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Two Touch: Random World Cup Musings

July 1, 2010 1 comment

And then there were eight.

Five of the eight teams left in the World Cup, have clearly positioned themselves within the top tier of international soccer (see power rankings below), and even sadly, the United States does not find themselves within the group, even when presented with the proverbial ‘golden opportunity.’ Read more…

Exclusive World Cup Interview: Patrick Ianni

I recently had the privilege of sitting down and speaking with current MLS player, Patrick Ianni. Ianni is one of the bright young stars of American soccer and played with almost half the current 2010 team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I wanted to get his perspective on his current season with the Seattle Sounders, as well as his thoughts on Team USA’s run through the World Cup in South Africa.

Here is the transcript of that conversation: Read more…

Two Touch: Random World Cup Musings

Brief observations thus far through the first 11 days of the tournament: Read more…

World Cup: Group C Madness

After eight days of play, we were witness to the craziest World Cup day to date, and yet somehow, still satisfying for fans of the U.S. Germany, who looked supberb in their opener, played in a game where cards were handed out at a rate that tallied the sixth highest total for a single game in World Cup history. In turn, Germany lost their star scorer early, battled the rest of the way a man down, missed a potential tying PK, and after all was said and done, fell to Serbia 1-0.

And in Group C we were witness to two crazy games, that now leave all four teams with an opportunity to advance to the knockout round. Read more…

USA-Slovenia Preview

With as much action and hype as the England match received, Friday morning’s contest will be even more vital for the United States’ chances to see through to the next round. Had the US lost last weekend, they still would have had a decent chance at advancing. However, if they lose tomorrow, you can pretty much bury the team right there in Jo’Burg. Read more…

Two Touch: Random World Cup Musings

June 14, 2010 1 comment

Four days into the world’s greatest sporting event and I have re-arranged my sleeping schedule to the detriment of my actual responsibilities. All in the attempt to catch at least a glimpse of each of the World Cup matches played thus far (also DVR helps a ton).

So after four days here some quick thoughts and observations about what we have seen: Read more…

USA-England Review

Thanks to sloppy goalkeeping and some intestinal fortitude (enabling the underdogs to battle back after an early goal), the United States earned themselves a much needed point against England on Saturday afternoon. Read more…

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United States-England Preview

As a freshman at UCSD in 2002, my dorms had a system of monetary fines in place for personal conduct and misbehavior. Despite the loud music, flasks, 24-packs, and hot-boxed rooms that often surrounded me, I managed to last eight months in those circumstances without receiving so much as a verbal warning. And as the school year wound down, I was all but two weeks from freedom without a blemish. Read more…

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Idiot’s Guide to the World Cup

You see them out there, the ones walking around with a little extra spring in their step, coming to work with that smile. The one that’s almost uncomfortably large. Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about soccer fans across America. And yes, they do in fact exist. Read more…

Tiger – Fools Rush In

February 19, 2010 Leave a comment

In today’s 24-hour news cycle, fewer and fewer events are able to stop the orbit of earth by dominating the attention of every relevant cable channel. This morning we got to witness the one and only Tiger Woods make his first public appearance since Thanksgiving Read more…

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