World Cup Day 10 Open Thread

Submitted by Yeoman on June 21st, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Without futher ado:

Group E:

12pm EDT (ESPN)

Argentina vs. Iran

Argentinien

 
Iran
 
Schiedsrichter: Mazic (Serbien)
 
 
 
Group F:
3pm EDT (ESPN)
Germany vs. Ghana
 
Deutschland
 
Ed.: And that's what I get for posting the lineups early. Hummels in after a late fitness check; Mustafi out.
 
Ghana
 
Schiedsrichter: Ricci (Brasilien)
 
 
Group E:
6pm EDT (ESPN)
Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
 
Nigeria
 
Bosnien-Herzegovina
 
Schiedsrichter: O'Leary (Neuseeland)

Comments

Mr. Yost

June 21st, 2014 at 4:30 PM ^

Ghana doesn't deserve to lose this game.

2-2 final or 3-3 final just because I'd love to see a couple more goals.

Make it 4-3-1-0 with Germany at the top. Then US go win tomorrow and we're in and everyone can relax.

Mr. Yost

June 21st, 2014 at 4:30 PM ^

Ghana doesn't deserve to lose this game.

2-2 final or 3-3 final just because I'd love to see a couple more goals.

Make it 4-3-1-0 with Germany at the top. Then US go win tomorrow and we're in and everyone can relax.

BursleysFinest

June 21st, 2014 at 4:31 PM ^

  Ridiculous game!!  I know a Ghana loss is best for US(A), but damn I still want to see this upset.  (due to Family ties and the one dude with the crazy Mohawk)

Mr. Yost

June 21st, 2014 at 4:35 PM ^

They mean nothing...

Ghana doesn't deserve to lose this match. And a tie means US just needs to win ONE of it's final two matches.

I'm rooting for the draw.

Magnum P.I.

June 21st, 2014 at 4:35 PM ^

Ghana is really, really impressive. Surprisingly good possession. Relentless pressure in the midfield. Makes me feel a little better about our showing against them. They deserve to be in the final 16 from what I've seen of them.

alum96

June 21st, 2014 at 4:38 PM ^

Considering it is 84 and humid their relentless pressure is fantastic to watch.  Esp since most of these guys play in Europe 10 months a year now.   Their midfield is very very good.   Truth be told US is probably 4th in skill in this group but could advance still.

alum96

June 21st, 2014 at 4:46 PM ^

I disagree on this theory because most of their players are based in Europe now.  If you are in Europe 10 months a year your body adjusts to that no matter where you grow up.  If you move to Forida for 6 months and come back to Michigan when its 40 degrees you feel like its Antartica.

If the Black Stars were all based in African leagues - I'd buy the advantage.

Mr. Yost

June 21st, 2014 at 4:44 PM ^

Go take it. Let this hold and then win and we're in. Jozy can definitely sit another game (even if he would be 50/50, which who knows). Hell you could sit Dempsey and Besler too and let them heel up and bring them on as subs if you want.

In the end, we'd be in and that's what matters. Tie Germany and we win the group.

alum96

June 21st, 2014 at 4:58 PM ^

I know you are being rah rah but the chances of US beating Germany or even tie-ing is about 5%.  it would require a Ghana like level of misses (like game 1) and 2 set plays to work out for the U.S. Versus a German team that is tall and discplined...hence set plays don't work well versus them.

Other than Tim Howard there is not a single player that would play on Germany's 1st... and maybe 2nd team lol.  And now Germany has something to play for.  I think we need to beat Portugal now....which I find plausible.  Unlike beating Germany.

Mr. Yost

June 21st, 2014 at 5:01 PM ^

...then win tomorrow and get 2nd. Either way a tie isn't and wasn't a killer for the US.

At some point you have to WIN. I mean, yea, sure you can advance on 4 points, and that's cool.

But "you play. to win. the game."

Go win.

That's all I was saying it has nothing to do with the Germany match and that 5%. That is a luxury game if you win tomorrow.

My response was to those going crazy like Ghana HAAAAD to win and the US was out if they didn't.

No, a tie is just fine and likely forces us to win 1 of 2. That's reasonable. I'll take that. Just go do it.

alum96

June 21st, 2014 at 5:03 PM ^

I agree, go win tomorrow.  But scenarios that include "do this vs Portugal than go beat Germany" in off handed way are a bit ridiculous.  Yes it could happen - anything can happen, see 1980 hockey.  But U.S. path runs through Portugal.

Anyhow its a bit for sh** and giggles, watching some of these teams the U.S. feels farther behind them then they were two world cups ago which is sort of sucky. 

Avant's Hands

June 21st, 2014 at 5:20 PM ^

And that's great and yes winning takes care of things but you also have to be realistic. A German win was better for us. A tie tomorrow still most likely gets us through barring a blowout in the third game so this isn't the worst thing ever. But I don't agree that we should have to beat everyone to move on. I'll take any way we can get it

ixcuincle

June 21st, 2014 at 5:01 PM ^

My exact thoughts. We have a lot on the line Sunday, if we lose or tie Portugal that game becomes critical. And it's unlikely that the US would beat Germany. It would really show you what it is like to be in the Group of Death...

Or the US could just win Sunday and relax instead of having to be drawn into a pressure-filled situation I'm not sure they could win. 

Sunday's result is very important and the US must win it, no excuses

alum96

June 21st, 2014 at 4:51 PM ^

I love how these commentators are kissing the a$$ of the U.S. team. "puts in perspective how impressive US win over Ghana is ". 

Dear commentator - Ghana dominated for 83 minutes of the game!

alum96

June 21st, 2014 at 5:01 PM ^

Its not just possession. It is chances.  It is corners.  It is eye test.  Cmon now - if you think U.S. was better than Ghana in that game you are a serious homer.   The U.S. played far better the last 2 times and I thought Ghana and U.S. were a lot more even in previous world cup matchups.  This time around Ghana is better.  Ghana missed all sorts of chances and thankfully we have a world class goalie.