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  1. #171
    Quote Originally Posted by Vampire  [View Original Post]
    Soccer is still a fairly new game in the United States. Very few Americans over the age of 40 played soccer as kids. It has only started to get popular over the past 30 years or so. Give it another 10-20 years, and the United States will be one of the powerhouses.
    I agree things have changed in the last 30 year, but America has many other opportunities that most of the rest of the world doesn't have for their children.

    My experience in local sports, saw smaller less athletic kids migrating to soccer at around 8-years-old, solely because moms did not want their kids (boys) in contact sports. My son played 1 year on a neighborhood community team, which turned out to be a strictly and intentionally non-competive, he hated it because the kids played not to win/lose. He turned out to be a draft pick and ALL state left-handed pitcher.

    In my opinion, this 30 years of not producing any dominant players to represent America is because of a lack of athletic skill, poor coaching, poor competition, and if there's an athletic kid on the team he's the goalie, hence playing not to lose/win. Plus if an athletic kid does play a position in the field the opponent just plays keep away so nobody wins or looses.

    If and when American black kids become interested in soccer America is doomed for another 30 years of not being good enough to make FIFI tournament.

    Maybe our visiting southern border friends will take over American soccer.

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  3. #170
    Quote Originally Posted by WorldTravel69  [View Original Post]
    This is a quote from the San Francisco Chronicle writer Nick Hoppe.

    "Ireland (population 334,000) qualified.

    Uruguay (population 3.5 million) qualified.

    Croatia and Costa Rica (population 4 million each) qualified.

    United States (population 325 million people) - LOSERS!

    Out of 325 million people we couldn't find 11 guys who could beat Iceland's 11 best?

    Even San Francisco has twice as many people, and we can play all year round".
    Soccer is still a fairly new game in the United States. Very few Americans over the age of 40 played soccer as kids. It has only started to get popular over the past 30 years or so. Give it another 10-20 years, and the United States will be one of the powerhouses.

  4. #169

    American Soccer

    This is a quote from the San Francisco Chronicle writer Nick Hoppe.

    "Ireland (population 334,000) qualified.

    Uruguay (population 3.5 million) qualified.

    Croatia and Costa Rica (population 4 million each) qualified.

    United States (population 325 million people) - LOSERS!

    Out of 325 million people we couldn't find 11 guys who could beat Iceland's 11 best?

    Even San Francisco has twice as many people, and we can play all year round".

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  6. #168
    Messi shines when surrounded by his top-dollar Barca teammates.

    I have watched nearly every match of the tournament and the ones Argentina was in were, for the most part, dull. France and Belgium have looked the best, then England and lastly Croatia (IMO). This has been a great tournament and I like seeing the big names toppled by superior team play.

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  8. #167

    Messi IS overrated

    Quote Originally Posted by Vampire  [View Original Post]
    The goalkeeper situation was bad for Argentina. Romero was out with a knee injury. If they had him, they would've had a better shot to advance. Messi is very overrated. He is a good player, but I'd take Suarez or Cavani over any forward Argentina has. What was the deal with Sampaoli? Was he not allowed to coach after the Croatia loss? It looked like him and the players were no longer talking.
    Messi IS overrated, at this point anyway. Soccer is a young man's game.

    "team usa" didnt build off of 2014 like some people here said they would.

    But i like the idea that there arent any dynasties, it's better for the sport.

    Any country's team has the chance to take the trophy if they actively invest in their national programs and if they luck out in the genetic lottery with a few key players.

  9. #166

    Argentina

    The goalkeeper situation was bad for Argentina. Romero was out with a knee injury. If they had him, they would've had a better shot to advance. Messi is very overrated. He is a good player, but I'd take Suarez or Cavani over any forward Argentina has. What was the deal with Sampaoli? Was he not allowed to coach after the Croatia loss? It looked like him and the players were no longer talking.

  10. #165
    Quote Originally Posted by BayBoy  [View Original Post]
    Argentina wins 2-1, beats Nigeria on a late goal, moves on to the Knockout round. Messi got a goal in the first half. Even Diego Maradona was happy. Life is good in Argentina.
    Hopefully you guys got some free pussy that night!

  11. #164

    Argentina Wins

    Argentina wins 2-1, beats Nigeria on a late goal, moves on to the Knockout round. Messi got a goal in the first half. Even Diego Maradona was happy. Life is good in Argentina.

  12. #163
    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoLibre  [View Original Post]
    Howdy BB,

    How's it standing ? I mean hanging ?

    I'm worried about the San Francisco "Packers" this year Buddy !

    Lifelong "Cards" Fan !

    Please say Hola to my Boys ! now

    Be Well,

    TL.

    Just thought about you this morning as I passed by Plaza "Miseria!".
    Hola TL: The boys are doing fine and still kicking it. Oh you passed by my favorite place: Plaza 'Misery', say hello to the chicas there. I got money problems now, but when that gets cleared up will be back to Buenos Aires. I like the Xchange rate now, 28-1 is rocking.

  13. #162

    Excellent News !

    Quote Originally Posted by BayBoy  [View Original Post]
    Argentina is back in the chase to get to the final round. Iceland lost to Nigeria, big upset. But they have to win their last game.
    Howdy BB,

    How's it standing ? I mean hanging ?

    I'm worried about the San Francisco "Packers" this year Buddy !

    Lifelong "Cards" Fan !

    Please say Hola to my Boys !

    Be Well,

    TL.

    Just thought about you this morning as I passed by Plaza "Miseria!".

  14. #161
    Argentina is back in the chase to get to the final round. Iceland lost to Nigeria, big upset. But they have to win their last game.

  15. #160

    Deep Doodoo

    Argentina's soccer team is in deep doodoo after losing to Croatia today 3-0; after a tie with Iceland a few days ago. They might not make the finals. Their goalie messed up and didn't clear the ball from a Croatian defender close by, and he kicked it right into the goal. Their first score.

    That goalie, Messi, and the coach shouldn't come back to Argentina if they don't make the finals.

  16. #159

    World Cup 2019

    I just thought it would be appropriate to start a World Cup thread.

    Curious of any feedback from the locals regarding Argentina's lackluster opening.

    Saw a stat that Messi is 5-10 on World Cup penalty kicks!

    Think I will take Ronaldo.

    Any interest from down there?

  17. #158

    Howdy !

    Quote Originally Posted by Slipknot  [View Original Post]
    Looking for recommendations on where to watch the Superbowl this Sunday evening.

    Thank you.
    You are most Welcome to use my NFL GAME PASS subscription while I sleep .

    Send me an e-mail for the password and directions if you want.

    Unless you would rather go to a packed to the gills with drunk punks in a place full of 100 years worth of smoke and spilled beer.

    Your welcome to visit but it's a mess here.

    The problem with the housekeeper is that I Always keep her from doing her job . That's a white lie. She certainly Does her job !

    TTYL,

    TXH-1138,

    TL.

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  19. #157
    Quote Originally Posted by Dickhead  [View Original Post]
    That call yesterday was completely ridiculous. The rule is ridiculous. The officiating in the NFL is ridiculous. Roger Goodell is ridiculous. And I am not even a Steeler fan, and don't care but the catch rule has got to be changed to something that makes some kind of common sense to the ordinary fan. We did not have audio so did not hear the ref's explanation but none of us could understand that call. There were about a dozen of us, including one guy who played semi-pro football, and all of us thought it was a catch. Every single one of us.
    One of the many reasons I barely follow the NFL anymore. The game is a shadow of what it used to be. Laughable really.

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