Wednesday, June 23, 2010

U.S. Defeats Algeria Despite More Referee Shenanigans

Cheers erupted in the cafeteria when Landon Donovan scored the game winning goal to give the U.S. a 1-0 victory over Algeria and advance it to the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup.

The U.S. had actually scored a goal earlier in the game but once again a referee disallowed the goal. Last Friday, the U.S. was denied what would have been a game winning goal against Slovenia and had to settle for a 2-2 tie. As was the case on Friday, the official made the wrong call. Had Donovan not scored the goal another tie would have eliminated the U.S. from the World Cup altogether.

The U.S. is scheduled to play on Saturday against the second place finisher in Group D which is most likely going to be either Germany or Ghana.

Either the officiating is incompetent or it is intentionally anti-American. Whatever the reason, I have a feeling this won't be the last time a referee will become an issue for the U.S. team. After all, things do come in threes.

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