Friday, June 22, 2007

CONCACAF Gold Cup: Canada vs. USA (Canada got screwed)

Canada got screwed. USA just beat Canada 2-1 in a semi-final in the CONCACAF Gold cup. This means that USA goes to the final and will face the winner of Mexico and Guadalupe. The only problem is that Canada scored thier second goal in the fourth minute of injury time that should have tied the game, but the goal was disallowed when the line ref called offsides. It actually was not offsides because the pass was not by a Canadian player, the ball was headed by an American player to a Canadian player and he scored a goal that should have tied the game which should have gone to extra time.

Atiba Hutchinson put a shot past Keller, but Mexican referee Benito Archundia waved the goal off, saying the Canadian was offside. Replays showed the ball went off U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu, meaning the goal should have counted. Canadian players were visibly irate, and they vehemently argued to no avail with Archundia, who seconds later blew the final whistle. Canadian players and substitutes complained bitterly after the match. At one point, former Canadian Soccer Association chief operating officer Kevan Pipe - who is running the Chicago venue for CONCACAF - stepped in front of Canadian manager Morgan Quarry as he harangued the officials. Pipe was fired by the CSA last November.
It is sad that the officials had to fail in this situation. The game was great and I wanted to see more. Now I can't help but feel that the USA got a pass and should not really be in the Gold Cup final, but as they say... "that's football."

Source: AP, Fox Soccer Channel

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