World Cup Qualifying

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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If you did not fake being sick from work or school today, you will probably regret it later.

Tuesday will serve as the final full date for international fixtures in 2013 and the slate of matches is jam-packed with intriguing contests. From a surely intense clash between Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden to Bob Bradley and Egypt’s wish for a miracle against Ghana, there is no shortage of games worth watching on a day in which all but two of the final berths for next summer’s World Cup will be clinched (Mexico-New Zealand and Uruguay-Jordan are scheduled for Wednesday).

There’s more than just World Cup qualifiers on tap, too. The Netherlands is set to take on Colombia, Germany will square off with England, and Brazil is set to play Chile in some of the day’s more mouth-watering friendlies.

If you will be watching today’s matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions, and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (schedule is after the jump).

11am – Egypt vs. Ghana – BeIN Sport/BeIN Sport en Espanol

12pm – Slovenia vs. Canada – Sportsnet One/Sportsnet World Online

1:15pm – Algeria vs. Burkina Faso – BeIN Sport/BeIN Sport en Espanol

2pm – South Africa vs. Spain – ESPN3

2:15pm – Croatia vs. Iceland – ESPN3

2:30pm – Netherlands vs. Colombia – ESPN3

2:45pm – United States vs. Austria – NBCSN/UniMas

2:45pm – Sweden vs. Portugal – ESPN2/ESPN Deportes

3pm – France vs. Ukraine – ESPN3/Univision Deportes

3pm – Romania vs. Greece – ESPN3

3pm – England vs. Germany – FoxSoccer2Go/Fox Deportes

8pm – Brazil vs. Chile – BeIN Sport/BeIN Sport en Espanol

9pm – Honduras vs. Ecuador – BeIN Sport/ BeIN Sport en Espanol

1am (Wed) – New Zealand vs. Mexico – ESPN/UniMas/Univision Deportes

    • AcidBurn

      My vote goes for Brad Evans being the one who either:
      1) Hauls down Asamoah Gyan (oh yeah, it has to be him) for a penalty that puts the US out
      2) Gets spun around like a top and falls awkwardly, while a Ghana player blows by him to put by the goal
      3) Hoofs a ball back into his own penalty area where it is promptly put in for the go ahead Ghana goal


      • Bird

        Agreed. This could be the match that sets Cameron as the RB going forward. Alaba is a very talented player. I am expecting Lichaj to get subbed on at half though. Along with Boyd.


      • bryan

        yeah, i think he will stay home so he doesn’t get burned by Alaba’s speed. i don’t think we’ll see a ton of attacking up the right.

        and i agree about Boyd. JK said to the Austrian press Boyd will play a good amount.


      • Bird

        I am excited to see Boyd today, more so than Lichaj. I have watched him play with Rapid and he has really improved his hold up play and passing and he has been a handful on headers etc. He is always so excited when he gets on for the US so I hope he can harness that a bit today.


    • AcidBurn

      Nice to see Brooks, Iceman, and Shea get a run out to see what they can do.

      Also nice to see a right back who actually plays right back for his club! What a concept!


      • bryan

        hahaha yeah, it gets brutal. i’m constantly landing Spain and Portugal. but when i simulate the group stage, we always finish on top of Portugal.


      • Rory Miller

        Am I the only one that actually wants to see us play the best teams? I know we all want the US to advance, but I’d like to see us take some scalps before we get thrown into the “anything can happen” single-elimination rounds.


    • QuakerOtis

      It’s not going to be pretty. Our group will be worse than 2006 before its even close to as good as 2010.


      • bryan

        yeah, this World Cup will be absolutely brutal. say we make it out of the group, which WILL be hard, the Round of 16 games are brutal too. it’s going to be an intense World Cup.


    • twosevenstreet

      USA 7 3 2 1 0 6 2 4
      Brazil 6 3 2 0 1 4 5 -1
      Portugal* 3 3 1 0 2 1 2 -1
      Burkina Faso* 1 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2


    • bryan

      i just got:


      when i simulate the group stage, i get:

      Ukraine* 7 3 2 1 0 4 1 3
      USA 4 3 1 1 1 6 3 3
      Colombia 3 3 0 3 0 6 6 0
      Russia 1 3 0 1 2 5 11 -6

      which puts us in a Round of 16 game against Australia. sadly, if we did win that game, we would face the winner of Brazil/Spain in this simulation.


  • AcidBurn

    Algeria goes up 1-0 on Burkina Faso.

    Greece scores to go up 4-1 on aggregate.

    So we’re not getting a single upset?

    C’mon Iceland, minnows around the world turn their lonely eyes on you


    • Brain Guy

      All Iceland needs is to scratch out a goal against ten men in the second half. C’mon, boys!


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