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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:18 pm

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Pulisic is your God now
With how that first half went, that goal was such a relief to see.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:20 pm

We shall all kneel before the greatness that is Christian Pulisic.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by TheAsianSensation » Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:22 pm

PULISIC IS YOUR GOD NOW
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:51 pm

Bring on Stadio Azteca. Pretty sure Pulisic's middle name is Montezuma.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:51 pm

Guys on FS1 mentioned in the postgame that Pulisic has either scored or assisted on 7 of last 8 goals U.S. has scored.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:55 am

With Australia's 3:2 win at home over Saudi Arabia, they drew level on points with Japan and Saudi Arabia as co-leaders in Asia Group B, but still 3 goals behind Japan and 1 behind Saudi Arabia.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:17 pm

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With Australia's 3:2 win at home over Saudi Arabia, they drew level on points with Japan and Saudi Arabia as co-leaders in Asia Group B, but still 3 goals behind Japan and 1 behind Saudi Arabia.
There was a little bit of controversy prior to the Australia-Saudi Arabia match: http://www.espnfc.com/world-cup-qualify ... es-silence

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:42 pm

Hard to believe after this weekend of qualifiers, we'll be exactly a year away from the 2018 WC.

I'm not able to give a complete rundown of European scores, but here are some of the interesting ones so far:

Scotland 2:2 England
Andorra 1:0 Hungary (ends a 66-match winless run in competitive internationals, covering 13 years)
Sweden 2:1 France (result puts Sweden on top of the group, but level on points with France)

Germany, Netherlands and Portugal also winners.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:45 pm

Venezuela and England will meet in the U-20 World Cup Final tomorrow. If Venezuela win, it will be the second consecutive time the US were knocked out in the quarters by the eventual champion.

Italy and Uruguay will meet in the third place match.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:02 pm

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Scotland 2:2 England
If you get a chance to check the highlights out for this one, it's worth it. England was up 0:1 when the Scots scored 2 goals in the last 3 minutes of regulation time in the 2nd half before Harry Kane scored the equalizer in stoppage time.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:18 am

Yeah, that was wild :D

England wins the U-20 World Cup, and what is sure to make Everton fans happy, Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the lone and winning goal late in the first half. A pretty chaotic finish saw a late penalty for Venezuela that was blocked by Freddie Woodman, and a couple corners in the final minute and later in stoppage time with Venezuela's GK in the mix.

The referee perhaps showed some mercy as on the latter, England had a breakaway with an open net as the 6' of stoppage time expired.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:57 pm

U.S. starting lineup for tonight:



Thoughts?


I also did appreciate this tweet from the Men in Blazers:


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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:38 pm

Saucedo for Mexico throwing elbows early.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:39 pm

MICHAEL BRADLEY!!!!!!!

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by TheAsianSensation » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:39 pm

lol concacaf
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by salz4life » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:45 pm

Bluejaygrad03 wrote:
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I also did appreciate this tweet from the Men in Blazers:


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by salz4life » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:46 pm

squirrel wrote:
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Yeah, that was wild :D

England wins the U-20 World Cup, and what is sure to make Everton fans happy, Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the lone and winning goal late in the first half. A pretty chaotic finish saw a late penalty for Venezuela that was blocked by Freddie Woodman, and a couple corners in the final minute and later in stoppage time with Venezuela's GK in the mix.

The referee perhaps showed some mercy as on the latter, England had a breakaway with an open net as the 6' of stoppage time expired.

Really wanted to see the US and England in a final. Happy to see England win if the US couldn't.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:56 pm

Well that lead was nice while the U.S. had it.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by salz4life » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:58 pm

A lot of ticky tack fouls on the US while elbows from Mexico went for nothing early.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by soccerforever » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:59 pm

Bluejaygrad03 wrote:
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Well that lead was nice while the U.S. had it.
2 really bad plays by the back line within a couple minutes. US are lucky they aren't down 2-1.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:24 pm

Well at least the U.S. looked better in this first half tonight then they did against Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.

Gonna be interesting to see how this 2nd half goes.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:02 pm

If the U.S. at least gets a point out of this match, surviving that shot right there will be one of the biggest reasons why.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:26 pm

U.S. survive and get the draw and leave Azteca with a point.

Next WCQ is the first weekend of September.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:58 pm

If you would have told me a point beforehand, I would have taken it easily.

However, I'm mad about the goal given up, because I think Howard is two steps to his left and doesn't allow it. And we blow the lead.

That said, while the lineup was questionable, Arena had a strategy, and I think part of that strategy was to get dirty if necessary. We didn't need to, and so maybe that backfired, but very few players that drew yellows will be involved the rest of the way.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:32 am

The remaining road for the US:

vs. Costa Rica
@ Honduras
vs. Panama
@ Trinidad & Tobago
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