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Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Burt Likko
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    It seems hard not to root for the Bradley-coached Egypt side — especially against Ghana. Feels to me that USA has developed a bit of a rivalry against Ghana. I can admire Ghana’s persistent skill while still cursing their role as USA’s stumbling block.

    Only tough scenario: if Egypt winds up getting seeded against USA at some point.Report

    • Avatar Mark Thompson in reply to Burt Likko
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      That’s actually looking less and less like it will be a possibility, as even if Egypt somehow beats Ghana (no easy feat), I’ve been hearing that CONCACAF and CAF are likely to be in the same “pot” for drawing World Cup groups this year, which would mean that no group could have both a CONCACAF team and an African team.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Burt Likko
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      I don’t know a ton about international soccer, but I struggle to see Ghana as a “bad guy”. Even if they do get in the USA’s way. Being an African powerhouse still makes the team “the little guy” in most matches. As excited as I was to see the USA advance in 2010, I couldn’t really be upset about Ghana’s win.Report

      • Avatar Mark Thompson in reply to Kazzy
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        I don’t think anyone sees them as a bad guy – on their own, most soccer fans think of Ghana as a pretty great story, and just about every soccer fan I know was rooting for Ghana against Uruguay in the game after they knocked us out.

        It’s just that their knack for beating Americans – including tricking us into thinking Freddy Adu was a superstar in the making – is uncanny. As poorly as the US played in 2006, there was still hope going into the final game of the group stage – a win and the US would have advanced. Instead, Ghana dealt the death blow then, too.Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko in reply to Kazzy
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        Ghana isn’t the “bad guy.” They’re a rival.

        We’re not talking about the Dallas Cowboys here.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Kazzy
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        Think of Ghana as Scott Hairston.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Kazzy
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        Duly noted.

        You do have to admit, there is something… ironic? curious? funny?… about Americans lamenting our treatment at the hands of Ghanaians.

        More importantly, LeagueFest 2014 in Rio?Report

  2. Avatar greginak
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    Wow…great story. As insane as sports can be there is also so much wonderful about it.Report

  3. Avatar Chris
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    Great post and great story.Report

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