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Old 06-17-2014, 06:40 PM   #1
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USA 2 - Ghana 1

So you won. Did anyone watch? Can't blame you if you didn't as IMO it's on a par with watching paint dry!

Here you go

Five things we learned from USA's victory over Ghana | Graham Parker | Football | theguardian.com
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:03 PM   #2
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I had to watch play-by-play on my phone as I had a late work meeting. Hate I missed it. Those last ten minutes would have been all I really had to see.

As you may have deduced, folks over here have yet to discover the joys of the round ball football. My city hosted the USA-Nigeria friendly a couple of weeks ago, I hated I had to be out of town and miss it. However, I did get to the USA-Scotland friendly a couple of years ago and had a blast. Soccer fans really are different from the USA football fans, and in a good way.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:05 PM   #3
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So you won. Did anyone watch? Can't blame you if you didn't as IMO it's on a par with watching paint dry!

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Five things we learned from USA's victory over Ghana | Graham Parker | Football | theguardian.com


Did anyone watch, hahahhaha....

UPDATE: USA-Ghana Nets ESPN Highest Ever Overnight Rating For Men's World Cup Match - Deadline.com
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:20 AM   #4
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...Soccer fans really are different from the USA football fans, and in a good way.
Really? I wouldn't be so sure. I don't recall ever seeing anything like this at an American football game.



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Soccer fans really are different from the USA football fans, and in a good way.
Like this example? lol...

Japan Fans Did What No Other Soccer Fans Would After Their World Cup Team Lost - PolicyMic
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Soccer, like many foods is an acquired taste that I've acquired. I love it, especially at the level of the World Cup. As Yogi Berra famously said "It ain't over til it's over" and, although the American team got outplayed for 80+ minutes, a win is a win, no matter how ugly. USA-USA-USA !!
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I had to watch play-by-play on my phone as I had a late work meeting. Hate I missed it. Those last ten minutes would have been all I really had to see.

As you may have deduced, folks over here have yet to discover the joys of the round ball football. My city hosted the USA-Nigeria friendly a couple of weeks ago, I hated I had to be out of town and miss it. However, I did get to the USA-Scotland friendly a couple of years ago and had a blast. Soccer fans really are different from the USA football fans, and in a good way.
Yes, I realise that it isn't high on the list of adult sporting "must-does" in the USA. There seem to be quite a lot of childrens' and teenagers teams playing in various organisations and girls play I think. I wonder if some parents encourage it because it's less aggressive than American Football?

There are Women's Soccer Leagues in the UK. I think they must be mad but they probably think I was mad for horse-riding so we're probably quits
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Playing soccer was mandatory while I attended Catholic middle school in Japan. For some reason I really never got into, even today. Perhaps the spanking had something to do with it...
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Soccer, like many foods is an acquired taste that I've acquired. I love it, especially at the level of the World Cup. As Yogi Berra famously said "It ain't over til it's over" and, although the American team got outplayed for 80+ minutes, a win is a win, no matter how ugly. USA-USA-USA !!
Now I have to rummage around in my memory. Yogi Berra - wasn't he the chap who played that game - umm, I think it's called "rounders"?

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Yes, I realise that it isn't high on the list of adult sporting "must-does" in the USA. There seem to be quite a lot of childrens' and teenagers teams playing in various organisations and girls play I think. I wonder if some parents encourage it because it's less aggressive than American Football?
Childrens' soccer leagues are very popular over here (you may have heard the term "soccer mom"). My daughter played for several years. What you may find surprising is that at that age, it's pretty much entirely a girl's sport. Or at least it is where I live. I can't speak for all regions.

The moms seem to enjoy it more for the purpose of socializing with other moms.

I honestly don't know why it's never caught on in the US, or, for that matter, why American football has never caught on much outside the US.
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