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LB14
02:31 PM on 06/05/2010
I really like this team. It will be interesting to see how this roster does. It's going to be fun to watch. There is nothing like the World Cup.

Tim Howard is going to have his hands full. If Howard can play like one of the best goalies in the world, then the US has a shot to go far. :)
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vonPinto
Who Dares Win.
02:20 PM on 06/05/2010
USA!! USA!!!! USA!!!!!!!

I hope they will keep this good performance at the real World Cup.
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Equinator
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01:44 PM on 06/05/2010
Is it just me, or does the defense seem a little porous? With that fast light ball, more shots are going to be made from distance.
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jymfrancais
Vieux motard que Jamais.
04:33 PM on 06/05/2010
that ball is like a beach volley ball. lloris the french keeper got a taste of it yesterday against china
not good.
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repuglycon
Desert Bird
01:28 PM on 06/05/2010
Coach Bradly's press conferences always make me nervous because you ask yourself what did he say? Hopefully it's a coaching tactic. When a starting player is not on the boil then he should be subbed out sooner. Judging from the Australia game, more Beasley less Dempsey. More attacking from the central midfield.
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jdrourke
Please don't let my facts deflate your ignorance.
01:16 PM on 06/05/2010
Good for our team! Let's just hope they can bring their best against the better teams during the Cup...

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dgoshilla
01:14 PM on 06/05/2010
Yes the horns are awful. As for the game, is it me or is Dempsey just as bad? He is a huge hole on defense and in his inability to simply trap the ball. He gives the ball away every time he touches it.
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Winthorpe
Need a fourth for squash
04:57 PM on 06/05/2010
Oh no, are those still there? After watching us play Spain and Brasil in SA, I needed months of treatment to remove those from my head.
12:42 PM on 06/05/2010
Well you know it IS Australia! Its not like its Brazil
02:00 PM on 06/05/2010
You don't know anything about football. this is not like the sports you play here. The best team not always win. Beating Australia is a great win. Beating anybody is a great win. Brazil has lost sooooo many games you wouldn't believe it. The USA has a very decent team and they can beat England and Brazil. Again, this is not the NFL or NBA.
The greatness of football is that a Honduras can beat Brazil anytime.
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03:03 PM on 06/05/2010
Hey Madrid, lets not forget that the US also gave España its first defeat in years. Great team España is, though. It's their time.
03:44 PM on 06/05/2010
If you believe the better team always wins in American football, basketball, baseball or any other sport, then its you who don't know squat.

Good teams have bad days. Not so good teams have outstanding days. Even when a team is playing better than another team it is no guarantee of victory. Individual players can make critical mistakes or exceed their typical skill for an amazing play. Refs make bad calls. People sometimes just get out and out lucky.
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KIVPossum
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03:26 PM on 06/05/2010
Don't put your eggs in the Brazil basket this year.
03:35 PM on 06/05/2010
Why not? No European team has ever won the World Cup outside Europe...making Brazil an even greater favourite this time around.
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12:39 PM on 06/05/2010
Australia's team is a joke.

Good thing Team USA beat them, otherwise that's what it needed to an embarrassing loss. Hopefully they'll beat England.
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pending
03:27 PM on 06/05/2010
Australia went better than the US in the last world cup.
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KIVPossum
Moldova Marsupial
03:31 PM on 06/05/2010
That was then, this is now. The US will easily make the round of 16. Australia is a maybe.
09:40 PM on 06/05/2010
Everyone knows that most of how far you advance in the World Cup is based on what Group you draw. (Except for the titans like Brazil, Germany, etc). In 2006 the US had much tougher group than the Socceroos. This time it seems the US have the easier group.
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2tango
Liberte Fraternite et Egalite
12:08 PM on 06/05/2010
Let see when the moment of truth arrives. and who have it, and who doesn't. so far are friendly games with irrelevant result.
12:01 PM on 06/05/2010
The US are just awful to watch.

Bob Bradley still doesn't know whose in his starting eleven.

We have players in the 23 who have seen virtually no time in qualifiers/friendlies. This is particularly true with Findley, Buddle and Gomez.

Our back four are just as questionable where we still don't know who the outside backs will be (though after Philly it looks like Cherondolo will start).

In the Philly match, Onyewu demonstrated that his is not physically-ready to play. But his mistake in Philly (that led to a goal) wasn't a matter of fitness, it was a matter of technique. He failed to properly wrap-up his mark.

Howard's decision making was awful in Philly.

Our second best creative/technical player (Jose Torres) doesn't see the field.

We have a strong holding midfielder in Michael Bradley, but he insists on going forward (and his dad doesn't seem to mind).

Landon Donovan is a very, very good player, but we have a hard time getting him the ball. Dempsey has been inconsistent.

Bottom line: US national team needs much better leadership. My sense is that we don't get out of our group.
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jdrourke
Please don't let my facts deflate your ignorance.
01:17 PM on 06/05/2010
Hang in there with them; they've got a few more days to iron things out...

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sf girl
I like my micro-bio empty.
01:27 PM on 06/05/2010
To what "mistake" by Onyewu are you referring? He wasn't even playing in the first half when Turkey scored.
02:06 PM on 06/05/2010
My apologies ... I was referring to the Hartford match vs Czech Republic.

As you may recall, Onyewu failed to wrap-up Sivok his header. The announcers focused on Onyewu's inability to jump, but the bigger problem was more of technique than physicality. From a technical perspective, he failed to wrap-up (hold) Sivok. Onyewu was out of position. This is fairly basic soccer at the collegiate/professional level.

Onyewu has a great body...but in all candor he's not much of a soccer player. In addition to his lack of marking skills, Onyewu is terrible in distribution.

Typical of US soccer, we worry more about athleticism than creativity, technical skills and tactical awareness.
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Bundenthal
02:36 AM on 06/06/2010
Gooch allowed the guy to push up and off his shoulders to get to the ball, while Gooch then couldn't even jump.
11:52 AM on 06/05/2010
The whole point of getting the World Cup or any Championship sports event on your home turf is to have an advantage.

I don't even know what a vuvuwhatchamacallit is, but if it's been around for a long time and has been used at Federation Cup matches, then I can't imagine what the problem is. Those things the Koreans banged together were pretty annoying too, as are the fog horns and cow bells and God knows what else that people bring to matches in Latin America and Europe.

If the vuvuthingamadingies are truly annoying, then they will annoy both teams in a match between two non-African teams, so neither will get an advantage.

If a non-African team is playing an African team, then I guess the African team will have an advantage, but that's the whole point of fighting to get a Championship on your own fields, to have an advantage.

Look. Those of us who live in the US tolerate football fans at New York Jets games who get drunk and ask women to expose their, ahem, upper torsos at the "venue." What problem can we possibly have with fans who use these noise makers?
01:12 AM on 06/06/2010
There you go! Open minded fellow!
Fanned!
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affidavit
11:24 AM on 06/05/2010
Don't get too excited. The US did not play that well and they were in fact dominated by Australia in the second half. Please ban the vuvuzelas!!!!
11:59 AM on 06/05/2010
Dominated...

The same way Italy dominated Mexico.
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12:38 PM on 06/05/2010
Haha, Mexico destroyed Italy. The 2-1 score is deceptive, it was 2-0 the whole time, they just got lucky.
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Equinator
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01:46 PM on 06/05/2010
Lets also hope for better refs.
11:15 AM on 06/05/2010
To all those complaining about the vuvuzuelas:

A little humility and open mindedness is required here!
Imagine that the South Africans have been doing this for decades and enjoy it more and more. They are human beings like you. How come they are enjoying it instead of getting annoyed by it???

Answer: It is ALL about the ATTITUDE people bring towards the sound of the vuvuzelas!

A whole lot of stuff that is done in European and South American Stadiums by Ultras and hooligans is obviously loud, deafening and blinding! There are health hazards from the Smoke bombs and flares as well! Yet NOBODY has called for those things to be banned with such VEHEMENCE with which people are fighting to ban the vuvuzuelas!!! Go figure!

This reminds me of the time when the African Football Federation, at an African Nations Cup, introduced the practice of having multiple balls ready so that a ball was tossed in as soon as the current one was kicked way out of the pitch. German Commentators (I was in Germany at the time) kept making ARROGANT statements like; "This was not the intention of the inventors of this game!" Today, what the Africans introduced has become STANDARD PRACTICE all over the World.

A little bit of humility and open-mindedness is required!!!
11:22 AM on 06/05/2010
By the way, MOST of the foreign fans that are already in South Africa, proceeded first to buy their vuvuzuelas. I guess the fun and joy of the vuvuzuelas is CONTAGIOUS!

If you watched the different fans in this game, then you saw them ENJOYING their vuvuzuelas!
11:32 AM on 06/05/2010
The vuvuzuelas are highly distracting and should indeed have been banned from the World Cup.

It's particularly obnoxious when African fans blow them during matches not involving African nations.
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theo47
There are no answers; only choices.
12:24 PM on 06/05/2010
Sorry, but that's ridiculous. This was South Africa's chance to shine in the spotlight, and they are (literally) blowing it. Why FIFA and ESPN did not make banning the vuvuzelas a condition of hosting the Cup is beyond me.

This wasn't even a game involving South Africa (or any African nation, for that matter) - it was the USA and Australia, and it was an exhibition. It's going to be ten times worse during actual Cup play. There have already been instances where the players cannot hear because of the horns.

I was looking forward to the World Cup, but if FIFA and ESPN want to blow millions of dollars and a huge opportunity to grow the game in order to appease local culture, that is their right. But I won't be tuning in unless they address the problem.
12:56 AM on 06/06/2010
Thank you and Good bye!
Stay away from the games!
We sure don't want your type destroying the FUN for everybody else!
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Ajita
11:05 AM on 06/05/2010
Sweet! I missed the game, but its nice to see the guys doing well. Our team is in pretty good shape and I have high hopes for them. Go USA!
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Don2k9
10:49 AM on 06/05/2010
Is that suppose to be Australia rules football, how come the Americans won?
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princeza
11:05 AM on 06/05/2010
It was a soccer game (or what most of the world calls football). It was a World Cup tune-up game.
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Don2k9
11:38 AM on 06/05/2010
mate,that supposed to be a joke.
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Equinator
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01:47 PM on 06/05/2010
At times I was not sure what game the ref thought it was.