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Well the big match is today, mighty Brazil vs. USA. Who wins?

I've posted an analysis on the Soccer blog I've started writing for - check it out here: http://www.soccercityfc.com/ if you want.

Or discuss in here, too.

And yes, we all understand that some Americans hate soccer. That's nice. Consider us informed that you hate it or don't care (just like I couldn't care less about Agricola or whatever board game is the latest "hotness" - I just like my personal favorites).

I think the biggest keys to the match are:

1. Michael Bradley being unavailable for the US due to the crappy Red Card he got against Spain in the 87th minute (Larrionda is a horrible, horrible ref - man he's awful)

2. Scoring first is HUGE in a game where both teams have a strong counter-attacking style as it causes one team to have to leave far more openings for the other team to exploit while it surges forward in search of an equalizing goal. If the USA can get one early, the chances of an upset suddenly become very, very genuine.

3. Temperature could play a part, too. It's going to be a bit cooler than Brazilians prefer to play in, for this match. Of course this is a very weak point and will probably have very little impact but it bears mentioning, just in case.

4. USA is coming off a huge confidence-building upset over Spain - perhaps that mental enthusiasm and self-belief will carry into the Brazil game. If so, we can expect a tough match for Brazil.

5. The USA has played them recently so they're going to be pretty familiar with what to expect and after their 3-0 loss to the Selecao in the group stage, they surely will play for revenge (whether or not they'll get a better result remains to be seen).

My gut tells me we lose 2-1...but I'm hoping for a better result, obviously.
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Good luck USA. Wish I could go watch it but I have to stay home waiting for a Sofa to be delivered. yuk
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It is, but I don't subscribe to any sort of Television programming--so, I can't watch it at my apartment.
 
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***crosses fingers for at least a good showing***
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My 0.02:
USA win 4-0, Brasil hits the posts 5 times because the strikers are cursed, to remedy that Dunga calls back Ronaldo who goes on to score in every single match and wins Brasil another World Cup next year. Mark my words
 
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand that's a goal.
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AT 22 wrote:
My 0.02:
USA win 4-0, Brasil hits the posts 5 times because the strikers are cursed, to remedy that Dunga calls back Ronaldo who goes on to score in every single match and wins Brasil another World Cup next year. Mark my words


I hope you are wrong. Very wrong
 
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Don't worry everyone. Even though we now have the most expensive football player ever in our national team, we'll still lose and don't get qualified to the world cup.

So regardless of the result, there's always a team worse than ours. Much, much worse.
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Does the winner play England in the final?
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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
Does the winner play England in the final?


England has a team?
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Wow...winning. That's different.
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BBC.co.uk wrote:
2012: Luis Fabiano runs just offside and the Brazilians are growing increasingly frustrated. They are probably as disbelieving as the Spanish were on Thursday. Where has this USA team come from??
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OMFG!!!!111!!!!11!!!!!````!!!```~~~~11111


HANG ON BOYS!
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand that's also a goal.
 
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MGBM wrote:
that's also a goal.


That's a paddling.


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And here we are. Back on the game. Luis Fabiano is the man. And why the hell Robinho is still on field, he ain't doing nothing.
 
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Well, we DID have a better showing. I am disappointed with the second half but overall I am pleased with our showing. Congrats to Brazil.
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You guys tried, good game. But in the end, the best won

I hate Howard. Godammit, he is good, very good.
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Congrats to Brazil but man what a game! We could have won this one!!! UGH!! So close!

 
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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
Does the winner play England in the final?


No, because England weren't good enough to qualify for this tournament.
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