MLS Referees Can Now Say They Are Better Than World Cup Referees

I'm not sure when the last time this happened (if ever) but at the conclusion of the USA v Slovenia match today I was left pining for the likes of Brian Hall, Abbey Okulaja, Terry Vaugh, and Kevin Stott. 

If FIFA is going to insist on assigning incompetent referees to World Cup matches it would not be a downgrade to include at least one American official for the tournament.  The referee of today's match, Koman Coulibaly, was supposedly Mali's top referee.  Was he better than anything you've ever seen in MLS?

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  • shocking that the ref could see a phantom foul against the US (by who?) but not see the 2 bear hug pull downs by slovenia

  • the foul was supposedly on Bocanegra

  • In reply to cesba:

    Bocanegra was in a headlock by slovenia player. not sure how the ref saw that as a foul

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I don't know how he saw anything but a Slovenian foul. Since FIFA won't officially say who the foul was against we're left to guess that it was against Boca.....since it couldn't be anything else. It couldn't have possibly been against Edu....that would be an even bigger joke.

  • Algeria-0 England-0
    All USA has to do is beat Algeria on Wednesday and they are through to the next round.

  • it would be a surprise if US and Slovenia advanced and England did not.

  • In reply to JohnG:

    That would be a huge surprise and the English tabloids will have a field day. The FA also just gave Capello an extension.

  • In reply to cesba:

    If both US and England win both go thru!

  • In reply to cesba:

    Looks like a lot of matches will be determined in the last round.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Sign the petition for the World Cup in the USA
    http://www.gousabid.com/

  • In reply to cesba:

    Yeah world cup in Indianapolis!

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    If USA is awarded, the USSF can change or add host cities.....so we still have a chance.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Yes! Then I'll back the bid.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Can't believe that we got robbed like that. Not only did we make the last game against Algeria super-crucial but some stupid countryman of Baky's(no offense Baky!) stopped what would have been one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history and stopped us from being a part of it. Blow out Algeria. Beat Serbia(or South Korea) and then Mexico and make the semis. And while Im in charge let Spain bounce back from the Swiss game and win it all so my bracket is perfect. BTW what was up with Slovenias goal celebrations? They really, reaaaaaaly bothered me.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I was too busy shouting expletives to be bothered by the goal celebration....

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Looks like FIFA is going to take some action and exclude Coulibaly from officiating another World Cup match although he could return as line judge.
    http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/world-cup/news/source-fifa-may-sit-slovenia-u-s-referee--fbintl_ro-referee061810.html
    Rogers seems to think that the call was made on Bradley for impeding a player from defending. Any explanation is silly since Bradley was blatantly being held.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    In an odd twist....it turns out Coulibaly was actually born on the 4th of July.

  • In reply to cesba:

    That just makes it hurt more.

  • Great response!

  • In reply to oliotya:

    I did get a chuckle out of that response too.

  • Amazingly, I have an afternoon presentation in St. Paul, MN on Wednesday. I'm going out with a non soccer fan and we're heading to some place called the Sweetwater Grille (as recommended by Soccer America) to catch the Group C action. This guy is going to be blown away by the atmosphere when we score.

  • From the Oliver Stone file:

    Mssr. Koolibolly was sitting around the ref lounge when he overheard someone with the organizing committee repeat that they were worried the US would advance to the next round because Pres. Obama was going to come out for the game. They said they would do anything to stop that organizational nightmare. Eyes meet, fade to black...

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Luckily there was no grassy knoll or second whistle involved.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    coulibaly couldnt even look at our players when they were asking (in multiple languages) for an explanation. a petition should be made for that

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Everybody should bombard FIFA with letters and e-mails over Coulibaly. EMail FIFA at: http://www.fifa.com/contact/validate.htmx

  • In reply to oliotya:

    btw - anyone speak French?

    http://www.101greatgoals.com/videodisplay/6027842/

  • In reply to oliotya:

    or even better, this one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II-rU0FquhE

  • In reply to oliotya:

    I think they're saying "The French National team is a mess. Domenech is a clown and our players are selfish morons." ;)

  • In reply to oliotya:

    when the going gets tough, the US makes a comeback, and the French quit the team

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