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Wednesday, May 24

Drink the Kool-Aid-Arena states match unlike WC match

“Well, I think you have to look at the game. We have players that will create chances. I don’t think you will see a game in the World Cup that will look like this one tonight. It wasn’t good tonight, but we are a little leg weary, we’re over-trained. We pushed them a little hard.” “Our team looked a little tired at times and I thought our passing was poor tonight. (We had) an inability to cross the ball. Tough to break down the Moroccan team that got 8, 9, 10 players behind the ball the whole game. Give them a lot of credit. They took their chance well. We didn’t do a good job creating chances, our last pass was poor, and our crossing was poor tonight. After 90 some-odd minutes, that is the difference in the game.” So the US lost because Morocco did not play in WC fashion? McBride comments: On Arena’s comment that you are “unlikely to see a game like this in the World Cup”:“You probably aren’t going to have team’s sitting back and hoping they are going to get a breakaway. But again, as soccer goes you sort of how to figure out a way to win the game, and we probably didn’t do that well enough.” Teams will always push forward even if ahead or only needing a draw? On what the team can learn from a game like this:“It shows us something. There is always something you can take from this game and learn from it and hopefully make us better.” What is it Brian?


  • Clearly the lesson is that Landon is no leader.

    At half-time, wasn't it interesting the way in Landon's interview he seemed to be sowing the seeds of doubt so that the 3 and out doesn't come as a surprise?

    By Blogger gooner71, at 12:32 PM  

  • I am feeling more and more vindicated each day! The fact that "drinking the Kool-Aid" is now in our regular RTC vernacular astounds me. I am so, so proud of all of you. Keep up the good work, converts! As for Landon, this quote is magic:

    "It's a nice wakeup call," Donovan said. "We only have two more games to get ready."

    Uh, what? Morocco? Keep those Gatorade commercials and Nike billboards coming...

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 5:30 PM  

  • "I am feeling more and more vindicated each day! The fact that "drinking the Kool-Aid" is now in our regular RTC vernacular astounds me. I am so, so proud of all of you. Keep up the good work, converts!"

    See my post in "Not Good Enough" thread. No kool-aid drinkers here that need "converting". I am not American but I realise there is a middle-ground between the kool-aid drinkers over on bigsoccer and people who seem to actually hate their national team like you seem to do.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 9:02 AM  

  • I actually have been applying the phrase to other situations as well prior to RTC. I do think, though, it is applicable to US soccer fanatics who believe the rubbish that Arena spouts and who keep the faith with Donovan. They are lemmings, sheep for the slaughter, and of course Jim Jones followers.

    I'm hoping they can do better against Venezuela and Latvia. If not, it's a 3 & Q (a term GAC introduced to RTC)

    By Blogger Chris P, at 10:22 AM  

  • Isn't a Bill O'Reillyism?

    *shudders* - odious twat of a Bush apologist.

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 10:25 AM  

  • "I'm hoping they can do better against Venezuela and Latvia"

    Are you really though Chris?

    If you could click your fingers right now and either have the US dumped out in the first round or win the thing which would you choose?

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 10:35 AM  

  • I want the US to do well but would be disturbed if they won it this year because it would hurt the game. Sam's Army would be insufferable; Americans would disrespect the sport more "hell we won it and our best athletes don't play it. Those Europeans are Mexicans are pansies". The game is in a fragile state - look at the EU report released on Monday which should be a post in its own here. The most hated country on the planet winning the WC while 90% of that country could care less would not be good

    Let the hate and treason charges flow.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 11:25 AM  

  • Don't worry Chris, your safe until project 2010...

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 12:22 PM  

  • Don't worry Chris, your safe until project 2010...

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 12:22 PM  

  • This is from today's Irish Indo re. Ireland's performance last night:

    Ireland had the attacking effectiveness of an asthmatic eunuch - all huff and puff with no penetration.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 12:27 PM  

  • Well said Chris - never a truer word was spoken (unless it was by me). I dont mind seeing America score no goals and get no points because I know enough people I would mock with that because they think America is so great. At the same time I would hate to see American soccer have a setback that is detrimental to my future enjoyment of the game over here and see FSC or whoever go bankrupt... I am happy to see America narrowly miss out on the second round and salvage a little bit of pride.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 2:50 PM  

  • Everyone on the list chooses to live in the US, yet everyone (nearly) slags off the US. Heh heh, kinda funny really.
    BOSTON GUNNER, too lazy to log in

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:03 PM  

  • Boston Gunner. If you can't seperate a nation, culture and national team, then it's 'Heh heh kinda sad really.'

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 3:46 PM  

  • PS - I do love you though, Boston Gunner.

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 3:51 PM  

  • Screw you BostonGunner whoever you are, I hope your team is slaughtered 9-0 every game now. YOu God damned flagwaving cretin. Kidding, Rich and I are just taking the piss.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 3:53 PM  

  • OK, I get the point about the Sam's Army dorks and American cluelessness generally. But if you love our national team, and I do, then uh...yeah...I'd rather see us win it than not. Duh. Do I think it would actually be *bad* for the game? That's a bit trickier, although I agree that SAD et al would be awful, and it would be painful to listen to some bozos on WEEI and other sports radio stations ramble on and on and on. All of that being said, yes, it's a bit absurd for us to set a timetable for winning the World Cup, but I'll take (overly) ambitious goals over Spanish mediocrity any day of the week and twice on Sunday. And yes, I realize that "Spanish mediocrity" doesn't take into account the state of Spanish football in its totality, to say nothing of the state of the game here in the fullest sense. MLS < La Liga. I'll spare you my observations on Lone Star for now...

    By Blogger Glazer Shmazer, at 7:43 AM  

  • Eff the Kool Aid! I'm sitting in bed in Sicily with the Venezuela friendly on live and don't have to put up with whatever bozos ESPN is trotting out over there. So psyched.

    By Blogger Glazer Shmazer, at 7:20 PM  

  • I wish that I lived in Ireland, or England, or even Scotland/Wales, but I'm pretty much poor white trash - struggling in Boston, trying to write the great "American" novel while spending a zillion dollars on my girlfriend each month. This is not what I dreamed about in 4th grade. So, while I'm stuck here, I might as well complain about the crappy US national team because everything else in my life is basically in the shitter! Who's buying more pints??? Pass the prozac.

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 10:56 AM  

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