It was quite an enjoyable game yesterday, even if I'm American enough to think that a tie is like kissing your sister. My soccer aficionado friends tell me that there's a decent shot that we'll move on to the next round (just don't lose to Germany).
The local pub was packed - literally standing room only It was mostly a young crowd, which bodes well for the future of the game in this Republic. Most of the players seem genuinely American, which is nice - we mostly don't import our World Cup team.
Letting Portugal score in the last 30 seconds of the game is, as they say in New England, a pissah. Not a Wicked Pissah (which is good), but a plain jane Pissah (which is bad). I don't make the rules on New England lingo, I just report.
I've actually learned enough about the offsides rule to realize that Portugal had five players offsides at one point during the last two minutes. Five. That's like half the team or something. I guess that Futbol doesn't have a technical foul rule.
I'm actually looking forwards to Thursday and the game against die Deutsche Volk. Given that Team USA's coach is German, this could be interesting.
My impression so far is that it's more like baseball in the tension you get, but more like basketball in the action (everyone is always running). The tension wins, which makes it a better spectator sport than basketball.
The idea that the referees can add time to the clock is gay. And I only say "gay" to redeem my man card after doing a post about soccer ...