Way to prove you don’t have a clue, Baked. We got to the World Cup Elite Eight in 2002 when soccer was a lot less popular than it is now. And should have reached the semis; German defender Torsten Frings scooped a US shot off the goal line with his left hand, which if the ref had a clue would be a penalty kick and Frings gets the rest of the night off with no substitute.
Who took that shot that was scooped off the line? Current USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter.
I continue to be amazed by the people who don’t understand soccer and not only don’t want to understand it, they actively hope it fails.
USA should beat Iran if it comes to that. That’s just the truth. As for today…England is far better player for player. Far better. I’m a Tottenham fan and love me some Harry Kane. USA has no one like him. USA doesn’t have anyone to equal Sterling, or Grealish, or Foden, or…etc. BUT…England have a long, storied tendency to tighten up in the World Cup. Part of that stems from fan expectation…part stems from the British tabs, which just annihilate players that they target if they lose (or draw in this case).
If England scores early, they could just cruise. If they don’t, the sphincter will tighten. You watch.
No score at halftime. Matt Turner just made a save off Mason Mount from 15 yards out in the final seconds, but I’d say overall (and The Guardian minute-by-minute agrees) that the USA has had the best of the first half.
I was wrong about what USA needs to do against Iran. They must beat Iran to get through. A draw would give USA 3 points and Iran would have 4. England already has 4. If they beat Iran, it doesn’t matter what happens in England-Wales game. It is win or go home on Tuesday. Pressure.
I hope Berhalter starts Gio Reyna. Not sure why Gio did not play against Wales and just few minutes today.
Wouldn’t Iran finish ahead of us if we tie them? They would have 4 points and we would have 3, even after tieing the England Dans. And why would PJ ever assume that we would lose to those wankers from across the pond in a World Cup match?
The English sportswriters who hand out player grades gave Pulisic a 7. Musah, Adams, McKennie and Dest all got 8s, and they thought of those, Dest was probably the best. That center back your daughter was upset about got a 7, which was the best English grade except for a substitute.