The Set Piece: Sometimes a Draw is a Win

Bruno Valdez, Joel Campbell

1. Couldn’t have turned out better, seriously. – So halfway through tonight’s Costa Rica/Paraguay match, I’m chatting with resident BMH genius Brian. “We need Paraguay to win this match” I said, thinking that Paraguay will lose to Colombia and then we beat them. Brian, because he’s a hell of a lot smarter than me responds, “Nope, we need a 0-0 draw.” And that’s what the soccer gods gave us. Sure, we looked rough against Colombia, but now we’re only one point back from advancing. A solid result against Costa Rica on Tuesday and we should be moving on.

2. Costa Rica looked less scary than I imagined. – Hearing a Central American team complain about the heat in Florida was odd. How out of shape are you guys? My favorite quote was midfielder Celso Borges “It was a little bit too warm. There was a lot of heat.” Average temperature in Orlando, 73º. Average temperature in Costa Rica 75º. Own the bad showing, dude. Best of all, from an American perspective, Kendall Watson (of the Vancouver Whitecaps) drew a meaningless red card and will be unavailable to start in the match against the USA.

3. Group B, meh. – In my preview of the Copa, I said no to expect much of Brazil after the group, but a shitty opening performance against Ecuador should at least give fans pause. Only getting a single point may bite the big boys in the ass, particularly because Peru defeated Haiti outright for 3 points. For the the record, I picked Peru to advance from this group and they won the match they should have, so now lets see if they can steal one.

Other Notes: I was shocked at some of the bullshit online after the USA/COL match. One pundit from Sports Nation went so far as to claim that Klinsmann was showing consistency in his lineup. That back line has played together THREE times including last night, get the fuck out of here…Matt Doyle continues to deliver the best analysis online. Read his shit…Anyone else see that guy dressed a tiger(?) rooting for Colombia? All I could think of was, what if USA had upset Colombia? That guy has to walk out of the stadium and to his car dressed like a fucking tiger with every American fan shit talking him. Same thing with the Peru fan with the wings (couldn’t find a picture of him, but goddamn, he looked ridiculous), there’s no room for doubt.

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So the general rule of Bury My Heart is that we focus on American soccer. During the COPA America competition, that line will be a bit more blurry. We’re in an international competition, so we’ll be discussing results from all the matches throughout.

First image from the UK’s Daily Mail. Second image from Reuters.

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The Set Piece: Sometimes a Draw is a Win

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