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Poll: USA-Brazil

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By Steve Goff  |  June 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Brazil , Confederations Cup , Poll , U.S. men's national team  
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Go USA.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | June 27, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I didn't lose hope against spain, and Im not about to lose hope against Brazil. Come on US play with heart, makes us proud.

Posted by: Norteno4life | June 27, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Has Blanco ever been punished for going to the Officials Locker Room and giving his jersey to the head official???

Posted by: VirginiaFan | June 27, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

U.S. in regulation, even though there is no logical or rational basis for such a position.

Posted by: griffin1108 | June 27, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I BELIEVE

Posted by: VercengetorixII | June 27, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

My head says Brazil.

My heart says USA.

The heart has its reasons which the mind can never comprehend.

USA, 2-1.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 27, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

To forestall the inevitable questions: The percentages do not add up to 100 percent because the software that tabulates the responses truncates rather than rounds. For instance, 44.7 percent becomes 44, not 45.

Posted by: universityandpark | June 27, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Voted for U.S. in PKs, probably because I know there's no way in hell its getting that far...

Posted by: MattinSW | June 27, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Voted for U.S. in PKs, probably because I know there's no way in hell its getting that far...

Posted by: MattinSW


huh?

Posted by: akdeac31 | June 27, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

OT: I see that the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has an exhibit on teatime in Welsh Patagonia. That reminded me of Franco Niell, the Patagonian of Cymraeg heritage who briefly played for DCU a while back.

http://www.festival.si.edu/2009/schedule_07_01.aspx#Wales

Posted by: universityandpark | June 27, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Brazil in PK's, and I have absolutely no idea why. I think the game is a complete toss-up.

Posted by: GoUnited | June 27, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Superstition prevents me from making a prediction, so I'll talk about something else:

Anyone else think that tonight is Osorio's last game in charge? Columbus is starting to round into form, they know it's their last game with Rogers and Marshall before the Gold Cup, and they're at home. Plus, NY has arguably their 3 best players (Angel, Celades, and Kandji) all carrying injuries. I feel like we're looking at a 3-0 or worse result in the Crew's favor.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 27, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Chest, I have a friend on a semester abroad in Spain right now, and after the game wednesday he asked me "Do you think we can win the cup final?" My response: "At this point, I'll believe anything."


So you asking if I think it's Osorio's last game in charge gives me the same feeling. They've stuck with him so long, after so many poor personnel decisions (Smith, Pietravallo, the Richards contract), poor efforts from the team, poor game management on his part (He just figured out at the beginning of the month Kandji can't play on the wing. I learned that the second time I watched him play for the Silverbacks), that I'll believe anything. If they finally sack him, it will be long since due. If they keep him, why change things now?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 27, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

As bad as they've been, they still have 13 games to try to recoup the 9 point gap between them and a playoff spot. In the event that they somehow shock everyone and win tonight, it would be 12 games, 6 points, which actually isn't impossible in MLS. It's not likely that they'll pull it off (like I said, I see them getting thrashed tonight), but under Osorio the odds are much worse. Plus, a new coach would get all that time to know the players he might actually want to keep. They need to toss a lot of dead weight, but they're not all useless.

It is a big surprise that the same club that would fire someone with 2 games left in the regular season would leave Osorio in place for so long. They're losing, playing poorly, not scoring, not defending, not disciplined, and their cap situation is poorly managed (even after getting rid of Pietravallo). Maybe they want to use the announcement of a new coach as part of their promotion of the new stadium. Or perhaps they just believe that a 3 game playoff run (can't really count losing the final) chock full of lucky breaks is more of an indicator of the team under Osorio than the other 37 league games, 1 loss to a USL-2 club, and this year's failure to even make the USOC.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 27, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the final will be officiated by a Swedish crew with a Mexican fourth official.

Referee: M Hansson (Swe).

Assistant referees: H Andren (Swe), F Nilsson (Swe).

Fourth official: B Archundia (Mex).

Posted by: addick | June 27, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Sportscenter is about to show a reel of foreign ESPN Broadcasters giving their opinion of the US team. A lot of them are seeming fairly dismissive. Surely this gets shown to the team for the game tomorrow.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 27, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The Red Bulls is just a poor organization. They get decent players, but then after an initial high they invariably slump, and say, "Hey, Angel, be a dear and score for us, won't you?" They've surpassed the Galaxy in poor front office choices.

And they want to make another New York team?

As for the Brazil match, my big questions are 1) Can we pass as well as South Africa did against Brazil? 2) Can Clark Not slide tackle once, and therefore keep 11 on the pitch? and 3) Will Bob sub in Klejstan and Casey, or will we finally see the superior Torres and Adu subs that we've heard so much about (cuz we sure haven't seen them).

What I found remarkable about the South Africa game was how Brazil stopped thinking, and never once used patience. If they had just passed around to each other for a while, got a rythmn, they would have picked SA apart in the run of play. Let's make Kaka and Robinho think they have to be heroes again, charging and arrogant. We might just do this.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 27, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

US Team Pre-Game Tripleheader: "Rocky", "Knute Rockne All-American", "Seven Samurai."

Go get 'em, fellas. Make us proud. GO USA!

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | June 27, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Bretos/Sullivan moment of the night (so far)
Sullivan:the game made me proud to be an American
Bretos: thank you Lee Greenwood

Posted by: jmingus | June 27, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Our chances against Brazil are about tactics. Every team they've played since Dunga has made them look good except for Kuwait, an aging Italy and us.

1. High pressure is critical. Their backline isn't Brazilian technically.
2. Attack down the right flank (their left).
3. Be aggressive in midfield--they concede space when you have the ball and fall back. So push forward quickly--they won't challenge.
5. Watch deadballs. This Brasilian side is overly-dependent on restarts to score. Case in point: when they scored the first goal against us in the confed cup, that means their last 4 goals had all been scored off of deadballs.

Example: look at how South Africa played them to an unlucky piece of detail.

I don't expect the US to win (or tie) because I don't think we'll try those tactics. But this match is winnable (and not on the basis of "any give day") but b/c this is not a particularly good Brazilian team and it has some specific flaws.

Posted by: JoeW1 | June 27, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Would certainly hope the ref starts picking up on the dives by the Brazilians in the final third. Bornstein alone must have got 3 fouls that featured 190 pound men falling with no contact whatsoever. The replays showed acrobatic skill, but nothing else.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 27, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

When they're on, RSL is sooooo much fun to watch.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 27, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

RSL is dominating TFC 3-0 in Sandy. Even old man Clint Mathis is on the scoresheet.

Posted by: sitruc | June 27, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

It will go to penalties. Why? Because it will give the US media another chance to bash soccer.

Posted by: Hoost | June 28, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Shut up soccer world!

USA, Be Champions!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 28, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed there's no third place PBP thread. :P

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Scoreless at half between South Africa and Spain.

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

quick question about feilhaber. is he a good replacement for bradley? i am not that familiar with him - is he any good holding the ball and defensively? i know he's got a good touch and passing skills, but what about the rest? thanks.

Posted by: birdynumnum | June 28, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Pretty cool time lapse of the workers at the Georgia Dome laying down the grass for Mex-Ven last week:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ut1mWZ6jks

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 28, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Thankfully, John Harkes will not be behind the mike. He overkills the mediocre games with illusional nonsense and kills a good game with winded nonsense.

Posted by: juke2 | June 28, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Goal South Africa!

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

SA up 1-0. i've been very impressed with SA. they will definitely make it through to the second round next year...

Posted by: birdynumnum | June 28, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I wish Preki was on the team today...

USA 2, Brasil 1


If it does go to PKs, advantage has to go to Tim Howard...

Posted by: alan19 | June 28, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I can hear singing!

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

#4,372 on my list of things I thought I'd never see: Signs that say "Thanks Sepp Blatter"

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

We have an equalizer in the 88th minute!

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

What was that floater!
Wow.
2-1 Spain

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

A horrible cross goes off the far post and into the goal to put Spain up 2-1 right before stoppage time.

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

i am actually happy spain is winning. makes the US win look more "legitimate". still impressed with SA.

Posted by: birdynumnum | June 28, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Are you serious?

A thunderbolt. A streak of lightning.

2-2
off a free kick

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

gooooollllaaazzzzoooo!!!

Posted by: birdynumnum | June 28, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm ready for some extra time. This is reminding me of the West Virginia football game last season where they were losing and everyone was leaving the stadium to turn around just in time for over time... WVU lost.

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I love soccer

Posted by: carmines757 | June 28, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Spain needs to quit taking shots and continue to cross if they want to score...

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

DC United should go after this Mphela guy...He looks awesome!

Posted by: alan19 | June 28, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone catch why Puyol isn't playing? Is he hurt?

Posted by: jclinger | June 28, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Both teams are gassed. Did South Africa get away with a handball in the box?

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

To answer my own question, yes. South Africa definitely got away with one.

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

DC United should get Matthew Booth.

Posted by: jclinger | June 28, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant free kick.

Spain 3-2 at the beginning of the second extra period.

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The horns don't stop.
Spain 3 South Africa 2
Final

Posted by: sitruc | June 28, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't mind the horns, but I am going to miss hearing, you know, chanting, cheering, applause, my own thoughts...

Brilliant game, hope the final can match up

Posted by: carmines757 | June 28, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Come on RED,WHITE and BLUE. I'm so nervous I could yak. Being a fan is a hundred times harder than coaching or playing. Thats all my brain can process right now.

Posted by: wdkennedy1 | June 28, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why everyone hates the vuvuzelas. I think they're great and it would be completely unfair to suppress the South African soccer culture by banning them for the World Cup. It would be like banning curry from Indian food.

Posted by: GoUnited | June 28, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Grant Wahl is reporting that FIFA is reporting an alleged post-game incident following the USA-Spain match where Michael Bradley confronted the referee for the straight red card in the 87th minute.

If there's an additional suspension beyond today, it could be served at least in part in the Gold Cup (Bradley's not on the roster).

I love to see the passion from Bradley. That was a terrible red card, and I recognize that FIFA has to protect its referees, but I'm glad Michael gave him an earful.

Go USA!

Posted by: billindmd | June 28, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

It would be like banning curry from Indian food.
Posted by: GoUnited
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They'll just replace it with "masala."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 28, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Can't see USA winning. Brasil 3 USA 1

Posted by: tman111 | June 28, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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