Tuesday, June 10, 2008

As if they needed the help

On this past Sunday night the US Men's National Team took on FIFA #1 Argentina in a friendly match leading up to World Cup qualifying play. The US had played England and Spain in the weeks before, and had really looked sub-par at best. In contrast, they played a powerful, energized game against Argentina's A-squad.
It was a back-and-forth game until the 70th minute when Pablo Mastroeni was inexplicably given his second yellow card - and sent off. What's the explanation? Is there one? Apparently, after a foul and booking of Maurice Edu, Mastroeni picked up the ball and through it to his teammate. This was apparently in an effort to waste time. The fact is that Argentina was making a substitution and wouldn't be playing the ball for about 1 minute anyway. Once again, a referee tried to make an example and ruined a game. Thanks, Joel Aguilar.
On another note, the US team started a center back named Califf who played very well. I would actually say the game ball, for a field player, goes to Heath Pierce. Very impressive.

3 comments:

Seamus said...

Two soccer posts in a row? If you complete the trifecta then I'm going to have to revoke all rights and privileges inferred upon you to the name "Section 50".

B said...

It's not my fault. We are in a void of sport in America and I went with what I knew. Who cares about horse racing or the "shocking news" that NBA games are fixed? I'll give you a gratuitous Auburn football post if that's what you want...

Seamus said...

Wha? NBA games are fixed!?!?! Can't be.