CZE 3 USA 0: We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Program

So much for soccer. We all know baseball is the greatest world sport. And at least we won’t have to put up with any more crap like this until 2010. Aufwiedersehen.

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  • I am sure nobody will comment on this…so I will…
    The US soccer team was ranked number 2 in the world, but let us get one thing straight…those rankings make the idiots who run the BCS look like Einstein.
    The US is in the hardest group in the world cup, with 3 teams that were favorable to make it to the quarters and semis. The worst part of this loss is that now every soccer hating redneck is going to come out of the woodwork claiming that soccer is horrible, and that it is only popular in third world countries…and how the rest of the world could never beat us in other sports.
    I got a news flash for you who think that way, we got beat in baseball, basketball and I am willing to wager that there is a team someplace that could kill the Steelers. We are no longer the best in sports, people play the sports we do, and they play it better.
    If you are happy with being second and third, sourth, or worse yet being eliminated in the first round to countries like Germany, England, France and Brazil, Angola, Czech republic and so many countries, then by all means be happy with mediocrity…but I am not happy with mediocrity.
    Oddly I am a sox fan though, and have been for 20+ years… I guess you could say I have been living with a lot of mediocrity at some points in those years….

    TheTree1918 June 12, 2006, 2:05 pm
  • Thanks for spoiling my TIVOed game. I thought this was a baseball site.

    lp June 12, 2006, 2:25 pm
  • Just a minor correction US was ranked 5th in the world, the Czechs are ranked #2 behind only Brazil. We can see why, with players like Rosicky and Nedved. Still the US can make it to the next round with wins against Italy and Ghana or a win and a tie and some luck. This ain’t over yet, and while I love baseball, football, etc., nothing else compares to the World Cup.

    Bozo June 12, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Dude. You’re LUCKY you’ve been tipped off. I sat through the full 90 minutes, and let me tell you it was none too pleasant. Anyway, if you’re wondering who spoiled the game, I’d start with Pavel Nedved.

    YF June 12, 2006, 2:32 pm
  • Bozo. Get real. It’s over, barring some incredible miracle that’s not going to happen. We’re not going to beat Italy. At least the team that played today won’t. And getting shellacked by 3 basically kills any hope of making it through on a tie-breaker based on goal differential.

    YF June 12, 2006, 2:35 pm
  • yeah, the goal differential is a killer. I think, at this point, if either Italy or Ghana does anything other than tie (or lose to the Czechs), the US is toast.

    airk June 12, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • YF, yes it looks bad. But we did beat Portugal 4 years ago, and they were a better team than Italy is this year. Italy is always someone to watch out for, but they aren’t one of the favorites this year. I refuse to give up hope. Czechs will win the group, the battle is now for second place.

    Bozo June 12, 2006, 2:50 pm
  • Bozo: According to my Sicillian-American barber, who is also my football svengali (and also according to the oddsmakers) Italy, is the group favorite, and one of the few serious challengers to Brazil. We are in serious, serious trouble. Red Sox in 04 trouble. Except Landon Donovan is no Big Papi, Claudio Reyna is no Manny, and Kasey Keller is no Schilling. It’s very bleak.

    YF June 12, 2006, 3:00 pm
  • Lets be blunt, the Czech’s are a fine side and they can go a long way in this tournament, I know the US are ranked at #5 but it all honesty they should be on the bubble of the top 20. The fact that they play lots of mediocre teams in North America just like Mexico (ranked #6) inflates their ranking.

    Neil M June 12, 2006, 3:12 pm
  • YF, why use that awful memory as the model? We’re in serious trouble like the 2005 Yanks in mid-May trouble. Except Landon Donovan is no A-Rod, Claudio Reyna is no Aaron Small, and Kasey Keller is no Shawn Chacon.

    Nick-YF June 12, 2006, 3:15 pm
  • I think the problem is we have 1 or 2 or 8 guys who are quite comparable to Aaron Small, god love him.

    YF June 12, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • Hey, there’s nothing wrong with hoping the Italians get sucked into the ever-present “Morbid Atmosphere” surrounding their players…

    Kluv June 12, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Well they’re looking pretty tough against Ghana right now. And those guys aren’t going to be pushovers either.
    Okay. We’ll hope.
    NOTE: Apparently Dubya called Team USA to offer them a little pep talk before the game. Brilliant. About effective as his [fill in failed Bush policy of your choice here].

    YF June 12, 2006, 4:17 pm
  • If/When team USA finally gets knocked out by Ghanna, will the Post headline be, “Gone-a”?

    YF June 12, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • yes. most definitely yes.

    Nick-YF June 12, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • Nick, the problem with your model is that the US team was in that trouble before they played any of the games. Now that they’ve promptly gotten their ass kicked, they’re in YF’s model of trouble.
    Come to think of it, the US soccer team is always in your model of trouble…

    Paul SF June 12, 2006, 5:45 pm
  • Bruce Arena is the worst f*cking manager ever. Seriously – how he doesn’t substitute for a weakened DaMarcus Beasley is beyond me.

    SF June 12, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • YF: why do you bother watching? You seriously sound like a bitter anti-footie guy, and you once made fun of your anti-baseball friends who say that our sport is boring, while touting the excitement of soccer. Seems to me like you’d be better off spending your time enriching yourself, learning kitchen knife skills, how to crochet, anything but subjecting yourself to 95+ minutes of guys kicking a ball around a field in search of elusive goals. You just don’t sound like someone who enjoys the beautiful game a whit.

    SF June 12, 2006, 7:52 pm

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