Friday, June 18, 2010



Let me get this out of the way now. The US Soccer Team made an incredible comeback to tie Slovenia (Slovenija) and should have won if not for an incorrect offside call.

Denver is an amazing soccer town and 100% deserves to be a site of the 2014 or 2018 World Cups. Outside the British Bulldog last Saturday on a chilly rainy morning, I enjoyed watching the USA mount the first comeback of this Cup after a goal in the 8th minute. The streets were blocked off and a TV (very low quality but large, I considered leaving twice so I could see the game clearly) was raised from a semi. I would estimate 600 people present. J slept.

J was up and awake for today's game before work (hers, not mine, no Fri classes), grabbed our change bag and headed downtown to Katie Mullen's for their Irish breakfast and the game in HD. Great downtown bar and very close to the light rail. The team went down early again (13th minute) and then again at 42' just before the half. Yikes but still lots of soccer to play! And we're Team America! Landon Donovan (all-time USA goal leader with 43) shows the team how it's done, nearly taking the keepers head off in the process (48th minute). The US team saw that it could be done and started winning challenges and scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute. Then shenanigans on a free kick. Bleh. We get a free kick off to right of the top of the box. Perfect cross towards the back post. Of course it goes in, everyone goes crazy, then realizes they called a guy offside even though he literally had a defender hugging him (which probably is why the ref didn't see him).

England vs. Algeria starts soon.

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