06/27/2014

Tchau, Recife...

Some final scenes from Recife before we head to the knockout round...

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 This was the scene at Recife Airport at 2 a.m. after the match....

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06/26/2014

Round of 16 Matchups

Round of 16...Thoughts? Who has an easy road? Hard road? Share your thoughts.

June 28: BRA v CHI and COL v URU

June 29: NED v MEX and CRC v GRE

June 30: FRA v NIG and GER v ALG

July 1: ARG v SUI and BEL v USA

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Here's what Weston's Alejandro Bedoya had to say after US 1-0 loss to Germany...

On his second-half collision with Jermaine Jones:

 AB: “It was just a weird collision. I had the ball and knew what I wanted to do next, but I didn’t really see him actually and we just collided. I guess it looks pretty bad on TV. I’m doing alright. I guess my head hit his nose so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s broke.”

 On having the crowd salute the players after the game:

 AB: “The fans were great support down here in Brazil. Some of these games we feel like we played back in the States. The American Outlaws and then seeing the red, white and blue in the stands was awesome. You got to applaud them for coming all the way to Brazil, supporting us. [The game against Germany was] a loss, but I think last game felt like more of a loss than this one but obviously we accomplished the goal that we wanted to do – that was get out of the group and now we’re looking forward.

 On the USA becoming the second favorite team of other country’s fans:

 AB: “That’s awesome, the more support, the better it helps us get motivated for the games. That’s great to hear. We’re here, we all helped each other and we all know we have 23 players that can get the job done.”

 On the weather conditions for the match in Recife:

 AB: “I don’t think the conditions had that great of an impact. Both teams had to deal with it. If anything the rain helps you move the ball a little bit quicker and that what we want to do well in terms of moving the ball at a high tempo. Those are things we have to work on. Germany is a great team with great players, but we advanced; that’s the most important thing.”

 On Belgium likely being the USA’s next opponent:

 AB: “I can’t really give you anything on that because we haven’t had the chance to sit down and take a look at them. I’m sure we’ll sit down in the next couple days, look at their video and attack them. We need to be better moving the ball and possessing it, playing at a higher tempo. Belgium is a great team as well with great young players so, we have to be careful there as well.”

 

Game Time! USA v Germany

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USA v Germany...soggy Recife...pregame photos...

 

Recife is Flooded!

Here is the scene in Recife, where we are just over 2 hours from USA vs. Germany kickoff. Let's hope the field has better drainage than their streets.

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06/25/2014

Bom Dia from Recife!

Good morning from Recife..1 Day to Go 'til USA v Germany.

It is raining, windy and gloomy here in this northeastern beach city, and forecast for game day is more rain. The stadium is a good 30 miles outside of town, loooong drive to get out here through not-so-picturesque parts of Recife.

The beachfront reminds me a lot of Miami Beach...

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Fans and media were happy to be greeted with a free Caipirinha cocktail (Brazilian mojito) upon arrival at airport baggage claim...

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Forgot to post this photo from a mall in Sao Paulo...even the doggies are in the World Cup spirit!

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Poll: Should Suarez be suspended?

06/22/2014

US warmups..

Team USA takes the field at Arena Amazonia....But loudest cheer was for Cristiano Ronaldo...

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USA could use this guy today....

Marcelo Balboa working for Univision...

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MORE photos from Manaus!

MORE photos from Manaus on USA v POR Game Day!!

They really went all out here in Manaus with World Cup fever!!

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Another street...

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There are no roads to Manaus, so everything arrives by plane or boat. People carry freight off boats at the port..one guy carried a WASHING MACHINE on his head! Sadly, didn't get my camera out in time to get a snappie of him...

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They have the most delicious bananas in Brazil. One local explained it: "In the USA, you guys like the bananas to look perfect, so you grow them big and sell them yellow. But the best bananas are small with some brown and bruises.''

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My breakfast: Fresh squeezed orange juice and a Pao con Banana y Queiso (bread with sweet plantains and cheese)

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People take hammocks onto ferry boats here and rest in hammocks while they ride...

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The historic old market, built in 1881, patterned after Les Halles in Paris.

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They have all your viagra needs at the market...

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Here is your "Regional Viagra'', not to be confused with the Amazon viagra.

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Finally, look who I ran into at the port!

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