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I love the World Cup – what a great final!

Wow! What a game that was! I couldn’t believe how exciting that game was! It started off so strong! Argentina was really coming on fast. I was kind of worried about my team Germany at that point. The marking of the Argentina players of the German players was outstanding. No big open spaces for the Germans to pass in this game!

Some of the shots on goal in the beginning by Argentina were great. It didn’t remain so, but they started strong.

I felt like the first half of the game was won by Argentina. The second half however, was dominated by Germany. Too bad they couldn’t capitalize on it then.

And, so, it went into overtime. Which I was happy about. I really wanted Germany to win, and I felt like Germany was wearing down the Argentina players.

Messi didn’t look so great. His shots were off, he had balls stolen from him, and he just didn’t seem to be playing his best ball. I think we can all agree that Germany really did a great job of taking him out of his game.

Then, that beautiful goal! It was so perfect. One touch then off his boot! Oh, so lovely! Plus, sadly, since I was streaming it, my girlfriend texted my yahoo (!) a minute before the actual goal, so I got to watch the whole thing develop. It was kinda good and bad to be alerted to the goal coming up!

I’m glad that the game didn’t end in PK’s. While exciting, it’s not satisfying if your team loses that way. I know it is all part of the game, but you want a goal, or at least I do. I want the satisfaction of the team work. Not the odds being against one poor goalie. It is so hard to stop a penalty kick.

Oh, and my lovely, lovely goalie that I think is so handsome got the golden glove! Sweet. He is so cute. I really hate it when girls watch sports and then comment on how attractive a player is, but, this man steals my heart.

Not totally sure Messi should have won the Golden Ball. His performance was not so great in the final, so I’m thinking no.

I did like how German Chancellor Merkel hugged the entire German team, especially Manuel Neuer. So nice! You go girl!

 

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I love the World Cup – great match today

What a game. There was a lot of strategy, a lot of good defense, and a lot of solid passing.

It was the exact opposite of the Germany versus Brazil game. That game as almost unbearable to watch. I felt so bad for Brazil, despite the fact I was rooting for Germany.

I thought that the teams, Argentina and The Netherlands looked pretty well evenly matched. The defense was excellent this game. Everyone was marking, there was a lot of pressure. The ball was being played a lot from the middle, not just from the defense. Although, Holland seemed to be passing back a lot more than I thought they should.

 

I do love Sneijder, but I really wanted him to stop taking the corners. It just wasn’t his day today. Yet, they kept giving him the ball to take the corners. Awful

I felt bad for the goalie, Cillessen. It’s such an impossible task to stop a PK. With the added pressure of having been taking out of the last game and replaced with Krul, anything less that perfection would be his fault. I don’t think it was his fault. Yet, he will be blamed.

Now, I turn my eyes to the final game Germany versus Argentina. I really want Germany to win. I like their players, I like their style of play, and I’m not particularly fond of Argentina. Argentina are floppers. I don’t like Floppers.

Good luck Germany, and let hope Mick Jagger doesn’t show up in a Germany uniform.

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World Cup Thoughts

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I’m sad! I can’t believe that the USA is out of the World Cup! I was so enjoying our team still being in it!

Here are some of my thoughts about the game we played yesterday.

Our time of possession was awful the first half and most of the second. I don’t know how at the end we had more time of possession, 53% to 47%. The ball was on our side of the pitch almost the whole game!

I felt that our midfield did a horrible job of maintaining the possession. We kept making poor passes, sloppy, really. We did not seem in sync.

I also couldn’t stand Michael Bradley. He never seemed to be marking a man, just aimlessly running around. When he did get a ball, he made, most of the time, poor passes. Or when he did try to set something up, it was always off. He did have a few shinning moments. That was almost more annoying. If he would have just played to his potential, I really felt like the game would have been more winnable.

I thought DeMarcus Beasley did a great job defending. Just excellent. I also really enjoyed the play of Yedlin and for the briefest of moments, obviously, Green, as he scored our goal. I feel really good about future World Cup play with Yedlin and Green on our team.

The man of the match though, by far was Tim Howard, the goal keeper. He is the oldest guy on the field, and he did the most outstanding job. Belgium had 38 shots on goal. Tim Howard made 16 (!) saves. 16! That is a heck-of-a-lot.

That’s also where it highlights how over-matched USA was. We only shot on goal 14 times. It speaks volumes as to how much we actually had the ball on offense.

Oh, well. It was fun while it lasted. Now, I root for Les Bleus and Costa Rica. I don’t think Costa Rica has a chance, but my friend is from Costa Rica, so why not?

 

 

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I am absolutely loving watching the World Cup. It is so much fun!

In some regards, being in the “group of death” has been super interesting. No one thought that team USA would make it out of group play. There was even interviews with the coach, where HE said that we wouldn’t win World Cup.

It almost made these last few games that much more interesting.

We (team USA) played great games against our nemesis Ghana and Portugal. Portugal was the real heart-breaker. We had that game won up until the very last second, literally. But man, was that fun to watch.

Now, for the second World Cup in a row, USA has made it out of group play. That is a spectacular stat and should be celebrated. It’s also such a triumph that we won in our group at all, so these are all really, really good things.

Plus, more importantly, we get to watch more USA soccer!

This has been an interesting group play. a lot of the big powerhouses are already out. Who would have thought that Spain, Portugal, Italy, and England would all be out of the World Cup already? Certainly not in

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a world where USA was still in it!

I do have a few concerns. I don’t want team USA to be caught off guard again. I did not enjoy our team getting scored on so early in the game by Portugal, and then so late. Plus, no matter what the announcers say, I’m not very impressed with Michael Bradley. He is not first to the ball, his passes are errant, and he overshoots his targets. Of course, he can make these critical errors up to me and the rest of the fans by doing SOMETHING of merit in the next game against Belgium.

***Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com