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  • usawc2010 1:26 pm on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Dying Bravely – A Video Tribute to the US 2010 Effort 

    A must see video. Well done.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0E-pzU2yH4

     
  • usawc2010 7:20 am on July 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Riley Loves Cars 

    Riley is a big fan of the BBC show Top Gear. So he knows a sweet car when he see’s one. In South Africa, we saw an amazing number of high end auto’s. Here are a few pics.

     
  • usawc2010 1:15 am on July 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    FIFA World Cup Docs 

    FIFA has a lot of great documents on their website. Here is one called 80 things you need to know ab0ut the FIFA World Cup;
    http://tinyurl.com/33kesb3
    For more matches and tournaments docs including the official FIFA calendar through 2014 go to: http://tinyurl.com/33nammv
    For all FIFA Docs check out: http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/documentlibrary/index.html

     
  • usawc2010 6:05 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    USA USA USA 

    Lori picked out some pics from the USA games.

     
  • usawc2010 1:54 pm on July 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Final World Cup Standings 

    Fifa 2010 World Cup standings:

    1 Spain, 2 Netherlands, 3 Germany, 4 Uruguay, 5 Argentina, 6 Brazil, 7 Ghana, 8 Paraguay

    9 Japan, 10 Chile, 11 Portugal, 12 United States, 13 England, 14 Mexico, 15 South Korea, 16 Slovakia

    17 Ivory Coast, 18 Slovenia, 19 Switzerland, 20 South Africa, 21 Australia, 22 New Zealand, 23 Serbia, 24 Denmark

    25 Greece, 26 Italy, 27 Nigeria, 28 Algeria, 29 France, 30 Honduras, 31 Cameroon, 32 North Korea

     
  • usawc2010 1:43 pm on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    All the Game Scores for 2010 

    World Cup 2010
    Holland 0 Spain 1
    Uruguay 2 Germany 3
    Germany 0 Spain 1
    Uruguay 2 Holland 3
    Paraguay 0 Spain 1
    Argentina 0 Germany 4
    Uruguay 1 Ghana 1 (4-2p)
    Holland 2 Brazil 1
    Spain 1 Portugal 0
    Paraguay 0 Japan 0 (5-3)
    Brazil 3 Chile 0
    Holland 2 Slovakia 1
    Germany 4 England 1
    Argentina 3 Mexico 1
    Ghana 2 USA 1
    Uruguay 2 South Korea 1
    Chile 1 Spain 2
    Switzerland 0 Honduras 0
    Portugal 0 Brazil 0
    North Korea 0 Ivory Coast 3
    Cameroon 1 Holland 2
    Denmark 1 Japan 3
    Slovakia 3 Italy 2
    Paraguay 0 N Zealand 0
    Slovenia 0 England 1
    USA 1 Algeria 0
    Australia 2 Serbia 1
    Ghana 0 Germany 1
    Greece 0 Argentina 2
    Nigeria 2 South Korea 2
    France 1 South Africa 2
    Uruguay 1 Mexico 0
    Spain 2 Honduras 0
    Chile 1 Switzerland 0
    Portugal 7 N Korea 0
    Brazil 3 Ivory Coast 1
    Italy 1 New Zealand 1
    Slovakia 0 Paraguay 2
    Cameroon 1 Denmark 2
    Ghana 1 Australia 1
    Holland 1 Japan 0
    England 0 Algeria 0
    Slovenia 2 USA 2
    Germany 0 Serbia 1
    France 0 Mexico 2
    Greece 2 Nigeria 1
    Argentina 4 S Korea 1
    S Africa 0 Uruguay 3
    Spain 0 Sw’land 1
    Honduras 0 Chile 1
    Brazil 2 North Korea 1
    Ivory Coast 0 Portugal 0
    Slovakia 1 New Zealand 1
    Italy 1 Paraguay 1
    Holland 2 Denmark 0
    Japan 1 Cameroon 0
    Germany 4 Australia 0
    Serbia 0 Ghana 1
    Algeria 0 Slovenia 1
    England 1 USA 1
    Argentina 1 Nigeria 0
    South Korea 2 Greece 0
    Uruguay 0 France 0
    South Africa 1 Mexico 1

     
  • usawc2010 8:25 am on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    After 64 Games – Final Bracket 

    After 64 games, Final World Cup Bracket

     
  • usawc2010 8:23 am on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Golden Boot, Golden Ball, Best Young Player 

    Will Maradonna ever live down his ridiculous “ballboy” comment directed at Thomas Muller? 20 years old – 5 goals – Golden Boot winner (most goals), Best Young Player winner AND he had to set out the semi-final thanks to a horrible yellow card that Messi talked the ref into giving him.

    Diego Forlan earned the Golden Ball for best player of the World Cup. What heart, what passion. Diego’s dad played in the World Cup in 1974 and his grandather coached Uruguay in 1962. 3 generations Folan have represented Uruguay well.

    Here are all the results:

    adidas Golden Ball: Diego Forlan (Uruguay)
    Diego Forlan has been named Best Player at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Uruguay striker topped the prestigious poll of accredited media representatives ahead of the Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder and Spain hitman David Villa. The 31-year-old Forlan took the starring role in his country’s heroic performance at the FIFA World Cup finals.

    The striker’s five goals propelled his team to the last four at the global showdown for the first time in 40 years, underscoring his status as one of the modern greats and the undisputed figurehead of his team. Forlan was the fulcrum and focus of all his team’s best attacking moves. The South Americans fell 3-2 to the Dutch in the semi-finals, but their overall performance at the tournament holds out enormous hope for the future, and Forlan has been justly recognised for his stellar contribution to the diminutive nation’s success.

    adidas Silver Ball: Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)
    adidas Bronze Ball: David Villa (Spain)

    adidas Golden Boot: Thomas Muller (Germany) – 5 goals, 3 assists
    Thomas Muller’s opening goal for Germany against Uruguay in the third-place play-off proved enough to earn the Bayern Munich starlet the adidas Golden Boot. Muller finished on five goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but claimed the top scorer accolade thanks to no fewer than three assists, leaving him ahead of Spain marksman David Villa and Dutch hitman Wesley Sneijder, both of whom finished on five goals but with only one assist apiece.

    adidas Silver Boot: David Villa (5 goals, 1 assist)
    adidas Bronze Boot: Wesley Sneijder (5 goals, 1 assist)

    adidas Golden Glove: Iker Casillas (Spain)
    The Spain keeper has conceded just two goals at South Africa 2010. Under pressure after La Roja opened up with a shock defeat by Switzerland, Casillas has since answered his critics with a string of superb displays that have proved crucial to his Spain’s progress to a Final they have long dreamed about. One of his most vital interventions was the second-half penalty save from Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo in the quarter-finals, the prelude to two more priceless stops in the closing minutes. Casillas was on top form again in the semi-final against Germany, making fine saves from Piotr Trochowski and Toni Kroos. With Spain failing to take more of the numerous chances they have created (five of their victories having come by a single-goal margin), the Real Madrid custodian’s performances between the posts have taken on even greater significance. In this his third FIFA World Cup™ finals, the ice-cool and ultra-professional Spain captain has reproduced his very best form, showcasing his agility and fabled powers of concentration and confirming his status as one of the finest custodians in the world.

    Hyundai Best Young Player: Thomas Muller (Germany)
    The Germany forward rates as the biggest discovery of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The Bayern Munich youngster has hit the headlines on and off the field, with five goals and three assists, and any number of quotable comments for waiting reporters. After just one season in the Bayern first team, the 20-year-old has become the darling of the German football scene, and provided all the evidence the FIFA Technical Study Group required to name him Best Young Player of the tournament. Practically the only blemish on Muller’s record at the finals was his yellow card in Germany’s meeting with Argentina, causing him to miss his side’s semi-final defeat to Spain due to suspension. Muller succeeds fellow German Lukas Podolski as winner of the Best Young Player award, testament to the outstanding youth development programmes run by the German FA (DFB).

     
  • usawc2010 8:13 am on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Game 64 Spain 1 – Netherlands 0 

    Imagine that – Spain won 1 to 0. At least it was Iniesta putting his mark on the game with the winning goal late in the 2nd overtime. We were all ready for penalty kicks. Netherlands should get more credit for taking this game so far. Spain just bores me with their amazing roster that underachieves most of the time. Netherlands could have won it had Robben done better on a couple of great chances and if Van Persie had showed up.

    We had an amazing watch party at 305. What a great group. The boys, the parents, the friends, the food. Sangria, Paella, HA brought fresh carnitas and LOTS OF ORANGE!! Even the Spain fans couldn’t resist wearing the orange hats and lei’s. What a blast. This is what it is all about – not the number of goals scored, but sharing the passion of the beautiful game – the greatest game in the world, with friends and families both near and far.

    2010 World Cup may not go down as the greatest in terms of competition or results, but over the course of 30 days, 64 games were played by 32 of the best national teams with 736 players representing the best players in the world. 145 goals were scored. 3.18 million fans attended the 64 matches in South Africa. The average attendance was 49,670. Third behind the US in 94 and Germany in 2006. It was an adventure that Riley and I will never forget. The 3 incredible rollercoaster USA games, Ghana somehow beating Serbia on a PK, the disappointed South African fans as Uruguay beat them, the amazing display from Messi over South Korea, the Brazil v Cote d’ Ivorie game, and the World Cup double header of USA v Algeria in Pretoria followed by Germany and Ghana at Soccer City. And all the “stuff” in between.

    And in spite of all the gloom and doom prior to the World Cup over South Africa being the host, the spirit of the people and the hope of a nation, rose to the occasion. We will never forget all the kindness and help that was offered to us. I only hope  that someday we can repay that generosity somehow. And that is what we learned from WC 2010 – be kind to strangers. Open your hearts and your homes and take them in. We are all brothers and sisters doing the best we can in this crazy world together.

    Can’t wait until 2014. Qualifying is just around the corner….

     
  • usawc2010 7:58 am on July 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Game 63 – Germany 3 – Uruguay 2 

    Since today was a Wizards home game at CAB, we ended up at the Hooter’s in Legends close to CAB to watch the game. We had a good group of players and parents as well as HA, Cynthia and JP. As, HA would say, “my, what a game”.

    It was great having the ballboy back (Muller) for Germany and both teams really wanted to win. Probably one of the best games of the tournament. Definitely better than the Wizards game we watched later….

    And Germany won the hard fought battle with Diego Forlan ending the game in spectacular fashion with the last play of the game and his free kick hitting the crossbar. WOW!

     
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