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    Quote Originally Posted by VEGASKING View Post
    How unpatriotic of you.
    You saw them play against England, Spain and Argentina didn't you? They were held scoreless all 3 games. Besides, I'm just sayin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Irreverent View Post
    Like they were beating up an amatuer team.
    Which is why we get so thoroughly handled every four years in the World Cup. We're actually playing "qualifiers" against freaking Barbados. I could head down to the dive bar at the end of my street right now and round up a dozen guys who could probably scratch out a 0-0 draw against Barbados.

    We need to play many more friendlies against the Dutch, Germans, French, Brazilians, Argentinians, Portuguese, etc., or find a way to merge CONCACAF with South America.

    To echo ASUCruz earlier, that Turkey-Czech game was the craziest game of the tourney thus far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irisher View Post
    or find a way to merge CONCACAF with South America.
    **** that I want to qualify. As long as you get into the tournament anything can happen. See Japan/Korea 2002.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    **** that I want to qualify. As long as you get into the tournament anything can happen. See Japan/Korea 2002.
    LOL. I guess. But we'll never be a consistent power unless we start playing some better competition consistently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irisher View Post
    LOL. I guess. But we'll never be a consistent power unless we start playing some better competition consistently.
    We'll never be a consistent power with 90% of our best athletes playing other sports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    We'll never be a consistent power with 90% of our best athletes playing other sports.
    All the same, we've got 300M people in this country. Croatia has what? 4-5M? Portugal and the Czechs have around 10-11M each. We ought to be substantially better than we are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Irreverent View Post
    You saw them play against England, Spain and Argentina didn't you? They were held scoreless all 3 games. Besides, I'm just sayin'.

    Actually, I didn't. The Spain game was the only one on an ESPN channel I get and I fell asleep sometime around the hour mark. Besides, Landycakes missed those games! Oh, right, he doesn't score against quality sides like those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irisher View Post
    All the same, we've got 300M people in this country. Croatia has what? 4-5M? Portugal and the Czechs have around 10-11M each. We ought to be substantially better than we are.
    How much better? None of those teams are perenial powers either, Portugal has just put itself back on the map, and their Golden Generation didn't achieve anything.

    The Czechs are on their way down and so are the Croatians. It seems like we're right around where we should be given that our best players are playing other sports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Irreverent View Post
    You saw them play against England, Spain and Argentina didn't you? They were held scoreless all 3 games. Besides, I'm just sayin'.
    You really went out on a limb there saying the US isn't "good"

    But to examine this point, who out there is saying that the US is a top 10 side. You bring up the recent set of friendlies, I don't think any legitimate US soccer fan believes the US are on that level where they can compete with the elite countries(England didn't qualify but their talent pool is there with the elite).

    Seems like the US is right where they should be. A solid team that can do some damage in a knockout tournament but doesn't really have a shot at winning it. You said "The US ain't good" well who is saying otherwise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    How much better? None of those teams are perenial powers either, Portugal has just put itself back on the map, and their Golden Generation didn't achieve anything.

    The Czechs are on their way down and so are the Croatians. It seems like we're right around where we should be given that our best players are playing other sports.
    I'd agree with the Czechs comment but the Croatians ? They're still on the up, have won their group stuffed England in the qualifying group and look really decent team. They also have a great coach.

    Oh and I examined my claim that France's team is too old and I appear to be wrong They just feel old though..... I would agree that Riberry and Malouda are vastly overrated

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