World Cup 2010: USA Robbed!
If you’re an American, the World Cup in South Africa might leave you feeling a little bitter today. The Americans were robbed by a disallowed goal called by the referee in a crucial match against Slovenia, the group leader. The game ended 2-2 and the Americans earned their one point, but they should have had 3 points making them the leaders of the group and surely a spot to the next round.
Why? Who? What? Where?
After going down 2-0 and fighting back to make the score 2-2 in the late stages of the game, USA scored their 3rd goal from a Landon Donovan free kick that was crossed into the goal crease and poked in by Maurice Edu. However, referee Koman Couiibaly of Mali disallowed the goal.
"I'm a little gutted to be honest," Landon said. "I don't know how they stole that last goal from us. I'm not sure what the call was. He (the referee) wouldn't tell us what the call was."
After the game ended in the 2-2 tie, there is some speculation of a conspiracy. After questioning of why the goal was disallowed, answers were given that there was a foul away from the play just before the goal. However, upon review there was nothing picked up by the video cameras, and there are a lot of video cameras. Could it be that the referee just didn’t want the Americans to win the game?
The tie will make it very difficult for USA to advance to the next round of the World Cup. Slovenia still leads the group with 4 points and England is the other group contender who will probably gain full points and advance. The USA can still advance but they are going to need some help and a lot of goals in their last game against Algeria.