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The emotional rollercoaster that was the USA vs. Belgium game in the World Cup is hard to describe unless you were there watching it too. The ups and downs were so intense I was emotionally exhausted by the time it was over. Pretty sure I left marks whilst clutching my face during the intense back and forth. I’m sad that the team lost to Belgium but I have to try and look a the positives that came out of everything this World Cup.

First and most exciting for me is the fever about soccer (futbol) that is gripping the country. Soccer is here to stay and I love seeing that there are more fans now than there have ever been for the sport. I loved the costumes and the face paints and the ‘I believe’ chant. There was a lot of positive, hopeful feelings about our team which was really cool to see.

As sad as I am to see some of our current squad stars aging out we have a very promising crop of youngsters ready and eager to grow into their own. I look forward to the next World Cup in 2018 where our team will continue to keep doing better and go just that much farther.

The highlight performance of the match for me though was our goalie Tim Howard, who set a record of 16 saves throughout the game. The man was doing some serious work defending the goal from what could have been a serious route by the Belgians. Odds are Tim will be retiring from the international circuit now (he’s 35 I believe) and even though we lost it’s a hell of a send off for an amazing goalie and an incredible goal-keeping career. I’ll be sad to see him go.

The internet reacted in its typical fashion and some amazing memes and jokes were born.

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“Tim Howard was money today,” @TheWorldCup.

 

My Heart Can’t Take Another Game Like That

Sooooooo I’m really into futbol. Soccer, to most Americans. And this World Cup in Brazil has been a doozy so far. The USA team has been keeping me on the edge of my seat with the close scrapes and narrow victories. Or, in the case of the game last night vs. Portugal, major disappointment. I think I had scratch marks on my cheeks from gripping my face in tension and not knowing what was going to happen. The cheap giveaway goal to Portugal early just about killed me – I was super worried we were about to watch a route and that would have just been awful.

The team played very well despite that early goal though which is promising but now, without the straight win against Portugal, we have the harder road of needing points from our game vs. Germany on Thursday in order to advance out of the group stage. Germany will be a tough nut to crack. A draw with them should get us through but I would of course prefer a straight win to make sure that there is no question about the USA advancing.

You can’t deny it is exciting that is for sure. I really want the USA to get out of the group stage though so I will be glued to my computer screen on Thursday trying desperately not to give away the fact that I am heavily invested in what is going on for that game during work hours. Hey it’s every four years so I’ve got to support the team right? I just don’t know if I can take another game that is that tense again it might just kill me off. The game Thursday vs. Germany though will be just as tense if not more so now that our future rests on the results of both that game and the Portugal vs. Ghana game. Omg the anxiety. I guess we will see what happens. Go USA!!!

On a side note, I had a visitor to my patio yesterday. A random woodchuck was wandering around and actually peeked in my back door while I was watching an earlier game. Maybe he likes futbol too.

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Hey, you watching futbol?

 P. S. Men in Blazers has been entertaining me since the start of the competition with their commentary and amazing British accents. I’d recommend you check them out!

Success on The World Stage

So some major congratulations are in order. First off, congratulations to Gabby Douglas of the US Women’s Gymnastics team who took home the all-around gold in the women’s competition yesterday. I was hoping we were going to have another 1-2 sweep of the medals, but Aly Raisman struggled on the balance beam which dropped her out of medal contention. I really wanted her to succeed after the stunning floor routine she gave to clinch the US team gold but it wasn’t to be I guess.

The Russian ladies put up one helluva fight, securing silver (Victoria Komova) and bronze (Aliya Mustafina) respectively. Watching Komova on the uneven bars was something to behold. Just like McKayla Maroney’s stunning vault performance, Komova’s uneven bars took that routine to a whole other level compared to the rest of the ladies in the field. They had their struggles too, including a full on fall off of the balance beam by Mustafina. The balance beam – the great equalizer of women’s gymnastics.

Even though the broadcast was 6 hours or whatever after the competition had actually happened, I was gasping and clapping through every moment. I was cheering like a fiend. By myself. In my apartment. Because I am that awesome. What can I say, I really get into the Olympics. 😀

Gabby in mid-flight during her balance beam routine.

Congrats Gabby!

Next up are some major congrats to our US Women’s National Soccer team for taking out New Zealand 2-0, and advancing to the semi-finals. Where’s Waldo dominated and I am super excited to see if the US women can’t take it all of the way to the gold. I have only managed to catch one of their games so far this Olympics which is really bumming me out, but such is the way of things with the time difference and actually having to work. Stupid work getting in the way of watching the Olympics. *shakes fist*

Another soccer moment of awesome in my opinion was Japan defeating hyped powerhouse Brazil 2-0. This was not a result I was expecting but I am very pleased that the Japanese made it past the Brazilians. Somehow I don’t think the Brazilians were expecting this result either to tell you the truth. Lol.

Let’s all do our happy dance – way to go ladies!