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April 19th, 2010, 06:24 PM
Is it too early to get the thread started? There's only 52 days left until the first whistle. I'm looking forward to the US-England match-up on Saturday, June 12th.
April 19th, 2010, 07:11 PM
Soccer is the only thing that gets me through the dry season between basketball anf football.
April 19th, 2010, 07:31 PM
What is this soccer of which you speak? I believe football season is wrapping up over the next few weeks.
April 19th, 2010, 08:10 PM
Good try Ryan, but it's still soccer to me also, even though the local soccer clubs call themselves "Football Clubs", e.g. Highfields Football Club or HFC.
Yet the fact remains that out here it is the least popular of the four football codes played in the country, even though our national team the "Socceroos" punch far beyond our weight in international competitions. Much of this however, is due to Aussies playing in European competition and an excellent dutch coach.
The top football codes out here are in order: Australian Rules Football; Rugby League; Rugby Union; Soccer.
April 19th, 2010, 08:18 PM
Not too early, but I probably won't "stick" this thread until closer to the WC... like a month from now.
April 22nd, 2010, 02:24 PM
England have a good chance, got a good team, injuries permiting, and a great coach.
April 22nd, 2010, 02:42 PM
Back when Arena took over, the talk was of pointing at this World Cup as when we would really be competitive. The US side has shown promise and frustration. Injuries to Charlie Davies, Gooch and others have thrown the actual makeup of the team into a the mixer. We still see some players out there that might make a run for the team. We still lack that creative flair up front. Our mids still suffer from being under utilized at the developmental levels. Our backs see too much action and don't face the creative dynamics earlier in their careers. Our keeper is one of the top in the world. All that being said, we continue to see more and more US players playing at the highest levels in foreign leagues. Donovan's recent loan to Everton showed he is not just a "homer" that can only compete in America. Davies is recovering and may be match fit and Altidore is showing that hint of being truly creative.
I am excited -- the buzz at the stadiums will be electric! The nation of South Africa wants so much for the world to see them and their progress. The worlds most beautiful game will be on full display! US and Germany!! Got my hopes and my fall back ready!
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