Monday Musings: June 16, 2014

June Sixteenth.  A day we’ve been waiting for, right America?

The United States vs Ghana.

No, our military industrial complex isn’t gearing up for an invasion of the western African nation.

It’s the US Men’s Team’s first match in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  ESPN begins the show at 5:30 PM.  It is a key game as their group stage competition begins.  A win against Ghana sets them in a decent position before playing Portugal on June 22nd and Germany on June 26.  Germany and Portugal will play earlier in the day.

It’s a match for revenge.

In 2006, the US played Ghana in the final match of the group stage.  A US win would have allowed them to enter the Round of Sixteen.  But Ghana defeated the US 2-1, and advanced out of the group, sending the United States’ team home.

In 2010, the US advanced out of the group stage with a huge 1-0 victory over Algeria.  That placed them in the Round of Sixteen against Ghana.  A goal in the 93rd minute by Asamoah Gyan broke the 1-1 tie, eliminating the US once more from the world stage.

It’s going to be a good one, my fellow American.

WORLD CUP:  So far, eleven matches have been played, and it has been exciting.  The Netherlands revenged the 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain by hammering them 5-1.  Robin Van Persie’s first goal for the Dutch, which tied the match after Spain scored on a penalty kick, is epic.  Costa Rica upset Uruguay, 3-1.  And Switzerland waited until the very last moment, after Ecuador had a break and opportunity in the Swiss box to put away a winner, to march up field and take a 2-1 victory.   There has been thirty-seven goals scored and no draws thus far, averaging more than three goals per game.  And goal line technology proved superior to the naked eye on France’s second goal against Honduras.  From all camera angles it did not look like the ball crossed the goal line.  The goal line technology clearly showed otherwise.

SPEAKING OF SOCCER:  Detroit City FC had a successful trip to Cleveland on Father’s Day.  By the fifteenth minute, DCFC had a 2-0 lead (looks like we like taking 2-0 leads early in Ohio stadiums).  Final score:  5-1.

The team has a friendly match against the Columbus Crew Super 20’s Wednesday night at Cass Tech.

LOVER OF BOOKS?  The Ann Arbor Book Festival is this week.  There’s a “book crawl” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with authors doing readings at each location.  The book fair takes place Saturday, as well as a writer’s conference.  All the information you need can be found at aabookfestival.org.

Gotta run now.  The car needs its 40,000 mile check up.  Have a wonderful week!

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Can Clint Dempsey (8) and Michael Bradley (4) lead the US over Ghana?

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