Video shows a great United States soccer comeback in the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Slovenia was ruined by a very controversial call from referee Koman Coulibaly. How controversial was the call against the Americans? Let’s just say it looked as if Team USA was on it’s way to a 3-2 victory when Koman Coulibaly disallowed a goal from the Americans in the final stages. Team USA soccer ended up settling for a 2-2 tie after an incredible comeback.
With the score knotted at 2, video shows American Maurice Edu appeared to have put in the go ahead goal off a free kick from Landon Donovan late in the second half-but Koman Coulibaly called a foul on the United States. What was the foul that ref Koman Coulibaly called? It appears we or the team will never know the answer to that question.
Donovan was asked at the conclusion of the contest, which resulted instead in a 2-2 tie, what happened and perhaps what Koman Coulibaly had called. Donovan and coach Bob Bradley seemed confused about what Koman Coulibaly was calling on the United States. The Koman Coulibaly call video will no doubt be studied by United States fans for some time to come. The bottom line is Team USA now needs to beat Algeria to advance into the round of 16 following an England and Algeria 0-0 tie this afternoon.
You can see the Koman Coulibaly call video here that resulted in a winning goal being disallowed in a pivotal World Cup contest. The Maurice Edu goal that was disallowed took place in the 86th minute. It would have marked the final stage of a miraculous United States comeback after trailing 2-0 at the half. Should video replay be installed to avoid such controversial calls in the world of soccer? We have seen the addition of replay in several sporting events in the United States but it seems to slow the game down. I can’t imagine the traditionalists for the FIFA World Cup would even hint at using video replay. The unfortunate thing is the Koman Coulibaly call took away a win from the United States. Not only does Slovenia get a point for the tie, but the United States gets just 1 points instead of 3 for the tie. That means they most likely would have punched their ticket into the round of 16 already today considering England has lost.
This Koman Coulibaly call will forever be painfully etched into the minds of United States fans and soccer players. The fortunate news is that the Americans still have an opportunity to decide their own fate with a win against Algeria. It might be controversial but Team USA needs to move on very quickly from this in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. A win gets the United States in contention for bigger and better things-whether or not they will be in the first place or second place slot out of this group.