2010 World Cup: Was U.S. robbed by refs in draw against Slovenia?

Thanks to a furious comeback in the second half, the United States was able to draw with Slovenia in Friday’s World Cup match in Johannesburg. Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley each had goals to help the U.S. erase a 2-0 Slovenia lead and help Americas’ chances of advancing in the World Cup.

The thrilling finish was tempered, however, when a late goal by the U.S. (one in which could have won the game) was waived off by a referee.

From ESPN.com:

Donovan scored in the 48th minute and Michael Bradley, son of U.S. coach Bob Bradley, tied the score in the 82nd.

Second-half sub Maurice Edu appeared to put the U.S. ahead in the 86th, poking in close-range shot after Jozy Altidore headed Donovan’s free kick to him. But the goal was disallowed by referee Koman Couilibaly of Mali, apparently for a foul before Edu got the ball.

“I’m a little gutted to be honest,” Donovan 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.”

Slovenia (1-0-1) leads Group C with four points and would have qualified for the second round with a win.

The U.S. (0-0-2) is second with two points, followed by England (0-0-1) with one point, pending its match against Algeria (0-1) in Cape Town later Friday. The top two teams in the group advance.

I don’t know much about soccer (if anything), but it appears as though the U.S. was hosed by the call. An explanation of why the goal was not allowed would be nice.

Either way, the U.S. has put itself in position to advance if it can get a victory. (A loss by Slovenia wouldn’t hurt either.)


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