I'll be honest with you, when the draw was first made, I thought Ghana would edge it between you, but it would've been tight, but I thought Portugal and Germany would both beat you with little fuss, but, you're there when some of world football's big names are heading to various airports.
Wasn't a very exciting game, but they're through and all that matters. Hopefully by the time they play Belgium they can get over the Amazon hangover and Michael Bradley can finally show the **** up. He's been terribad.
1) Great game. US was a little out matched, but i'm happy we were able to advance.
2) Michael Bradley was... invisible... again. He made one good pass and then that was all she wrote for his playing the rest of the day. Had several chances that he could have converted to goal scoring opportunities and he completely muffed them. Defensively, he's providing decent support, so maybe on that principle alone I'd opt to keep him in... but man oh man he's choking at the absolute worst time for us.
3) I do not think Germany will win it all. If I was them I would have wanted to come in 2nd in the group. 6 of their starters are on the Bayern team. Bayern played the same exact way against Manchester United in the Champions League this year- a team interested in collapsing defensively and playing on counter attacks. Who did Bayern lose to? A team that wasn't necessarily as good at possession as BAyern, but more skilled and faster. Bayern has 4 CB's on their line. Their wings were ****ing slow. I wish the US exploited their fullbacks more. Ghana was fast and reckless, they had two leads on the Germans. Now they play Algeria, a team that's a notch slower than Ghana but fast AF, nonetheless. Algeria was the best team in Africa, they'll be just as tough - if not tougher, than Ghana. If they pass them, they'll likely play France, who is one of the most offensively minded teams in this year's WC. They're surprising many people and its because of that explosive offense. While I think Germany can win both of those games, albeit struggling more to do so than many people expect, their semi-final test would be one of 4 south american teams, most likely one of Chile, Columbia, or Brazil. Germany will not get past Columbia or Brazil. Those teams are too fast for the defense, too technical for the German teams to hold as much possession as they held today against the US.
4) Belgium is not as good as being advertised on this board. They were the popular underrated team to play as in Fifa14 when you wanted to play with someone different against your friends. On paper, they look electric. They're young. They're dynamic. But they're not playing well. They look beatable. ****ing Fellaini needed to win them their game against Algeria. Gellaini was one of the worst players for Manchester United this year. They're no where near as dominant as Germany, and I'd reckon that they'll pose about the same level of competition to the US that Portugal presented. Easy task/likely win? Not at all, but if the US plays to their strengths, they'll have a very good and realistic shot of beating that team. After that would likely be Argentina, many people's personal favorite to win this year's cup. Could still happen. The key is clearly stopping Messi. Much harder for the US to do that. I expect the cinderella story to end there, in the QF's. Doesn't matter, really. Netherlands is going to take it to the finals again. Especially if they get a few more days where it rains and opposing team's skill players are muted.
I'm expecting Netherlands vs. Columbia/Brazil/Chile in the finals.