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Daseal 04-30-2006 12:58 AM

World Cup Fever?
 
Im really starting to get pumped up for the World Cup. I'm not really a huge soccer guy, I played it from the time I was five through high school, but I never really followed any clubs, watched on a regular basis, know names, etc.

While if it's on I'll watch a little here and there, I'm not a huge soccer fan. World Cup always gets me excited though. While Im a rabid Redskins and football fan, very little beats the feeling you get watching a shootout in a World Cup game. With the US becoming stronger and stronger in the soccer department I think that we'll soon be regularly competing for the cup instead of annual whipping boy.

CooleyAsCanBe 04-30-2006 01:16 AM

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I'm pretty excited myself. I'd say I'm definitely a big soccer fan though. I'll be studying for the bar all summer, but I plan to take breaks to watch all the U.S. games and the other important/interesting ones. The World Cup is an amazing event.

I was in other countries in latin America for the last two (Argentina and Mexico), so I am interested to see how excited people get here. (granted, I'll be in C-ville, so probably won't see many raving crowds)

CooleyAsCanBe 04-30-2006 01:22 AM

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Daseal, if you want to catch a great game, make sure to watch the UEFA Cup Final on May 17th, 2:45 pm EST. It will be on ESPN2. Both teams have been pretty dominant up to the final. Barcelona has more scoring power and is the better all around team, but Arsenal is tough and have yet to concede a goal in the whole tournament.

hooskins 04-30-2006 01:38 AM

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[quote=CooleyAsCanBe]I'm pretty excited myself. I'd say I'm definitely a big soccer fan though. I'll be studying for the bar all summer, but I plan to take breaks to watch all the U.S. games and the other important/interesting ones. The World Cup is an amazing event.

I was in other countries in latin America for the last two (Argentina and Mexico), so I am interested to see how excited people get here. (granted, I'll be in C-ville, so probably won't see many raving crowds)[/quote]

It is really sad people here do not like soccer as much as other sports, bc it truely is the world's most popular sport, and it is very hard, if not the hardest. I love soccer, and I think its great, and I am very happy the US team is making a name for itself.

By the way, are you at UVa Law? Bc if you are, I am right down the street at UVa undergrad.

dmek25 04-30-2006 08:36 AM

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i dont think any of us real americans even know what soccer is(j/k dont everyone get in an uproar)

CooleyAsCanBe 04-30-2006 09:22 AM

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[QUOTE=hooskins]It is really sad people here do not like soccer as much as other sports, bc it truely is the world's most popular sport, and it is very hard, if not the hardest. I love soccer, and I think its great, and I am very happy the US team is making a name for itself.

By the way, are you at UVa Law? Bc if you are, I am right down the street at UVa undergrad.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, I'm at the law school. I noticed your name and never got around to asking what you were studying.

JWsleep 04-30-2006 12:37 PM

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I'm pumped, but we are in a tough group.

Team is announced Tuesday.

NY_Skinsfan 04-30-2006 01:36 PM

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I'm getting excited about the world cup too. I am really nervous as to how the team will do this year given the group they are in. After the great showing in 2002, to have our team do poorly will tremendously hurt the growth that american soccer has shown in the last four years.

Has anyone noticed that Drew Carry (sp?) is the new national team superfan. He went to a game and fell in love with the sport and has been following the national team all over the world. It's good to have a guy like him catch on to the sport. Also, according to FIFA we have moved into the fourth spot in the world standings (however unimportant those rankings are, or inflated). At least somebody is recognizing that US soccer is on the rise.

jbcjr14 04-30-2006 09:06 PM

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I am not very excited, but I will watch and support the the USA.

mcalderone10 05-01-2006 01:23 AM

Re: World Cup Fever?
 
[quote=hooskins]It is really sad people here do not like soccer as much as other sports, bc it truely is the world's most popular sport, and it is very hard, if not the hardest. I love soccer, and I think its great, and I am very happy the US team is making a name for itself.
[/quote]

the problem with the US not being into soccer is the media. ESPN broadcasts very little soccer due to the lack of commercial time. One of the biggest tournaments besides the World cup is going on right now the UEFA champions league tournament and very few games are being shown. They are being televised on espn deportes which i'm guessing is in spanish. DC united is undefeated, the best MLS team over the years winning 4 of 5 mls championships that they've been to in 10-12 years that MLS has been around. The last MLS cup game DC united was in was aired the same time as the skins game and i was forced to PIP cuz i couldn't miss either game. United has been forced to share fields with the nats which is a disgrace to such a franchise. As a soccer player for 15 of my 20 years alive soccer and baseball field combo doesn't work. i'm glad to c that US is getting better on an international level where more and more players are getting to europe to make the big bucks and we will be a real contender in like 2 or 3 more WCs. we won't be getting anywhere if the media doesn't support interest by showing more highlights on SC.

watch the scrolling scores on SC next time for soccer scores they won't show any stats of any MLS games, but in baseball frickin every stat possible.

F baseball

BDBohnzie 05-01-2006 11:42 AM

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I can't wait for the World Cup. Some of the world's best athletes out there representing their country in a sport which is quite physically demanding.

Being that I follow France, I'll be flamed and hated by all, but I can deal. They are definitely on the downslide following their win in '98, however still have one of the best forwards in the World in Thierry Henry. And I am a big Fabien Barthez fan, as goalkeeper is the most thankless job of the Starting XI.

The US definitely will have a strong team, and with the MLS getting better and better, it's only a matter of time before it expands dollar-wise. Especially if David Beckham comes to the MLS to play.

JWsleep 05-01-2006 01:47 PM

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France??? Why France? Man...:doh:

Hope they do better than last time! ;)

BDBohnzie 05-01-2006 04:03 PM

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The biggest reason is that my mom's side of the family is French. She was first generation born outside of France. Plus, my first "jersey" (granted I was 3 and didn't know better) was a French national team shirt. That and I like to stir the pot.

JWsleep 05-01-2006 05:35 PM

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lol. Well I hope USA is at least your second favorite. I had a France jersey when I was a kid (among others), but I learned better!

Either way, I am getting totally psyched for the Cup. Plus, it's in Europe (as opposed to Japan/Korea, which sucked), so you get up in the morning, and there are games. Then they usually get rebroadcast at night by Univision or ESPN. Footie all the time.

mcalderone10 05-01-2006 08:20 PM

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[quote=JWsleep]lol. Well I hope USA is at least your second favorite. I had a France jersey when I was a kid (among others), but I learned better!

Either way, I am getting totally psyched for the Cup. Plus, it's in Europe (as opposed to Japan/Korea, which sucked), so you get up in the morning, and there are games. Then they usually get rebroadcast at night by Univision or ESPN. Footie all the time.[/quote]

it will still be a 6-7 hour time difference. but truely not as bad as K/J. First, jersey, Swedish national team. 2nd fav to US.

CooleyAsCanBe 05-01-2006 09:38 PM

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I'm a U.S. fan first and an Argentina fan second since I used to live there. I also lived in Mexico, and I love the people and country, but I am enough of a U.S. fan not to like their soccer team...

To whoever was talking about UEFA Cup, most of the last few rounds have been broadcast live on ESPN2.

NY_Skinsfan 05-02-2006 11:29 PM

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Anyone else suprised with the pick of Brian Ching over Taylor Twellman? Ching wasn't playing all that well with the National team when he was called up compared to Twellman, and Bruce Arena even said that it was due to his play in the MLS this year. I'd rather have a player who is playing better on the national level than on the club level. But then again, Bruce Arena is the best coach this country has ever had at that level so who am I to argue....

saden1 05-03-2006 02:39 AM

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I'm not a big soccer guy but the world cup almost always excites me...well, once it gets to the do or die stage anyways.

I'll be cheering for the US, Sweden, Netherlands, and all the African teams.

CooleyAsCanBe 05-03-2006 05:09 PM

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[QUOTE=NY_Skinsfan]Anyone else suprised with the pick of Brian Ching over Taylor Twellman? Ching wasn't playing all that well with the National team when he was called up compared to Twellman, and Bruce Arena even said that it was due to his play in the MLS this year. I'd rather have a player who is playing better on the national level than on the club level. But then again, Bruce Arena is the best coach this country has ever had at that level so who am I to argue....[/QUOTE]

I was surprised as well. The more I thought about it, though, the more logical it became. Two of our first round opponents (italy & Ghana) have really physical back lines, and Ching is much bigger and athletic than Twellman. Better in the air and able to fight off defenders. Twellman is a better pure scorer, but he relies more on being crafty and quick. Like you said, I'll leave it up to Bruce.

I was really excited to see Benny Olsen get chosen. Sucks for DC United that he'll miss a huge part of the MLS season, but I was happy for him. Great guy.

JWsleep 05-03-2006 05:25 PM

Re: World Cup Fever?
 
[QUOTE=NY_Skinsfan]Anyone else suprised with the pick of Brian Ching over Taylor Twellman? Ching wasn't playing all that well with the National team when he was called up compared to Twellman, and Bruce Arena even said that it was due to his play in the MLS this year. I'd rather have a player who is playing better on the national level than on the club level. But then again, Bruce Arena is the best coach this country has ever had at that level so who am I to argue....[/QUOTE]


Well, in the last couple of friendlies, Taylor missed some pretty easy chances. But I agree that Ching is touhger, and he's hitting his stride right now, whereas Taylor has been up and down. We'll see. God knows we need a striker to help McBride out. I was also psyched for Olsen. Man, that must have been a good feeling to get that call.

I figure it all turns on Reyna's health, as usual. We are a different team when he can hold the ball in midfield and feed our speed guys like Beasly and Donovan. Plus it frees up Landon to roam up on offense, where he is dangerous. I think our D will be strong. Guch, Pope, Gibbs, etc. And it's nice to have Eddie Lewis available--his service from the left is world class. If they can stay organized and not give up cheap goals, they'll be good. But man, it's a tough friggin group!

USA! USA! USA!

D'BOYZ 05-03-2006 07:02 PM

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[quote=mcalderone10]the problem with the US not being into soccer is the media. ESPN broadcasts very little soccer due to the lack of commercial time. One of the biggest tournaments besides the World cup is going on right now the UEFA champions league tournament and very few games are being shown. They are being televised on espn deportes which i'm guessing is in spanish. DC united is undefeated, the best MLS team over the years winning 4 of 5 mls championships that they've been to in 10-12 years that MLS has been around. The last MLS cup game DC united was in was aired the same time as the skins game and i was forced to PIP cuz i couldn't miss either game. United has been forced to share fields with the nats which is a disgrace to such a franchise. As a soccer player for 15 of my 20 years alive soccer and baseball field combo doesn't work. i'm glad to c that US is getting better on an international level where more and more players are getting to europe to make the big bucks and we will be a real contender in like 2 or 3 more WCs. we won't be getting anywhere if the media doesn't support interest by showing more highlights on SC.

watch the scrolling scores on SC next time for soccer scores they won't show any stats of any MLS games, but in baseball frickin every stat possible.

F baseball[/quote]



not only the media the other things is that the MLS sucks thats the reallity the level of play, the competition the cups really is to young to catch up how it may start to get more fans if it play in cups like libertadores (Latin America verison of the UFC Champions league) and play vs Mexican Argentian and Brasialiam teams like Chivas, America, River, Boca, Corinthias, if they play those teams in regualr certified matches not exhibicion they'll start to get more recognition.

I'm not fan of soccer but I like to see the spanish league, UFA Champions, and world cup I allways get pumped up with the World Cup its 1,000 times better than the Olympics

BigSKINBauer 06-09-2006 11:05 AM

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Ole Ole Ole Olaaaaa Ooole Ole Ole.

BigSKINBauer 06-09-2006 12:22 PM

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1.5 billion people around the world are watching the opening game. YOu all should join in. I cheer for everyone on this side of the world. GO costa rica.

mheisig 06-09-2006 12:34 PM

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Fortunately I haven't based my sports fandom on the number of other people watching. A billion people have STDs?! I want one too!

Football > Soccer
Soccer > Golf
Massively invasive, non-anesthetised surgery > Baseball

ArtMonkDrillz 06-09-2006 12:47 PM

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[URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oguchi_Onyewu"]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oguchi_Onyewu[/URL]

I graduated from high school with him back in 2000. He's a monster in terms of sixe for a soccer player. I hope to watch him dominate some Europeans.

JWsleep 06-09-2006 02:21 PM

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Germany 4, CR 2. Thought CR put up a good fight, all things considered. Germany's offsides trap needs work! But they look good and man are they big. And without Balack.

JWsleep 06-09-2006 02:22 PM

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Oh, and Guch is a great palyer for the USA! WE're gonna need him to shut down some of those big European forwards.

Rumor is he's going to be in England next year. Sweet.

USA USA USA!!!!

BDBohnzie 06-09-2006 02:35 PM

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[QUOTE=ArtMonkDrillz]I hope to watch him dominate some Europeans.[/QUOTE]
Dude...German Schizer films are totally out of the question. That job's been left to Cartman's mom...

ArtMonkDrillz 06-09-2006 02:37 PM

Re: World Cup Fever?
 
[quote=JWsleep]Oh, and Guch is a great palyer for the USA! WE're gonna need him to shut down some of those big European forwards.

Rumor is he's going to be in England next year. Sweet.

USA USA USA!!!![/quote]

I've heard that too. Yesterday I was trying to find the bobblehead from his team in Belgium (I can't spell) on eBay, but I had no luck. I need to keep looking.

CooleyAsCanBe 06-09-2006 03:08 PM

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Great opening game. That is exactly what ESPN and ABC was hoping for. HIgh scoring, great goals, host team won. I also root for any Conmebol team when they play.

CooleyAsCanBe 06-09-2006 03:28 PM

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Congrats on 500 MonkDrillz

ArtMonkDrillz 06-09-2006 06:07 PM

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[quote=CooleyAsCanBe]Congrats on 500 MonkDrillz[/quote]

thanks, I'm not special anymore.

JWsleep 06-11-2006 07:50 PM

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Less than 24 hours until the USA takes the field against the Chek republic. Man, I'm nervous! We are in such a tough group. Well, hopefully, we'll have some of the magic from 2002 still working.

The cup has been great so far, IMO. T&T from CONCACAF pulled out an awesome draw, Mexico looked good, and there have been some sweet goals--a few in Germany's opener especially.

BTW, check out this slideshow of soccer star wives and girlfriends. Man, it is the "beautiful game"!

[URL="http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/pgStory?contentId=3216398"]http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/pgStory?contentId=3216398[/URL]

Also, check this out:

[URL="http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/pgStory?contentId=5676192"]http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/pgStory?contentId=5676192[/URL]

[IMG]http://msn.foxsports.com/id/5676186_7_4.jpg[/IMG]

SmootSmack 06-11-2006 07:55 PM

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For those that don't necessarily follow soccer but follow things like the NBA and Major League Baseball, this is a good read

[url]http://www.boston.com/sports/nesn/wilbur/sports_blog/blog/2006/06/08/world_cup_usa_style/index.html[/url]

skinsfanthru&thru 06-12-2006 12:20 AM

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[QUOTE=JWsleep]Less than 24 hours until the USA takes the field against the Chek republic. Man, I'm nervous! We are in such a tough group. Well, hopefully, we'll have some of the magic from 2002 still working.

The cup has been great so far, IMO. T&T from CONCACAF pulled out an awesome draw, Mexico looked good, and there have been some sweet goals--a few in Germany's opener especially.

BTW, check out this slideshow of soccer star wives and girlfriends. Man, it is the "beautiful game"!

[URL="http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/pgStory?contentId=3216398"]http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/pgStory?contentId=3216398[/URL]

Also, check this out:

[URL="http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/pgStory?contentId=5676192"]http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/pgStory?contentId=5676192[/URL]

[IMG]http://msn.foxsports.com/id/5676186_7_4.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE]

landon donovan is one lucky bum to have Bianca Kajlich.

hooskins 06-12-2006 01:03 PM

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its halftime and things are not looking good....

gibbsisgod 06-12-2006 01:08 PM

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i'm at work, whats the score?

jbcjr14 06-12-2006 01:20 PM

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It was 2-0 Czech.

saden1 06-12-2006 01:58 PM

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The US got *SPANKED* 3-0. I think we're not as good as we thought. It's going to take a sh*t load of effort to get out of this group and it's not looking good because even if the US comes in second place in the group as they'll take on Brazil in the qualifying round.

Another bad thing about this game is that they are in a big hole in the battle for goals for/against. Basically, they need to beat both Ghana and Italy to advance.

hooskins 06-12-2006 02:00 PM

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officially 3-0, US lost, we looked terrible out there. Bad passing, terrible defense, I wouldnt put all the blame on Keller. The offense is to blame as well, really did not have anything going whatsoever. Hopefully this shocks the US, because this was way overhyped, and I personally feel we went in way too cocky. The US still isnt anywhere near the world when it comes to soccer, and we got lots of work ahead of us. If we win the next two, then we are in for sure, but Italy might not be that easy, and Ghana isnt suppose to be terrible. Our best bet, is that Italy and Ghana tie today, and we win out. We could still get in with a win and a tie, but that would be pushing it. The goal differential is already fcked up for us with this 3 nil loss.


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