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That is 2 points dropped right there. Ugh.
 

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I think we needed to beat Wales to get out of the group. We'll see what happens.
 

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Does this team have a realistic chance vs England?

Outside of a sporting chance?
 

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I think the whole 'tie' thing which is so common in soccer is why it will never be a top 3 US sport. Americans HATE ties. I'm one of them. And these refs are so blatantly anti-US (that Pulisic injury where they refused to stop play being just one example)... we're not going to get a lot of help.
 

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Does this team have a realistic chance vs England?

Outside of a sporting chance?
No. Short of a US vs. Russia hockey effort I don't see it happening. I could see both the US and Wales beating Iran and both losing to England. So what happens then - total goal count as the tie-breaker? I am not savvy with what it takes to advance beyond total wins.
 

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And unfortunately, Wales comes out of this buoyed because they came back and tied it. We leave the pitch beleagured because we gave up a win that was in hand.
 

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Does this team have a realistic chance vs England?

Outside of a sporting chance?
Absolutely. I watch a lot of England matches and they have been horrible of late (this morning notwithstanding).

There is actually a tremendous amount of talent on this US squad. It should be capable of holding its own against most of the teams in this tournament.
 

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No. Short of a US vs. Russia hockey effort I don't see it happening. I could see both the US and Wales beating Iran and both losing to England. So what happens then - total goal count as the tie-breaker? I am not savvy with what it takes to advance beyond total wins.
First tie-breaker is goal difference.
 

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Not impressed with those comments from Berhalter.
 

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So I know England lost like 6 straight coming into the World Cup but they had a lot of injuries are still one of top 5 teams in terms of odds of winning it. They certainly spanked Iran. We'll see. I don't like the tone of the US coach's and players comments I've heard post-tie. I think it would be a good idea to score a ton of goals against Iran :)

My disclaimer - today was the first time I've seen the US Men's Team play in 6 months. So I'm hardly anyone to listen to :)
 

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Next match is 2pm on Friday against England. Don't shoot until you see the white's of their eyes.
 

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England will definitely be favored against the US, Boone. No question. Losing this one has made things much harder for the US because I do think England will win the group.

Having said that, England's defense is suspect and can be beaten.

I'm thinking we fire up BGO Chat for the England match on Friday.
 

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I am personally finding it hard to generate interest in this year's version of the World Cup. My soccer crazed dad was born in Italy, and naturally, I was raised to cheer extremely hard for the Italian National Team since I was ten when Italy hosted the World Cup. Even with Canada participating for the first time since '86, I have a hard time getting excited about it all, because "my team" isn't there. I know this is a huge moment in Canada's soccer history, but given Canada's irrelevance on the international soccer stage my entire life, I never formed any sort of bond or attachment to the team. Not sure if that sounds strange, but it is how I feel.
 

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Kind of crazy this is the 2nd straight World Cup Italy has not qualified for… I think they are something like 7th ranked in the world … Wish they were in it so you could get excited about it CH.
 

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Things could be worse - we could be a tournament favorite lead by the best player in the world and lose to Saudia Arabia in our opener.

#whywewatch
 

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Probably pretty close to the truth...
 

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Australia's opening goal in the first ten minutes against France woke up what appeared to be a sleeping giant.

France was very entertaining to watch today, despite some major injuries that many said might hurt their chances coming into Qatar.

Might we see a repeat champion?
 

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