Friday, June 14, 2002

World Cup, humble pie boy I'm glad that I didn't wake to watch the US play at 4:30 like I'd considered. Yes, perhaps that makes me not a real fan. Poland handed us a piece of humble pie, how does it feel to have the cleat on the other foot! Only we couldn't mount an offense to speak of to make a comeback (although the dissallowed goal of Donovans, should've been a goal, which I'm sure would've changed the game), until way too late. We just kept doing the same thing over and over, which wasn't working. the score could've been worse too, if it weren't for the awesome Brad Friedel (another penalty kick stopped!), too bad he wasn't awesome enough to stop the other three!

So thank god for the Koreans! who handed out another piece of humble pie to Portugal and knocked them out of the tournament with a 1-0 win -- and sent themselves and the US to the next round. Sure Portugal was down a man, but every other game with a team down a man for any length of time has won in this cup (I think).

Japan also went through in a pretty dull game. The Belgium Russia game was also deadly dull until the Russians tied it 1-1 in the second half, and then the game picked up like you couldn't believe and ended up 3-2 Belgium, with Russia threatening to tie it up at the end and sending Belgium home. Alas they couldn't quite pull it off (not that I had any partisan thoughts one way or another really).

So on we go!


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