Like most Americans, I am ambivalent toward soccer. Sure I played it as a youth. But now I’m a grown up. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great game to play especially for kids. Lots of running around with minimal contact. That means moms love it (hence the term “Soccer Mom”). And the low scoring is great with the self-esteem crowd. Lot’s of ties and chances to say “Nice try, Ian”. But as an adult game it lacks a lot of what appeals to Americans. Contact, high scoring and strategy. That’s why we like Football and Baseball. Lots of these elements.
That being said I do appreciate the World Cup as a premier sporting event. I also like the international aspect of the competition. Good stuff. But nothing gets me fired up faster than poor officiating. At this level there is no excuse for it.
The American team was robbed today plain and simple. After digging themselves an early hole, they fought back against a determined Slovenia. Then late in the game they scored the game winner, only to have the goal taken away by a the referee. Disallowing a goal for anything less than a capital crime is unheard of. I guess the thought of the Americans advancing was too much for him. It’s a shame because a World Cup win by America would be the biggest boost the sport could EVER get. Much bigger than say by … Slovenia.