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The US Advances in World Cup
updated: Jun 28, 2014, 8:00 AM

By K. Prieto

Pool play is complete and second round qualifiers have been set. The last 2 weeks have been exciting and drama filled. With the early exit of Spain and Italy, some World Cup brackets are set to be shattered and we've seen some real underdogs shine. Costa Rica and Chile dominated their group. Both CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) teams are making South America extremely proud. They have out preformed opponents and I don't think they'll be slowing down anytime soon.

As for the drama, well Luis Suarez covered that. I don't think an individual could do anything more disgraceful then bite an opponent. He is easily one of the most talented players in the game currently, but biting someone (for a third time no less) is a cowardly and barbaric way to express frustration. FIFA stepped up, responding quickly and brought down an acceptable sanction. Suarez was fined, he will not see the field the rest of the tournament nor play in any FIFA contest for the next 4 months, and will not participate in the next 9 Uruguayan international matches. With an appeal process to follow, it’s hard to say how this will truly affect his standing with Liverpool, his club team. As for social media, well it really took off. See some of the posts below:

Below are the second round match ups and my predictions. Good luck with your brackets and enjoy the next round of excitement!

  • Brazil vs Chile - Brazil win

  • Netherlands vs Mexico - Netherlands win

  • Columbia vs Uruguay - Columbia for the simple fact that they deserve it more.

  • Costa Rica vs Greece - Costa Rica win

  • France vs Nigeria - France win

  • Argentina vs Switzerland - Argentina win

  • Germany vs Algeria - Germany win

  • Belgium vs USA - USA win

    The US has survived the “Group of Death”. Overall I felt they performed well as a whole. Some standouts are Dempsey, Jones, and Beckerman. They have been solid and reliable. I had high hopes for Michael Bradley, but he has had a sub-par performance so far. I feel the US is pretty evenly matched with Belgium, but Bradley needs to step up and hold possession better if they’d like to be more of threat offensively and continue their run.

    Where To Watch

  • SB Brew Co. Lounge (501 State St.)
  • Old Kings Road (532 State St.)
  • Press Room (15 E Ortega St.)
  • Dargans (18 E Ortega St.)
  • Uptown Lounge (3126 State St.)
  • Brasil Arts Café (1230 State St.)
  • Arlington Theatre (or so I've heard).

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    K. Prieto is a UCSB alum and former Gaucho midfielder who will be taking an extended lunch break on Tuesday to cheer on the US.

     

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