We wuz robbed.
June 21, 2002 6:25 AM   Subscribe

We wuz robbed. I know, it wasn't really a handball. USA loses to Germany and their amazing goalkeeper. Good run, guys.
posted by McBain (30 comments total)

 
Sorry, USA. I was rooting for you, and for the Irish-Ams on the team. Go McBride, O'Brien and Donovan!

At least you kept the Germans honest...hard luck.
posted by tomcosgrave at 6:28 AM on June 21, 2002


The Germans hit the post twice, I was shocked. For a stretch right before the end of the first half, the U.S.A. was playing really poorly, what with those two yellow cards and everything.
posted by insomnyuk at 6:29 AM on June 21, 2002


The US had three real good chances to score and they were all flubbed. You can’t flub against a united Germany.

I watched World Cup ’98. This is one was so much better. Might even watch the rest of the games.
posted by raaka at 6:35 AM on June 21, 2002


I thought the USA played very well - a good last 20 minutes. Sad to think that they reached the quarter finals of the biggest sporting event in the World and will go unrecognised in their home country - they deserve better.

As for Germany - there is no question they are due a real hiding from one of the remaining clubs. Can't wait.
posted by niceness at 6:35 AM on June 21, 2002


So this means Americans can go back to not caring about soccer/football, right?
posted by UnReality at 6:38 AM on June 21, 2002


If you wish UnReality. I'm just glad Friedel got the chance to shine as opposed to Keller, who I really loathe. And shine he did.
posted by Ufez Jones at 6:47 AM on June 21, 2002


So this means Americans can go back to not caring about soccer/football, right?

The local AM news radio station mentioned its Single A baseball team in the sports update before it got to soccer. So, to answer your question, no, we can't go back, because most of us didn't care in the first place.
posted by insomnyuk at 6:59 AM on June 21, 2002


Yeah, Friedel was a monster out there. I'm tremendously proud of the team and happy that they accomplished what nobody really thought was possible. I really enjoyed watching the US play throughout the tournament, and the fact that they didn't win it all is immaterial. They had a hell of a run, and looked like a force to be reckoned with. I'll enjoy the teams that are left, too.
posted by geneablogy at 7:01 AM on June 21, 2002


Speaking of baseball-vice-soccer, I can console myself thus: My dreams of a UT Longhorns - USC Gamecocks matchup in the College World Series championship game are still alive. Hook 'em 'Horns! (Not an easy or safe thing to say in Columbia, SC, home of the Gamecocks.)
posted by alumshubby at 7:27 AM on June 21, 2002


so does this mean the end of soccerfilter?
posted by mkelley at 7:34 AM on June 21, 2002


Gig 'em Aggies

Sorry to be obnoxious, but my brother, mother, father, cousin and uncle all went to Texas A&M, so it's ingrained to hate tu
posted by thewittyname at 7:34 AM on June 21, 2002


I'm not saying I don't care. I haven't watched any of the World Cup primarily because I get neither ESPN nor Telemundo. I'm just saying that many, if not most, don't give a damn about championship soccer/football unless there's an opportunity to drunkenly shout "We're number one! We're number one!"
posted by UnReality at 7:50 AM on June 21, 2002


I was rooting for Germany right from the start of the cup, I really want them to win this one.
posted by riffola at 7:54 AM on June 21, 2002


By this one, I meant the world cup.
posted by riffola at 7:54 AM on June 21, 2002


no, we can't go back, because most of us didn't care in the first place.

I'm assuming it's more indicative of where I live, (Boston) rather than any true American groundswell for soccer, but I must say the World Cup has been the topic of conversation at work, at the café where I get coffee in the morning, and amongst even my non-soccer-fan family and friends. This morning watching the game, I heard shouts and cheers from all over my apartment complex as the game progressed.

So we may not yet be near the level of other nations in terms of awareness, but I think that's improving, and looking at the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, it would appear others believe it well.

Congrats to the US team, that was a hell of a run.
posted by jalexei at 7:54 AM on June 21, 2002


raaka sez:

The US had three real good chances to score and they were all flubbed. You can’t flub against a united Germany.

I say:

EXACTLY. That one early on where Donovan was about to put it in but kept it on the ground right into the GKs hands killed me. I mean, if he just lifted it just a bit, it would have been in. And Reyna had that deep ball and if he just had aim, it would have been an open netter. We've created a world class midfield and defense if only because the ENTIRE FRIGGIN WORLD plays well against us and usually keeps us on the defense. It's time to get an offense, folks!

Our lead scorers have 2 goals this world cup...McBride and Donovan....I think they only have 3 or 4 world cup goals EVER. Don't get me started on how many Rinaldo or Little Rinaldo have.....

ET CETERA
posted by taumeson at 8:02 AM on June 21, 2002


Will the US protest against terrible officiating and the ongoing conspiracy against Americans be launched soon? Being American, I didn't know if that was the proper protocol now.
posted by byort at 8:05 AM on June 21, 2002


jalexei: I'm glad you brought that up. Radio 5 (UK) had a report from a bar in Boston (can't remember the name altho' they were offering free breakfasts & beer) and the angle was that nobody cared over there. Only the reporter & his producer in the place!

Anyhow, all you USA fans can be justly proud of the team & yourselves. A massive turnaround in the 4 years since France '98 & with a young & highly-motivated squad, Germany '06 could be very interesting.
posted by i_cola at 8:08 AM on June 21, 2002


Whoop! [for thewittyname]
posted by monju_bosatsu at 8:11 AM on June 21, 2002


MetaSpoiler?
posted by srboisvert at 8:17 AM on June 21, 2002


Will the US protest against terrible officiating and the ongoing conspiracy against Americans be launched soon? Being American, I didn't know if that was the proper protocol now.

Well perhaps your TV company will, like in Italy....

RAI threatens to sue Fifa over Italy defeat
posted by brettski at 8:30 AM on June 21, 2002


Radio 5 (UK) had a report from a bar in Boston (can't remember the name altho' they were offering free breakfasts & beer) and the angle was that nobody cared over there. Only the reporter & his producer in the place!

Well, they should've brought their gear over to the North End (Italian section). We had trouble getting into places they were so full - obviously when Italy was playing but the crowds for other games were good too. The other issue: While I'm used to dragging my Arsenal-loving ass (arse?) to pubs at ungodly hours for the EPL, I don't think it would occur to most Americans to hit a pub/bar before lunch. An espresso from Café Della Sport at 7:25am is more much likely than a Guinness at the Irish Embassy (my soccer haunt of choice). In any event, it'll be the TV ratings that tell the story.
posted by jalexei at 8:54 AM on June 21, 2002


Well, all the Irish bars in New York were packed, I'll tell you that. I was watching the game with my German boss in a packed pub in midtown.

And c'mon - the defender on the post was *clearly* over the line, even if you don't want to give us the hand-ball call (I still think he leaned into it) - the ball was all the way over the line when it hit him to deflect out.

And all the yellow cards! Reyna didn't even touch him on that penalty they scored on - it was perhaps the only time we shouldn't have gotten a penalty.

Oh, oh - and how about McBride getting clocked in the penalty area? HUH? HUH? That should have been a penalty shot for the US.

Sheesh. I was really hoping for an England - US cup game, but should have known that after England lost to Brazil, the US was going to lose, too. Just one of those days.
posted by rich at 9:09 AM on June 21, 2002


I love Texans, they show themselves in a crowd, \ii/, Je se' pas,. Glad not to be a native.
posted by thomcatspike at 9:32 AM on June 21, 2002


Actually, Reyna stomped Jeremies a bit as he was getting up... a little payback for the shot he took in '98 (so the card was probably deserved).
posted by trox at 9:36 AM on June 21, 2002


USA loses anything - "We didn't care about it to begin with! Grow up!"

USA wins anything - "We are the best! We are the best! OBSERVE OUR GREATNESS!!"
posted by pigasus at 10:43 AM on June 21, 2002


Hey, how about them Dodgers! Only a game out of first place in the National League West!

Actually I got very sucked into the World Cup this time around. And I'm very upset that Germany beat the U.S. There's something very frustrating about losing 1-0. It doesn't seem conclusive enough. Are we really sure Germany was the better team (or pitch or side or whatever the hell you call it.)

Go Senegal!
posted by mrhappy at 11:38 AM on June 21, 2002


Well, I was rooting for the U.S., but I've got Germany in the office pool so I was a winner either way. What a game that was!
posted by maurice at 12:07 PM on June 21, 2002


Can we please have a Senegal-Korea championship match so we can see how the Europeans and South Americans react?
posted by Holden at 12:47 PM on June 21, 2002


I think the Europeans and South Americans will react by watching it with a can of beer.
posted by Summer at 3:22 PM on June 21, 2002


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