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    The Big Come Back? USWNT post-WC ‘23

    Audi Field hosted a rugby match over the weekend and the surface looks 10x worse than anything CONMEBOL stitched together for the Copa. The center dot and the penalty spots are freshly stitched into the rest of the field. When they do a close up on the corners, it looks like a US Socer away...
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    Copa ‘24: Should Have Been a Yellow

    Fans must be shimmying along the AV conduit to get into the stadium.
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    Copa ‘24: Should Have Been a Yellow

    Probably not the Dolphins, since they own it, but concerts and other special events, yes. And as mentioned upthread, soccer in particular is very different when it comes to levels of control. US Soccer went so far as to have our ticket windows use a specific VISA-branded mousepad when they...
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    Copa ‘24: Should Have Been a Yellow

    Based on personal experience, the venue has a baseline deployment for staff, security, gates, etc. That's what is included in the rental agreement. Then they'll rely on the promoter and organizer's experience to scale accordingly for the size and makeup of the crowd, but all of the added costs...
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    Copa ‘24: Should Have Been a Yellow

    I foresee a lot of shit being started in the stands after the first goal.
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    Copa ‘24: Should Have Been a Yellow

    View: https://twitter.com/MenInBlazers/status/1812652747499401255?t=AVilfztUZPYy1NAj3UabBQ&s=19
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    Copa ‘24: Should Have Been a Yellow

    I've worked on the venue side of special sporting events and concerts, and this is all squarely on CONMEBOL. They rent the venues and demand full control over everything, from the grass to the gates. (US Soccer is the same way.) If they try and hang this on the venue, I'm sure there's a VP of...
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    Copa ‘24: Should Have Been a Yellow

    No chance it's postponed. They'll pretend they cleared out the people who entered without a ticket, when in reality they got a small percentage of them. This was a predictable and preventable problem, but the solution was too rich for CONMEBOL.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Oh come on. He's 5'2" and looking for that the whole way.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Dream moment for a defender.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Oh the shot even took a little tip. Made his own luck there.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Unreal finish from that far out. Better players have put that miles wide. Edit: And Bellingham to pick out that pass. Wow.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Oh Jesus Christ, what a turn.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Missing said cheap penalty because Kane was subbed off would be peak England.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    When the thing England needs most are fresh bodies, Southgate just isn't there.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Not a great pass from Bellingham, but Shaw seemed disinterested in contesting that.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    As a trial balloon, I'd even settle for the stop-start clock in stoppage time only. Let the official add whatever they think is necessary at the end of the 45/90, and then actually play whatever was added. I've been a soccer fan for my entire life, and I can never rationalize the clock rules to...
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    The ball in play for ~45 seconds of extra time.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    I started to say the keeper needs to do better, but that was a simply perfect strike.