One round down, only two more to go. We've established that Ireland is a powerhouse, Laos is a legit title defender, El Salvador can play disciplined defensive soccer and Poland is on a mission to prove they can win the big one. Tonight will show which of these teams has the talent to make it to Saturday's final pairing.
Ireland vs El Salvador, 8 p.m. - While El Salvador played much better than I thought they would against France, it's going to be a herculean task to knock off Ireland right now. Their offense is a force to be reckoned with and I'm not sure any other team in the tournament has the personnel to pull off whatever successful strategy is required. I hope El Salvador can shoot the lights out to make this thing close because Ireland will not be denied the net, but I really don't see it happening. Ireland wins 5-2.
Poland vs Laos, 10 p.m. - This game will be incredibly close and hard-fought. Poland is a superb defensive team and has won six straight games in convincing fashion. Laos is the defending champion that always finds a way to win the important games. Both have superb goaltenders and both have shown to be a little shaky when it comes to striker play. I think its a toss-up and whichever team prevails will have done so by beating an equally strong opponent. Because I've got to take a winner I'll choose the team I think wants it more by virtue of never having been to the show. Poland wins 3-2.