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Old 06-10-2002, 11:47 AM   #76
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Since no one's talking about the US team, I guess I'll start.

They were pretty darned lucky to salvage the 1-1 tie with South Korea--South Korea had a ridiculous 19-5 shot advantage or so. Brad Friedel was huge (literally--he's at least 6'4", or almost 2 metres in height) but South Korea had a lot of excellent chances to score.

I was somewhat amused by the fact that South Korea was playing more physically than the US (posting up, grabbing shirts, holding, etc). It didn't help them win too many balls in the air, though--Eddie Pope got most of those.

As strange as it sounds for a team that gives up 19 shots, I thought the US defenders were excellent (except for Jeff Agoos, who surrendered a penalty kick and let a guy slip behind him for a header and the tying goal).

The US forwards were working pretty hard, but usually either Brian McBride or Clint Mathis would have the ball deep in South Korea's field, and they wouldn't get any support.

The US midfield did very little in this game (although John O'Brien slipped Mathis a nice pass for the US goal). They did not maintain possession of the ball the way they swore they would.
I will talk a little bit about U.S. team.
In the first game I was cheering for Portugal, I realy WANTED them to win. So basicaly I was cheering for U.S. to lose more that for Portugal to win b/c I'm always against U.S. in football (i can't explain why, probably b/c of low popularity of football in the U.S.... I don't know)
But when I saw them play and when they got 2 goal advantage I was like: "... don't let them cath you now...". And I was on the edge of my seat for the last 20 minutes of that match. They were raly playing good and they were giving 100% which I apritiate very much
Now they were lucky today, and now they have a good chance to go through to the 2nd round (I know that it's not popular for Host-nation to not go through but...)
Portugal has awoken from their dream and today they showed why they are concidered to be one of the biggest favorites in this tournament. So Korea should perform some magic to beat or draw against Portugal, while U.S has ral chance to eat Poland and go through...
You were lucky to meet unprepared and dazed Portugal in the first match - but luck follows the brave
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Old 06-10-2002, 12:35 PM   #77
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I feel real bad for Jeff Agoos really...he's waited long to get into the US squad and when he finally gets in he ****s up. Sport can be unkind sometimes, I guess.
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Old 06-13-2002, 01:30 AM   #78
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another thought on the why is soccer so popular question.
Something I notice and like , at the local junior level I associate with the word soccer. is that quite a percentage of the teams are made up of girls.They are equally valued and accepted. Several of our Bears girls have played at a school state level, they were runners-up in the grand final. They kick.......soccer ball, accurately!!
Just another positive thing about the game imho.
I'm off to soccer training now, in the cold dry wind, you've got to love it..or them. The Bears wear red and black, like Spain. On my little TV it will look like a Bear's game tonight. I miss our senior team this year, we didn't get enough players signed on. So the World Cup 2002 has helped rekindle the fun.
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Agora só faltam 4...

For my friend cass, I present you your boy


Brazil's Ronaldo celebrates his first goal against Costa Rica during their World Cup Finals match in Suwon June 13, 2002. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

And these two ones are for me


Brazil's team pose near their flag during the playing of the national anthems before their World Cup Finals match against Costa Rica in Suwon June 13, 2002. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan


Brazil's team pose before their World Cup Finals match against Costa Rica in Suwon June 13, 2002. Top row (L-R): Gilberto Silva, Anderson Polga, Lucio, Edmilson, Marcos and Cafu. Bottom row (L-R): Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Junior, Juninho and Edilson. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Couldn´t find a picture of Edmilson´s goal...what a goal!
Yeah, I´m happy now that some improvement has been shown
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well gee follower, funny about that. I had the urge to do same thing. CONGRATULATIONS!!! and ty.
They replayed his goal from a great angle and at length when the keeper was down injured tonight. I sure wish I had taped it. The joyous smile afterwards
Some great football tonight. I like headers and I just saw two brilliant ones, one from a Coasta Rican player whose name escapes me and one from Borgetti. Congrats raf.

PS: tanya, I tried to put a smilie face on the moon pic(luna) but I just couldn't get it happening this late at night :_}

PSS: I meant on Sunday for Spain...go everybody!!!

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MEXICO!!!
MEXICO!!!
MEXICO!!!


OLE! OLE! OLE!
OLE! OLE! OLE!
OLE! OLE! OLE!





VAMOS MEXICO!!!!
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Re: Agora só faltam 4...

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Couldn´t find a picture of Edmilson´s goal...what a goal!
Yeah, I´m happy now that some improvement has been shown
Freakin ay that was gorgeous. yay Brazil!

And yeeeeaah Mexico! And if I wanted anyone to advance w/ them, I'm glad it's Italy.
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Freakin ay that was gorgeous. yay Brazil!

The best word is to define that goal is MARAVILHOSO mocool

Now it´s waiting until next Monday.
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FORZA AZZURRI!!!

ok they werent great but they did enough and they shouldve had 6 points already, grrr @ linesman.
I'm glad Mexico topped the group though, they deserved it.
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