USA 2, Slovenia 2



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9 Responses

  1. Avatar Scott

    And people wonder why Americans don’t like soccer or whatever you call it. I hope I live to see the day when the US wins the World Cup and the rest of the world can flip off.Report

    • Avatar Mark Thompson in reply to Scott

      @Scott, Yes, because the refereeing in the NBA and MLB is perfectly competent and neutral.

      Anywho – why get angry with Slovenia? They played a fantastic and entertaining game that I can’t wait to watch without interruption when I get home.

      It’s not even that the ref was biased – his refusal to card Dempsey was inexplicable and he gave out yellows a little bit too easily to Slovenia (although his decision to card Findley was equally inexplicable, as was his decision not to give a red card to the defender on the “last man back” play).

      He was just a crappy, incompetent ref who has no business refereeing high profile international games (I am told his work in the ANC final was atrocious as well).

      Still – I think it’s a testament to the two teams that they played such a fantastic game in spite of the terrible referee. Indeed, they played so well that every non-American media outlet I’ve checked out is calling it the best game of the tournament.Report

  2. Avatar Michael Drew

    It was still an epic comeback. Both those goals were stellar. Also epic were the duration and depth of the officiating suckitude.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird

    Ties add a level of existentialism to sport that I am not deep enough to appreciate.

    “Who won?”

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