Why the U.S. can go far in this World Cup (if refs stop stealing our goals)

The U.S. won their group, ahead of England, despite refs stealing two potential game-winning goals. The U.S. deserved to win by several goals today. The refs stole one goal, and players mishit several empty nets (once because two U.S. players hit the ball simultaneously). And the U.S. deserved a win over Slovenia, which was stolen by the refs when they disallowed a legitimate U.S. goal.

In short, we deserved victories over Slovenia and Algeria and a tie against England. That sounds like a top-10 team to me. Not a Brazil or Argentina or Spain, but a legitimate second-tier team that could defeat one of those teams on a good day.

Posted by James on Wednesday, June 23, 2010