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US and England play to a 1-1 Tie in South Africa World Cup game…..

[ England goalkeeper Robert Green lies on the pitch after mishandling the ball for the U.S.’s only goal. ]

The Journal provides minute-by-minute analysis of the U.S.’s 1-1 draw with England in today’s World Cup Group C match in Rustenburg. Journal staffer Neil McIntosh offers commentary on the match and the telecast, with other contributions from around the world.

For more World Cup coverage from the Journal, click here.

From the Wall Street Journal Live Blog…….

Sometimes you win…

Sometimes you lose….

Sometimes you draw….

Both sides will feel they could have done better; they had the chances to do so. But, also, both will know this result isn’t terminal to their chances of progression.

That said, the U.S. must be the happier group of players and supporters. Their superstars — Donovan, Dempsey, Altidore — turned up and played well. We knew that defense would struggle with England’s pace. But, in reality, they managed to restrict England to a lot of long-range efforts and one or two nearer things which were scrambled away. Tim Howard was just as good as we knew he was.

How England must wish they had a keeper of Howard’s stature. It was hugely cruel that Robert Green’s calamity should deny England a win, and he — and his family — will feel the full force of the English tabloids’ mockery and ire tomorrow morning. As the Journal’s London bureau chief, Bruce Orwall, correctly noted earlier: “This is gonna be ugly.”

The nation is going to be consumed with his failure, and the debate about who to have in goal next time. Add in to that a further debate about Ledley King — if he can’t last more than 45 minutes against the USA, why was he put in the squad? — and a more minor discussion of England’s midfield options after James Milner was hauled off in the first half. At least Emile Heskey, the main pre-match talking point, played well.

For the U.S., it’s on to Johannesburg and the Slovenia game next week with individual and collective reputations intact, even enhanced. England may face Algeria, in Cape Town, with more furrowed brows

Editor’s note: Kyle Beckerman is a midfielder with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer and has 12 appearances with the U.S. national team since 2007.

Fun game to watch. Howard is an absolute beast. It could of really gone either way. We both had some chances to snatch it at the end…We’ll take this nice point, and it’s on to the next one.

Editor’s note: Gary Smith is a former soccer player in England and currently coach of Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids.

Very disapointing result for all English men.

To take the lead and start so well but ultimately lack ideas and serious quality, especially at big times was worrying, not only today but as we move forward.

The positives were difficult to mention on the day, but the result would lend [itself] to both teams progressing

Game over but chaos ensues as hordes of people fight to get on a bus back to the lot. A U.S. fan says “we can take a tie” while smushed into a seat.

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

DSD…..The World Cup and ABE….(Anybody But England)…….

USA squad - England v USA: USA ready to crush England's 'little boys'

What’s behind Anyone But England?
By Jon Kelly
BBC News Magazine

As the World Cup kicks off, many football fans from the UK’s celtic nations say they will support ABE – Anyone But England. Why does this inflame so much passion on both sides?

When Fabio Capello’s men run out to begin their World Cup campaign in Rustenburg, their shirts gleaming in the South African evening sun, an unknown number of their fellow British citizens will be cheering. For the USA.

On June 18, the same group will support Algeria. Five days later, it will be Slovenia whom they get behind.
And if Rooney, Lampard, Terry and company make it past the group stages, these UK passport holders have a handy phrase to remind them with whom their loyalties will lie: Anyone But England.

Few subjects on football message boards generate more ire, head-shaking and mutual antipathy between the constituent nations of the union than that of ABE.

To plenty of England supporters, the phenomenon is an unseemly grudge-fuelled display of bitterness by those with an inferior international record.

Meanwhile, to a certain breed of Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish fans, it is either a natural expression of friendly rivalry with one’s near-neighbours or a necessary corrective to the perceived arrogance of an English-dominated media, which appears not to be able to discuss a soccer tournament without copious references to Bobby Moore and 1966.

As the historian Eric Hobsbawm observed, a nation of millions “seems more real as a team of 11 named people”. Consequently, football has become emblematic of ongoing trends such as devolution; Scottish, Welsh and Irish nationalism; and English resentment over the West Lothian question…..

….continued, at length, with a great many comments, at:


June 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Entertainment, Media, Men, Projections, Sports, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

2010 FIFA World Cup……..

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the 19th FIFA World Cup, the premier international football tournament. It is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa. The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the culmination of a qualification process that began in August 2007 and involved 204 of the 208FIFA national teams. As such, it matches the 2008 Summer Olympics as the sports event with the most competing nations.

This will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation, after South Africa beatMorocco and Egypt in an all-African bidding process. This decision left the Oceania Football Confederationas the only confederation yet to host the FIFA World Cup. Italy are the defending champions. The draw for the finals took place on 4 December 2009 in Cape Town.

More from Wiki……..

March 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Travel, Updates | , , | 3 Comments