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U.S. Soccer Team Bus Will Show No Flag

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Posted on May 5, 2006
U.S. Soccer
From Brooks Parkenridge / ussoccer.com

Taylor Twellman of the United States takes the ball in front of Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo moments before scoring a goal in Foxboro, Mass., last year. The U.S. World Cup soccer team will be the only team whose bus will not fly its national colors—because of security concerns.

If you want an idea of the America’s image in the world, consider this: of the 32 official buses transporting teams competing in soccer World Cup, only America’s will not bear its national flag—for security reasons.


AP via Fox Sports:

FRANKFURT, Germany - The official team bus to be used by the United States during the World Cup will not bear a flag for security reasons.

The 32 official buses were presented Thursday in Frankfurt and the other 31 buses have large national flags of the their teams painted on rear sides.

German and U.S. security officials came to the conclusion to leave the flag off the U.S. team bus, an official of the German organizing committee said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the topic.

The bus is predominantly blue in color.

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By frowning furiously, May 7, 2006 at 10:08 pm Link to this comment
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“so all a terrorist has to do is look for the bus without the flag? does anyone see the idiocy in this?”

even worse than that, what the hell happened to all of that amerikan machismo, that tough guy john wayne schtick - ‘walk tall be proud carry a big gun’ ???? the usa can napalm and firebomb and nuke innocent women and children in Iraq and Iran in order to steal their Oil but when it comes time to face the music, they try to hide ??

one word - pussies

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By anonymous, May 6, 2006 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
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I’d guess terrorists could figure out where the Americans are gonna be regardless.

As for harassment from the general public, it’s probably smart to be humble.  It’s not the players’ fault that the American flag represents a country ignorant enough to be led by war criminals.  Europeans probably recognize them better than we do.

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By drew, May 5, 2006 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment
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uhh…so all a terrorist has to do is look for the bus without the flag? does anyopne see the idiocy in this? i mean, does the security commitee actually believe that this will work?  i would have voted for anonimity for all team buses.

these guys are a bunch of fools.

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