World Football Update - Jul 12th 2011
Bulldog open at 9.30am tomorrow for Womens World Cup & much more!
Jon Forget
Jul 12th 2011
Football Fans,

     What a week we have in store for us with the culmination of the Womens World Cup, Copa America Quarterfinals, the start of the World Football Challenge, and plenty of MLS action.  Our week starts this evening with the final group stage matches for Group C in the Copa America competition.  Surprise leaders of Group C, Chile, face second place Peru in South Americas Pacific coast Clasico.  This match is followed by Uruguay taking on Mexico in the early evening.  Uruguay were heavy favorites to win their group, but find themselves needing a victory to ensure they advance to the Quarterfinals.  Mexico will be hungry for the win, since they have suffered losses in both of their earlier matches.  Wednesday afternoon and evening concludes the Group stage of Copa America with Paraguay facing Venezuela, and Brazil taking on Ecuador.  In a strange twist Brazil are off to a slow start, and without a win in their final match they may miss out on the Quarterfinals.  Captain Lucio has called for his side to be more serious, and take responsibility for their play.  The Quarterfinals for Copa America fall Saturday and Sunday, and no matter who advances, it should make for some very exciting football indeed.

     I pity the fool who didnt watch the USWNT take on Brazil this past Sunday!  In a game for the ages our Womens National team overcame a 2-1 deficit, and playing a woman down for the majority of the match, to beat the Brazilians on penalties.  Even more dramatic was the equalizer, headed home by Abby Wambach, that came in added stoppage time of the extra time period.  We watch this game for moments like these, and emotionally this is about as high as it gets.  Those of you that can make it down to the Bulldog on Wednesday morning should wear your colors in support of our American women, as they attempt to once again advance to the Womens World Cup Final.  Their opponent, France, had a dramatic win over England to earn their Semifinal berth.  It will be another tough test for the USA, but after Sundays win these gals know they are more than capable of hoisting the Cup again.  The Bulldog will open the doors at 9:30am, a half hour before kick off, so get in early to find your spot.  The other Semifinal kicks off at lunchtime with Japan facing Sweden.  Japan surprised everyone by beating Germany, who were the winners of the two previous Cups, and playing on home turf as well.  Sweden is full of confidence, and upstart Japan will certainly have their hands full with them.  The third place match of the WWC will be Saturday morning.  The Final falls on Sunday at 12:45pm, lets keep our fingers crossed for the USWNT to take the whole thing!

     The World Football Challenge kicks off this week, with the New England Revolution facing Manchester United at Gillette Stadium.  It speaks volumes about the rise of the American game that so many top European Clubs train and prepare here in the States against our domestic teams.  Sir Alex Ferguson had a bit to say on it in a recent interview:  “As we experienced last season and with the rise in United States soccer, were expecting a difficult game. Last year all of the games were very, very tough."  The WFC will take place over the next few weeks, with the highlight match taking place on July 30th at Fed Ex field in Washington D.C.  Manchester United will face Barcelona in a rematch of the Champions League Final, in front of more than 80,000 fans (see below for details).

     Our hometown boys, the Colorado Rapids, travel to Qwest field to take on Seattle in a Saturday afternoon clash.  The Rapids are coming off a 2-1 win over Vancouver, and will have their work cut out for them to get a result against a streaking Sounders side.  Seattle sits in second place in the West, eight points ahead of our Rapids.  The Rapids do have a game in hand, so any points here would be big.  The Bulldog will be featuring $3 20oz Coors Lights and $5 20oz Carlsbergs for the extent of the match.  Don your colors and make your way down to the Bulldog for some pints and song, this should be a good one!
 
Tuesday July 11th
Chile v Peru 4:15pm (Copa America)
Uruguay v Mexico 6:45pm (Copa America)

Wednesday July 12th
USAFrance 10am (Womens World Cup Semi-Final)
Japan v Sweden 12:45pm (Womens World Cup Semi-Final)
Paraguay v Venezuela 4:15pm (Copa America)
New England v Manchester United 6pm (World Football Challenge)
Brazil v Ecuador 6:45pm (Copa America)

Saturday July 16th
Third Place Match 9:30am (Womens World Cup)
Liverpool v Malaysian All Stars 11:30am (Friendly Tape Delay)
Quarterfinal Copa America Teams TBA 1pm 
Seattle v Colorado 2pm (MLS Away Game Viewing Party)
Vancouver v Salt Lake 2pm (MLS)
Quarterfinal Copa America 4:15pm 
Columbus v San Jose 5:30pm (MLS)
Club America v Manchester City 6pm (World Football Challenge)
Chicago v Portland 6:30pm (MLS)
Houston v Kansas 6:30pm (MLS)
Dallas v D.C. United 6:30pm (MLS)
Los Angeles Galaxy v Real Madrid 8pm (World Football Challenge)
Chivas v New York 8:30pm (MLS)

Sunday July 17th
Womens World Cup Final 12:45pm 
Quarterfinal Copa America 1pm 
Quarterfinal Copa America 4:15pm
New England v Philly 5:00pm (MLS)

Monday July 18th
Vancouver v Man City 8pm (World Football Challenge)

Manchester United v Barcelona:  The rematch will occur on July 30th at Fed Ex field in Washington D.C., and the Bulldog Supporters Group has obtained tickets to this epic match.  In addition our Colorado Rapids will be playing in Philadelphia (a short train ride from D.C.) the night before.  If you are interested in attending either match please reach out to me for ticketing info at britishbulldogfc@gmail.com, or check the events page at bulldogsupporters.com .  

Bulldog Supporters Group:  www.bulldogsupporters.com  Do you love futbol, beer, tailgates, bus trips, singing songs and chants, and supporting your team with other knowledgeable fans?  If you said yes to any of these questions then the BSG is your club.  Passionate about World Football, and improving the atmosphere at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, I encourage you to get involved!                         

2011 Formula 1 Grand Prix:  Formula 1 is the ultimate in sports car racing, and the Bulldog is proud to host fans of the Worlds greatest racing series.  The series returns to action with the German Grand Prix on Sunday July 24th.  In addition the Bulldog has created a Fantasy Formula 1 League for the discerning fan:  follow this link to create your team, and type in the league name and password to join our private mini-league.  (http://gpedition.speedfantasyracing.com )
The league name is: British Bulldog F1 Challenge
The password is: poleposition
 
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 Poker Nights:  Every Wednesday (9pm) and Sunday (6pm) the British Bulldog is hosting a poker tournament.  The game is Texas Holdem.  In addition to $3 Pinnacle vodka drinks(Wed.), $2.50 Bud and Bud Light, and our regular 10-12 Late Night Happy Hour, there are also house prizes for the winner and the runner up.  Our in house dealer, Keith, will be here every week to host.

British Bulldog Queries and Info:  contact Wendi Reed at toffeegirl8@gmail.com

Three Lions Queries and Info:  contact Jon Forget at threelionsusa@gmail.com

Cheers everyone!
-Jon

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