Posted by Rojas @ 3:13 am on June 23rd 2010

Algeria-USA liveblog

2:10 AM and I can’t sleep for worrying about this game. Perhaps staking out the liveblog in advance will prove soporific.

I smell catastrophe upon the wind.

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  1. I. LOVE. SOCCER.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/23/2010 @ 11:52 am

  2. So much fucking injustice. TWO disallowed legitimate goals. I had ABSOLUTELY given up.

    Mario Chalmers doesn’t compare. KU hadn’t been fighting to put the ball in the basket for 90 minutes.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/23/2010 @ 11:54 am

  3. And the ESPN site goes down. :)

    Comment by Brad — 6/23/2010 @ 11:54 am

  4. Hey, Slovenia? Long fucking plane trip home. Enjoy the memories. Your World Cup highlight was a disallowed goal. Die, you Alpine fucks. Die.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/23/2010 @ 11:55 am

  5. You see how Donovan slid after his goal? He really wants to be playing Rugby. Don’t worry, folks, the REAL world cup is just around the corner.

    Is Beasley ok for the next game?

    four more games to go…

    Comment by Jerrod — 6/23/2010 @ 11:56 am

  6. All US players OK for the next match.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/23/2010 @ 11:58 am

  7. Hey, I love me some rugby. Many American soccer fans do. That’s not a rivalry that’ll fly here. NICHE SPORTS UNITE. :)

    Comment by Rojas — 6/23/2010 @ 11:58 am

  8. Man, what a goal too. That was the USA team not…fucking…around…anymore.

    Comment by Brad — 6/23/2010 @ 11:58 am

  9. What a fucking cock-tease of a game that was.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/23/2010 @ 11:59 am

  10. What a cock-tease of a group. England and the USA getting out of the group, remember, was the obvious result, right up until everyone started playing.

    Comment by Brad — 6/23/2010 @ 12:03 pm

  11. My girlfriend in college played soccer, so I watched some there, but that was a long time ago.

    I watched some of the ’98 world cup, enjoying the spirit of international competition. I watched the Japan/Korea world cup. Struggled to enjoy the game with the diving and lack of scoring. Watched some of the 2006 series as well, still struggled to really get engaged.

    But now, a full 12 years later, I “get” it. I’m totally enjoying these games, even the shitty ones, as I feel that I’m seeing enough of the game to be able to understand what is happening. I can tell when a game is crap now and I feel that I’ve got a place to stand to critique gameplay.

    I’m very very excited for the rest of this. Fucking time zones are my worst enemy though.

    Congrats to USA. Bring ’em on.

    (and yeah, Rojas, I expect you to be here next year too.)

    You guys ever consider doing a skype conference call during these games? Could be fun.

    Comment by Jerrod — 6/23/2010 @ 12:06 pm

  12. Now to see how D plays out. We’ll get the #2.

    Comment by Brad — 6/23/2010 @ 12:07 pm

  13. FIFA just dodged a massive bullet in terms of marketing revenue, by the way. If the US had failed to advance based on two unjustly disallowed goals, it would have done ENORMOUS damage to the mainstream acceptance of the sport here.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/23/2010 @ 12:08 pm

  14. And the hero on that goal?

    Howard.

    Check out the play again. The best thing about it is the initial outlet to Donovan in stride.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/23/2010 @ 12:12 pm

  15. The winner of the US’s round of 16 match will play the winner of Uruguay-South Korea in the Quarters.

    Just saying, is all.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/23/2010 @ 1:30 pm

  16. I’m trying to figure out which of the D teams I hope we play. Pretty sure Ghana and Germany aren’t on that list, for psychological reasons if nothing else.

    Comment by Brad — 6/23/2010 @ 1:35 pm

  17. Although hell, I could get down with a grudge match.

    Comment by Brad — 6/23/2010 @ 1:35 pm

  18. I’ll go with “not Germany”; they’re the only one of those teams against which we have a serious talent deficiency.

    USA-Serbia would be the most boring game in history, with both teams bunkering and countering. If we play Ghana we’d face a hostile crowd. It’s a mess any way you look at it.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/23/2010 @ 1:47 pm

  19. What a great game to watch. Not often do you see such team spirit. And yeah, Howard. Congratulations!

    Comment by fred — 6/23/2010 @ 6:34 pm

  20. Heh.

    Comment by Brad — 6/25/2010 @ 3:51 pm

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