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Re: Soccer 2023-24 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #25: July 20, 2023, 10:38:11 AM »
a sign of the times: I taught a communications skills class this week to a bunch of younger teenagers (ages 12-15 mostly). For one of the assignments they had to talk to the class about a life experience. One student shared his trip to the world series last year. He explained to the class that "the world series is kind of like the world cup, but for baseball."

And hitting a particular post / pole can be a good thing

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« Reply #26: July 21, 2023, 04:26:52 PM »
Got an email today from my Roku account that I could have two months free subscription for the Apple TV MLS package. To watch Messi. Looks like they just not be selling many on Apple TV so giving them away. I am shocked no one wants to pay to watch Messi play on tv for an MLS team they never heard of.

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« Reply #27: July 22, 2023, 10:12:01 AM »
I bought the MLS package, but I keep forgetting to watch DC United.

HOWEVER, wife and I are looking forward to US against Nederlands on Wednesday. She hates all sports except soccer, and especially cares about the KNVB teams. She's Dutch. The kids are divided. Rachel, who "escorts" me to the annual WNFF meet-up, has not said who she will root for.

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« Reply #28: July 22, 2023, 12:38:24 PM »
I bought the MLS package, but I keep forgetting to watch DC United.

HOWEVER, wife and I are looking forward to US against Nederlands on Wednesday. She hates all sports except soccer, and especially cares about the KNVB teams. She's Dutch. The kids are divided. Rachel, who "escorts" me to the annual WNFF meet-up, has not said who she will root for.
Root for a draw.

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« Reply #29: July 22, 2023, 09:44:28 PM »
I bought the MLS package, but I keep forgetting to watch DC United.

HOWEVER, wife and I are looking forward to US against Nederlands on Wednesday. She hates all sports except soccer, and especially cares about the KNVB teams. She's Dutch. The kids are divided. Rachel, who "escorts" me to the annual WNFF meet-up, has not said who she will root for.

Dutch treat
Dutch elm disease
Dutch Schultz

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Re: Soccer 2023-24 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #30: July 23, 2023, 12:36:59 PM »
Only one game so far where both teams have scored.  Two games where neither side scored. A tough watch unless you are really into women’s soccer.

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« Reply #31: July 24, 2023, 09:52:18 PM »
Haiti and Vietnam both could have won.  Jamaica and Nigeria both earned their points through a lot of hard work.  And all of them could have beaten Wales in Qatar. 
Only one game so far where both teams have scored.  Two games where neither side scored. A tough watch unless you are really into women’s soccer.

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« Reply #32: July 25, 2023, 07:01:58 AM »
Haiti and Vietnam both could have won.  Jamaica and Nigeria both earned their points through a lot of hard work.  And all of them could have beaten Wales in Qatar.
Probably.  Still boring though. 

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« Reply #33: August 02, 2023, 08:28:56 AM »
I was just looking at the Women's World Cup bracket. Does anyone know why FIFA doesn't arrange it so that teams from the same group are on the same side of the bracket (so they'd meet in the semifinals) instead of on opposite sides (so they'd meet in the finals)? For example, look at the Netherlands, the US, Sweden, and South Africa, all of whom finished first and second in Groups E and G, respectively. The US plays Sweden on Sunday and the Netherlands plays South Africa. Suppose, for discussion purposes, that both teams from either group win their games (either the Netherlands and the US both advance or Sweden and South Africa both advance) and then also win their quarterfinal games on August 11. They would then play each other in the semifinals in Auckland on August 15.

Why don't they put one of the first-place teams and one of the second-place teams on the other side of the bracket (say, swap the US–Sweden game for the Jamaica–TBD game and make corresponding adjustments with the other groups) so as to avoid rematches of group-stage games unless and until both teams from a given group advance to the finals? I recognize that was impossible in the days of a smaller World Cup when you could have three teams advancing from a particular group, which meant at least two teams from a group that advanced three had to be on the same side of the bracket, so perhaps they shrugged it off at that time and now "it's just the way they do it." But my gut tells me there's probably something else given that the Europeans have lots of strange rules.

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Re: Soccer 2023-24 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #34: August 02, 2023, 09:29:03 AM »
No one offered enough in bribes?

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« Reply #35: August 05, 2023, 04:10:57 PM »
The Athletic reports DC United will terminate Taxi Fountas's contract over the allegation that he called a teammate an offensive word racists use to refer to black people.

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Re: Soccer 2023-24 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #36: August 05, 2023, 04:57:41 PM »
The Athletic reports DC United will terminate Taxi Fountas's contract over the allegation that he called a teammate an offensive word racists use to refer to black people.
taxi had something similar last year but with an opponent in I think

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« Reply #37: August 05, 2023, 08:16:11 PM »
taxi had something similar last year but with an opponent in I think

That’s correct. MLS investigated and decided the allegation was "credible" but that there was no proof. It sounds like the same may be true this time but that United are more or less saying the old maxim, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

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« Reply #38: August 06, 2023, 05:39:07 AM »
When I see the Team USA shirt, at the WWC, I can't help but think that someone, at Nike, was having trouble with their fountain pen... ;)

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« Reply #39: August 06, 2023, 07:56:53 AM »
And now they are out so we can focus on the Premiere League which starts Friday.

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« Reply #40: August 06, 2023, 11:14:35 AM »
The Community Shield (traditional season opener) is live, as I type...Usually the PL champs against the FA Cup winners - as Man City won both, they play the PL runners-up (Arsenal).

The WWC result will pile huge pressure on England - they'll be expected to win it, now... :roll:

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Re: Soccer 2023-24 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #41: August 06, 2023, 11:32:58 AM »
The Community Shield (traditional season opener) is live, as I type...Usually the PL champs against the FA Cup winners - as Man City won both, they play the PL runners-up (Arsenal).

The WWC result will pile huge pressure on England - they'll be expected to win it, now... :roll:
city should scrimmage itself. just split the squad.

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« Reply #42: August 06, 2023, 11:58:12 AM »
The Community Shield (traditional season opener) is live, as I type...Usually the PL champs against the FA Cup winners - as Man City won both, they play the PL runners-up (Arsenal).

The WWC result will pile huge pressure on England - they'll be expected to win it, now... :roll:
I’m pulling for the non EURO teams. Mostly Japan.

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« Reply #43: August 07, 2023, 12:50:56 PM »
Maybe second time's the charm for Morocco vs France?

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« Reply #44: August 08, 2023, 08:06:10 AM »
I see England stomped all over Nigeria.  Literally.

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« Reply #45: August 08, 2023, 09:03:45 PM »
That's some low-hangin' fruit for the metaphorically inclined
I see England stomped all over Nigeria.  Literally.

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« Reply #46: August 10, 2023, 12:44:20 PM »
The Athletic reports DC United will terminate Taxi Fountas's contract over the allegation that he called a teammate an offensive word racists use to refer to black people.

The Athletic now reports MLS found the latest allegation against Fountas "credible" (same as last year) and that his contract has been terminated, apparently by mutual agreement.

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Re: Soccer 2023-24 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #47: August 11, 2023, 03:14:56 PM »
So the Premiere League season gets underway and only takes City three minutes to get a goal. Had no idea Vincent Kompany was coaching Burnley.   

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Re: Soccer 2023-24 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #48: August 11, 2023, 06:29:15 PM »
So the Premiere League season gets underway and only takes City three minutes to get a goal. Had no idea Vincent Kompany was coaching Burnley.

Burnley swept all before them in the Championship, last season - they secured promotion with seven games still to play, which is a Championship record.

Over here, no-one but no-one expects anyone other than City to win the title. Discussion is centering around who will take the remaining Champions League places (three from Man Utd, Newcastle, Arsenal, LIverpool and Chelsea). Spurs being written off, with Kane's impending departure for Bayern Munich. An interesting side-story is whether or not Brentford can maintain their progress, of the last few seasons.

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Re: Soccer 2023-24 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #49: August 11, 2023, 07:57:43 PM »
Brentford is the low budget "moneyball " team playing value in the signings and sales, right?