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In the movie War Games, there is a scene where a general tells staff at 3 US bases that they are tracking inbound nuclear missiles to their locations, but that they cannot confirm it.  He asks them to stay on the line as long as they can, presumably waiting for their imminent demise.  When the FIFA announced the 2014 World Cup draw, everyone called group G, with the USA, German, Portugal, and Ghana, the group of Death.  

Considering the fact that Germany and Portugal were considered potential winners and Ghana had knocked the US out of World Cup play in 2 of the last 3 tournaments, it was, Death to America.  We were just to wait, watch, and pray.  Back to the film, as the war room display screens showed the impacts of the unconfirmed missile strikes, the general asks the bases if they can now confirm the impacts.  An Airman at one base, nervous not just at the nuclear strike, but also at talking to the general because his CO is unavailable, exuberantly shouts, "We're Still Here!"

Group of Death play has just completed, and "We're Still Here!"  Portugal's 2-1 victory over Ghana combined with our 1-0 defeat at the hands, er feet, of Germany put us into a tie for second in group, and goal differential was the tie-break that put us through.  I should mention that of the last 3 times we played in the world cup, the one Ghana did not knock us out of, Portugal did.

The rest of the tournament play is win or go home, so it will be difficult to imagine the US playing in 2 more games, much less winning the 4 it will take to win it all.  But what do they say about the lottery?  You've got to be in it to win it.

If my information is inaccurate about our exits from the previous World Cups, well I'm not going from personal memory, but from Fox News.

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  •  we forgive your being foxy. (6+ / 0-)

    But that is my recollection, too.

    I never ever thought we would get out of the G o D.

    Oh, no. Now some conservative christian will see the empty pews in their church, then look with envy at the MANY thousands gathering in KC-Mo and Chi-Town to watch the game in a group setting.

    "G o D" had to involve a higher power, no? There was no way we could beat Ghana or tie the Portly folks. Frankly, we played Germany pretty well, considering our injuries and their efforts to out and out win. We were not embarrassing ourselves out there, which we have done in other cups.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 11:21:35 AM PDT

    •  Pews are usually empty on Tuesdays (5+ / 0-)
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      cosette, agnostic, Wee Mama, cris0000, Utahrd

      Which is when the US plays again.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 11:36:25 AM PDT

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      •  Belgium will be tough. (2+ / 0-)
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        cosette, implicate order

        Unless Algeria does something strange like win by 4-0 and Belgium loses.

        Man for man, Belgium has different strengths than Germany did, but without Altidore, we have a hole that cannot be filled.

        Do yellows from the first round carry over into the group o 16?

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 11:40:15 AM PDT

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        •  FIFA rankings have Belgium 11, US 13 (5+ / 0-)

          Germany is 2 and Portugal 4.  I know that those rankings are imperfect measures, but they indicate that Belgium should be less difficult than Germany.  Plus, the US now gets a well-earned 6 day break.

          Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

          by RFK Lives on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 11:49:20 AM PDT

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        •  Don't know that much about socceer (0+ / 0-)

          Certainly not a subject I'm able to venture much opinion on.

          “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

          by Catte Nappe on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:10:54 PM PDT

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        •  I believe they carry (0+ / 0-)

          over to the quarter finals, but then are deleted. Someone correct me if this is wrong.

          "The next time everyone will pay for it equally, and there won't be any more Chosen Nations, or any Others. Poor bastards all." ~The Boomer Bible

          by just another vet on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:12:26 PM PDT

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        •  Rules regarding yellow and red cards (2+ / 0-)
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          hubcap, Utahrd
          Single yellow cards are to be cancelled after the quarter-finals. This is to avoid the scenario where a player is suspended for a second yellow card he received in the semi-finals, for the final.

          If a player receives two yellow cards in two different games for his team, he is automatically suspended for the next game.

          If a player receives a red or an indirect red card, that player will be automatically suspended for the next game.

          In addition, further sanctions by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee may be imposed in case of a direct red card.

          http://www.fifa.com/...

          "The next time everyone will pay for it equally, and there won't be any more Chosen Nations, or any Others. Poor bastards all." ~The Boomer Bible

          by just another vet on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:14:47 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you Ronaldo (5+ / 0-)

    He pulled it out for USA

  •  I (5+ / 0-)

    I Believe
    I Believe That

    I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Team USA!!!!

  •  While I am very happy to see us progress (10+ / 0-)

    I must point out how very un-American we apparently are for caring:

    If more "Americans" are watching soccer today, it's only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy's 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.

    "The next time everyone will pay for it equally, and there won't be any more Chosen Nations, or any Others. Poor bastards all." ~The Boomer Bible

    by just another vet on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 11:33:46 AM PDT

  •  I was rooting for Ghana... (0+ / 0-)

    We win enough already.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 11:38:03 AM PDT

    •  I really felt bad for the Ghanian goalie (2+ / 0-)

      that sent that save right to Ronaldo to score the Portugese second goal.
      :(
      Ronaldo, though he may be an egomaniac, is a great player imo. Easy on the eyes as well.
      :D

    •  Why? A win by them would have knocked the US (0+ / 0-)

      out. They were an extremely irritating and arrogant side on top of that, for 3 world cups, and massively overhyped. I am glad they got sent packing early. You support your country's team and the players who honor it, If not, seriously, stay away altogether. And we don't win that much ( or at all ) in the international sports that count...soccer, cricket, and rugby. We do in basketball, but not enough countries play it at a high enough level to compete with us.

      •  I dunno (1+ / 0-)
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        cosette

        it's a game, right?  

        Does nationalism really need to extend to sports? I think it's great if you support the US team - but just because I prefer someone else in football doesn't mean I hate America!

        It might be a good thing that some folks who don't usually follow football do so now, even if they are rooting for another team.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 06:52:23 AM PDT

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        •  You don't get it do you? (0+ / 0-)

          Only in America would a person support another national team that is playing against his own country. There's not a fan of the other 31 countries, who live in those countries, who would understand your behavior. You do realize the USA is almost always the underdog here, right? Rooting for Ghana is not rooting for the underdog. it's rooting for a team that kicked the US out of 2 world cups. It doesn't make it wrong, but still. I mean, if you were a big fan and supported Germany or Brazil because they have the best players, maybe. But Ghana? Man, don't show up at a sports bar during a game cheering Ghana over the USA. It would be a serious health hazard. just sayin. And at this time, the sport is established enough in this country that it doesn't need casual fans so much anymore. Of course, if you wanna argue its just a game, well yeah, all of these sports ar just kids games where people are paid a lot ( not in the Cup but at their clubs ) to show off talents that have no other real practical value in the modern world. Speed? Ball control? Touchdowns? home runs? These are kids' games. Nonetheless, enjoy the rest of the cup. I expect Brazil to win due to talent and home advantage. I will be supporting Colombia AFTER the US gets eliminated, probably by Belgium, but not before. And, don't feel you need to argue with me over it. As you say, they are just games. Now I'm going fishing. Catch and release.

  •  I was rooting for Team USA because we never (3+ / 0-)
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    assyrian64, Yoshimi, NXNW

    win (oh--and they are representing my country).  Great to see our boys slug it out with the worlds best teams and do so with class and character.  Team USA has been improving and EARNING respect throughout the soccer world.  

    I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!!!

    •  And how much are you putting on the US ? (1+ / 0-)
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      agnostic

      I believe we have done very well, and were 4 seconds away from winning the group. But we are probably not going past the round of 8. That is, if we beat Belgium, which is going to be a load.

      •  we are playing without Altidore and have brought (1+ / 0-)
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        liberaldad2

        some significant dead wood ( Davis ) and Bradley is stinking up the pitch. But we should not fear Belgium, they are beatable. Belgium is not as good as Portugal, which just never recovered from their thumping by Germany. Belgium would be a favorite, but they are by no means a lock and did not look great against much inferior competition. I like our chances.

  •  We are through to the next level (1+ / 0-)
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    assyrian64

    But I was not real impressed by ball control (comparing American to German control was quite humbling - their passing precise - ours desperate). Our offense for the first 30 minutes consisted of highly overrated Michael Bradley sending long balls up the middle in a vain hope that the sole American could repeat the Van Persie move. Not successful.

    Additionally, the defense was not well organized. The back line was flat, and played adequately. The middle (controlled by the midfielders) was often empty save for Germans.

    Coach must have wondered what was learned over the training period. This was not a particularly impressive game. We are fortunate that it was 0-1. That is fine for this stage, but the next stage does not look kindly on close losses.

    •  Team USA (2+ / 0-)
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      Yoshimi, NXNW

      I think the US was tired.  Their ball handling was really sloppy today, but looked pretty damn good against Portugal. Hopefully we will look more like that against Belgium.

      "Patients are not consumers" - Paul Krugman

      by assyrian64 on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:11:43 PM PDT

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      •  Of course, it was very very wet (2+ / 0-)
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        assyrian64, USHomeopath

        But that did not affect the Germans. The ball had glue when it hit their feet. Such good precision! Impressive. I should put money on them to win it all. When Klose came in, I was quite apprehensive. But he was not much of a threat. He is getting pretty old for the game at this level. But the rain might have affected him too.

        •  germans had an extra day of rest, much less travel (0+ / 0-)

          and di not play in the hothouse of Manaus; every team that played a game in Manaus, except Portugal, looked dead on the pitch in the next game. there's no way Costa Rica, with all due respect, beats a rested Italy. Even Portugal was not that sharp against a Ghana that was in disarray by the final game. The Amazon is no place for an intense game like soccer.

    •  Bradley has not had a good cup. (0+ / 0-)

      It seems like something is misfiring, or his ADHD kicked in.

      He has the capacity to play well, and has played well before.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:34:45 PM PDT

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  •  Fox misinformed you, we knocked Portugal out (2+ / 0-)
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    NXNW, liberaldad2

    in 2002. Germany knocked us out, 1-0, in the quarter-finals!

    •  In a game the US dominated, yet Germany (2+ / 0-)
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      liberaldad2, hubcap

      found a way to win off a Ballack header. Then they parked th ebus. Donovan was running through their defenses like a hot knife through butter, but oliver Kahn had the game of his life, making impossible saves.

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