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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:09 am
by squirrel
This is a positive development...we make a fuss about the coaching, but really the overall profile of US Soccer is on Gulati.
http://www.espnfc.com/united-states/sto ... -president

I think Gulati had a great run, but his bungling of the Division 2 situation and the knee-j**k canning of Klinsmann resulting in the further struggling of the USMNT in qualifying, both of those things are 100% on him.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:36 pm
by squirrel
New ranking out yesterday:

1. Germany
2. Brazil
3. Portugal
4. Argentina
5. Belgium
6. Poland
7. Switzerland
8. France
9. Chile
10. Colombia

11. Spain
12. Peru
13. Wales
14. Mexico
15. England
16. Uruguay
17. Italy
18. Croatia
19. Slovakia
20. Northern Ireland

21. Costa Rica
22. Iceland
23. Sweden
24. Ukraine
25. Iran
26. Denmark
27. Turkey
28. USA
29. Netherlands
30. Egypt

31. Tunisia
32. Serbia
33. Senegal
34. Ireland
35. Ecuador

40. Japan
44. Nigeria
50. Australia
51. South Korea
52. Ghana
53. Saudi Arabia
54. Ivory Coast

60. Panama
61. Jamaica
64. Russia
74. Honduras
75. Syria
96. Canada
T-99. El Salvador; Trinidad & Tobago

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:05 pm
by salz4life
The Dutch are in a free fall.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:05 am
by squirrel
Missed this news last week, which will make the draw fairly chaotic, IMO-they will be using straight seeds for the draw (with the exception of hosts still being A1), but will maintain the "avoid teams from your confederation" rule:

http://www.espnfc.com/fifa-world-cup/st ... ms-process
http://www.skysports.com/football/news/ ... r-rankings

Seeds will still be based on the October 2017 FIFA ranking.

Also buried at the end of the Sky article, South Africa and Senegal will have to replay their match from November 2016 (originally won by South Africa 2:1) in the November 2017 window, because the game's governing internal arbitration board upheld a lifetime ban for the match referee, Joseph Lamptey (Ghana) after he awarded a PK to South Africa for a phantom hand ball.

Updated Africa Group D table
Burkina Faso 6 +2
Cape Verde 6 -2
Senegal 5 +2
S.Africa 1 -2

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:11 pm
by TheAsianSensation
If nothing else I can't wait for the broadcasts where literally everyone but Bob Ley will have no idea what's going on during the draw.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:20 am
by squirrel

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:15 pm
by squirrel
USA plays Panama in Orlando at 6 (Central) on Friday.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:41 am
by squirrel
Draw simulator is back, with current rules/positions.
http://ultra.zone/2018-FIFA-World-Cup-Group-Stage-Draws

First attempt for US:

France :lol:
Portugal :lol:
USA
Burkina Faso

Group of Death (Group B):

Argentina
England
Costa Rica
Serbia

Also, Spain and Brazil were in the same group, as were Germany and Italy.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:22 pm
by Bluejaygrad03
squirrel wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:15 pm
USA plays Panama in Orlando at 6 (Central) on Friday.
Match coverage starts at 6. Match itself will start just after 630 and will air on ESPN2.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:26 pm
by Bluejaygrad03
squirrel wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:41 am
Draw simulator is back, with current rules/positions.
http://ultra.zone/2018-FIFA-World-Cup-Group-Stage-Draws

First attempt for US:

France :lol:
Portugal :lol:
USA
Burkina Faso

Group of Death (Group B):

Argentina
England
Costa Rica
Serbia

Also, Spain and Brazil were in the same group, as were Germany and Italy.

My first attempt for the US:

Russia
France
USA
Japan

Group of Death (Group H):

Brazil
England
Costa Rica
Serbia

I ended up having Argentina and Italy in the same group, as were Portugal and Uruguay.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:27 am
by squirrel
Syria 1:1 Australia (AFC Playoff Leg 1 - Syria's home leg played in Malaysia)

Robbie Kruse scored late in the first half, while Syria was granted a PK at 85' to equalize. Aaron Mooy had a great chance in stoppage time to steal it, but was amazingly saved.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:36 am
by squirrel
Good read on soccer in the US from The Shot Heard 'Round the World in 1989 to today. Interesting stat, 16 members of the current US squad have never been alive to see the US fail to qualify for the World Cup.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/la ... story.html

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:39 pm
by squirrel
Germany and England punched their tickets today, with England getting help from Scotland, via their 1:0 win over Slovakia. With the win, Scotland moves into 2nd place in Group F, and positioned for the playoff. They have not qualified for a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:49 pm
by squirrel
CONMEBOL's turn to be drunk tonight.

Bolivia draws with Brazil.
Peru holds Argentina to a scoreless draw at Argentina...goes a long way to keeping Argentina possibly out altogether.
Venezuela holds Uruguay to a scoreless draw to prevent them from qualifying automatically tonight.
Colombia was moments away from qualification with a 1:0 lead...until Paraguay scored twice at 89' and 90+2', which keeps Paraguay within reach of the playoff.
Chile 2:1 over Ecuador


Reax



Updated Table


Final Match Day
Brazil vs. Chile
Ecuador vs. Argentina
Paraguay vs. Venezuela
Peru vs. Colombia
Uruguay vs. Bolivia




Odds

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:29 am
by squirrel
Another look at CONMEBOL odds from Paul Carr


Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:43 pm
by squirrel
Wales edges Georgia 1-nil, which should set up a heads up with Ireland on the final match day for the playoff spot from Group D. Ireland still needs to play and beat Moldova today.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:43 pm
by squirrel
Italy draws 1:1 with Macedonia at home, while Spain takes the groups automatic bid with their 3-nil win over Albania.

Italy will have to qualify via the playoff. Spain becomes the 11th team officially qualified.

Austria upended Serbia 3:2, which means any of the 3 of Serbia, Wales and Ireland can win their group and the automatic spot on the final match day.

UEFA Group D
Serbia 18 +9
Wales 17 +8
Ireland 16 +5

Final Match Day: Serbia vs. Georgia; Wales vs. Ireland

Ultimately still, Serbia needs to lose for either Wales or Ireland to go through automatically. Draws won't change the equation here.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:49 pm
by salz4life
Pulisic strikes first for the US against Panama!

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:55 pm
by TheAsianSensation
The Golden Child

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:56 pm
by TheAsianSensation
Also, we will see one of the greatest meltdowns in sports fan history if a Messi in his prime misses a World Cup.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:59 pm
by salz4life
US got a 2nd goal and Bobby Wood should've just made it 3.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:01 pm
by TheAsianSensation
GodPulisicGod

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:04 pm
by Bluejaygrad03
Can't ask for a much better start than the U.S. has gotten thus far.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:06 pm
by Bluejaygrad03
The Costa Rica-Honduras match that was supposed to take place tonight in San Jose was moved back to tomorrow afternoon due to Tropical Storm Nate.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:08 pm
by TheAsianSensation
This game has an air of LOL CONCACAF all around it.