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Two more thoughts...

1. Norway is no joke. Play beautiful soccer. Midfield more skilled than USA and I'd put them right up there with Canada's midfield.

2. I am shocked how seldom the referees are issuing yellow cards. It's ridiculous how many reckless challenges are being allowed without cards and sometimes without whistles. The women's game more resembles NFL than the men's--concussions, broken legs, torn ACLs. I don't remember thinking the same for any men's soccer tourney (quite the opposite actually - too much simulation/diving/Neymars). Referees have the power to dictate whether games will be decided on skill or brutality. Love seeing the female refs, but they gotta have the "balls" to keep these women playing soccer, not rugby.
Norway’s defense is bad. I agree 100% about what the refs are allowing. China brutalized Germany and Scotland was quite aggressive too against England.
 

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Norway’s defense is bad. I agree 100% about what the refs are allowing. China brutalized Germany and Scotland was quite aggressive too against England.
The Germany China game was hard to watch. Sooo many late hits. Refs need to step it up.
 
What an amazing goal for Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan! She few in from about the top of the 18 with a header goal on a corner kick in first half stoppage time!
 

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this game is getting ugly in second half...ref needs to gain back control. first half she did a great job. Canada not connecting as well now, mostly bc Cameroon fouling in midfield.

Beckie and Flem float all over the field. "Forward" in name only. Sinclair a half-step slow at 34 but still has that golden touch. Wingbacks playing well. Hopefully can hold on for 3pts
 
this game is getting ugly in second half...ref needs to gain back control. first half she did a great job. Canada not connecting as well now, mostly bc Cameroon fouling in midfield.

Beckie and Flem float all over the field. "Forward" in name only. Sinclair a half-step slow at 34 but still has that golden touch. Wingbacks playing well. Hopefully can hold on for 3pts
Canada survived against a physical team. Lot's of different styles in this tournament. The teams with flexibility will do well.
 
Nobody saw that Italian victory coming. It was well deserved too as they had two other goals taken off the board. It looks like the European federations have gotten serious about the women’s game...
And they obviously watched Netherland feed the ball behind the back line again and again in the 3-0 game agains Australia. Australia did not get the wake up call from that game......
 
The game to watch for me and my dd.
Weds June 12 Germany vs Spain. Power vs Elegance.
Prediction: 2-1 Germany

Brutality game to watch. Who can foul the most and not get a red?
South Africa vs. China PR. Thursday June 13.
Prediction: China PR first red card at 67 min. :)
 
That game between the Netherlands and New Zealand was a good one. The Dutch are relentless. Is it just me or does the Dutch coach look like the most seriously intense person involved in the entire World Cup?
 

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USA v. Thailand (pre-kickoff):

if final score is 3-0 or less...disappointing

4-0 to 6-0...meeting expectations but still hmmmm

7-0 or more...good performance and something to smile about

Jill should use all of her subs.
 
That game between the Netherlands and New Zealand was a good one. The Dutch are relentless. Is it just me or does the Dutch coach look like the most seriously intense person involved in the entire World Cup?
She aged exponentially as the game progressed. Hopefully she has wine later to decompress.
 
That game between the Netherlands and New Zealand was a good one. The Dutch are relentless. Is it just me or does the Dutch coach look like the most seriously intense person involved in the entire World Cup?
They were really fun to watch. I hope we get to see how they match up against USA.
 
I love them having HAO, Kelly Smith and that German chick doing studio commentary. They all have a great understanding of the game and it is great to have the ladies there engaged. The less we have to hear Alexi Lalas talk about the women's game the better. He should try watching more of the competition and doing the research instead of just scanning his pre-match notes...
 
The Germany China game was hard to watch. Sooo many late hits. Refs need to step it up.
After watching the first half of the US vs Thailand game the ref's allowed two fouls to occur in the Thailand box. After the referee made the on field call they then referred to VAR. The VAR decision was in line with the referee's call. All I have to say is what the WTF are they looking at. My point is what criteria are they basing these calls on. Its apparent its not logical. Hope this changes to protect the players. Its in the best interest of all for teams to be able to put their best lineups out there for competitive purposes and avoid potential injuries from fouls.
 
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After watching the first half of the US vs Thailand game the ref's allowed two fouls to occur in the Thailand box. After the referee made the on field call they then referred to VAR. The VAR decision was in line with the referee's call. All I have to say is what the WTF are they looking at. My point is what criteria are they basing these calls on. Its apparent its not logical. Hope this changes to protect the players. Its in the best interest of all for teams to be able to put their best lineups out there for competitive purposes and avoid potential injuries from fouls.
The game is pathetic and even more pathetic is the celebrations by our team. FFS act like you have been there before.
 

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How about 13-0?
Good result. Glad they could have fun with this one. As they will with Chile. Thailand is the worst team in the tournament and Chile may be 2nd worst. If Thailand doesn't score vs. Chile, they should be relegated from the next WC in 4 years :) Neither game will help US prepare for Sweden. But at least they should get 6 points and go into that third game healthy.

Twitter lighting up about USA excessively celebrating. I don't have a problem with it---a lot of pressure on these women, enjoy it. But when people start citing goal totals as proof of a player's talent, this game is Exhibit A for evidence that goals don't always = skill. Also why the Golden Boot award is skewed too. They shouldn't count goals until the knockout rounds.

Haven't watched Netherlands v. New Zealand yet, but MAP has me anxious to see the women in orange. Thought I'd never say this but I think Mertens may be a better wing than Heath and Rapinoe.
 
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