Algeria vs. Russia (ESPN2)

Belgium vs. South Korea (ESPN)




Real Tackles Wear 77

June 26th, 2014 at 7:32 AM ^

I was listening to Mike and Mike this morning and they were reporting that the two Ghana players actually walked off the team because they were not paid money they were owed. Sounds kinda fishy either way.


June 26th, 2014 at 7:36 AM ^

Group G:

  • Germany 4 pts, +4 GD, 6 GF
  • USA 4 pts, +1 GD, 4 GF
  • Ghana 1 pt, -1 GD, 3 GF
  • Portugal 1 pt, -4 GD, 2 GF

Germany and the U.S. both advance with a WIN/DRAW or if Ghana/Portugal DRAW.

Ghana and Portugal both need to WIN, have one of Germany or USA LOSE and pass them in goal differential or goals for.

If you're a US fan, getting a point is the best solution today, but if they do lose, you want a DRAW or a Portugal WIN out of the other game, and for the margins in both games to be tight.


Group H:

  • Belgium 6 pts, +2 GD
  • Algeria 3 pts, +1 GD
  • Russia 1 pt, -1 GD
  • South Korea 1 pt, -2 GD

Belgium's already advanced. Korea needs to beat them to have any chance which isn't likely to happen.

Algeria/Russia the game to watch. Russia wins and they should be through, otherwise Algeria likely grabs second.


June 26th, 2014 at 8:20 AM ^

To quote Dan Rowan from "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (from 1968, so pardon the dated reference):

"In 1917, we fought the Germans and we won. In 1941, we fought the Germans and we won. What I don't understand is why we are messing around in Vietnam when we can fight the Germans and win again."

A rather similar logic must apply to our match today, right? 


June 26th, 2014 at 8:37 AM ^

Here's the full article on what happened with Muntari and Boateng: link


"On Tuesday, a seemingly innocuous training ground incident turned sour when the two former teammates had a go at each other.

Reports say that in the exchange of words that ensued, coach Kwesi Appiah misconstrued Boateng’s words as being meant for him.

The coach, reports say, shot back at Boateng, who then swore at him.

Later, there were multiple reports that Muntari also assaulted a member of the Ghana team’s management committee, Moses ‘Mospacka’ Armah."


June 26th, 2014 at 9:07 AM ^

Ruud van nistelroy say yesterday that a hypothetical path through Belgium, Argentina, and Netherlands is easier on paper than a path through Algeria, France, and Brazil? I mean if we're gonna have pointless debates, why bother making that point?

Mr. Yost

June 26th, 2014 at 10:42 AM ^

It's ONE game.

You'd rather try to win 3 tough games in a row than 2 easier games and one seemingly impossible game?

It's sports. And the World Cup at that, anyone can beat anyone on any given day once you get to the knockout rounds. Give me the easier games and Brazil all day, every day.

snarling wolverine

June 26th, 2014 at 11:42 AM ^

You don't think Brazil will make the semis?  They haven't set the world on fire, but they still won their group with a +4 goal differential.  They may not win the whole thing but I'll be pretty surprised if they don't make the final four.

By the same token, Belgium and Argentina haven't set the world on fire (Messi put them on his shoulders against Nigeria, but they still only won 3-2).  Algeria/Russia may be an easier round of 16 game than Belgium, but not necessarily by a huge margin, and beyond that, I don't think France/Brazil is necessarily easier than Argentina/Netherlands.




Mr. Yost

June 26th, 2014 at 9:51 AM ^

Take my chances against Algeria, France and the chance that Brazil makes it to the semifinal.

Also, at that point we could have Altidore back and if it's the U.S. in ONE game versus Brazil. I actually wouldn't doubt us.

Americans love the underdog/me against the world mentality. We play up in those games.

That's actually what worries me about this game vs. Germany, because we've had it circled forever...and now all we need is a tie or a close loss. You've been hyping yourself forever and now you realize that you really don't need to win and you may let down too much.

But back to Brazil, playing them in Brazil that late in the tournament. When no one gave them a chance?

That's the stuff they make movies out of - we do well in that role.

At the same time...we're the U.S., we have NO BUSINESS talking about playing that late in the tournament (we can as fans, because, well...we're fans). That's not saying we can't do it, it's just saying, unlike Brazil and 2-3 others, we haven't earned the right to be put in the group of teams of likely winners.

Bama, FSU, Auburn, LSU, Oregon, Stanford have earned the right to be called preseason Top 5-7 teams without even looking at a player on he roster or knowing anything about THIS YEARS team. Michigan has not. They've got to win a game and at a time and prove they are worthy of being in that group.

Not impossible, just means we don't deserve the hype or to be mentioned in that group at this point...which is fine, go win team 135. It doesn't matter what hype Michigan or the USMNT has earned on 6/26, all that matters is that they're playing in the last game of their tournament.


June 26th, 2014 at 9:44 AM ^

I have been working since 5 am today. Just for this game. I am amped up on diet coke and adrenaline.

I will listen to first half on radio. Second on TV during lunch.

It isbmpossivlr to work today. Can this game just come already

Also a few thoughts. We have played everyone close so far. Why should Germany be different? 1-1.we advance.


June 26th, 2014 at 9:53 AM ^

BREAKING: FIFA says Luis Suarez is suspended for nine matches plus four months from all football activity.


ESPN clarified that it's 9 Uruguay games and the 4 months of anything does include Liverpool.


June 26th, 2014 at 9:54 AM ^

Suspended 9 matches and 4 months. That's four months for any soccer related activity. He'll miss the start of the season for Liverpool (again).

Banned from any stadium for four months. Fined 100,000 Swiss Francs.