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Talkin' Tianjin

[updated]

Ni Hao!

Today's adventure takes us to Tianjin, about 90 miles southeast of Beijing and near Bohai Bay on the Pacific. My initial reaction was the name should be changed to Tiangrim, but that's not fair. I'll take a closer look at the city tomorrow.

Anyway, the U.S. team has arrived after escaping that no-show typhoon in Shanghai. England is here as well. It's an odd situation because, as those two sides prepare for Saturday's quarterfinal here, China and New Zealand are playing their Group D finale on the other side of town this evening.

As you probably know by now, Canada blew its chance to reach the quarterfinals by allowing Australia to score in added time to earn a 2-2 tie and steal the point needed to advance. And a nice effort by Ghana, eh? Norway 7, Black Queens 2.

Tonight's results send Brazil (1-0 over Denmark) and China (2-0 over NZ) through to the quarters. So on Sunday, it will be:

Norway vs. China in Wuhan (winner plays Germany or North Korea on Wednesday)
Brazil vs. Australia in Tianjin (winner plays USA or England on Thursday)

On a side note, Europe is using the WWC to determine Olympic qualifying. Three teams will earn berths, and with Germany and Norway on their way to the quarters, they are in. England is not eligible because Britain goes to the Olympics as a whole and does not field a soccer team made up of its four parts (England, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland). So from what I can tell, Sweden and Denmark will have a playoff to determine the final Olympic slot.

Some non-WWC news to share:

*The long-rumored USA men's friendly at South Africa on Nov. 17 will be announced later today.

*I hear Columbus made a serious push to acquire Eddie Pope from Real Salt Lake before the roster deadline, but could not work out a deal. No confirmation, just something from the grapevine.

By Steve Goff  |  September 20, 2007; 8:49 AM ET
Categories:  Women  
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Comments

Completely unrelated, but... Brazil's WNT is a pleasure to watch. Lots of good, skillful soccer.

Is a US-Brazil final possible?

Posted by: Joe Doc | September 20, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

nope - but a US-Brazil semi final is

Posted by: emanon | September 20, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Look for a Brasil-USA semifinal a week hence, assuming they survive China/Denmark and England, respectively, in the quarters.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 9:32 AM | Report abuse

China got their second

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

It will be nice to see the US play a different team in a different environment in preparation for the next WC.

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Brazilian goal in stoppage after a defensive mistake. No Olympics or second round for Denmark.

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

What does a Brazil goal have to do with Denmark?

Posted by: RK | September 20, 2007 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Just in case Heather Mitts had forgotten, Rob Stone reminded her that she is injured again.

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I think Rob Stone might be injured by Heather Mitts by the time the WC is over...

Posted by: RK | September 20, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

If Denmark had won the game then they would have advanced and China would have been eliminated (due to GD since both teams would have ended up with 4 points)

Posted by: emanon | September 20, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I would not for a second look past this England side. They have a hard core of talented players who have been playing together and riding a wave of success in tough competitions; they will have the support of the Chinese fans; they are drawing huge numbers on TV in England (which I think helps their mentality in China), and Hope Powell clearly knows what she's doing. They can move the ball through the midfield, which is where we are so vulnerable right now, and they have at least one lethal finisher in Smith, two if you count Yankey.

Oh, and since the WWC has been scheduled for quite a while to be played in September in China, England has actually trained in wet conditions (of course, they have no choice), while apparently training in likely match conditons never occurred to the WNT that has been in residency for how many years?

So, Brazil/USA would be great, but there certainly remains a bit a hard work to do before we get there.

Posted by: WNT fan | September 20, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

What does a Brazil goal have to do with Denmark?

Posted by: RK | September 20, 2007 09:52 AM
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The goal in question was scored against Denmark.

The Olympic berth for Sweden is probably a suitable consolation prize for having been put into the group of death. And as DiCicco pointed out, more exposure for stars such as Ljungberg, Svensson, and Schelin would be nice.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Just in case Heather Mitts had forgotten, Rob Stone reminded her that she is injured again.

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 09:56 AM
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Perhaps Stone is trying to convey this information to the audience, by way of explaining to them why Mitts is in Connecticut rather than China. I suppose there are always people tuning in for the first time who have to be told this, but it is getting repetitive for the rest of us.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks...I thought China was playing Denmark.

Posted by: RK | September 20, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

According to the rules listed at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_at_the_2008_Summer_Olympics_-_Women%27s_qualification

there should be a playoff between Denmark and Sweden to determine which team gets the final UEFA spot in the Olympics (the other 2 going to Germany & Norway)

Posted by: emanon | September 20, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Conversations I'd like to hear: Part 1.

Heather: Hey Rob! The knee rehab is going great. Look how hard I can use my knee to...

Rob: AAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 20, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Opps - just saw the update. Well, I guess good to know that Goff's sources and wikipedia convey the same information

Posted by: emanon | September 20, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"England is not eligible because Britain goes to the Olympics as a whole and does not field a soccer team made up of its four parts (England, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland)."

Thanks Steve, I had always wondered about that. Is the same true for the men? Has GB never fielded a unified soccer team?

Posted by: Greifie | September 20, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Well, I guess good to know that Goff's sources and wikipedia convey the same information

Posted by: emanon | September 20, 2007 10:20 AM
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Now someone needs to get the word to Tony DiCicco, who made it sound as if Sweden was through to the Olympics.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_national_football_team

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 10:53 AM
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I thought this was going to be Error 404: File Not Found.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 20, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Stone is trying to convey this information to the audience, by way of explaining to them why Mitts is in Connecticut rather than China. I suppose there are always people tuning in for the first time who have to be told this, but it is getting repetitive for the rest of us.
I got what Stone was doing Section 410. I just think it is funny that every time we see her, Stone explains that she is hurt. That can't be fun for her and many of the people who know her know and if not well... Greatest Team You've Never Heard Of... so no explanation necessary.

Sorry if I confused anybody with the entire Denmark thing. Also, the broadcasts this morning made it sound like the Olympics were decided for the Euro teams in the tournament and said nothing about tiebreaker games. I'm sure they'll mention that in their next broadcast...

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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