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Soccer Discussion: Farewell, Deuce.
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:38:16 PM »
First off, if you have a problem with me calling it that, take your bitching elsewhere. That's its name in my country.


In about a year and a half I've gone from hating soccer to rearranging my sleep schedule to be up for Liverpool-Manchester United tomorrow morning (Go Liverpool!). The World Cup hooked me, and I've gotten more and more into it since then. My main interest is Major League Soccer, and I am hugely excited for my Sounders to make a run in the Champions League, take the Shield and the Cup, and win their fourth straight US Open Cup. Since it's the offseason for them, I've been following the EPL, choosing Liverpool as my team. It's been a rough year for them; they've had real trouble scoring goals, but I've been enjoying following them.


So how many other people here follow the sport? What leagues and teams interest you the most?
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Re: Soccer Discussion
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 10:46:12 PM »
I do.

EPL: Arsenal
La Liga: Valencia
Seria A: Juventus
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich (it has my favorite player, Bastian Schweinsteiger)
Brasileirão: Corinthians (also my favorite team to play as in Fifa; so far undefeated)

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1st - Any African Team (if I had to choose, Ghana)
2nd - Germany
3rd - South Korea
4th - Urugauy
5th - Mexico
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Re: Soccer Discussion
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 11:30:20 PM »
**** Ghana. I've had enough of their bullshit the last two World Cups. And you should check out MLS; its quality has really improved in the last few years.
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Re: Soccer Discussion
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2012, 02:34:30 PM »
Football.

S.L. Benfica from the Portuguese league, and Real Madrid (Spain) because there's a bunch of Portuguese players + coach + Ozil. Nothing beats Ozil.

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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012, 01:48:42 PM »

Reborn NASL (US 2nd Division): Puerto Rico Islanders
EPL: Manchester City
La Liga: Sevilla
MLS: Seattle Sounders
Mexican: America



Obligatory question since we're talking about Liverpool: what do you really think about Luis Suarez?



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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2012, 07:03:41 PM »
First off, it's great to see another Sounders fan here. As for Suarez, he seems like he can be a bit of a dick (as a hockey fan, it pissed me off when he refused to shake the guy's hand; you have to let it go), but I can look past that if he puts up results on the pitch. Of course, if he keeps getting suspended he won't be able to do that.
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 08:54:18 PM »
I'm scared to death of Tevez and what he's going to do with City's chemistry during the stretch run. I can almost sense the disappointment as the season slips away during the final weekends.


Sevilla looks ok to avoid relegation, but I'd feel better if they weren't just 6 points clear of 18th.
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« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2012, 09:13:33 AM »
USA plays Italy today. Lets hope the US can make it an interesting match.
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« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2012, 10:12:38 AM »
An analyst pointed out that the in the last two matches between US and Italy the US seemed pretty in control until they went a man down. However, the US has never beaten Italy, who are the only team they've played that many times they haven't beaten.
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« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2012, 01:07:15 PM »
Beautiful pass from Michael Bradley to Jozy Altidore, who lays it off for Clint Dempsey who finds the back of the net, and the US leads 1-0. Dempsey becomes only the fourth American to score against Italy. Still 27 minutes left....
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« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2012, 01:40:12 PM »
Game. USA.

Great defending during those last 15 minutes.
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« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2012, 07:44:29 PM »
I just watched a summary of the USA-Italy game. I'm impressed. You've got a great goalkeeper, and Jurgen Klinsmann as the coach. Awesome.

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« Reply #12 on: February 29, 2012, 10:02:12 PM »
The men beat Italy, the women stomp Denmark, and the U23 (Olympic) team takes down Mexico. All in all, a fantastic day for American soccer.
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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2012, 05:05:56 AM »
Agreed.

It terms of raw potential, the USA should have all the players they need to win the World Cup several times over. It's just that the most physically talented people would rather aspire to play football or basketball.
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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2012, 05:25:23 AM »
Europe should be thankful that the sport is only marginally popular in this country, because if it were even half as popular here as it is everywhere else we'd completely dominate international play thanks to our massive advantage in population, and therefore our talent pool.

With the amount of money in American sports, MLS could be a top tier league rivaled only by England or Spain if the sport could gain more popularity here. Every strong performance by the national teams increases interest, and the potential market.

Speaking of MLS, I am hugely excited for the season to start. I really want to see an MLS team win the Champions League this year, ideally the Sounders but I'd settle for Toronto or even, god forbid, the Galaxy. I want to shut up some of the loudmouth Mexican league fans.
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« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2012, 09:16:09 AM »
Speaking of MLS, I am hugely excited for the season to start. I really want to see an MLS team win the Champions League this year, ideally the Sounders but I'd settle for Toronto or even, god forbid, the Galaxy. I want to shut up some of the loudmouth Mexican league fans.

Toronto, really? They always seem like one of the weakest teams.

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« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2012, 05:26:45 PM »
Yeah, but they got in for winning Canada. I know they're a longshot, but I'd rather see them win than LA.
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« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2012, 01:22:45 PM »
I'm watching the Benfica Vs Zenit game, but once in a while I look at the score from the other game and Arsenal is so close... wow Milan. Honestly.

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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2012, 11:38:24 AM »
That (Arsenal) game made me cry. First with joy, then in sadness.
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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2012, 05:32:58 PM »
I'm watching my Seattle Sounders right now in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal against Santos Laguna from the Mexican league. They came into it with a 2-1 lead, but gave up 2 bad goals in the first 20 minutes, so now they're playing from behind against a team with one of the best home field advantages in Mexico. I'm considerably less excited than I was half an hour ago.

I really don't want to have to root for the LA Galaxy so an MLS team can win the Champions League (assuming they beat Toronto later tonight, who they're currently tied 2-2 with).


EDIT: Seattle has looked a lot better since then, with good build-up and several chances, including an Alvaro Fernandez header off a Fredy Montero cross that found the back of the net. At halftime in Torreon, the Sounders trail 2-1 tonight, but more importantly are now tied 3-3 in aggregate.

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« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2012, 11:45:30 AM »
I really hope the rumors of Clint Dempsey going to Manchester United are wrong, as I'd have to either start hating him or stop hating Man U, both of which seem impossible.
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« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2012, 04:28:32 PM »
Anyone see the Arsenal/Man City game? Holy **** snacks.
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« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2012, 10:37:55 AM »
Man U vs. Man City is on at 2:30 EST. Taking all bets.
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« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2012, 06:53:45 PM »
The United States is just demolishing Scotland right now, leading 5-1 in the 73rd minute. Landon Donovan, whom I take a break from hating when he's playing for the national team, has a hat trick, as well as a great assist, with a beautiful Michael Bradley goal from outside the box rounding it out. Technically, the Scots haven't scored yet,  as their only goal was an own goal by the US. Can't wait to see what they do Wednesday against Brazil with Dempsey back in the lineup.
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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2012, 11:16:05 PM »
I have been watching Euros these past few days and it has been awesome so far. The highlight of the tournament for me has been Denmark's upset victory over the Dutch. Spain and Italy yesterday was great as well. Will definitely be watching England and France today, that match is going to be a good one! 
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