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Earning Their Place

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By Ryan Fleming

It seemed like all the hype, all the excitement around the United States Men’s National Team game against Algeria was all for naught early Wednesday afternoon. The Yanks were still deadlocked in a scoreless game with the clock inching closer to the 90th minute. England, which was playing at the same time, led Slovenia, 1-0. So, if the Three Lions pulled out the win, which was seeming more and more plausible as the game went on, the Yanks would go home, and soccer would remain a second-rate sport for at least four more years.

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Capello and England Face Date with Destiny

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By Mark Duckworth

This World Cup was supposed to be different. This was supposed to be the one where England made its mark on the international stage and finally eclipsed that win back in 1966. But after two draws from two games, England is staring down the barrel of an early exit, and with Tyrant Terry causing more problems for Capello it could all end in tears come Wednesday afternoon.

“This is the big mistake, a very big mistake. But I hope that sometimes from the big mistake a big performance comes out.”

That’s what Capello told The Times regarding Terry’s outburst, and what he expects to see when his selected 11 walk into Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

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Capello out-foxed in Cape Town

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By Mark Duckworth of The National Game

“We’ve seen it all before” the famous line from the England football song Three Lions, and on Friday night that is what we got as England stumbled to a nil-nil draw with Algeria in Cape Town.

The impressive table mountain provides the back drop to Cape Town and with the flanking peaks of Devils Peak and Lions Head you would have thought England would have wanted to play football to match its surroundings. Instead it stuttered out onto the pristine pitch of the Green Point Stadium and simply bottled-it in front of almost a full house in Cape Town. The draw doesn’t mark the end of England’s World Cup campaign, but it looks mighty close.

The pre- and post-match talk was dominated by Capello’s team selection and his handling of the Robert Green situation. With regard to Green, if Capello thinks he isn’t mentally tough enough then he was right to drop him, and with the rumors of another blunder in training then it seems Capello got that right. David James was also arguably England’s best player on the night; he looked calm under pressure and saved England from what could have been the end of a World Cup dream as he cleared what was a terrible back pass from John Terry.

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Yanks Need Magnificent Comeback Against Slovenia

By Kevin Koczwara

Jozy Altidore pleads with Koman Coulibaly

U.S. Soccer player Jozy Altidore pleads his case with referee Koman Coulibaly after a disallowed goal cost the United States a win against Slovenia on Friday. (Photo Courtesy NetDugout.com.)

The United States Men’s National Team saw its World Cup dreams slipping away Friday when Slovenia, the Group C leader, scored in the 13th minute. Valter Birsa fired home a left-footed shot from just outside the 18-yard box after the Yanks defense backed off, giving him enough space to pick his corner.

The shot caught American goalkeeper Tim Howard and the rest of the Yanks off guard. Howard’s face told the whole story as the ball buzzed by him, bending away into the side netting, he looked confused and concerned.

Howard and company had every reason to be concerned but no reason to be confused – they were under-performing.

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Thoughts on USA vs. England

By Kevin Koczwara and Ryan Fleming

The United States and England was the Yanks and Americans biggest hyped game in a long time. Media outlets and fans were talking about it as if we were back in 1778 and Americans were fighting for their independence again — independence from comparisons on the soccer field/football pitch. And the game didn’t disappoint, except no one left a winner.

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Who Won’t Win the World Cup Part 3: Group C

By Ryan Thies of the Long Beach Post

After the 2006 tournament in which the US drew the Group of Death (eventual champs Italy, powerhouse Czech Republic, and up-and-coming Ghana) I was sure that this World Cup’s draw was going to crush us again. When the US got drawn with England (the top team in qualifying), I yelled something that I’m not allowed to repeat on this site. I was sure The Death was forming around us. So when Algeria and Slovenia became teams 3 and 4 in the group…well, let’s just say I was relieved. The US was handed advancing on a silver platter. But will they win it all? I think by now you’ve realized that with all the shortcomings of this year’s field, no one will win the World Cup. Especially not anyone in Group C…

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Yanks Chances Slim Come South Africa

By Ryan Fleming

We’re a nation that loves winners, grimaces in the face of losers, and at times loves jumping on the underdog’s bandwagon. After the United States were embarrassed in the first round of the 2006 World Cup, many think the Yanks are now losers and certainly underdogs.

That’s not a bad thing, is it?

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