World Cup 2014: Belgium Open Thread

By 11W Staff on July 1, 2014 at 3:30p
166 Comments

Get hype—and wait, is that Jozy's music?

Let's get this over with so we can go back to not boycotting delicious beer from Belgium, already.

Start (et) Matchup TV Internet Odds
4 p.m. #13 United States vs. #11 Belgium ESPN WatchESPN USA +323, Belgium +106, Draw +236

 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Woohoo! The 4-3-3, aka the formation everyone ran by default in high school at the beginning of the year before you knew who could do what!

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

Squirrel Master's picture

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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Squirrel Master's picture

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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OSUpawn's picture

Took me a little bit to see the flag in the first pic.

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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SnooBucki's picture

Lets get this week in sports started off right my friends. I believe! But I can't believe the Reds lost last night giving up one hit, a single.....

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jamesrbrown322's picture

 Not sure I understand why Beckerman's not starting...

Although Beckerman and Altidore/Yedlin/Wondo off the bench could be awesome late in 2nd.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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Squirrel Master's picture

yeah that is odd, he has been the best defender yet. Maybe Jurgen is looking to mix it up and give the Giums a new look they haven't seen yet.

I am hoping Yelden gets in if Altidore doesn't. Need that speed out there.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Squirrel Master's picture

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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Squirrel Master's picture

LMAO! That is awesome, even the unzipped pants!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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allinosu's picture

Is that Ronald McDonald in the background?

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Barnsey69's picture

Yup hahahaha another modern art masterpiece!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

DaytonBuck1980's picture

Blasting a bazooka no less!

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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faux_maestro's picture

Image removed, point proven.

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

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Crumb's picture

I love these! I saw one of George Washington blasting zombies and another Ronald Reagan riding a dinosaur!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

jamesrbrown322's picture

That intro was pretty awesome.

Lalas hit the nail on the head too, every single game the US plays is the most important game in their history. With the soccer momentum in this nation, that is a fact.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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Right Again's picture

Even Waffle House is talking smack...!!

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Lets get this shit started mothercluckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Dempsey has to get a foot on that...

LEBRON

GoBucks713's picture

Horrible pass by Bradley to Clint.

-The Aristocrats!

Deadly Nuts's picture

Bradley passed it into space and Dempsey ran toward the defender.

LEBRON

GoBucks713's picture

It was a smart play to put it out into space, but he didn't need to go that wide with it and should have had a little less pace.
 

-The Aristocrats!

Seattle Linga's picture

Beasley still has the skills to make an impact

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GoBucks713's picture

DAMMIT JONES

-The Aristocrats!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Should have had a shot from there instead of passing

Deadly Nuts's picture

We've had some chances, I have a good feeling about this one.

LEBRON

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Seattle Linga's picture

Germany isn't walking through that door

Deadly Nuts's picture

How the fuck does that kick go to Belgium?

LEBRON

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GoBucks713's picture

Looks like we are getting the majority of the calls here too. I like Beas attacking up the line too!

-The Aristocrats!

Deadly Nuts's picture
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GoBucks713's picture

That was worse than a LeBron carry!

-The Aristocrats!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Get off the turf 17

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Some dumbass ran on the field... you gotta wait until the 90th minute to do that.

LEBRON

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Seattle Linga's picture

The CbC network showed the dude on the field and they gently removed the hooligan - I thought that I would have seen a royal beatdown

OSUpawn's picture

Wait until they get him in the back room...... No cameras....

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

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Seattle Linga's picture

What is 5 complaining about - he kicked the ball out

toad1204's picture

Corner!  Get some here.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Seattle Linga's picture

It's coming boys --- it"s coming

Deadly Nuts's picture

We're gonna win this, I can feel it.

LEBRON

GoBucks713's picture

I may or may not have just pooped a little after that chance

-The Aristocrats!

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OSUpawn's picture

I'm at work and can't lol.....

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

GoBucks713's picture

you're welcome sir

-The Aristocrats!

Seattle Linga's picture

I wish I had hair like Fellaini

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GoBucks713's picture

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ!!

-The Aristocrats!

Deadly Nuts's picture

Bend don't break!

LEBRON

Seattle Linga's picture

Howard is the man - nice save

Seattle Linga's picture

Yedlen can fly and has so much skill - he's a local kid from the Seattle area and he is amazing.

Craft to the Rafters's picture

and played his college football with the Zips!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Under Caleb Porter correct and I think he was there when he one the NCAA tourney 

Craft to the Rafters's picture

ya Porter ran a top program bringing in stud recruits from all over, but I think they won the tourney a year before Yedlin arrived?

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KBonay's picture

Johnson needs to bury that

Deadly Nuts's picture

Talk to the card Kompany

LEBRON

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BucksfanXC's picture

I think Bradley has looked good so far. Best game of the Cup so far for him IMHO.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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BucksfanXC's picture

Yedlin is looking good. We will miss Fabian, but Yedlin has some wheels. Dontre speed on that boy.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Yedlin and Beasley - speed on wings for days... let's make something happen!!

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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GoBucks713's picture

I'm not  sure I'm happy with a draw at the half that should be 2-0

-The Aristocrats!

Deadly Nuts's picture

Well, we could be down 2-0 so i'm happy.

LEBRON

BucksfanXC's picture

The Belgium coach is nicknamed WarPig and "The Bull of Dongelberg". No further comment needed.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BigZ's picture
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KeithMC33's picture

Man i am nervous as hell with this match! I hope the USA can put aside the first half jitters we seemed to have and start attacking that right side of the field. Hazard for Belgium has shown absolutely no interest in defending, so that is where we need to focus. 

Also, that dude up front for Belgium is almost Teddy Ginn fast!

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

I hope this is like the Swiss v Argentina game, where the Swiss won the first half but lost the game... Belgium may have looked better in the first half, but c'mon USA - we believe!!

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

KBonay's picture

Halftime is too short...

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Seattle Linga's picture

Couldn't agree more and so are the breaks before they head into extra time

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

I love Zusi, but he is looking lost and not top form...

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

GoBucks713's picture

He looks lost out there at times.

-The Aristocrats!

Byaaaahhh's picture

Play is collapsing... It's only a matter of time before Belgium scores. The question is if we can as well...

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Wow - Jurgen heard me! ;p

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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Calgarybuck's picture

This game is insane, how it's still 0-0 is beyond me.

Seattle Linga's picture

Howard is having the game of his life

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

US is breaking down... This is not good... 

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

jamesrbrown322's picture

This is getting scary.

Damn are we gonna miss Howard!

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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KBonay's picture

Is it me, or does Belg win every head ball?

Knarcisi's picture

Our ball handling stinks.

Knarcisi's picture

Sit down, Juan Epstien!

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Seattle Linga's picture

They (Belgium) whines on every call

Byaaaahhh's picture

This is it. THIS IS IT.

brandonbauer87's picture

So glad I left work early enough to catch the end of this. Howard is unreal. 

Deadly Nuts's picture

Stupid ass line judge calls an offside... What if Wondo would have finished that?

LEBRON

Byaaaahhh's picture

I gotta say I don't like our chances in an extra 30 minutes, but Wondo might give us the boost we need to get one in the net.

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Wondo... ugh

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

Knarcisi's picture

This is one for the ages from Howard if we can pull a rabbit out of a hat here.

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

On better news... at least Belgium looks as tired as we did in the last 10 minutes

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

makearuckus's picture

is it night there?

"Woody's style was strength-on-strength, will-on-will, toughness-on-toughness." Woody's philosophy was, "I will pound you and pound you until you quit."

Knarcisi's picture

I think.  Other side of the equator.

Byaaaahhh's picture

uhh it's the same time of day as us (-ish), but it's winter, so days are shorter. Time zones as in day vs night change east/west-wise.

Edit: Brazil is actually 2 time zones ahead, but yeah, it's night only b/c it's winter for them.

Knarcisi's picture

Night, dark, whatever.  I meant that it is winter there.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Howard needs to work his magic:

LEBRON

Seattle Linga's picture

Now this soccer GIF is bloody good

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Deadly Nuts's picture

That is how Amir Williams sees a basketball... ROCK HARD

LEBRON

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Knarcisi's picture

Does it seem like 50/50 on time of possession?

Seattle Linga's picture

CRAP CRAP DOUBLE CRAP

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Seattle Linga's picture

Time to bring on Jozy

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Still lots of time... but ughhhhhhh

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Playing 90+ minutes of defense will get you mentally tired.  I have hope, but this looks to be the end of the ride the way they are playing.  

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

Seattle Linga's picture

Belgium does not play defense well

GoBucks713's picture

Bring in Jozy for Bradley and put Dempsey back in midfield 

-The Aristocrats!

Seattle Linga's picture

Just not our day today men 

makearuckus's picture

well it was a good run

"Woody's style was strength-on-strength, will-on-will, toughness-on-toughness." Woody's philosophy was, "I will pound you and pound you until you quit."

Colby3333's picture

Better @ beer, better @ soccer too....

rdubs's picture

Look... What is Belgium known for?  Breakfast food, beer, and fried potatoes.  They are basically the USA of Europe.  So if we are going to lose to a team from Europe it might as well be them.

jamesrbrown322's picture

They're also known for this guy

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Not so fun fact: we are losing to a country whose population (10 million) is less than the population of the State of Ohio (11.5 million).

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Deadly Nuts's picture

They actually care about soccer over there...

LEBRON

jamesrbrown322's picture

They have a lot fewer sports on their landscape. That is what everyone always ignores. We always hear stats like, oh Ghanaians make an average net income of $4,000 dollars, or Germany's the size of Wisconsin. Well, Soccer virtually the ONLY thing that they play. If you look at how far the US has come since 1990, hell even since 1998, it is amazing.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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KBonay's picture

tomorrow will be better.....

teddyballgame's picture

See you guys in another 4 years

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Seattle Linga's picture

The game is about over and Michigan still sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Yedlin will learn from this - need to be willing to run back and play defense

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

jamesrbrown322's picture

A sad way for Howard and Dempsey to go.This team would have been interesting with a healthy Altidore. Until we develop some depth, this will be a problem. I love US Soccer, but we've always had issues producing goals.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

Seattle Linga's picture

NICE GOAL YOUNG LAD

makearuckus's picture

GOAL

"Woody's style was strength-on-strength, will-on-will, toughness-on-toughness." Woody's philosophy was, "I will pound you and pound you until you quit."

Knarcisi's picture

Boom.  Lighting strike twice, now!

rdubs's picture

First touch in World Cup play is a goal!!! Unreal!

makearuckus's picture

dam

"Woody's style was strength-on-strength, will-on-will, toughness-on-toughness." Woody's philosophy was, "I will pound you and pound you until you quit."

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Oh goodness, don't play with my heart like this...

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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makearuckus's picture

Howard the man!!!!!!

"Woody's style was strength-on-strength, will-on-will, toughness-on-toughness." Woody's philosophy was, "I will pound you and pound you until you quit."

Seattle Linga's picture

Howard to the rescue .................................................. Again

45OH4IO's picture

Sad, but proud. Belgium is good.
 

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

9 min to make a miracle happen....

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

Seattle Linga's picture

Kompany needs to relax - Not impressed so far

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

3 minutes to make a miracle happen... I think my heart rate is at near zero from shock

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Last push...

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

makearuckus's picture

dam

"Woody's style was strength-on-strength, will-on-will, toughness-on-toughness." Woody's philosophy was, "I will pound you and pound you until you quit."

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

This officiating is weird... wonder if payments were made

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

makearuckus's picture

DAM STILL PROUD TO BE AN MERICA!!!!!!!!

"Woody's style was strength-on-strength, will-on-will, toughness-on-toughness." Woody's philosophy was, "I will pound you and pound you until you quit."

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Byaaaahhh's picture

1 min stoppage? You gotta be kidding me. Whatevers... good game, USA. It was a good run. Howard's the man and we're gonna miss him in 3.5 years when we all start paying attention again.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Good game men - no problem - next time Jozy's presence will be the difference. Belgium played well enough to win but will not beat Argentina IMO

Deadly Nuts's picture

ONE FUCKING MINUTE OF EXTRA TIME? THERE WAS A GOAL SCORED AND BELGIUM HAD A FUCKING THREE MINUTE SUBSTITUTION!

LEBRON

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

Did anyone else hear klinnsman drop the f bomb about that decision

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Sure did it was as clear as day - He should have started yelling at him in German

jamesrbrown322's picture

Oh well, helluva run, and proud of what they accomplished. They came a long way. There will be A LOT of new US faces in 2018. However, the foundation has been laid and hopefully the fan base will keep increasing.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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BigZ's picture

Howard deserves a medal for that performance

Doc's picture

Great game fellas.  Tough loss, we are proud of you!

"Say my name."

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Danify's picture

Thank you refs for giving the USA an garbage 1 minute stoppage time. Bullshit fellows.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Half of the extra time was wasted by a goal kick too.

LEBRON

Byaaaahhh's picture

Honestly, who else wouldn't be surprised if Howard decided to take it all the way down himself and succeeded?

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GoBucks713's picture

Every woman in America needs to give Tim Howard a beejer. That dude is made of wood and has ice in his veins.

-The Aristocrats!

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BuckeyeinToledo's picture

Honestly, I'm so proud of these guys. Who gave them a chance? Very few. We will see you in 2018!! America!!! 

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

BuckeyeinToledo's picture

Also, Hilliard and Cornell can heal these wounds tomorrow very easily...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

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BUCKfutter's picture

i don't think ive ever watched a game where the refs should have cost my team the game, but my team didn't allow them to and lost on their own anyway. we'll never know if that BS one minute of stoppage time cost us. what im saying is, screw the french.

that said, heck of a run. proud of the team and what a bright future. hopefully timmy plays again in 2018.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Big shoutout to Jones....who remembered he was playing in an elimination game in the 2nd extra time.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

It's going to be interesting how much of a fall-off there will be in interest to watch the rest of the world cup after this game.  I'm going to be cynical and say a ~80% drop-off, since at least 60% of them would party-lovers who fall off the bandwagon

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

Not a chance. I don't have the numbers off the top of my head but I've seen where even non-USA games are getting record #s. I'd guess 10-15 % tops.  I know I'll be watching

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Don't know why anyone would downvote you on that reply, but it will be interesting to see what kind of momentum we created with this year's performance, and how Jurgen's influence on building a system for the youth programs will come to bear fruit over the next 10 years.  Back in '94, the big step was the formation of MLS and seeing it expand.  20 years later, and we have made progress but until the other sports become less attractive, we are still going to be fighting for the best athletes...

Maybe there is a financial argument to be made to show that soccer players have the chance to make it as a pro more so than the NFL and make more in the process just like the minor leagues feed MLB straight out of high school - which is a closer model to how Europe produces top talent consistently... Maybe IMG gets smart and starts their own MLS farm league

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

vitaminB's picture

That loss was so B1G.

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Or Tressel-ball like...

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

jamesrbrown322's picture

After that, I don't think my soul could handle missing out on Hilliard and Cornell within 24 hours, so they'd better be Buckeyes! 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I'm not so disturbed by the lack of stoppage time. It was a game remarkably free of flopping and, thankfully, short on injuries.

I'm hoping more people notice how you can get through a game with so little bullshit flopping and faking injuries. Play hard, play fast.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Regardless of the soccer result...TTUN STILL SUCKS!

Class of 2010.