Monday, June 12, 2006

Copa Mundial: Open Thread

We're three hours away from the United States/Czech Republic match, the Nipponese and the Fighting Paul Hogans do battle as we speak and a gorgeous weekend of soccer is now behind us.

How will USA Soccer fare in its first test? What was missing from England's underwhelming 1-0 win against Paraguay, and like Kush, does Rooney solve all? Can Arjen Robben continue his torrid pace and get Ruud involved up front? Did Mexico's manager make some genius moves or did he just get lucky? Where are all the awesome Ghana-rhea jokes? Does Aussie Harry Kewell look like the Third Rock kid?

Weigh in below (warning: Comments contain spoilers). We'll have a non-Cup post for the anti-soccer Simpsons-like infidels up shortly...


At 9:37 AM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

I still stand by my claim that the USA will crash out of this tournamant goalless. On the other hand, the Czechs are pretty banged up and this one might stay close for a long time.

Italy are being pumped as the non-Brazil favorites. Everyone thinks they'll play with a chip on their guinea shoulders given the enormous scandal that threatens to shut down Serie A next year (though I'm sure nothing will happen at all in then end). Well I think they might be in for the shocker with Essien running rampage over their greezy D.

Did the Mexican ref from the England game just offer me a dimebag of schwag in a Tijuana back-alley?

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I think that Mexican ref offered you some schwarma first, then the dimebag. How was that guy even Mexican? He looked totally Greece-esque. Or Greek, whatever that word is. That ref looked more like a diner owner than a dishwasher.

I'm gonna go contrarian on you and take USA 3-1 today. Who's out? No Baros, no Rosicky, maybe no Koller, an injured Nedved? If we can't beat that depleted team, we don't even belong in the stadium. We really need to answer some questions today, that much is fo' sho.

I originally had Italia headed to the finals, but I bagged it. Those Vespa jockeys ain't getting past their former WWII friends over in the Pac Rim. That's what I say.

What a terrible goal that Aussie goalie just let up...that's Ronny Hextall style.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Tim Cahill ties it up for the Ozzie Smiths...fantastic second-half subbing goin' on in this tourney.

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Wow, three goals in eight minutes, all from second-half subs. What an incredible last fiften minutes for the Socceroooos. Unbelievable.

At 12:15 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

It's ugly early in the US game. Donny's prediction looks good so far.

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Well, now we're kinda outplaying them. I think we had to get the nerves out -- then we can go from here. Shit, Reyna just beat Petr Cech and doinked the post. If that's an inch to the right we're 1-1 and holding all the momentum.

Here we go.

At 12:42 PM, Blogger jakezebra said...

If you hit Patrick Swayze in the back of the head with a frying pan and he went crosseyed, you would have Pavel Nedved.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger jakezebra said...

yeah, it's definitely just nerves there. Nobody puts Rosicky in the corner.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Fuck, man! Well, looks like this one's just about as over as can be. Down 2-0 against the world's best goalkeeper -- might as well just shut 'er down. Need a goal in the first 10 minutes of second half.

Good call on about this year we score goals to the Pachanga?

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Well, that'll really do it. Rosicky is just dominating us.

Good luck to Arsenal in '06-07.

At 6:20 AM, Anonymous SpanishMiguel said...

The US got jobbed in every possible way except the blow and hand variety, which make ya feel good.

Beasley sucks on the right side - awful. He should be either on the bench or on the left - i thought he killed the offensive flow every time he touched the ball.

You could see, the few times Landon Donovan touched the ball, that he´s got a level of class that no other US player has. At the same time, you could see from his inability to get involved at all, how playing in MLS will never get him anywhere near as good as the European forwards.

Not only did the Czechs play well, but they´re the exact worst kind of opponent for the US - a huge, controlled, always-in-position kind of team. And guess what - Italy is, too. We´d have much better luck against the French, Spanish, Portugese, or any other semi-attacking team.

Rosicky was supposed to come to Atletico Madrid (Madrid´s version of the Mets) by the way, ´cause his older brother played there, etc. - but they never offered enough money, so Arsenal snuck in offering more. Bastards.

I watched the game in an Irish pub, where unbeknownst to me, the bartender was Czech, and he invited all his Czech friends and put up Czech flags before the match.

Can´t wait till Saturday night when i´ll be watching us get douched again with a bunch of Italian friends.


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