Nobody loves blaming referees when things go wrong more than me. I grew up in Southern California but hated the Los Angeles Lakers, and I believe every title they've won in my lifetime - and Kobe Bryant's entire career - can be attributed to nothing more than favorable officiating.â†µ
So watching the USA-Slovenia game on Friday, like every other American fan out there, I promptly lost my mind when referee Koman Coulibaly inexplicably waved off Maurice Edu's goal that would have given the Yanks a 3-2 victory. It was an inexplicably bad call, summed up most succinctly by American coach Bob Bradley.â†µ
What I've heard is that there were three fouls in the box, and all of which were against Slovenia players.â†µ
However, upon further reflection, and more importantly, after Algeria managed to earn a tie against England later in the day, I realized that there should be no complaints coming from the American camp.â†µ
As commentator Alexi Lalas repeatedly pointed out, the referee didn't force team USA to give up two goals in the first half. The American defense needs to get a lot better very soon, and that's nobody's fault but their own.â†µ
Furthermore, with a win against Algeria, the United States punches its ticket to the round of 16. (If England doesn't fare well against Slovenia, the Americans could even advance with a tie.) If we can't pull off a single win in the group stage - bad call or no bad call - we don't deserve to advance.â†µ
So celebrate the comeback and be excited for the Algeria game, just leave Coulibaly out of this one.