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Daughters of Michelle Akers (Women's Soccer)


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#1 Hendu's Gait


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Posted 09 August 2008 - 07:17 PM

Finished watching some of the Women's Soccer games (thanks DVR technology). Very impressed how, with the exception of the Brazilians, there was little diving and bit**ing, compared to the Men's game. The US looks in trouble, even with the win. The dropoff from Wambach to Rodriguez and Kai is huge. The US seems to lack finishing ability, especially at forward, compared to Germany, Brazil, Norway, and some of the other top teams. It will be their fatal flaw.

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 09:42 AM

Angela says we don't frickin' need Abby! Great tournament so far for her, although I still stand by the comment that they don't have a true finisher like Prinz or Cristina, (nor a dynamic playmaker like Marta or Sawa). What the US does have though, is a lack of a weakness and true domination on the flanks. Oreilly and Chalupny were amazing today thoughout. Chulapny with a great goal, cutting in the middle of the 18 and rifling a high shot, and Oreilly with a great center that Hucles finished after Tarpley deftly stepped over the pass. wow! All 4 goals were beautiful. And then you have the bonus of a Heather Mitts to gaze at.

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 09:51 AM

Carli Lloyd misses a breakaway in the 92nd minute, while Japan gets a "heart and grit" /Brandi (man, has she not aged well) garbage goal in the 94th. If that happened an hour earlier, it would feel different than it does now.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:37 AM

Game is On USA

I don't know Soccer. Seems like Brazil is the better team so far, but neither team has had anything resembling a scoring chance as far as I can tell through 35 minutes.

Marta did just make a breathtaking move to split 2 defenders who had her locked down, but then missed the net by 25 feet on her shot

#5 WakefieldKnuckler

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:11 AM

If And1 created a soccer tour, Marta would have to be the point guard...

Incredible moves

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:24 AM

If And1 created a soccer tour, Marta would have to be the point guard...

Incredible moves


I think she can play CMF for 1/2 the MLS teams . . .

When she broke 6 ankles on one move at the end of the 1st half, my jaw hit the floor.

#7 Hendu's Gait


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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:28 AM

Cheney subbed in for Tarpley, Pia wants some fresh young legs out there. Hucles moves to MF.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:28 AM

Great save by Hope. Marta ran by/around 2 US defenders in the box

Edited by Hendu's Gait, 21 August 2008 - 09:30 AM.


#9 BigMike


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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:30 AM

If And1 created a soccer tour, Marta would have to be the point guard...

Incredible moves


True, I have no real interest in the sport, but she is just absolutely awesome to watch. Just absolutely unreal.

Marta just did it again, with an unreal move past 2 men, and was absolutely robbed by the US keeper on a blistering shot from close range

#10 dderemer

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:32 AM

Hope Solo has been living up to her words from 10 months ago. (for those who missed it, she was benched for the 4-0 loss to Brazil in the 2007 World Cup despite starting every other game that tournament, and then ripped the soon-to-be-fired coach Greg Ryan right after)

#11 dderemer

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:47 AM

Oh... Amy Rodriguez needs to do better with that. Too much A-Rod in that one.

#12 Hendu's Gait


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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:50 AM

Finished watching some of the Women's Soccer games (thanks DVR technology). Very impressed how, with the exception of the Brazilians, there was little diving and bit**ing, compared to the Men's game. The US looks in trouble, even with the win. The dropoff from Wambach to Rodriguez and Kai is huge. The US seems to lack finishing ability, especially at forward, compared to Germany, Brazil, Norway, and some of the other top teams. It will be their fatal flaw.


Wow, Rodriguez absolutely chokes on a breakway on goal, with about 5 mins left in regulation.

#13 Hendu's Gait


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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:01 AM

LLOYD!

#14 physcho20x9

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:06 AM

LLOYD!

awesome. it's been a so-so day for us in women's team sports. if they can hold on this would definitely be a good ending to the day.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:15 AM

how much OT do they play? I can't find anything close to "realtime" on the internet, and can't get video

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:16 AM

how much OT do they play? I can't find anything close to "realtime" on the internet, and can't get video


2 15 min. halves

#17 physcho20x9

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:16 AM

how much OT do they play? I can't find anything close to "realtime" on the internet, and can't get video

It's two fifteen minute periods, followed by PKs if necessary. I'm in the same boat as you.

#18 Lose Remerswaal


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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:18 AM

I just got this

http://voices.washin...ml?hpid=artslot

which updates fairly well

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:23 AM

I just got this

http://voices.washin...ml?hpid=artslot

which updates fairly well


I have a live stream on the BBC website but i think it is for UK users only. Sad you can't watch live.

Heavy pitch, Humid conditions. And there's a lack of quality play which is a shame but the players look knackered.

#20 physcho20x9

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:26 AM

I have a live stream on the BBC website but i think it is for UK users only. Sad you can't watch live.

Heavy pitch, Humid conditions. And there's a lack of quality play which is a shame but the players look knackered.

I guess it's live on NBC.com and USA network, but I'm at work and have access to neither. Thanks for the blog link Lose.

#21 RedSoxinIsrael

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:29 AM

Over! Great Extra-time.

I'd like to see more of them take their shirts off.

Edited by RedSoxinIsrael, 21 August 2008 - 10:30 AM.


#22 Lose Remerswaal


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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:29 AM

The Real Redeem Team?

#23 Hendu's Gait


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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:30 AM

Costa misses a point blank chance at a 30th minute tying goal. Hope, Lloyd, and Margraf were the tits today.

US wins!

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:51 AM

WPS (WUSA v. 2.0) important dates:

http://www.womenspro...s...rafts&team=

team map:

http://www.womenspro...r_ektid774.aspx

Breakers season ticket info:

http://www.womenspro...spx?team=boston

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#25 Vinho Tinto

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:51 AM

Brazil put them under a ton of pressure, and the US was sloppy at times in their attempts at clearing the ball, but they ground out a goal and the gold.

Very fun game to follow.