2022 FIFA World Cup Thread

#28      
Seems like a similar problem to Illini football … while Penn State (Argentina), Alabama (Germany), USC (Italy), etc. are instantly recognizable and iconic every year - even if there are tweaks here and there - Nike just flings sh*t at the wall for fun with Illinois (USMNT).

Well you won't have to worry about seeing USC's kit in the World Cup this year.
 
#29      
First international break of the season. UEFA has Nations League play going on. Every other confederation is using the break to play friendlies. USMNT play two friendlies. They play Japan tomorrow in Dusseldorf with the match beginning at 7:25 AM CT and airing on ESPN2. They play Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in Murcia, Spain, with the match beginning at 1:00 PM CT and airing on FS1.
 
#31      

wettsten

Chicago
Didn't get a chance to watch much of it but it sounds like the USMNT's performance left a lot to be desired.
i watched part of the first half and we couldn't get much through the midfield although neither team was holding possession very well. lots of loose balls bouncing back and forth.
 
#35      

Shane Walsh

aka "Captain Oblivious"
Cynthiana, Kentucky
Two friendlies to warm up for USMMT, one loss, one draw, and no goals scored. How are we feeling?
 
#36      
Two friendlies to warm up for USMMT, one loss, one draw, and no goals scored. How are we feeling?

Against Japan, I'm not too concerned. I've had others tell me they see Japan as a dark horse in this tournament and think they'll come out of their group with Spain and Germany.

I'm more concerned with how they played against Saudi Arabia. That didn't exactly give you a good feeling for how they could do.
 
#38      

Shane Walsh

aka "Captain Oblivious"
Cynthiana, Kentucky
Against Japan, I'm not too concerned. I've had others tell me they see Japan as a dark horse in this tournament and think they'll come out of their group with Spain and Germany.

I'm more concerned with how they played against Saudi Arabia. That didn't exactly give you a good feeling for how they could do.
I am kind of the same. Hoping they were purposefully not showing looks against Saudis. Way too many turnovers in the defensive half of the field though. Those get you beat against top flight competition, and soundly.
 
#39      
I am kind of the same. Hoping they were purposefully not showing looks against Saudis. Way too many turnovers in the defensive half of the field though. Those get you beat against top flight competition, and soundly.

The announcers in both matches did say there were issues with the pitch they were playing on. I know for the match vs. Japan in Dusseldorf, they made it seem as if the way they mowed the pitch was uneven.