Soccer goes on all day, and I am stuck in Miami after not getting away on my flight to Brazil in time to catch up with Reggie in Rio.  My flight is scheduled for tonight, but I will not get a flight to Natal in time to see the U.S. play Ghana.  Reggie made it to Natal on time as schedule.

If you have been watching any games, you know that they reported nine inches of rain today in Natal.  When he got there, he waited in line for a ca to the hotel for 30 minutes without moving.  Some enterprising fnsd joined together and took a 15-passenger van to the area of hotels near the stadium.

The attacking soccer continues to entertain.  No ties yet.  Though the Swiss and Equador were going to tie, but the Swiss wanted to win bad enough to keep charging to score in the 93rd minutes nd scored on a classic counter attack going from one end to the other very quickly.  While the other two goals were headers off corner kicks for each team, there were enough shots bt both ends to be entertaining.

France beats Honduras 3-0.  First goal on a penalty kick after Wilson Palacios’ red card. In the first round of play goal difference is used for tiebreakers so you need to score as many as you can in order to be better off if your points end up tied so France, playing a man up, kept attacking.  Palacios always plays rough, and gives and takes lots of contact.

Three times in the first half he had gone down and blamed the French players.  One of those ended with the two players on the ground kicking at each other as they were tangled and both got yellow cards, so when he later ran into the French player from behind in the box he paid the price.  Second yellow equals red card.

Up to this point, Mexico and Costa Rica were helping us feel good about our division in CONCACAF.  Hope USA can bring a victory for us and for CONCACAF!

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