Whether you set your alarm this morning, or are recording for later, I hope you'll share some of your World Cup thoughts here. I plan to open a post like this for every day of the competition. And I'll keep results out of the headlines and this part of the post. The comments section, however, is there for full discussion.
To get the conversational ball rolling, here's Sounders' coach Sigi Schmid's take on the competition about to play out:
"Obviously Spain is going to be very good. I think Spain is a team that everybody’s got to contend with. Brazil is always a strong team. I think Holland could have been somebody that could have surprised people. With the injury to Robben now maybe takes a little bit of the edge off for them. I thought Ivory Coast might have the ability to surprise some people with the World Cup being in Africa. But now with Drogba’s injury that makes them a little more tenuous. I mean, the usual cuontries that step up in World Cup – the Germanys, the Italys, the Argentinas, usually have decent run just because of their – it’s not just tradition, it’s that the players have a certain mentality and hardness to them that allows them to compete. And then for the U.S., I think getting into the next round and who you draw, who comes out of the other group. Sometimes you get a good draw and sometimes you get a draw that’s not so favorable for you. That draw when you get into the round of 16 is a really important game. Sometimes you just end up running into the wrong team at the wrong time. But if you get through that game of 16, then anything’s possible from there. Once you get into the round of eight, everybody’s good and so it really doesn’t matter and then you can jump all the way. But that round of 16, you can still maybe draw a more favorable opponent than another."
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And on the team he's rooting for: “The United States, and then obviously being of German heritage I’ve got to pull for Germany. There are certain games you watch as a fan, and there are certain games I watch as a soccer coach. When the U.S. plays, I’m more a fan; and when Germany plays, I’m also more of a fan. When the other teams play I’m more of a coach.”