Saturday, October 11, 2008

Cup Qualifiers: Open Thread

It's an international week and you know what that means? MLS doesn't take a break like nearly every other major soccer league in the world. MLS squads, already thin, get even thinner if they have any national teamers on the squad.

That, however, is of no concern to this man to the right who is of the "less is more" opinion. At least when clothes are concerned. Thankfully, Wemberley fans won't have to deal with those sweet mankinis during the England-Kazakhstan qualifier. Authorities will arrest all fans sporting the Borat costume at Wembley.

After the jump, some select World Cup qualifier matches and some MLS matches. Play in the comment sandbox.


10:00 ET Scotland-Norway
12:15 ET England-Kazakhstan
14:00 ET Sweden-Portugal
14:15 ET Bulgaria-Italy
14:15 ET Luxembourg-Israel
14:30 ET Poland-Czech Republic
14:30 ET Greece-Moldova
14:40 ET Romania-France
14:45 ET Germany-Russia

20:00 ET Kansas City-New England
20:30 ET Dallas-Toronto FC
22:00 ET San Jose Biguses - Chivas USA

68 comments:

ü75 said...

You European/MLS elitists kill me

7pm USA-Cuba (ESPN Classic)

ü75 said...

Scotland comes out in a mashup 4-3-3. Norway in a 4-4-2.

I think Kenny Rogers was singing Flower of Scotland. Again.

ü75 said...

15 minutes in. Norway have looked the better bet to score.

ü75 said...

Gordon with a nice save on Carew in the 20th

ü75 said...

Fletcher starting to show some quality from out wide. Scotland with two decent attacks in the last 3 minutes or so.

ü75 said...

The second 15 sees Scotland looking a lot better. There have been some good runs, but the final ball has been poor. Norway have settled into a counterattack mindset, and still look dangerous to nick one, as Scotland's backline has not been sharp.

Mike Georger said...

say 'my name is borat' without the accent. not so funny now is it? add that to the fact his entire act is a blatant ripoff of the old python hungarian phrase book sketch; and i want to punch him in the face.

would be nice to see scotland get a win here especially at the expense of riise

ü75 said...

HT 0-0.

in the 45th, Morrison heads over from 3 yards out. He can also be said to have blown a good chance about 20 minutes earlier when, sent in alone by Fletcher, he put an 8 yard pass about 3 feet behind McFadden.

Mike Georger said...

"John Arne Riise manages to land a shot in the first row of the crowd - which is some feat at Hampden Park. The former Liverpool defender looks to have injured himself in the process, and I'm not surprised. "

*slow clap*

ü75 said...

*speeds up clap just slightly*

ü75 said...

Game seems to have become more physical in the second half

ü75 said...

3 changes. The surprising one is James Mcfadden off for Iwelumo, making his debut. That puts Iwelumo up alone, because Scotland's 4-3-3 is, predictably, a 4-5-1

ü75 said...

Actually, it's morphed into a proper 4-4-2 for Scotland

ü75 said...

Iwelumo just sealed his fate for Scotland. Goalkeeper beaten, 4 feet out, from the center of the goal, he puts it wide.

Precious Roy said...

If I just watch part of Wales v. Lichtenstein is that enough to confirm I have a problem, or do I have to watch the whole thing?

ü75 said...

Maloney has had a couple of good looks go wide in the last 5. Scotland is really all over Norway at this point, but no goals yet.

ü75 said...

Iwelumo should have been subbed after that miss. He's gone invisible.

ü75 said...

Gordon saves Scotland there. 5 minutes left.

Precious Roy said...

How the fuck did Carew miss that?

ü75 said...

Defender got a touch.

ü75 said...

Shit Balls. Scotland will not qualify for the World Cup. Three games in, and the attempt is over.

Ibracadabra said...

England line-up in. No surprises. Upson in for Terry.

4-0 Final.

Precious Roy said...

Nah, all the have to do is go to the Netherland and get three points and they are right back in it.

Oh.

Mike Georger said...

and now for the funniest reaction picture in qualifying history

i think hes shocked it didnt go in

Precious Roy said...

I'm half tempted to start a dual live blog of both UT-OU and Engerland Kazakhstan.

Ian said...

Wow...fsc going bigtime today. Live Engerland action!

Precious Roy said...

5-1.

Gerrard (2), Theo, Rooney (2)

Mike Georger said...

feels like a 0-0 to me. rooney misses at least six sitters and eats at least a dozen racks of ribs.

Precious Roy said...

If it's 0-0 AND Rooney eats at least 1 rack of ribs, I'll give you a guest post, Mike.

The Fan's Attic said...

[TFA wakes up]...what the hell? The USA game wasn't on the Soccernet schedule last night.

Precious Roy said...

Sooners up 7-0. Texas' secondary is going to give up 300 yards easy today.

ü75 said...

Hmph. A likely excuse. I was going to edit the post, but it seemed more fun to take the piss.

ü75 said...

Heads up, JTV feed I have is over a minute ahead of FSC.

sven said...

Ah, got myself a flawless SopCast feed... but it's in Chinese. I'm missing the dolcet tones of Martin Tyler...

So by going to dinner with my parents tonight, I'm missing both the Charlotte race and USA-Cuba?

No wonder I'm my mother's favorite son.

Mike Georger said...

charlotte races suck. i dont think ive seen a cup race there with a decent finish in the fourteen years ive lived there


i mean .... i dont watch nascar .. fuck

ü75 said...

Eh, give me the Superspeedways or nothing. All of those tri-ovals are the same. At least it's not the 600.

ü75 said...

Oh, and
Background dude, Yes, Yes, Dude, Yes Yes

Precious Roy said...

Should have added: Upson (og)

sven said...

That Upson pass was shocking... it's the kind of thing we do when we get bored with a co-ed game...

Play 'How many times can we play our 'keeper into danger?' for our own amusement...

ü75 said...

What I've been waiting for.

Iwelumo's miss

Mike Georger said...

thats what you get for freezing out carragher

sven said...

Meh, Glad Carra isn't playing int'l matches anymore. Better for us.

And well in J (unlike Iewlumo)... damn, he could have shinned that ball in.

Precious Roy said...

In his defense... it looked like the keeper made contact and it took an unexpected high bounce, so that it went off Iwelumo's upper leg.

ü75 said...

Anyone who has played has had those type of misses. Just usually they are not on your national debut, 10 minutes after coming on. Oh, and the home fans booed the fact that the manager took off the guy you replaced. Bad juju for Mr. Iwelumo, unfortunately. Doubt he'll see the pitch again next game.

Ibracadabra said...

"There might be a credit crunch, but there's a crunching tackle there by Upton as well" - Warren Barton, FSC

Precious Roy said...

Wow Mike, you're one scoreless half and a dozen rack of ribs from looking like Kreskin.

The NY Kid said...

Play 'How many times can we play our 'keeper into danger?' for our own amusement...

This is why I hate my co-ed team. Except they do it out of sheer incompetence, forcing me to make Barthez-like saves time and again.

Precious Roy said...

A British team finally scores after (quick calculation... )177 minutes of football.

Wales up 1-0.

The NY Kid said...

Oh Rio, you twat.

Matt said...

Did everyone here go to sleep?(understable on the first half "performance"). Anyway, England 1-0 up - Rio Ferdinance from a corner.

Matt said...

Correction - now 2-0. Wayne Rooney. Another set peice.

Precious Roy said...

For an own goal, that was a pretty sweet header.

phil said...

That is the prettiest own goal I have ever seen.

Matt said...

Fuckin nice one Cole.

The NY Kid said...

And Bursitis flies into a rage as Beckham runs on to the pitch

Precious Roy said...

Ahem. 5-1.

ü75 said...

yeah, but you got the OG wrong. Just because you couldn't name any Kazakhs doesn't mean you get a pass.

Mike Georger said...

instead of watching the second half i nuked some leftover ribs then went to the gym. i think i made the right call on that one.

Bigus Dickus said...

Only 5 goals...Not enough for Georger. I'll take it though.

phil said...

Putting ribs in the microwave is never the right call, Bigus. But nice try on baptizing it, Piscopo style, by saying you then went to the gym.

phil said...

my mistake, i meant that for Georger, not Bigus. All apologies.

Mike Georger said...

the oven was in use at the time

phil said...

OVEN!?!?! Would you employ Matt Stover as a forward? Then don't put ribs in the oven. That's what charcoal grills are for.

Mike Georger said...

not allowed to have charcoal grills where i live and cooking with gas is for homos

granted i sure as shit wouldnt waste charcoal on reheating leftover ribs if i had one here anyways

Mike Georger said...

and frankly, slow roasting ribs in a bath for four or five hours is a much better way of cooking them than grilling them. you preserve so much more of the juice, dont char the outside at all, and can infuse them with infinitely more flavors in the bath.

phil said...

Dishwater ribs will never hold a candle to slow-smoked ribs. Never. Boiling them is just cheating.

ü75 said...

Ha Ha! Suck it, Mexico. Torres onto the pitch.

Mike Georger said...

two cups of water for ten pounds of ribs doth not equal boiling

shit i put more vinegar and worsheshshetiser in there by volume than water