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While I share people's dislike for the weird MLS names, I think the language issue is different. I'm sure some people use the british terms in an attempt to be holier-than-thou, but mostly it's done because that's the terminology that is used in the vast majority of the soccer commentary and discussion available to English speakers.
The problem is European teams with "United" in their name have that because they were the merger of two teams. DC United wasn't.
Well, the Netherlands have clinched a spot to the next round, but not guaranteed the top spot.
(I'm assuming the top 2 teams in each group moves on...is that not the case?)
The best that Spain can do is win their last two games, to tie the Dutch.
The best that Chile can do is win their last two games, to be ahead of the Dutch, but then that means Spain can only have won one game, which leaves them behind the Dutch.
Looking ahead perhaps over optimistically, if the US were to make it out of the group, the Group H teams are quite weak: Russia and Belgium dont seem to be world powers. That's likely who the US would play if they can get 2nd in the group. THe winner of that would likely play GER in the quarter finals assuming no more surprises.
So I guess you can foul away in the quarter final game, for whatever sense that makes.
I find myself lapsing into some of this stuff when I'm talking with more diehard soccer fan friends. I feel like referring to "the pitch" or "football" is like referring to the diamond in baseball. It's just part of the lingo of the game.
The idea is that the performance was so "bright" that it blinded the opposition and observers.
Russia and Belgium dont seem to be world powers.
Is it just me or do Spain look unwilling or unable to...run. Is that just in comparison to Chile?
The rationale for the current rule is that it minimizes the likelihood that a player will miss the Final due to an accumulation of yellow cards, as that can only happen if he picks one up in each of the Quarters and Semis. The previous break point had been the end of the Group stages, which allowed players another game in which to accumulate cards.
my sense (both with Spain and Barcelona) is that it's just very hard to play the same style for an 6-7 year window and not have teams adjust successfully to it
What country are they from anyhow? Mexico, Im guessing?
MCoA says xGoal battle is basically a draw. 0.8 for Spain, 0.7 for Chile.
the fifa rankings are hard to fahtom at this point
spain appear to be trying to kill the clock, which makes very little sense down 2 nil
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