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WATCH: Kyle Martino talks US/Portugal on the “Dan Patrick Show”

Jun 23, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

‘NBC Sports’ soccer analyst Kyle Martino discusses the incredible draw between USA and Portugal, then looks forward to the match between Germany and the US. Martino thinks if the United States and Germany are close with around 15 minutes left, there’s a good chance they’ll put their guard down and play for a draw.’

  1. lyleoross - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Huh? Based on what score? So say, the US is up 1 to 0 (this is close) and they are going to play for a draw? Do these guys even think before the speak? Or perhaps by close they mean tied at 75 minutes. And at that point they will simply play it out for the tie? Maybe, but not really. If either side lets down, the other will happily score. No one is going to sit on that tie.

    Now, you might expect that one side or the other might push back into a more defensive posture to keep the other from scoring, like Mueller’s going to do that. The US might. It’s called the prevent defense in tackle football, and we all know how well that works. You put up a defensive posture against Germany and they will spank you.

  2. bdh75gunner - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    I interpret Martino to say that both teams are less interested in risking injuries and the Round of 16 should the game be ‘close’ (both teams are locked in to the 16.)

  3. drewvt6 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    I think if either coach is worried about cards or injuries, they put in the youngsters who are then so eager to prove themselves it becomes a goal fest rather than bore-ball.

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