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I went to the Argentina/Bolivia game last night. Argentina scored three quick goals in the first (all by the 30th minute or so) and the game was a laugh after that. Just a lot of standing around and passing the ball.

 

Leo Messi did play the entire second half though. He didn't score, but he did some nifty moves and had some scoring chances. There were 45,000 people at CenturyLink last night, and basically 44,000 came to see Messi, so it was cool that he played. People were praying for a goal that didn't happen, but we did get this!

 

My seats are 7 rows up in the corner, so it was cool to be able to watch Messi on offense for the evening. Also cool to see what the greatest living soccer player looks like in a person -- a short guy with really powerful legs.

 

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Great that the US advanced to the semis as that was the pre-tournament goal. However things are looking bleak for the semis. 

 

Jones and Wood are both suspended (Jones due to the red and Wood due to yellow card accumulation) for the next match and it will likely be against the favorites, who oh by the way have the best player in the world on their side. 

 

Oh well. I'll enjoy this victory for now, it was hard-earned. 

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I was there! It was awesome.

 

The ref was garbage though and it's frustrating to watch. I didn't get a good view of what prompted the red cards, but I'm sure it was bull :censored:. 

 

It would be nice if there were accountability for terrible calls and a possibility of reversal.

 

But whatever. Semis were the goal and here we are. Very exciting. Dempsey is also just the best.

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I mean, the issue is that Jones put his hands on an opponent’s face, and you really have to know better than that. Weak retaliation bookings (like the one last time out that screwed Wood over) are the worst things to give and one of the most frustrating things about how the sport is officiated, especially in short tournaments, but it is what it is.

 

Did Jones commit a red-card offense? No, I don’t think so. And @DG_Now, there is an appeals process and I’m sure the U.S. will appeal the card, but I cannot see them winning — because by the book, hands to the face means you can be sent off.

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I saw the "punch" on the bottom of my screen and thought it looked pretty bad. I'm sure that's exactly what the ref saw as well which would deserve the red. After seeing the replay and having the chance to focus on it it is clearly not a red and possibly not even worthy of a yellow. I can't blame the ref because in real time I thought it was a red also. JJ has to know better than to do that but that's JJ and his fire is more often an asset than a detriment to his teams.

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Imo the loss of Wood will be worse than the loss of JJ. Wood has been perfect for this team because he is an out and out striker. That allows Dempsey to fall back more and link up play, which he has done extremely well, as he has scored/assisted on all but one of the US's goals this tournament. 

 

I imagine Jurgen will put Zardes up top in Wood's position and put Zusi on the right. Beckermann will come in for JJ probably. 

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#LOLTri - Mexico is getting smoked on their "home" turf by Chile. Looks like USA is going to be the last CONCACAF team standing.

 

Edit: 5-0 now. This is fast approaching Mineirazo territory.

 

Edit #2: Move over 2014 Seleção, you're now off the hook.

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All I can say is... WOAH. There were quite a few pissed off Mexico fans at our match tonight, gave it a bit of a weird vibe. 

 

 

 

Also, I met Brandi Chastain tonight. She was pretty interesting. This one lady actually asked, with a completely straight face, if she would take off her shirt and take a picture with their kids in her sports bra. I wonder if she at all regrets that moment, because I'm sure she's just inundated with kinda crap. 

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I would love to crack jokes at Mexico pulling an NYCFC but its entirely possible that Argentina does the same thing to us, especially with the players we have suspended. 

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56 minutes ago, Nyk33 said:

I would love to crack jokes at Mexico pulling an NYCFC but its entirely possible that Argentina does the same thing to us, especially with the players we have suspended. 

Yeah, I understand that, but the game last night was different in 2 ways:

1. Wasn't Mexico at full force? I don't think they had any suspended players.

2. While Chile has some good players, they don't have a Messi. There would probably be a little bit more honor in getting smacked by someone who is considered by many to be the best in the world.

 

Also, the USMNT would at least have a redemption game to get back on track. This is Mexico's lasting memory of this tournament.

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This is probably obvious, but Messi's never lead Argentina to a major title, correct? A cursory Wikipedia check tells me Messi was on the 2008 Olympic gold medal team, but my understanding is the Olympics matters far less than other titles in international soccer.

 

Until last night, Argentina seemed like the most dominant team in the Copa. Yes, Chile had some struggles, but putting up 7 on a good Mexico team that was basically playing at home seems like a pretty clear shot across the bow.

 

The US is in good company among Colombia, Argentina and Chile. You really couldn't have asked for more at the start of the tournament. They're playing with nothing to lose on Tuesday night and, if it matters, have two extra days rest on Argentina. These are exciting times.

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33 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

This is probably obvious, but Messi's never lead Argentina to a major title, correct? A cursory Wikipedia check tells me Messi was on the 2008 Olympic gold medal team, but my understanding is the Olympics matters far less than other titles in international soccer.

 

Until last night, Argentina seemed like the most dominant team in the Copa. Yes, Chile had some struggles, but putting up 7 on a good Mexico team that was basically playing at home seems like a pretty clear shot across the bow.

 

The US is in good company among Colombia, Argentina and Chile. You really couldn't have asked for more at the start of the tournament. They're playing with nothing to lose on Tuesday night and, if it matters, have two extra days rest on Argentina. These are exciting times.

That’s correct. Argentina hasn’t won a major tournament since the 1993 edition of Copa América.

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