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The SBI Show: Episode 150 (Recapping USA-Portugal, previewing USA-Germany)

Clint Dempsey


The U.S. Men’s National Team are facing do-or-die time at the World Cup and the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks it all down for you.

Episode 150 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the roller-coaster ride that was the U.S. team’s 2-2 tie with Portugal last Sunday, and also looks ahead to Thursday’s crucial match against Germany.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I break down what to expect in the USA-Germany clash, and also discuss the success being enjoyed by CONCACAF teams at this World Cup, as well as Luis Suarez’s latest bite.

Give Episode 150 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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  1. From a business perspective, I would be very surprised if the US team does not make it through. We might even experience the “invisible hand of FIFA” of influencing today’s match. Some early yellow cards against Germany or unusual no-calls against the United States will happen if it appears the US might stumble. Massive advertising dollars and future over-priced friendly matches are at stake if the American audience were soured from today’s experience. Some advertisers have protective clauses in their contracts and if the US fails to advance promotion dollars disappear. FIFA is well aware of this along with skyrocketing American viewership coupled with mass gatherings in many American cities. The dual edge sword is that ABC/ESPN executives were overjoyed with Portugal’s late goal. If not, the third US game would be mostly meaningless, with a lighter interest from many Americans. Instead, we will see millions of Americans, in full patriotic regalia, rooting for their team, reading the ads on the periphery of the pitch and eagerly purchasing FIFA products. Who knows, The SBI Show may experience a traffic jam from an unpredictable excess of soccer neophytes attempting to maintain their new soccer fix.

  2. Ives, I think Johnson deserves a share of the blame for the second goal too. Cameron looked like he was tracking another attacker who held up his run near the top of the 18. Johnson needed to let Cameron know that Varela was making the run in behind.

    Backline communication has to be better tomorrow. German attack is all about running the channels.

  3. on the eve of one of the most important games in US history i will sleep better knowing Julian Green is on this roster

    • Yea, it takes a real big(and intelligent) person to hide behind a screen name and take shots at a 19 year old kid after watching them play less than one full game…and if that comment is a dig at Klinsmann, do yourself a favor and wait until he fails to start chirping. It looks silly to nit pick someone who is currently exceeding expectations.

      • amen! you’d think corrine and all of the other bruce arena-esque moaners would quiet down by now. the US has never looked so good.

      • Well… “never looked so good”… take it easy Sanchez. A little hyperbolic, no?

        I think the Green comment’s pretty funny. It’s just a joke.

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