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KHenry14
06-23-2011, 03:37 AM
Well, the USA got a bit of revenge today, scratching out a 1-0 victory over Panama. And good ol' Freddy Adu made a great pass to Donovan who fed a streaking Dempsey for the score.

Freddy still has moments of brilliance with the ball at his feet, but he also still makes the occaisional bonehead play. Which makes it all the more frustrating to watch him. You just know that there could be an exceptional player in there if he could only get his head on straight.

Mayra
06-23-2011, 05:30 AM
Woop! It looks like it's going to be Mexico vs USA! :cheer:

NeilJLeonard
06-23-2011, 12:19 PM
Well, the USA got a bit of revenge today, scratching out a 1-0 victory over Panama. And good ol' Freddy Adu made a great pass to Donovan who fed a streaking Dempsey for the score.

Freddy still has moments of brilliance with the ball at his feet, but he also still makes the occaisional bonehead play. Which makes it all the more frustrating to watch him. You just know that there could be an exceptional player in there if he could only get his head on straight.
Pleased with the outcome and mildly surprised considering the way the USA started this competition. However, if you remember how they started the 2009 Confederations Cup & how they survived to make the final in South Africa perhaps they are just being true to form.

I am shocked that Adu got onto the pitch. He's done nothing since he left MLS. I am pleased that he made the most of it & did something positive with his opportunity. Good for him...:)


Woop! It looks like it's going to be Mexico vs USA! :cheer:
I am not shocked that the USA made the final, but I am a bit surprised. See above. I'd have been surprised, and shocked, if Mexico had not made it to the final. Considering their form throughout and the USA's form now it should be a pretty good final. I doubt that Mexico will win 5-0 like they did in 2009....:puke:

ETA: That said, I see Mexico winning the Cup by 2-1 or 2-0. They are at least that much better than the USA right now....:(

Now I have a decision to make. Gold Cup final at 9PM Saturday is very close to the time the Strikers, starting at 730PM at Lockhart Stadium, should be finishing their match. Should I choose the Cup over the Strikers? Or vice versa? Considering the start times, and the fact that I've missed their last 2 home games, I'll see the Strikers to completion, then rush home to catch the 2nd half of the final. Best I can do under the circumstances...:cool:

NJL

Buzz
06-23-2011, 12:52 PM
BTW Jack Warner has resign his position with FIFA but according to reports he stands to collect a handsome pension of around $230,000 per year. Warner will be laughing all the way to the bank.

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/British_press_reports__230_000_FIFA_pension_for_Wa rner-124397838.html

Buzz
06-23-2011, 12:56 PM
Now I have a decision to make. Gold Cup final at 9PM Saturday is very close to the time the Strikers, starting at 730PM at Lockhart Stadium, should be finishing their match. Should I choose the Cup over the Strikers? Or vice versa? Considering the start times, and the fact that I've missed their last 2 home games, I'll see the Strikers to completion, then rush home to catch the 2nd half of the final. Best I can do under the circumstances...:cool: NJL

Or walk with your iPad etc and watch the final online while watching your home team's game. LOL :hat1:

NeilJLeonard
06-24-2011, 01:20 PM
Or walk with your iPad etc and watch the final online while watching your home team's game. LOL :hat1:
No need. It has been posted that TV's and such will be brought to Lockhart Stadium by several Striker fans. I'll find the ones in Sec 115, where the fan clubs are, and watch there.

NJL

Buzz
06-25-2011, 09:13 AM
Who ever said you cannot have your cake and eat it too eh?! ;) hehehe I will be at work for the final match but there is a tv set so I hope to catch as much of the game as possible. Should be a great match. :cheer2:

NeilJLeonard
06-25-2011, 02:45 PM
Who ever said you cannot have your cake and eat it too eh?! ;) hehehe I will be at work for the final match but there is a tv set so I hope to catch as much of the game as possible. Should be a great match. :cheer2:
On further review.....I watched FSC's replay of the USA v Panama last night. I'm not really not that impressed, especially with the USA's play in the middle of the 2nd half. Mexico may actually get a pretty big win tonight. We'll see. BTW, 50% - 60% chance of rain today. I am taking my poncho with me tonight....:(

NJL (...the tropics have returned to SoFL this week....hopefully this will break the drought we've been having...it's the worst recorded in the last 80 years...:eek:...)

Mayra
06-26-2011, 04:19 AM
:cheer: Mexico :cheer:

NeilJLeonard
06-26-2011, 02:00 PM
:cheer: Mexico :cheer:
Mexico sucks....:mad:

But, they deserve credit. After falling behind 0-2 they scored 4 straight goals to win the Cup 2-4. They did prove that they are the best team in CONCACAF, convincingly so. My congrats to them (but it does not mean I have to like it, or them...;)...).

The U-17 WC squad of a few cycles ago provide the Mexicans with a depth of talent that the USA simply can't match. Worse, the Mexicans current U-17 squad is performing at somewhat the same level as that WC Championship team. They should be deeper and more talented in the future. Expect as many as 4 more successive Gold Cup Championships from them in the future...:(...They look to be that good. The USA simply can't match them in player development. Neither can anyone else in CONCACAF.

NJL

Buzz
06-26-2011, 02:52 PM
Cangratulations to Mexico and to Spain for winning the U-21 UEFA crown. Watched both matches and could not believe Mexico could come back like that. Now I guess on to the Women's WC but I am honestly not quiet into that as I am into the men's game.

NeilJLeonard
06-26-2011, 03:35 PM
Cangratulations to Mexico and to Spain for winning the U-21 UEFA crown. Watched both matches and could not believe Mexico could come back like that. Now I guess on to the Women's WC but I am honestly not quiet into that as I am into the men's game.
Team USA is ranked #1 in the world on the woman's side. They are over rated. Both Mexico & England defeated them recently, and the USA had to back into the WWC as the last team to qualify. They also have a pretty decent group in Group play. I hope they can advance, but, on their current form, I'd not be surprised if they didn't.

I expect Germany to win their 3rd WWC in a row. Brazil could take their measure & win their 1st. After those 2 it is a toss up. Pick any other of the 16 teams and you could be right...;)

NJL

NeilJLeonard
06-26-2011, 06:56 PM
Germany 2 v 1 Canada.

Canada fought the good fight & scored the 1st goal against Germany since the 2003 WWC! Good effort by the Canucks against a team that is convinced that they'll win this one! They probably will. Maybe...;)

NJL

alexikeguchi
06-26-2011, 08:21 PM
The U-17 WC squad of a few cycles ago provide the Mexicans with a depth of talent that the USA simply can't match. Worse, the Mexicans current U-17 squad is performing at somewhat the same level as that WC Championship team. They should be deeper and more talented in the future. Expect as many as 4 more successive Gold Cup Championships from them in the future...:(...They look to be that good. The USA simply can't match them in player development. Neither can anyone else in CONCACAF.

NJL

I remember that U17 final and how impressive Dos Santos and Vela were against the likes of Brazil. I really like Mexico's chances in the lead up to 2014. Plus, they are very enjoyable to watch. Their movement is so fluid, and that last goal by Dos Santos was just perfection and a thing of beauty. It's too bad for the US because other than some defensive miscues after Cherundolo went out, I think that was actually their best game. It's really sad that the US has so little depth that the loss of one starter can have such an impact. My sons have played club and ODP soccer in Oklahoma for a few years, and I have to say that our development system is horrible. There is too much emphasis at a young age on winning rather than improving individual skill, and it's ridiculous how expensive a sport that only requires shoes, a ball, and an open space can be. We have a large Mexican-American population here, and most of those kids just play in small sided indoor leagues because they don't have the money for all the travel and fees. As far as I can tell, no one ever scouts those matches, and we are definitely excluding some big talent by just considering the affluent, suburban Anglo kids who are mainly targeting an athletic scholarship rather than a professional career. Hopefully, the new Development Academy approach will bear fruit, but it's going to take some time. Until then, we will have to get used to some butt-kickings like last night.

Gil-Galad
06-26-2011, 09:00 PM
Germany 2 v 1 Canada.

Canada fought the good fight & scored the 1st goal against Germany since the 2003 WWC! Good effort by the Canucks against a team that is convinced that they'll win this one! They probably will. Maybe...;)
Convinced that they'll win this one? I have read that they want to win this one, but also rather balanced articles about the other strong teams.