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USA vs El Salvador (Gold Cup Quarterfinal) @ Lincoln Financial Field – July 19, 2017

Game two was the headliner: USA vs El Salvador.

The teams traded yellow cards midway through the first half and each team had a few close chances early, but the back of the net wasn’t hit until the 41st minute. Omar Gonzalez knocked in header off a rebound to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. Only four minutes later, Eric Lichaj got a great pass from Clint Dempsey and then he put the ball right between the legs of El Salvador goalie Derby Carrillo. The USA now had a 2-0 lead.

El Salvador was able to get a few good chances on net, but Tim Howard came up huge for the Americans to ensure the 2-0 victory. The U.S. moved onto the Semi-finals to face Costa Rica.

USA had twelve shots to El Salvador’s nine, but the shots on goal were 8-3 USA. There were a lot of fouls in the game with some heated exchanges. Ball possession belonged to USA 56% of the time compared to El Salvador’s 44%. Pass accuracy also belonged to the USA 90% to 86%. Omar Gonzalez and Jozy Altidore both led the USA with three shots and all three of Altidore’s shots were on target.

The teams walking onto the field

Team USA celebrating their first goal

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Costa Rica vs Panama (Gold Cup Quarterfinal) @ Lincoln Financial Field – July 19, 2017

Two of the four Gold Cup Quarterfinal games were played in Philadelphia. I had the day off so a work buddy and I made it down to the game to check them out. The first game was Costa Rica vs Panama.

There were a few close chances in the first half, but nothing was able to get to the back of the net. David Ramirez got a yellow card for Costa Rica in the 21st minute. Panama made their three substitutions between the 58th and 70th minutes. Costa Rica made one in the 65th and 76th minutes. Just a minute later, Costa Rica scored on an own goal by Anibal Godoy. Godoy tried to clear a rebound over the net and instead, put it right past his own goaltender. A late substitution by Costa Rica slowed down Panama and sealed the 1-0 victory.

Costa Rica led ball possession 54% to 46%, although Panama outshot them 13-9. Each team had seven of their shots on target. Costa Rica had a lot more fouls and Panama was 85% accurate on passes, while Costa Rica was only 77%, but in the end, Costa Rica came away the winners.

The teams heading onto the field

Getting ready to start the match

Pigskinpress.com Podcast

I was on the pigskinpress.com podcast the other day talking about some players from the Group of 5 conferences for this upcoming NFL Draft and even delving into a few guys to look for next year.

You can listen to it here: pigskinpress.podbean.com

Also, go check out pigskinpress.com to read some articles and get some good information regarding Group of 5 teams, including five scouting reports of mine on some of the players we talk about in the podcast.

Thanks again!

2012 Travels

This is going to be a list (with small summary and photo) of the games that I attended, before the four posts of games I just put up.

Some action in the 49ers/Rams game

I started the season early, as this was the 49ers vs Rams on New Year’s Day. The best play of this game was a play late in the third quarter. As they lined up for a field goal, the 49ers’ Michael Crabtree was lined up out wide and caught a pass from Kicker David Akers for a touchdown. The Rams made it a good game, but San Francisco won the game 34-27.

Blues celebrating the win

Only four days later, I went with some friends to the Blues game against the Edmonton Oilers. The Blues struck first in the first period as Chris Stewart scored at 14:42 to give them a 1-0 lead. The second period was all Oilers. Taylor Hall scored first at 5:12 and then, only fifteen seconds later, Ben Eager scored. Jordan Eberle added another one later in the period to give Edmonton a 3-1 lead going into the third. But just as the second period was all Oilers, the third period was all Blues. Alex Pietrangelo scored twenty seconds into the period. Less than a minute and a half later, Captain David Backes scored to tie the game up 3-3. At 8:59, Matt D’Agostini scored the game-winner. Jaroslav Halak shut out the Oilers the rest of the game and the Blues got a great 4-3 comeback win. The place was nuts. A great game to be a part of.

Some action from the Missouri State vs Evansville game

We attended a session of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The session included Drake vs Creighton and Missouri State vs Evansville. Doug McDermott led Creighton to a 68-61 win, scoring 26 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. In the other game, Kenneth Harris’ 20 points and 8 rebounds helped Evansville beat Missouri State 72-64.

Picture from on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium during our tour

Before going to the Pacers game, we decided to make a stop at Lucas Oil Stadium for a tour. Going into the tour, I figured we would look at the basic stuff and call it a day, but I was wrong. The tour lasted for almost two hours. We went from the field, to the Quarterback Suite, to the Visitor’s Locker room (where the Giants were just months before in the Super Bowl), and more. The tour only cost us $8; a great value for what all you get to see. And the craziest part…our tour started at 1:00 PM, the same exact time that Peyton Manning was being introduced as a Denver Bronco. They had the news conference on in the Pro Shop. Ironic!

Some Pre Game action before the Pacers game

This was the Los Angeles Clippers vs Indiana Pacers. Lob City didn’t exactly show up. Blake Griffin threw down a few nice dunks, but that was about all the Clippers could get going. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Psycho T (Tyler Hansbrough) had a great game as well. He went 6/9 for 15 points. Ultimately the Pacers won the game 102-89. Blake Griffin put in 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. On another note, the gates opened up only an hour before game time. There were two times they let certain groups in before that, but they weren’t clear about it. We tried walking in with the groups because we had no idea that it was only for that group. If you plan on going to the game, they only let the general public in an hour prior.

Waiting for the face-off

This was unquestionably the greatest sporting event I have ever been to. This was Game 2 of the Playoffs between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues. The atmosphere was unlike anything else I have ever been a part of. It all started in the first minutes of the game when Marc-Edouard Vlasic hit the puck into his own net to give the Blues an early 1-0 lead. T.J. Oshie made some sick moves gliding down the ice and weaving through traffic and eventually passed to Backes who was waiting for the puck and slapped it in the back of the net. Andy McDonald would score later on to give the Blues a 3-0 shutout win. There were two crazy events in the game. First of all, in the second period, Barret Jackman slid into Jaroslav Halak, taking him out. Brian Elliott replaced him for the rest of the game, and didn’t miss a beat. The other thing was the fights. There were an unusually high number of fights in a playoff game. When the game ended, everyone was fighting someone for a good five minutes after the horn had sounded. Everyone was on their feet yelling and banging their thunderstix together. The greatest game and atmosphere I have ever been a part of.

Nice view at the Louisville Bats game

The Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers AAA-Affiliate) came in to take on the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds AAA-Affiliate). The Bats’ Paul Janish went 3-4 with a double. Mud Hens first baseman Brad Eldred, one of the minor league leaders in most offensive categories, went 1-3 with an RBI. Toledo beat the Bats 2-1. On another note, Toldedo closer Brayan Villarreal hit 99 MPH about 10 times on his pitches. He saved the game pitching the last three innings of the game.

Delino Deshields Jr. on deck

This game was the Savannah Sand Gnats (New York Mets A-Affiliate) against the Lexington Legends (Houston Astros A-Affiliate). This game was full of offense. Absolutely no pitching. Savannah starter, Rafael Montero, gave up six earned runs in five innings and Lexington starter, Kyle Hallock, gave up eight earned runs in 3.1 innings. There were a total of 7 home runs in the game. The Legends tied the game in the bottom of the ninth 9-9, but would wind up losing the game 10-9 in twelve innings.

Some 15th inning action

This Orioles and Royals game was a long, great game. We went and tailgated about three hours before the game started. The Royals led going into the ninth, but Jonathan Broxton gave up a two-run homer to Wilson Betemit to tie it up and send it to extras. Adam Jones finally ended it with a 412 foot blast in the 15th and gave the Orioles a 4-3 win.

Some Cubs/Cards action

This was a good ‘ol Cubs/Cardinals rivalry game. It was a stalemate for the first 6 1/2 innings, but the Cardinals’ bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh, and in record-setting fashion. They would score twelve runs in the inning and win the game by that margin, 12-0. They tied a franchise record for runs in an inning that dated back to 1926. They also tied a major league record with seven doubles in the inning. What looked to be a pitcher’s dual early, turned into a very one-sided 12-0 win for the Cardinals. Great to be a part of some history!

Action during the Stoke City/Sporting KC friendly

To finish the post, our first perk of interning with the Chiefs led us to a tour of Livestrong Park and the friendly match between Stoke City and Sporting KC. This was the first soccer game I’ve ever been to. I don’t watch any soccer, except for the World Cup, but it was actually a lot of fun. Peter Crouch was the big name for Stoke City. Stoke scored late in the game on a penalty kick. With the game sure to be over, Stoke goalie kicked the ball and was re-directed off of the head of a Sporting KC player and redirected a good forty yards back into the net. It was very much a fluke goal, but a nice end to the night, as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

This led up to the games I have the individual posts for:
Texas Rangers @ Kansas City Royals
Arizona Cardinals @ Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco Giants @ Colorado Rockies
Australia vs U.S. Women’s National Soccer

Australia vs United States – Women’s Soccer – September 19, 2012

USA vs Australia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO – Part of the Fan Tribute Tour

This was the third stop for the U.S. Women’s team during their Fan Tribute Tour and this was the last stop for Head Coach Pia Sundhage, as this was her last game as Head Coach for the team. This was the first women’s soccer game that I have attended and only the second soccer game overall (Stoke City @ Sporting KC – 8/1/12).

The teams lined up for introductions

There were no goals until the 25th minute when Heather O’Reilly scored off of an Australian defender. During the 32nd minute, Australia’s Lisa de Vanna kicked one past Hope Solo. Only two minutes later, Sarah Walsh, playing in her final game with the Australian National Team, scored to give them a 2-1 lead. Alex Morgan scored on a great goal through traffic just before the half to tie the game.

It was all United States in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Abby Wambach scored on an assist from Alex Morgan, her second of the night. Ten minutes later, Morgan scored her second goal of the night. She took a pass from Heather Mitts and headed it into the back of the net. During the 69th minute, Shannon Boxx took a Megan Rapinoe free kick and headed it into the corner of the net. To finish the scoring, Sydney Leroux put one into the net on Rapinoe’s second assist of the night. The Woman of the Match was Alex Morgan, who scored two goals and added two assists. She just missed a hat trick as she kicked one off of the post just minutes after scoring her second goal. She also was taken out of the game in the 74th minute.

It was a great game to be a part of. Alex Morgan scored two goals, the U.S. won 6-2, and it was the final game for Head Coach Pia Sundhage. She went 91-6-10 in her career with the National Team.

Alex Morgan – Woman of the Match

INFORMATION
Australia vs United States
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Date: September 19, 2012
Ticket Price: $50.00 (Craigslist)
Attendance: 18,589
RATINGS
Stadium Aesthetics: 4.7 / 5.0
Atmosphere: 4.8 / 5.0
Food: N/A
Drink:N/A
Game: 4.7 / 5.0