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LuckyTiger
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Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour

Primarily because our stupid US Soccer Federation posted a defaced Iranian flag as a virtue signal. They’re playing politics with our team and creating nothing but a distraction.







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Gregg Berhalter, the United States coach, and captain Tyler Adams issued a double apology to Iran during an extraordinary press conference in which he was tackled by journalists on racism in the US, his country’s immigration policy, inflation and the US military fleet in the Persian Gulf.

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An already charged political backdrop was ignited on Sunday after the US Football Federation posted a picture of the Iranian flag without the symbol of Allah, sparking a formal complaint from the Iran Football Federation and a demand from some media outlets that USA are thrown out of the tournament.

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Berhalter made no attempt to defend the Instagram posting - or indeed hide an internal rift over the issue - and immediately apologised and said that it was nothing to do with him or the players. He then issued a second apology after an Iranian journalist corrected his pronunciation of Iran during an astonishing series of pointed questions on social and economic problems in the US.

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To applause from Iranian journalists, manager Carlos Queiroz had himself earlier delivered a long monologue in which he referenced children being shot in schools - a major issue in America - while arguing that the lesson of the World Cup should be to focus on the “90 minutes to make people happy”. “This World Cup will, I hope, be a good lesson for us in the future that our mission here is to create entertainment and at least for 90 minutes make people happy.”

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Berhalter duly then found himself fielding question after question on issues in American politics and society. Asked about the “disrespectful” and “unprofessional” flag incident, Berhalter said: “We had no idea about what US Soccer put out. All we can do is apologise on behalf of the players and staff. It is not something we are part of. Some things are out of our control. We don't want to sound aloof, not caring - all of our thoughts are with the Iranain people, the whole team, everyone - but our focus is on the match.”

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Adams, sat next to Berhalter, was then asked whether he was “OK to be representing a country which has so much discrimination against black people”. He answered: “There is discrimination everywhere you go. In the US we are continuing to make progress every day. I grew up in a white family with an African-American background. Education is super important. You educated me now on the pronouncement of your country.”

I think it’s important to note that Adams is a 22 year old captain who was tossed a softball to bash his country and instead he handled it with measured but pointed maturity and skill.
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Another question had begun by asking “why does your government not take away its military fleet from the Persian Gulf?” while another journalist wanted to know why, as an American, Berhalter was “more than welcome” in Iran but that people with an Iranian passport could not automatically enter the USA. “I don’t know enough about politics - I’m a soccer coach - I’m not well versed on international politics so I can’t comment on that,” said Berhalter, who added that sport can bring people together to “compete as brothers”.

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The problem of inflation in America was also asked in the context of whether USA fans “do not support you or do not care about the team”.


You give political, you get political.

Maybe just focus on the game?


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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
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“I don’t know enough about politics - I’m a soccer coach - I’m not well versed on international politics so I can’t comment on that,”

The anti-Kerr


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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
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US Soccer Federation posted a defaced Iranian flag as a virtue signal.


Its soccer.


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The anti-Kerr/Popovich


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ezride25
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
Member when trump was running around ruining our international street cred?

Good times.


LuckyTiger
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
True but that’s typically something done by fans.


tiger1616
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
They handled that as good as they possibly could, kudos to them. It’s stupid for them to take these questions and I really liked the coach’s response. Also the irony of fielding these questions from an IRANIAN journalist over human rights issues etc when they have a tyrant as a “leader” that kills girls who protest is astounding.


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ProjectP2294
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
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To applause from Iranian journalists, manager Carlos Queiroz had himself earlier delivered a long monologue in which he referenced children being shot in schools - a major issue in America


Yes, some minute percentage of kids get shot in schools by crazy people and it's definitely the same or worse than government sanctioned human rights violations.

frick off I-ran.


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notsince98
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
So more proof that nike and USSF is behind all this shite and not the players (other than maybe a backup GK).


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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
Whatever rogue, virtue-signaling agents in the USSF are going to get shit-canned.

I guarantee you this is also a reaction to FIFA coming down on teams for potentially offending Qatar.


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SlowFlowPro
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
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So more proof that nike and USSF is behind all this shite and not the players

Who thought the players were behind a social media post by the USSF account?

It appears this was a rogue person/group within USSF who did this without any approval.


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I guarantee you this is also a reaction to FIFA coming down on teams for potentially offending Qatar.

Definitely.

It’s caused problems and distractions for other teams too, particularly Germany.


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Alt26
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
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Primarily because our stupid US Soccer Federation posted a defaced Iranian flag as a virtue signal.


And I'm sure it was terribly effective. Reports were that after the virtue signal the Iranian government immediately banned the practice of Islam and completely gave women full equal rights.


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And I'm sure it was terribly effective. Reports were that after the virtue signal the Iranian government immediately banned the practice of Islam and completely gave women full equal rights.


Kind of like how all those statues and street name changes saved us all. Oh, don’t forget about the Peace Pick…


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Giantkiller
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
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Member when trump was running around ruining our international street cred?



I know what you're trying to do here, but just for the record, a Trump minded soccer coach would have told these gotcha questions to frick right off.


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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
I would have just said, " I don't know anything about this flag issue, but I'm more than happy to settle this on the field tomorrow night."


Giantkiller
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
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I would have just said, " I don't know anything about this flag issue, but I'm more than happy to settle this on the field tomorrow night."



He is probably doing what he has to in order to not get his fricking head cut off on youtube.

USA should have boycotted these games. This is all bull shite.


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TigerAxeOK
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
I always find it humorous and ironic when China and goat raper countries chastise the US for racism and human rights violations.


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Mickey Goldmill
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
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I think it’s important to note that Adams is a 22 year old captain who was tossed a softball to bash his country and instead he handled it with measured but pointed maturity and skill.



Agreed


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winkchance
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re: Day Before Their Biggest Match Today, US Soccer Team Took Political Questions For An Hour
Well, they should have to explain why they can criticize the USA for slavery that ended in the 1860s while they play and get paid for playing in a country that has actual slaves working outside the stadium.


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