The World Cup’s Unexpected Winners

Honesty goes a long way in sports, and lately there’s not been enough of it. So, starting now, it’s time to be honest about a few things in the football world. First and foremost, it’s okay to admit that the Americans have no business competing in the later rounds of the World Cup, and probably won’t make it there.

Any team calling football “soccer” has already lost out in world standings, so it’s a fair assessment to say that the US’s team is one of the lesser in contention. However, despite what you may or may not feel toward the American footballers, it’s good to be honest about the fashion in which they were robbed of their 3-2 match win.

After the US broke even with a draw vs. a talented England team, the Americans then went on to face Slovenia. Even gamblers had trouble with this one. Neither team is spectacular. But after Slovenia went up 2-0, any betting man would insist they were a shoo-in to dash the US round-two dreams early.

That money would be lost, however, as the resilient US team came back from down 0-2 to tie it up heading into the final minutes. Stick with a no download casino if you want solid odds; the World Cup offers up the truly unpredictable.

In the 85th minute of the game, Maurice Edu netted what would be the go-ahead goal, only to have official Koman Coulibaly disallow the goal by pointing to some vacant spot on the field and calling an absent foul.

Coulibaly never explained himself – and doesn’t have to, according to FIFA rules. Love the call or hate it, no one has been able to pinpoint what Koman called. There was no contact. There was no foul. Even still, the call’s as good as golden, and the US has to live with their draw.

But this signals a possible changing point. The US, while really still not expected to contend, have already earned a huge victory by making FIFA second guess their archaic system.

In a world overrun with digital media, featuring countless camera angles and high-definition views of all action, not having instant replay on the field in the World Cup—not even an AR to consult for a second opinion, moreover—seems intentionally backward and really stands contrary to FIFA’s “unification” vision.

The Americans having lost will not automatically drive FIFA to change, but it will get the ball rolling. If all nations are equal in the eyes of world football, then bad calls, petty grievances and personal vendettas cannot enter the picture. The World Cup has needed instant replay for the past few tournaments, and this should start the process of implementing it.

There’s no excuse not to have it. Nothing you can think of will be as bad as your favorite team, your country, having a win taken away. FIFA realizes this, and a change, even if minor, is imminent. The fans will be the true winners when it’s said and done.

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