Germany 1 – Argentina 0
- Both keepers and backlines: Few of the mistakes were made by the two backlines and when they did occur the keepers were there to clean them up… or the Argentinean forwards were there to screw it up. Germany allowed /Argentina put 0 shots on goal. As through most of the tournament defense carried the day.
- Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Face: By next year few will remember him parking himself at the buffet with every challenge. Instead his blooded face will be an idyllic image in the history of Germany football. The last image is usually the lasting one.
- Germany Golden Generation: It took 10 years but they final struck gold.
- Messi: He carried Argentina through the group stages, by the time they reached the round of 16 the Argentine coaches made the necessary adjustments to improve the defense. He was not awful by any means, just was not up to his standard. He made the loser list because he had the burden of being an undeserving Golden Ball winner for the losing team.
- Honorable Mention to the FIFA Technical Committee
- ABC Coverage: If you watched the ESPN/ABC coverage you missed the closing ceremony pre-game show and some of the post-match coverage from the stadium. They failed to air the opening ceremony as well, biggest programming mistake during a month of good coverage.
- Gonzalo Higuaín/ Rodrigo Palacio: Both had missed opportunities to put Argentina in the lead, as did Messi. Higuaín missed the best chance of the game somehow putting a shot wide of goal from just outside the box. Palacio’s chance was a bit tougher, but equally as poor. Argentina had more chances to win and blew them all.
This Week’s MLS Throw-In:
- Thierry Henry broke the Metro Stars/ Red Bulls all-time assist record Saturday night. It was an angry Henry performance with 3 assists and a coolly scored goal. Henry has been dropping deeper into midfield playing a more central attacking midfield/ number 10 role. It is the final year of his contract and at 36 this may be his final season, he appears to be putting up a fight.
- Two games were turned on red cards, both which were correctly given. The Philadelphia Union gave up a two goal lead against the Colorado Rapids midway through the second half after Michael Lahoud earned a second yellow on a foul in the box. The Vancouver White Caps’ Jordan Harvey got a straight red in the 69’. The Whitecaps were still threating despite being a man down in large part to Darren Mattocks, but Cubo would not be silenced. Torres scored the late winner off a header, giving him a goal in five straight games and Chivas USA four consecutive victories.
- The first half of Seattle Sounders versus Portland Timbers was dreadful. Sigi Schmid pulled off the ineffective Chad Barrett in the 51th for Obafemi Martins who immediately tilted the game in Seattle’s favor. Martins drew the foul that led to the Clint Dempsey goal. Martin is a long shot to make the All-Star game, but is completely deserving.