2014 US World Cup Draw: Not as Grim as it Seems
Posted on December 7, 2013 8:16 am
The US draw for the 2014 World Cup isn’t as grim as it seems. The guys discuss the possibilities and realities of group G of the World Cup in Brazil.
20 Responses to 2014 US World Cup Draw: Not as Grim as it Seems
Admit it, the reaction of a typical American watching the draw was similar to Michael Scott’s “Noooo!”Scene in the Office.
Certainly appreciate the breakdown on Portugal and Ghana, but one thing we know about Ghana is that their big-time players are gamers, they could really give two-sh!ts about most of the qualification process until it’s time to get it done and they do, so I’m not in agreement with thinking they are a team on the decline because they didn’t show up until their matches with Egypt.
I do think their defense and GK’ing is a serious question.
As a CB, the thought of Kevin Prince-Boeteng bearing down on you is enough to make your knees wobble.
I believe the same things to be true with Portugal, I know people wanna pick their roster apart and dissect it like a worm they’ve got some serious talent who may just be waiting for the big-lights to come on to kick it into gear.
How does this translate to our team?
Well, I think Klinsmann needs to focus his attention on the defense the next 6 months.
I hate that Tim Chandler does not really seem to give two sh!ts about international soccer but I really think getting him in at RB becomes a real priority, we absolutely HAVE to have somebody that can move swiftly at RB, I love the heart that Brad Evans has shown but he would get annihilated against these teams. I also think Klinsmann needs to get John Anthony Brooks more time at CB, he has the physical ability to play against both Ghana and Germany and we can move Geoff Cameron to CM alongside Bradley.
Blah, blah… the real problem for the Nads is that Ghana is a bad match up for them… Ghana is comfortable sitting back & countering.. the U.S. is not good at busting bunkers & the Ghanians are significantly faster than U.S. backs. Further, the weather in steamy Manaus will be like a home game for the Black Stars.
CR7 will destroy the U.S. backline & will probably get a result against Germany… thus the Germans will not be able to trot out the bench for the 3rd match.
Ghana may be “at home” in Manaus, but that shouldn’t be a problem because they play us in Natal.
LOL…It’s funny when someone acts like they know it all but have no idea what they are talking…USA will get Ghana and Portugal
Referring to MexiKampeon post
Ghana? U.S. ghana go 3 & out..
You PROMISED you were going to pronounce Besler’s name correctly after the match at Azteca. As you have been told several times (and would already know well if you actually watched a lot of MLS) it’s BEEZ-ler. Learn it. Live it. Love it.
I DID promise… And yet I still screwed it up. I chastised myself after the show was finished recording and contemplated requesting that the editor throw in “Beeeesler” where I said Bes-ler… But figured I would live with the shame (AGAIN). Sorry Matt!
Its funny how naive and misinformed you folks are about Ghana… Go look at Ghana’s soccer history again…We will beat the USA easily and will give Portugal and Germany a run for their money… We heard the same misinformed commentaries leading up to world cup 06 and 2010 and we proved the pundits wrong… we were Suarez’s hand ball away from the semi- finals…Keep on dreaming lol
suarez? blame the goal keeper that was not able to have you en the game. Could not resist that bad shot at luck.
“we were Suarez’s hand ball away from the semi-finals”…and then lacked the mental toughness to bury the resulting penalty, or to win the penalty shootout in front of a friendly crowd. Now THAT’s impressive, and [go look at Ghana's soccer history again] a continuation of Ghana’s history of missed opportunities in tournament performances (2010 adding to the lore that had been been well-established in the African Cup of Nations).
This time, however, their USA opponent won’t be fatigued by having to score extra goals in their two prior matches to overcome phantom calls. Ghana’s talent is undeniable, their record is one of a team that can only be counted upon not to be counted upon. Talk about naive.
They’ve knocked US out of the 2 previous WORLD CUPS so you cant blame phantom calls.GHANA has better players too.
interesting how you pundits are so misinformed or maybe refuse to admit Ghana’s strength in soccer…. we will do the talking on the field…. just keep talking and dreaming lol
Jeez, no one is saying its going to be easy, just that we know Ghana better now, know what to expect, and that guys like Essien aren’t quite what they use to be. Nothing to get all worked up about. No one is comparing Ghana to Thailand or New Zealand, sheesh.
Essien may well start the finals from the bench…. and no you don’t know the Ghanaian team as well as you think… and I am not getting worked up over anything – am just doing what you are doing too; that’s what true fans do… am just saying we’ve heard all these commentaries before, in fact no disrespect but we are more concerned about Germany in this group
ESSIEN is not what he used to be but still better than all the US midfielders,LOL
Hey Prof, you should consider posting something about the misinformed USA fans/dreamers not having sufficient knowledge about Ghana’s history…
The USA men’s soccer team at any level, from under 17 through to the senior level is yet to win a game against Ghana…nuff said… will be back after the game in June….
regarding chandler’s fear of flying:
last time the world cup was in brazil, the us had a player who was afraid of flying, so they drugged him for the flight…or at least that’s what happened in the film ‘game of their lives’
who wants to drug timmy?
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