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I am going to see Barcelona vs Chelsea at Fedex Field in DC on July 28th. This is my son's dream since he is a huge Messi fan.
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Nice. Is that part of some tournament, or a friendly?

I'm going to see the U.S. Women's team vs. Nigeria at the World Cup in Vancouver.
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Lassr wrote:I am going to see Barcelona vs Chelsea at Fedex Field in DC on July 28th. This is my son's dream since he is a huge Messi fan.
I hope you steel yourself for the hellish experience that is getting into and out of that stadium.

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Alefroth wrote:Nice. I'm going to see the U.S. Women's team vs. Nigeria at the World Cup in Vancouver.
My friend is going to one of the world cup games in Canada and asked if I wanted to go but I had to pass.
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Alefroth wrote:Nice. I'm going to see the U.S. Women's team vs. Nigeria at the World Cup in Vancouver.
My friend is going to one of the world cup games in Canada and asked if I wanted to go but I had to pass.
Yeah, that'd be kind of a trip for you. I live 45 minutes from Vancouver. Which one is he going to, do you know?

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Alefroth wrote:Nice. Is that part of some tournament, or a friendly?

I'm going to see the U.S. Women's team vs. Nigeria at the World Cup in Vancouver.
My son said it was part of qualifying so the regular players should play. Not sure qualifying for what. They have so many different tournaments.
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Lassr wrote:I am going to see Barcelona vs Chelsea at Fedex Field in DC on July 28th. This is my son's dream since he is a huge Messi fan.
I hope you steel yourself for the hellish experience that is getting into and out of that stadium.

Beyond that, enjoy!
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Alefroth wrote:Nice. I'm going to see the U.S. Women's team vs. Nigeria at the World Cup in Vancouver.
My friend is going to one of the world cup games in Canada and asked if I wanted to go but I had to pass.
Yeah, that'd be kind of a trip for you. I live 45 minutes from Vancouver. Which one is he going to, do you know?
I think he said Winnipeg but not sure which game.
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Alefroth wrote:Nice. I'm going to see the U.S. Women's team vs. Nigeria at the World Cup in Vancouver.
My friend is going to one of the world cup games in Canada and asked if I wanted to go but I had to pass.
Yeah, that'd be kind of a trip for you. I live 45 minutes from Vancouver. Which one is he going to, do you know?
I think he said Winnipeg but not sure which game.
They are playing matches in Winnipeg? They must really be spreading this out. Tell me they are also playing matches in Regina.

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Playing from Vancouver to Moncton

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No matches in Regina :-( Damnit, I would have loved to have gone.
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After failing to make chances pay, The US Women finally put Mexico down in the 2nd half.

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Lassr wrote:I am going to see Barcelona vs Chelsea at Fedex Field in DC on July 28th. This is my son's dream since he is a huge Messi fan.
Hope he gets to see Messi play. Last few friendlies I've been to, some of the big names sat.

Either way, though, a great matchup.
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One match in Women World Cup and already controversy. A questionable penalty in extra time gifts Canada a win over a very underdog, but dogged China. I personally would not of awarded that penalty.

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mori wrote:One match in Women World Cup and already controversy. A questionable penalty in extra time gifts Canada a win over a very underdog, but dogged China. I personally would not of awarded that penalty.
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Wait, they're playing on turf?

I missed the game last night (hockey was on at every single bar) but reading up on it today and apparently the pitch sucks.
Wambach said playing on turf in the World Cup will force her to second guess whether to slide tackle to or go for a diving header, since that can result in bloody elbows, knees and hip bones.

Turf fields are also much hotter than natural grass fields. The surface at this Saturday's cup opener in Edmonton, in which Canada beat China 1-0, reportedly reached 120 degrees an hour before kickoff. At Sunday's games in Ottawa, the field temperature reached 130 degrees.

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Some fantastic play last night USA vs. Australia.

Some horrible yellow card calls as well, though (against USA).

I realllllly much prefer women's soccer over men's for some reason (and not just the US team).

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LawBeefaroni wrote:Wait, they're playing on turf?

I missed the game last night (hockey was on at every single bar) but reading up on it today and apparently the pitch sucks.
Wambach said playing on turf in the World Cup will force her to second guess whether to slide tackle to or go for a diving header, since that can result in bloody elbows, knees and hip bones.

Turf fields are also much hotter than natural grass fields. The surface at this Saturday's cup opener in Edmonton, in which Canada beat China 1-0, reportedly reached 120 degrees an hour before kickoff. At Sunday's games in Ottawa, the field temperature reached 130 degrees.

Spoilered for "turfburn" pics:
They haven't discovered grass in Canada yet.

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mori wrote: They haven't discovered grass in Canada yet.
There sure was a lot of it on the slopes for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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So the USMNT just beat the Netherlands and Germany (Germany!) in the space of a few days. A sign of good things to come, or just a couple of friendlies that shouldn't be taken seriously?

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AWS260 wrote:So the USMNT just beat the Netherlands and Germany (Germany!) in the space of a few days. A sign of good things to come, or just a couple of friendlies that shouldn't be taken seriously?
Depends how good you think Muller, Kroos, and Neuer are. Granted I think the US was missing some key players too but Germany was far more depleted. I think it's just some friendlies that are good for experience and confidence but not good for rating the teams.
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AWS260 wrote:So the USMNT just beat the Netherlands and Germany (Germany!) in the space of a few days. A sign of good things to come, or just a couple of friendlies that shouldn't be taken seriously?
Depends how good you think Muller, Kroos, and Neuer are. Granted I think the US was missing some key players too but Germany was far more depleted. I think it's just some friendlies that are good for experience and confidence but not good for rating the teams.
Germany and Holland shouldn't be losing to the USMNT at home, friendly or otherwise.
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AWS260 wrote:So the USMNT just beat the Netherlands and Germany (Germany!) in the space of a few days. A sign of good things to come, or just a couple of friendlies that shouldn't be taken seriously?
Depends how good you think Muller, Kroos, and Neuer are. Granted I think the US was missing some key players too but Germany was far more depleted. I think it's just some friendlies that are good for experience and confidence but not good for rating the teams.
Germany and Holland shouldn't be losing to the USMNT at home, friendly or otherwise.
But they did. Does that make US the better team? I say no.
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AWS260 wrote:So the USMNT just beat the Netherlands and Germany (Germany!) in the space of a few days. A sign of good things to come, or just a couple of friendlies that shouldn't be taken seriously?
Depends how good you think Muller, Kroos, and Neuer are. Granted I think the US was missing some key players too but Germany was far more depleted. I think it's just some friendlies that are good for experience and confidence but not good for rating the teams.
Germany and Holland shouldn't be losing to the USMNT at home, friendly or otherwise.
But they did. Does that make US the better team? I say no.
No, certainly not. Just more opportunistic in both cases.
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Rapinoe cross from the fucking by-line!

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I do not anticipate the USWNT to get much past the first knock out round. Germany and a few other teams, would destroy them.

I think Men in Blazers have this team figured out. They are England and Jill Ellis is Roy Hodgson. They do not adapt and many other teams have passed them by. 1999 is this team's England's 1966.

Should be interesting in the next Women World Cup and if the African nations continue their ascendency. I guess that all depends on FIFA policies and the associated $$$ pipeline. And Brazil? WTF!

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A much better performance by the USWNT against China. Even though they only won 1-0, they did a lot of things right. The high pressing, wingers acting as proper wingers, the back four pushing up, etc. Keep Wombach on the bench and only make her a late sub. If Rapinoe comes in the next match and does not play like O'Hara did in this match, bench her as well. I think Judy Johnston has been the MVP of this team. I like how she does being a central defender stopper. I have not seen an opposition forward get the best of her the entire tournament or has lost an aerial duel.

The next match against Germany is going to be the biggest test of the WC and the winner of this should win the cup. Sort of pessimistic about our chances because I am sure Jill Ellis will go back to her old ways for that match. I can just see Rapinoe cutting inside running into cul-de-sacs while Wombach is pitching a fit and yelling at everyone. Germany 3-1. Hope I am wrong.

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mori wrote:A much better performance by the USWNT against China. Even though they only won 1-0, they did a lot of things right. The high pressing, wingers acting as proper wingers, the back four pushing up, etc. Keep Wombach on the bench and only make her a late sub. If Rapinoe comes in the next match and does not play like O'Hara did in this match, bench her as well. I think Judy Johnston has been the MVP of this team. I like how she does being a central defender stopper. I have not seen an opposition forward get the best of her the entire tournament or has lost an aerial duel.

The next match against Germany is going to be the biggest test of the WC and the winner of this should win the cup. Sort of pessimistic about our chances because I am sure Jill Ellis will go back to her old ways for that match. I can just see Rapinoe cutting inside running into cul-de-sacs while Wombach is pitching a fit and yelling at everyone. Germany 3-1. Hope I am wrong.
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mori wrote:A much better performance by the USWNT against China. Even though they only won 1-0, they did a lot of things right. The high pressing, wingers acting as proper wingers, the back four pushing up, etc. Keep Wombach on the bench and only make her a late sub. If Rapinoe comes in the next match and does not play like O'Hara did in this match, bench her as well. I think Judy Johnston has been the MVP of this team. I like how she does being a central defender stopper. I have not seen an opposition forward get the best of her the entire tournament or has lost an aerial duel.

The next match against Germany is going to be the biggest test of the WC and the winner of this should win the cup. Sort of pessimistic about our chances because I am sure Jill Ellis will go back to her old ways for that match. I can just see Rapinoe cutting inside running into cul-de-sacs while Wombach is pitching a fit and yelling at everyone. Germany 3-1. Hope I am wrong.
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It was not a good game to watch as the USA dominated but only got 1 goal. It was good from a tactical and technical viewpoint. The Chinese were never in the match and their tactics were woeful.

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Thanks. Skipping.

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mori wrote:It was not a good game to watch as the USA dominated but only got 1 goal. It was good from a tactical and technical viewpoint. The Chinese were never in the match and their tactics were woeful.
Sounds just like Japan/Australia today.

Well, except it was a good game to watch if you liked corners.
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It was a match that Australia could of won to as they were more into the game than China was. The more I think about it the more that the China coach will be told to line up against a wall when he gets back to Bejing. This was a very beatable USA squad and he just threw it away with his boneheaded tactics. Interested in the Canada/England match but I think this is either USA or Germany's cup. Unless Canada gets to the final that is...

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Fingers crossed for the U.S. against Germany tonight. Hope Solo could be in for a busy night.

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[Hope Solo busy night joke here]


Looking forward to it too. We're going to a BBQ tonight that just happens to be hosted by a German family. No TV but they have every streaming service imaginable so hoping to see some of it.
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mori wrote:I do not anticipate the USWNT to get much past the first knock out round. Germany and a few other teams, would destroy them.
Never bet against the USWNT when the World Cup is on the line!!

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mori wrote:I do not anticipate the USWNT to get much past the first knock out round. Germany and a few other teams, would destroy them.
Never bet against the USWNT when the World Cup is on the line!!

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Whew. Glad we got that second goal, since the PK call was just a leettle bit bullshit (the foul was clearly outside the box).

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