Quarter Finals

Okay, just because USA is down for the count does not mean I stop following the World Cup. I’m pretty much watching for the love of the game. Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The un-official story, is that I want to see Ghana go down! Don’t care all that much WHEN, so much as how. Going down HARD is the objective! Anyway, here’s how the brackets are set up for the Quarter Finals. I’ll be updating this as the Round of 16 progresses over today and tomorrow.

Quarter Finals Games: (side note; the w’s= winner of each bracket)

Friday 7/2:
10 AM– Netherlands VS Brazil
2:30 PM– Uruguay VS Ghana

Saturday 7/3:
10 AM– Argentina VS Germany
2:30 PM– Paraguay VS Spain

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Stupid Lazy “Out Da Dore!”

I’ve tried sleeping on it, but I REALLY must say my piece. If I didn’t, then I wouldn’t be me. So, here I go…

I know in my head that one man cannot undo a whole team, especially when we have living proof that the WHOLE US team was playing worse than my 5 year old kids at points throughout the game yesterday. But I still have to get angry at the way Jozy Altidore played yesterday. Until the game, I never realized the way that he plays. He’s just lazy. He was missing opportunities to shoot on goal that he shouldn’t have.
Those that he DID shoot would have made him the assist on if he hadn’t tried to play hero and just passed it to his fellow forwards or mid-field players. Passing can mean all the difference. Especially for the US in yesterday’s game.

Here’s a hint boys (and yes, they played like boys yesterday not men!): DO NOT TRY TO GO THROUGH THE OTHER TEAMS. Trying to go through the other team= the other team getting the ball.

People can argue, perhaps, that since he’s young that he hasn’t found his niche yet. To them, I say that you don’t have TIME in World Cup games to find a damn niche. We needed him to be in full form yesterday, and he let us down significantly! He tried to play the hero, and refused to play the game smartly.

But here’s the kicker. The coach didn’t see that he couldn’t rely on the boy (and YES, he’s a boy!) didn’t have it in him yesterday and didn’t put a substitution on until we went into overtime. Hercules Gomez should have been allowed to be substituted for Out Da Dore (as Altidore is sarcastically called by everyone that was watching yesterday’s game with) and that would have made the world of difference!

We were all frustrated because we’re all coaches who play the game ourselves, so we know when stuff isn’t working. We were all hoping that THIS would be the year that the US would make it out of the knock-out round, but we were VERY disappointed. We all agreed that our hopes have to rely on the women next year in Germany. Because, quite frankly, the women are the better US team!

World Cup “Round of 16”

Okay. With almost the end of the Group Matches upon us, I think it’s time for me to tell you how things stand. Which is why I posted all the standings in a previous post. I’ll have to keep updating them, as this will change until after the games tomorrow… But as they stand, this is how the Round of 16 will go.

Saturday, June 26th
Uruguay VS Korea= 10 PM EST
US VS Ghana= 2:30 PM EST

Sunday, June 27th
Argentina VS Mexico= 2:30 PM EST
Germany VS England= 10 AM EST

Monday, June 28th
Netherlands VS Slovakia= 10 AM EST
Brazil VS Chile= 2:30 EST

Tuesday, June 29th
Paraguay VS Japan= 10 AM EST
Spain VS Portugal= 2:30 PM EST

I’ll update who plays whom and at what time as they finish up today and tomorrow. You SHOULD be able to get all these games on ESPN and ESPN 2.

GO USA!!!!

World Cup 2010 Standings

Ok, so if you’ve been closely following the World Cup, you’ll know that it’s almost time for the round of 16. Here are the current stats from FIFA.com. Only Groups A-D won’t change until the 26th. Italicized are the ones that made it into the round of 16.


Those left to play Today: (6/25 played at time of updating: 10:49)
Portugal VS Brazil (10 AM EST)
Korea DPR VS Côte d’Ivoire (10 AM EST)
-and-
Chile VS Spain (2:30 EST)
Switzerland VS Honduras (2:30 EST)

Group A
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 4

South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 1

Group B
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 9
Korea Republic 3 1 1 1 5 6 4

Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 1

Group C
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 5

Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 1

Group D
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 4

Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 3

Group E
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Netherlands 2 2 0 0 3 0 9
Japan 2 1 0 1 1 1 6

Denmark 2 1 0 1 2 3 3
Cameroon 2 0 0 2 1 3 0

Group F
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Paraguay 2 1 1 0 3 1 5
Italy 2 0 2 1 2 2 2
New Zealand 2 0 2 0 2 2 3
Slovakia 2 0 1 1 1 3 4

Group G
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Brazil 2 2 0 0 5 2 7
Portugal 2 1 1 0 7 0 5

Côte d’Ivoire 2 0 1 1 1 3 4
Korea DPR 2 0 0 2 1 9 0

Group H
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Chile 2 2 0 0 2 0 6
Spain 2 1 0 1 2 1 6

Switzerland 2 1 0 1 1 1 4
Honduras 2 0 0 2 0 3 1



Hope you follow the US in the Round of 16, if you haven’t been following the rest of the games we’ve played. Just so you know, the US plays Ghana at 2:30 EST on Saturday the 26th!!! I’ll be watching from Naugatuck’s End of the Year Cookout at Arrowhead Grove Picnic Grounds.