Posted by Brad @ 12:07 pm on June 26th 2010

Ghana-USA Open Thread

Sadly, I won’t be here – I’ll be at a baseball game, tickets bought before it would have occurred to me that the World Cup Round of 16 USA game would be today. (Although, it’s a cool game, an AL home gome for the Blue Jays, at Citizens Bank Park). But, on the off-chance anybody is about, have at it.


  1. 104′ Ghana’s strategy: posess and dive after every successful US challenge.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:39 pm

  2. Not that we can’t…or aren’t…diving as well.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:40 pm

  3. Halfway point of extra time. The US has fifteen minutes to put an actual meaningful attack plan together against a team that is going to have eleven men behind the ball.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:42 pm


    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:45 pm

  5. Bornstein wins a FK on the outside left corner of the penalty area.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:46 pm

  6. 109′ Donovan’s in-swinger is punched clear well by Kingston. A lot of US heads in there.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:46 pm

  7. And now Ghana has the ball back, and the US gets to chase it.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:47 pm

  8. MORE diving by Ghana. It’s really awful, but unavoidable at this stage.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:48 pm

  9. That wasn’t nice.

    Comment by fred — 6/26/2010 @ 4:48 pm

  10. There need to be at least two minutes of extra time at the end here, not that it looks it will make a difference.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:49 pm

  11. No imagination; no possession; no wide play; no legs left; no hope. We’re ghaners.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:50 pm

  12. Dolo earns a corner on the right side. This could well be our last chance.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:51 pm

  13. The corner, and another ensuing cross, don’t clear the first man. We don’t have the quads left to get the ball or ourselves where we need to be.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:52 pm

  14. 116′ CK Ghana.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:53 pm

  15. 117′ And now we’ve more or less stopped chasing the ball.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:54 pm

  16. 120′ One last US CK.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:57 pm

  17. Howard up. 3 minutes extra time. Howard up. Kingston punches the CK wide.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:58 pm

  18. Howard damn near got his head to that CK.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:58 pm

  19. US actually getting chances here somehow. 122′.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 4:59 pm

  20. Too bad. Good game.

    Comment by fred — 6/26/2010 @ 5:02 pm

  21. ET Ghana 2:1 US.

    A 50-50 game, but at the most important moments of the match, Ghana were composed in front of goal and the US wasn’t composed in defense.

    We have been eliminated in two straight World Cups by an African LDC with one twentieth of our population. That’s not OK anymore.

    I’m out of here.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 5:02 pm

  22. The Blue Jays won.

    I caught the first 25 minutes, and Ghana looked great—possession ball, as you say. One thing I can say though, as I traveled from a soccer bar in Center City to the game, and then at the game, there was not a free TV anywhere without a sea of people. McFadden’s, the sports bar in Citizen’s Bank Park, had to have at least 1000 people spilling out of it, so they set a TV outside, and got another 500 people to mill about it. I think Rojas is right about America becoming a fair weather soccer country.

    Comment by Brad — 6/26/2010 @ 9:00 pm

  23. Quadrennially, anyway. Americans are clearly up for the World Cup as an event. That will translate, to some limited extent, to interest in the domestic league…and when combined with the increased visibility of international clubs, to interest among young athletes in pursuing soccer as a career.

    The door is open. But at the moment, it’s hard to look forward to 20 years from now. >:(

    Comment by Rojas — 6/26/2010 @ 9:32 pm

  24. The US played a better World Cup than the English, but I guess our fans don’t let woeful play depress their enthusiasm. I thought the US played pretty well but just need to start stronger; it’s like they want to spend the first ten minutes of anything warming up.

    Of England, the less said the better. What a farrago.

    Comment by Adam — 6/27/2010 @ 1:37 pm

  25. I fucking christ, could there be a better argument for some kind of replay or electronically wired recommendation to the ref than today’s to clearly wrong and critical calls? I mean shit, first England’s goal that wasn’t given, and now yet another fucking gift to the Hand of God Argentines. He was two fucking yards offsides! Man FIFA needs to get this shit together.

    Comment by Jack — 6/27/2010 @ 3:00 pm

  26. Yeah, this sort of near-randomness is a crippling blow where the recruitment of new fans is concerned.

    I support video review in the case of goals only–and not in the case of goals disallowed for offside.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/27/2010 @ 4:59 pm

  27. The US played a better World Cup than the English, but I guess our fans donít let woeful play depress their enthusiasm.

    If the USA advanced further than the English, I was going to make a highlight reel of bad English play set to Bennie Hill music, complete with slide-whistles, duck quacks, and bicycle horns for the more egregious errors and missed chances (Hand of Clod, disallowed goal, et al).

    What might have been. :(

    Comment by Brad — 6/28/2010 @ 11:16 am

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