US strategy against Portugal.............try to score in the first minute........defend for 89 minutes...........then try another attempt to score in injury time. And put 5 men on Ronaldo throughout the game
by Deeksvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:52:53 PM
Memphis Depay coming on means the Netherlands are reverting to a 4-3-3 formation. Blind LB, De Vrij and Vlaar CBs.
Missed the first half... did the Dutch get caught looking past the Aussie's?
by Dan USAvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:53:45 PM
Surprised 2 games Robben has played with 0 dives.
by Son of Okochavia ESPN6/18/2014 4:54:37 PM
They really did Dan.
by Zachvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:54:37 PM
It would be FUNtastic if Argentina and Portugal doesnt make to the next round. That would send the last 7 WPOTYs home !!! and add Zlatan to the mix
by Deeksvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:54:45 PM
nani will frustrate Ronaldo.
by willvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:54:45 PM
do you all think tim cahill is a legend
by Oranjevia ESPN6/18/2014 4:54:49 PM
Well here's hoping van gaal's tactical nous shows in the second! He mightve predicted australia will come out strong in the first, so maybe using that as an advantage in the second! 4-3-3 coming up!
by Rudyvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:54:54 PM
Will Robben and Van Persie ever get along? Notice Van Persie wide open calling for the ball on Robben's goal, he barely celebrated
by Kevinvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:55:05 PM
Big rumor right now - Ronaldo out of the WC. Big for US.
by Markvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:55:09 PM
Makr, unconfirmed, I should add. But he didn't look at all comfortable against Germany.
by Tom Doylevia ESPN6/18/2014 4:55:26 PM
tim cahill.. he is a legend of aussie football yes...
by Yasirvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:55:29 PM
Nani would be auditioning to play in the MLS !!
by Deeksvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:55:30 PM
Who'd have thought...the Dutch, conquerors of reigning WC and European champions, would be outclassed in just about every department by the Aussies in the first half. And, it's worth pointing out, it was the Dutch who scored against the run of play!
by Himmatvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:55:38 PM
except that portugal is a 1 man team, and that doesnt usually lead to wins in the world cup.
by Zenosvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:55:46 PM
@Deeks, Genuinely, I hope Ronaldo lasts that long and doesn't incur further knee injury.
by Kevbovia ESPN6/18/2014 4:55:46 PM
its portugal who should be afraid of the US... they were torrid against the germans. theyre missing half theyre back four and have no continuity. The US has lots of passion and support and will be full of confidence after beating ghana.
by fitzvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:55:50 PM
Should Ronaldo even risk playing the next two games?
by gracevia ESPN6/18/2014 4:57:19 PM
Yasir. Yes. Tim Cahill has gone #1 in Australian eyes after this WC
by petervia ESPN6/18/2014 4:57:22 PM
Messi's goal should be on that list
by iD7myvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:57:22 PM
If the US wants to win against Portugal, their strategy should be very simple. Simply pass the ball along to Nani every time and watch him do some fancy footwork and shoot the ball to Row Z ...or threaten some of the satellites
by Deeksvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:57:42 PM
As a football fan, I'd much rather Ronaldo bow out with a legit injury and heal up for the season than have him wreck his knee trying to achieve a Pyrrhic victory against the U.S. and Ghana.
by Warpigvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:57:51 PM
Arjen Robben puts Netherlands into the lead - but not for long...
by Tom Doylevia ESPN6/18/2014 4:58:22 PM
Even a 70% Ronaldo is a force to be reckoned with
by Alexvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:58:22 PM
fitz no one fears the US at this tournament. hard to imagine why anybody would.
by Chad Noyesvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:58:26 PM
by Carlosvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:58:26 PM
messi can't have goal of the tournament because "he is invisible with argentina." just ask anybody ;)
by kevlarvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:58:30 PM
Portugal aren't a one man team. Everybody just thinks that because of how special Ronaldo is. If Ronaldo played for the US, the US would be a "one man team."
by lusivia ESPN6/18/2014 4:58:34 PM
Ronaldo, if fully fit, should score a brace against the US
by Emanvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:58:39 PM
Soccer fans treat the US as if they are Malta or Kyrgyzstan. They are ranked 14th in the world. Not a team to be overlooked. In a different group, they are very likely to advance.
by Danvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:58:42 PM
Messi's goal deflected off of a defender. Wasnt as clean as i would of personally liked it.
by Jarvisvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:58:54 PM
Cahill's volley definitely the best!! The guy isn't even left footed!!! Dutch side getting outplayed, who'd have thought??
by hearszvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:59:19 PM
@Brandon audacious prediction, but it appears to be thw American way to score 1st,get equalized and score in Injury Time....
by Raulvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:59:27 PM
Sturridge's goal was pretty good too!
by Brandonvia ESPN6/18/2014 4:59:35 PM
write off US at your own peril... for example just looked at the Aussie's so far...
by Yasirvia ESPN6/18/2014 5:00:11 PM
Only country harder on their national team is England. I can't understand US fans
by CJvia ESPN6/18/2014 5:00:23 PM
@DEEKS nicely put. Nani is awful.
by DSTUNvia ESPN6/18/2014 5:01:14 PM
Which team is looking like a dud now that the first round of matches has been played?
by Jillvia ESPN6/18/2014 5:01:15 PM
Costa Rica's diving header wasn't too bad either
by Shep Messingvia ESPN6/18/2014 5:01:36 PM
The sides are back out - who are you backing for victory?
by Tom Doylevia ESPN6/18/2014 5:02:08 PM
The biggest dud so far has to be Spain relative to expectations.
by Charlesvia ESPN6/18/2014 5:02:12 PM
lots of good goals this WC
by ToddOfTheHillPeoplevia ESPN6/18/2014 5:02:16 PM