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ESPN’s Tommy Smyth: The US Women Couldn’t “Hit The Broad Side Of A Barn With A Cannon”

The day after the US Women’s soccer team lost to Japan, after seemingly having the game in hand, there seems to be a tentativeness among some members of the media to be hard on them for giving up a late lead. There is no such tentativeness for ESPN soccer analyst Tommy Smyth.

Smyth, the bald Irishman whose media appearances are a highlight of any World Cup, appeared on Mike and Mike this morning to discuss the US loss. He stopped short of saying the US Women choked (which they didn’t – they may have made a strategic error in refusing to drop more players back on defense in the final minutes of stoppage time with a 2-1 lead, but that’s not choking). But what he did say is that the US women couldn’t “hit the broad side of a barn with a cannon” during penalty kicks.

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  • Hope Solos Dead Father

    They absolutely choked.  I’ve got a new nickname for them Choke Solo.

  • DmN33

    Smyth is an old fool nonetheless. This morning he’s eating crow after mocking reporter Jorge Ramos on July 1st for picking Uruguay to win the Copa America, and pointing out both Brazil and Argentina could be in trouble.

     (ESPN Copa America preview show: http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/6721221/michael-cox-previews-south-america-premier-tournament )

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