After so many blown calls during the 2010 FIFA World Cup fans across the globe began crying out for new technology to be implemented. It didn’t look like FIFA was going to budge on issue, taking a page out of Bud Selig’s handbook. That was until a blown call on a missed goal cost one of the major soccer nation’s in the world, England.
During the England – Germany match that took place during the first knockout round, England’s Frank Lampard struck a shot that hit the crossbar, bounced down across the line and then back out of the goal. It should have been the tying goal, but instead was not counted as neither the referee nor the lines judge was a proper position to call the goal.
Days prior to this other nations had been wronged by the officials including the United States, who had two goals disallowed during their run in the World Cup. Our neighbors to the south, Mexico were scored against by Argentina’s Carlos Tevez headed the ball into their net from an offside position that everyone, except the refs, saw on the instant replay. Now to be fair, the calls made against the United States and Mexico were all calls relating to offsides or fouls inside the area, never a clearly disallowed goal like the one taken away from England.
The point of all this is that the FIFA’s lack of a response to anything until England was wronged shows that the United States isn’t respected as a soccer nation. Which is an ugly truth that the diehard soccer fans in this county don’t want to admit. But it is the truth.
Let’s be honest for a second. Our best players don’t even stay in this country to play in the MLS. They leave for teams in Europe. And it’s not like major networks are fighting over the rights to games either. Heck, NASCAR gets more national television time than the MLS. Even when they playoffs start and teams are going after the MLS Cup, you hardly see games on television or even coverage on Sports Center. I’m not sure when or if you will ever see soccer become a “mainstream” sport in the United States, and I think that may be why FIFA chose not to act until now.