********Official World Cup Thread - USA vs Belgium************

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  1. BethSucks

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    Starts at 1PM PDT on ESPN, if anyone cares:

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/01/sports/worldcup/world-cup-usa-vs-belgium.html?_r=0

    • Pre-Match Musings
      Kickoff approaches in Salvador, where It’s 81F/27C, clear and somewhat humid at 74 percent. The sun will set about 20 minutes after the match begins, so conditions should be excellent.

      Some things to know as the game impends.

      Klinsmann’s complaint: The United States coach has made the astonishing assertion that Djamel Haimoudi, the French-speaking Algerian referee for this match, will be better able to communicate with the Belgians than with the Americans. “We hope it’s not a concern,” said Klinsmann, who had ventured no previous opinions on whether English-speaking referees might have helped the United States in Concacaf qualifying.

      Some call this “working the refs,” but Klinsmann has misspoken before (see“it is just not realistic” to expect Team USA to win the World Cup), and this latest statement merely sounds like ill-advised whingeing.

      The rebukes of Hazard: Belgium coach Marc Wilmots called out midfield playmaker Eden Hazard yesterday to finally start performing as well as he does for Chelsea, where he won the Premiership’s young player of the year award last season.

      “He can do a lot for us, everyone knows that — now I’m waiting to see it,” Wilmots said of Hazard. “It’s not a question of putting pressure on him, as I know he’s under a lot of pressure.” Well, that certainly must have helped.

      Belgium’s scant pedigree: The Red Devils’ all-time record in the World Cup octavofinals (or Round of 16, as we call it in the States) is 1-4. Their average finish for their 11 previous World Cup appearances: 12th place (19th, when converted to a 32-team field). That news should be encouraging for American fans looking for an upset.

      The United States’ scant pedigree: Team USA’s all-time record in the World Cup octavofinals is 1-2. The Amerks’ average finish for their nine previous World Cup appearances: 10th place (16th, when converted to a 32-team field). On a historical basis, the two teams are pretty even.

      Wait, the Americans and the Belgians have met once before at the World Cup!: A 3-0 U.S. win! Hold on – that was in 1930. Never mind….
     
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  2. chapped

    chapped Well-Known Member

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    shit I am stuck at work

    We are forever the under dogs... but win or lose fucking go Team USA!

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    They managed one (1) shot on goal vs. Germany in the entire game. If they can double that, riots will ensue.
     
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    all in!!
     
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    okay this is annoying... .I am watching it on the espn app.. which is 1 min behind the cable.

    I can hear the bar down the street cheering 1 min before I can see what happned
     
  6. MyLazyHand

    MyLazyHand Russia and France Know What to Do

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    I am stuck on a conference call which I cannot ditch. This sucks.
     
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    yea having to work sucks balls right about now
     
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    Why do soccer players writhe on the ground like they have just broken every bone in their body, and then walk off as if nothing happened?
     
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    fucking diving bullshit
     
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    USA USA USA!

    We can beat these guys.
     
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    I like that we are being the aggressor for far
     
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    If I could I would buy you a beer!!

    USA motherfuckers
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Indeed. Just take it to them all game. :)
     
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    yea who do the think they are Lebron??
     
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    and i will take it to their women

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    I'm in NC for another week bro. Then I'm off to Seattle! If we ever cross paths, beer is on me!
     
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    fuck we got away with one
     
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    We got lucky there
     
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    Get a room you two.
     
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    slab0meat negative creep

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