Friday, June 18, 2010


Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 2:43 PM


If you didn't catch this morning's World Cup match between the U.S. and Slovenia, here's a quick recap:

Down 2-0 in the second half, the U.S. miraculously tied things up following an 82nd minute goal from Michael Bradley.

Less than three minutes later, the U.S. seemingly grabbed the lead after a Landon Donovan free kick found the left foot of Maurice Edu and ended up in the back of the Slovenian goal—all but locking up a second round appearance.

However, a foul offside mystery call from head referee Koman Coulibaly wiped the winning goal off of the scoreboard. Thus, perpetuating the belief that soccer referees possess too much control over the outcome of games.

As the Madonna mic would suggest, soccer officials believe they are the stars of the show and with every card-wielding arm lift, they want to make sure you know it.

It's challenging enough to stomach the fabricated drama that is as synonymous with the "sport" of soccer as shin guards and orange slices.

Players collapsing to the field as if they've stepped on an imaginary land mine following a mere ankle graze—which is, of course, followed by the desperate pleads for a penalty.

Subjective foul calls, phantom hand balls, incorrect offside calls—all of which are just accepted as "a part of the game."

Unlike the most popular sports here in the States (football, basketball, baseball, even hockey) that have adopted the use of replay in order to produce a fair and just outcome, there seems to be no movement of a similar sort in the "sport" of soccer.

And as long as soccer referees continue to smear the results of World Cup matches with horrific miscalls and players continue to fake injuries, Americans will continue to view it as more of an "act" than a sport.

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