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US vs. Ghana, 6/26/10, 2:30pm ET


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#101 nickandemmasuncle

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:59 AM

QUOTE (Spacemans Bong @ Jun 24 2010, 08:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can we get something better than chanting u-s-a over and over? Like maybe some songs?


The U-S-A chant is borderline retarded, completely without subtlety, and yet strangely awesome. In that sense, it is an accurate reflection of the United States. I love it, and I love that it's the standard for our fans.

As far as the game, Ghana has looked solid in the back but is obviously missing something up front. I'll gladly take that as a trade-off, since I trust the US offense to break down a good defense a lot more than I trust our defense to stop a decent offense. Germany has the opposite problem as Ghana, and I could see them hanging a 5-2 on us easy, given how shaky our back line is.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:18 AM

QUOTE (ElUno20 @ Jun 26 2010, 12:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My concern is prince boateng in the midfield.


Why? He's not very good...at least not better than Bradley and probably not better than Edu.

#103 Spacemans Bong


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 05:04 AM

QUOTE (jose melendez @ Jun 25 2010, 05:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's wrong. talked to my Zimbabwean friend in Cape Town the other day who loves America and he apologized and told me he was rooting for Ghana.

That said, I agree that there will be no fix.

I think if there was some secret fix South Africa would have qualified out of their group.

The crowd might be somewhat pro-Ghana, but there will be tons of Americans there. nobody will hear shit with the vuvuzelas anyway, and the US team is used to playing in unfriendly conditions and doing fine.

#104 Mugsys Jock


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 08:01 AM

Is there any place to find comprehensive updated injury reports, a la the NFL weekly report?

I havent heard a thing about how the USA team came through the Algeria game health-wise. Is everybody 100% (save Onyewu)?

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 08:58 AM

I believe they are close to peak fitness.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:40 AM

QUOTE (URI @ Jun 26 2010, 02:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why? He's not very good...at least not better than Bradley and probably not better than Edu.

Despite having endorsed Liverpool grabbing him as a squad player on the cheap with Pompey's relegation, I have to agree with this. He's just OK.

#107 Dehere

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 10:56 AM

The heavy rain at the Uruguay-South Korea game made me check the weather in Rustenburg for our match.

Couldn't be better: 58 degrees at kickoff, 0% chance of rain throughout

#108 JCizzle

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:14 AM

Time to go grab a seat at the bar, so pumped for this.

#109 SeoulSoxFan


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:20 AM

So very disappointed about the Korea v. Uruguay match, but let's go US. Uruguay's "vaunted" backline didn't look too impressive even in a shell. I think US can take care of them in the quarters when/if we go through Ghana.

#110 Harry Hooper


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:27 AM

QUOTE (Mugsys Jock @ Jun 26 2010, 09:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is there any place to find comprehensive updated injury reports, a la the NFL weekly report?

I havent heard a thing about how the USA team came through the Algeria game health-wise. Is everybody 100% (save Onyewu)?



According to ESPN:

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Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey have recovered from rib and facial injuries respectively and Bradley has few worries ahead of a match they clinched with a stoppage-time winner against Algeria from Donovan.


#111 dwightinright

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:32 AM

Lots of England fans at the game as they thought England was going to win the group.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:45 AM




Via the Guardian, a post just minutes ago from a Black Stars fan:

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At stad now and see waaaaayyyyyy more #USA fans than #Gha fans. Hope the African solidarity makes up for it in big SA support.


#113 finnVT

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:00 PM

QUOTE (SumnerH @ Jun 25 2010, 04:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
6/12/2010 USA-England ABC/Univision 17.1 million
6/18/2010 USA-Slovenia ESPN/Univision 7.5 million
6/23/2010 USA-Algeria ESPN/Univision 8.6 million


QUOTE (cjdmadcow @ Jun 25 2010, 06:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Additional info from the BBC:
England's World Cup tie with Slovenia was seen by an average of 10 million people, according to overnight figures.
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According to the BBC, a peak of 800,000 people streamed the match via the internet.

How safe is it to compare these numbers given they come from different sources? Taken at face value, they're pretty interesting. Comparing US-Algeria to Eng-Slovenia, which had similar consequences for both teams and were on at the same time (though it was morning in the US and afternoon in England), the US had very similar viewing numbers. Which is interesting for the long term viability of top level soccer here--that 10m number is obviously a much higher % of population in England, but the US is just so much larger that they should be able to generate similar interest/revenue despite having a much smaller portion of the population that cares.

#114 JBill

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:16 PM

Great, Kobe Bryant's at the game, via Grant Wahl's twitter. I don't need to see the camera find him a million times, ABC.

#115 ifmanis5


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:18 PM

Good news, Bornstein has been benched. Findley back in for Gomez.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:20 PM

From @ussoccer on Twitter:

Lineup vs Ghana: Howard; Cherundolo, DeMerit, Bocanegra, Bornstein; Donovan, Bradley, Clark, Dempsey; Altidore, Findley

The big news to me is Clark instead of Torres or Edu. Bradley's going with more of a defensive, counter-attacking posture.

Edited by DLew On Roids, 26 June 2010 - 12:23 PM.


#117 ifmanis5


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:27 PM

QUOTE (DLew On Roids @ Jun 26 2010, 01:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
From @ussoccer on Twitter:

Lineup vs Ghana: Howard; Cherundolo, DeMerit, Bocanegra, Bornstein; Donovan, Bradley, Clark, Dempsey; Altidore, Findley

The big news to me is Clark instead of Torres or Edu. Bradley's going with more of a defensive, counter-attacking posture.

Interesting, international announcer was saying Bornstein was out. Last minute change maybe?

#118 God's Cop


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:28 PM

QUOTE (JBill @ Jun 26 2010, 01:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great, Kobe Bryant's at the game, via Grant Wahl's twitter. I don't need to see the camera find him a million times, ABC.


I bet the "condoms with teeth" sold out upon his arrival.

#119 SumnerH


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:32 PM

QUOTE (finnVT @ Jun 26 2010, 01:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How safe is it to compare these numbers given they come from different sources?


AFAIK, the US numbers I linked to are only for viewers of American ESPN/ABC/Univision channels (they exclude international viewers). Dunno if the BBC's numbers are purely domestic or international aggregates.

Edited by SumnerH, 26 June 2010 - 12:33 PM.


#120 SoxFanInPdx

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:33 PM

Like the lineup overall, but was hoping to see Buddle get the start. That said, I am pumped up. Off to get some beer and head to a friend's viewing party.

#121 URI


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:40 PM

QUOTE (DLew On Roids @ Jun 26 2010, 01:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
From @ussoccer on Twitter:

Lineup vs Ghana: Howard; Cherundolo, DeMerit, Bocanegra, Bornstein; Donovan, Bradley, Clark, Dempsey; Altidore, Findley

The big news to me is Clark instead of Torres or Edu. Bradley's going with more of a defensive, counter-attacking posture.


Until it's 0-0 at halftime and Edu comes on for Clark anyway.

#122 Jamoked

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:58 PM

I stayed home for the Algeria match, so I'm staying home for this one. Let's go boys!

#123 cjdmadcow

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:01 PM

QUOTE (SumnerH @ Jun 26 2010, 06:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
AFAIK, the US numbers I linked to are only for viewers of American ESPN/ABC/Univision channels (they exclude international viewers). Dunno if the BBC's numbers are purely domestic or international aggregates.


I should have been clearer, the BBC numbers refer only to the viewing figures in the UK.

#124 ifmanis5


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:03 PM

USA in the white shirts today if anyone wants to co-ordinate their wardrobes.

#125 Jamoked

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:10 PM

QUOTE (Spacemans Bong @ Jun 24 2010, 05:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can we get something better than chanting u-s-a over and over? Like maybe some songs?

I've always thought fans should sing yankee doodle at games. It's patriotic, it's got history and everyone knows it. It's even a little ironic.

Simon Evans in Rustenburg: US fans singing in bar (to tune of yellow submarine) "All we want is another Robert Green, another Robert Green, another Robert Green"

That's beautiful.

#126 DukeSox


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:10 PM

random fact: Bob Bradley's brother, Scott Bradley, caught Randy Johnson's 1990 no-hitter. He's the current Princeton U baseball coach.

#127 DLew On Roids


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:12 PM

@Zonalmarking reports that Ghana is starting in a 5-4-1.

#128 ifmanis5


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:14 PM

2 facts from the int'l broadcast:

Today is Landy Cakes' 12th WC game, most ever for a USA player.

Right after Donovan scored in extra time, the internet recorded the most traffic ever in the US other than Obama winning the election.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:19 PM

QUOTE (ifmanis5 @ Jun 26 2010, 02:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Right after Donovan scored in extra time, the internet recorded the most traffic ever in the US other than Obama winning the election.

soccer will never catch on in the US!!!

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:26 PM

QUOTE (ifmanis5 @ Jun 26 2010, 02:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
2 facts from the int'l broadcast:

Today is Landy Cakes' 12th WC game, most ever for a USA player.

Right after Donovan scored in extra time, the internet recorded the most traffic ever in the US other than Obama winning the election.


(The latter record was broken the next day (June 24th) with the combination of World Cup games and the bazillion set Wimbledon match.)

Worldwide, the record is 1. June 24th Wimbledon/World Cup; 2. 2010 World Cup opening day; 3. US/Algeria and England/Slovenia 4. Obama's win


5th place? June 22, 2006. Ghana eliminates the US from the World Cup.

Time to knock that down a peg and get some revenge.



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#131 ifmanis5


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:35 PM

Early goal again. Crap.

#132 OilCanShotTupac


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:35 PM

FUCK!

That did not look at all dangerous at first.

#133 Ahriman


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:35 PM

Annnd fail.

#134 PseuFighter


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:35 PM

good start.

#135 Morgan's Magic Snowplow


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:35 PM

Jesus fucking christ

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:36 PM

cheap goal.

#137 cjdmadcow

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:36 PM

QUOTE (URI @ Jun 26 2010, 07:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why? He's not very good...at least not better than Bradley and probably not better than Edu.


Really?

#138 Old Fart Tree


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:36 PM

Well, that sucked.

#139 johnmd20


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:36 PM

QUOTE (Morgan's Magic Snowplow @ Jun 26 2010, 02:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Jesus fucking christ

Holy fucking fuck, you just can't keep giving up goals in the first 10 minutes of the game every game. It's an eventual death sentence. Awful.

#140 BigRed07

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:36 PM

Why did Ricardo Clark get the start again? Seriously asking....

#141 Old Fart Tree


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:37 PM

Bad penalty.

#142 ElUno20

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:37 PM

QUOTE (URI @ Jun 26 2010, 01:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why? He's not very good...at least not better than Bradley and probably not better than Edu.



Well he just banged away a pretty decent goal.

#143 Grin&MartyBarret

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:37 PM

Has Ricardo Clark brought anything positive to the field in this tournament?

#144 Al Zarilla


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:37 PM

That was so easy for Ghana that it's easy to imagine more damage.


#145 mahky bellhorn

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:38 PM

Naw, the USA likes to play hard to get and then give us some killer makeup sex at the end.

Edited by mahky bellhorn, 26 June 2010 - 01:39 PM.


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:39 PM

Wow.....what a horrible loss of possesion in the mid-fied and a horrible lack of defensive cohesion on the break.....just bad.

#147 accidentalsuccess

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:40 PM

near post? un-believably bad goalkeeping. the pain meds?

#148 Ahriman


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:40 PM

Everyone doesn't have to play. This soccer mom mentality is ridiculous. Not even rooting for the US and the lineup changes make me mad.

#149 NomarRS05

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:41 PM

Getting absolutely dominated in time of possession.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:41 PM

poor discipline in the opening minutes here...........