Olympic Soccer: U.S. tops Japan for gold medal

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Carli Lloyd scored two goals as the United States women's soccer team held off Japan, 2-1, in the gold medal match Thursday evening in London.

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Aug 9, 2012
 
I think both teams played great and fought hard to win.

However, that handball by Tobin Heath was the most blatant I have ever seen live (admittedly I don't watch *that* much soccer). She sticks out her arm and knocks it down to herself, allowing her to control it and kick it out of the penalty box. The ref should have clearly spotted as it came from a free kick and not during the chaos that accompanies a typical race towards the goal.

That would probably likely have been a penalty kick and goal for Japan. Certainly was unlucky for Japan. Just as the it was unlucky for Canada that the call went that other way against them. I don't think it's a conspiracy to help the US to win, but I'm sure tin-hatted people will be foaming at the mouth over this. I think either having more officials or video-replay during high level matches would help alleviate these type of blown calls.
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Fishes wrote:
I think both teams played great and fought hard to win.
However, that handball by Tobin Heath was the most blatant I have ever seen live (admittedly I don't watch *that* much soccer). She sticks out her arm and knocks it down to herself, allowing her to control it and kick it out of the penalty box. The ref should have clearly spotted as it came from a free kick and not during the chaos that accompanies a typical race towards the goal.
That would probably likely have been a penalty kick and goal for Japan. Certainly was unlucky for Japan. Just as the it was unlucky for Canada that the call went that other way against them. I don't think it's a conspiracy to help the US to win, but I'm sure tin-hatted people will be foaming at the mouth over this. I think either having more officials or video-replay during high level matches would help alleviate these type of blown calls.
This caption forgot to add " ref again helps US win gold ". No conspiracy my rear end. I am just glad to see that an American isn't going to deny that should have been a penalty kick. I just saw the replay and that had to be one of the most blatant hand balls in the penalty area I have seen in the 35+ years I have watched and 20+ years I have played this game. Like you said, there is no reason that this should have been missed as it came directly off a free kick. I guess maybe the ref in this game was waiving to the Norwegian ref in the stands or maybe to FIFA president Sepp Blatter so she could get paid off as well? Too bad such a well played tournament will be remembered just as much for some brutal calls as it will be for some very high quality soccer.

I agree that having instant replay and also goal line technology would be welcome additions to the game, however, I don't think more officials are required, rather just the best referees for the most important games whether for women's or men's games. I think FIFA needs to take women's soccer more seriously and IT needs to be investigated rather than the Canadian women who made justified comments after such a horribly refereed game against the US. The sad thing is the ref for the gold medal game today was in the World Cup last year and did a much better job.

I can't prove there was a conspiracy for the US, however, the US/Canada game was by far the worst ref'd game ever from start to finish. Corners given when they weren't, free kicks not given to both sides on many occasions and of course that call that you never see. I counted a couple of times when Hope Solo for the US held the ball for 8-10 seconds but no call? Gee something smells if you ask me.
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US commits a blatant handball. No call. No free kickk, no Penalty The power of
economics, racism, corruption. They rob Canada and now Japan and then celebrate as if they have accomplished something
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Fair and square wrote:
US commits a blatant handball. No call. No free kickk, no Penalty The power of
economics, racism, corruption. They rob Canada and now Japan and then celebrate as if they have accomplished something
Should we really be surprised by this my friend? I certainly am not. Do you remember the 2002 winter Olympics in the women's gold medal game when the US ref called 12 or 13 straight penalties against us? I wanted to jump into the TV that day and see what the ref was smoking or drinking. Likely was smoking some green $$$$ bills. The only difference between that game and the one on Monday, besides the nationality of the ref ( she is likely half American ), was that we still won that hockey game against the US. Made them look pretty stupid since they were apparently stepping on the Canadian flag before the game to which Hayley Wickenhesier replied " maybe now they would like to sign it ". Boy that was sweet.

Yes the government is corrupt, yes they are the most powerful country in the world but let me caution you against generalizing that they are all racist because that is not true or fair. Unfortunately I have seen numerous racist comments on here, some from Americans but some from other countries as well. We don't need to stoop to the same levels. Just like the boxing which has favoured the Brits during these games, and cost Custio Clayton a medal ( this cheating in boxing goes back to the 1984 Olympics in L.A. when an American beat a Canadian and even the American fans booed because they know the decision was a gift ), you have to realize that we are a small nation compared to the US, China etc.

I was watching the medal ceremony today for the soccer and you could see that outspoken tramp Hope Solo almost laughing as she was singing the American national anthem. What does that tell you? And she is not the best goalie in the world as she looked pretty ordinary against the Canadians and in this tournament. She is a decent goalie and NOT a team player after saying 4 years ago ( not sure if it was the World Cup or the Olympics ) that they would have won if she had been in net. She has also publicly criticized even American commentators. Someone needs to shut that b*&^h up!!!!!

The IOC and/or FIFA wanted a rematch of the World Cup last year to fill up Wembley Stadium and they got it. I hope they are happy. More importantly the Canadian women likely inspired a generation of young girls to get involved in soccer and like coach John Herdman said they will win it all in 2015 when the World Cup comes to Canada. At least we have the best player in the world in Christine Sinclair. Yes she is better all around than Abbey Wambach because she is not only a goal scorer but also a play maker which is rare. Wambach is good on headers and that's it. Oh ya and she is very dirty and good at going in cleat first. Just ask Sinclair about that after Monday's game.

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Fair and square wrote:
US commits a blatant handball. No call. No free kickk, no Penalty The power of
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Canada was ROBBED !
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Canada was ROBBED !
Yes and so was Japan. That is what happens when you are the richest, most powerful and corrupt country in the world!!!!!!!!!! Hey the ladies recovered and won the bronze. We will show the world in 2015 World Cup in Canada. At least we have the best female player in the world in Sinclair. Far better than Wambach and much cleaner!!!!!!! And I think Wambach might be a man in disguise. God she looks masculine.
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Fishes wrote:
I think both teams played great and fought hard to win.
However, that handball by Tobin Heath was the most blatant I have ever seen live (admittedly I don't watch *that* much soccer). She sticks out her arm and knocks it down to herself, allowing her to control it and kick it out of the penalty box. The ref should have clearly spotted as it came from a free kick and not during the chaos that accompanies a typical race towards the goal.
That would probably likely have been a penalty kick and goal for Japan. Certainly was unlucky for Japan. Just as the it was unlucky for Canada that the call went that other way against them. I don't think it's a conspiracy to help the US to win, but I'm sure tin-hatted people will be foaming at the mouth over this. I think either having more officials or video-replay during high level matches would help alleviate these type of blown calls.
Front page news in the British tabloids today. Norwegian ref cousin of US head coach Pia Sundhage and ref for gold medal game against Japan revealed to be assistant coach for US. This probably has more truth than all the garbage they write in the tabloids in the US or Britain. Hopefully these 2 refs are put out to pasture by FIFA so they can gain some f*&^ing credibility.
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trokosky alentoun wrote:
thos chinks cant play soccer its not karati
Not surprised you hid your location you piece of garbage. No racist comments needed on here. If you have nothing intelligent to say, then shut the hell up. Won't be hearing from you I guess. Nice spelling you racist prick. By the way, the game should have gone into extra time if that blatant hand ball was called on the US in the first half today. And second, the Japanese are as technically sound as any team in the world with all their players able to handle the ball with both feet and are very quick. They also won the World Cup last year. Is this soour grapes from that game????? Why would even make a comment on here like this as it just shows what kind of gutless human being you are hiding your nationality.
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Fair and square wrote:
US commits a blatant handball. No call. No free kickk, no Penalty The power of
economics, racism, corruption. They rob Canada and now Japan and then celebrate as if they have accomplished something
The Canadians showed they can play with the best teams in the world as they lost to Japan 1-0, tied Sweden ( who is ranked 4th in the world ) and when you look at things objectively they beat the US 3-2. At least we have the best player in the world in Christine Sinclair but we need to get a proper goalie to replace McLeod who was very inconsistent in the tournament.

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Love how a team is blamed for the ref not calling things. I mean, women's soccer is SO HUGE in America that these ladies have enough power to influence refs to make these non-calls, in another country. Man, I wish Canada had more than a whole 40 minutes after that call to score and win... Oh wait, they did, and STILL couldn't end it.

Also pretty funny how this same missed call happened quite a few times in games NOT involving the American team, but let's just ignore that.

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Love how a team is blamed for the ref not calling things. I mean, women's soccer is SO HUGE in America that these ladies have enough power to influence refs to make these non-calls, in another country. Man, I wish Canada had more than a whole 40 minutes after that call to score and win... Oh wait, they did, and STILL couldn't end it.

Also pretty funny how this same missed call happened quite a few times in games NOT involving the American team, but let's just ignore that.
It seems like the money Americans can make has made the US Olympians more cut throat . A Canadian gold medal does not set up financially in Canada like it does in the USA . I don't blame any athlete ! It is what it is .
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Skorchie wrote:
Love how a team is blamed for the ref not calling things. I mean, women's soccer is SO HUGE in America that these ladies have enough power to influence refs to make these non-calls, in another country. Man, I wish Canada had more than a whole 40 minutes after that call to score and win... Oh wait, they did, and STILL couldn't end it.
Also pretty funny how this same missed call happened quite a few times in games NOT involving the American team, but let's just ignore that.
They would not have needed to score to win the game had it not been for that call in the 80th minute that pretty much handed the US the tying goal. I have to admit they looked pretty sloppy on the winning goal as all they had to do was clear the ball but couldn't. Just curious if you watched any of the game against Japan yesterday? The hand ball in the box on the US player off the free kick? Where do you suppose the ref was looking to have missed that call? Maybe at the president of FIFA? Even 2 Americans commented on here how blatant that was. I would be ashamed to accept a gold medal if I was on that American team. Did you see Hope Solo laughing during the American national anthem. I would laugh too if I knew that 2 teams I played were robbed of a better result. Anyhow, the IOC and FIFA should be happy that they got the rematch they wanted and filled Wembley Stadium.
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It seems like the money Americans can make has made the US Olympians more cut throat . A Canadian gold medal does not set up financially in Canada like it does in the USA . I don't blame any athlete ! It is what it is .
Yes but counting out loud like Abbey Wambach did to help the ref make that 6 second call is simply poor sportsmanship and nothing else. I guess she saw the game slipping away and was desperate for any advantage. Likely her and that Norwegian ref are good friends anyhow or she is related to the US coach.
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Fishes wrote:
I think both teams played great and fought hard to win.
However, that handball by Tobin Heath was the most blatant I have ever seen live (admittedly I don't watch *that* much soccer). She sticks out her arm and knocks it down to herself, allowing her to control it and kick it out of the penalty box. The ref should have clearly spotted as it came from a free kick and not during the chaos that accompanies a typical race towards the goal.
That would probably likely have been a penalty kick and goal for Japan. Certainly was unlucky for Japan. Just as the it was unlucky for Canada that the call went that other way against them. I don't think it's a conspiracy to help the US to win, but I'm sure tin-hatted people will be foaming at the mouth over this. I think either having more officials or video-replay during high level matches would help alleviate these type of blown calls.
Not more officials just better ones who know what the F&^k they are doing and have refereed before!!!!!!!!!! FIFA should be investigated by an independent committee to see how they could let this happen. Another black eye for soccer amongst the many scandals past and present. What a disgrace for the world's most popular sport. While they are at, they need to do something about the excessive diving in the men's game like yellow cards after one warning.

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True, to a point, but you're leaving out European, Brazilian, and Asian countries where that analogy works as well. I mean, there's a reason most good American soccer players, man or woman, do NOT actually play professionally in the U.S., instead sign with teams in the aforementioned countries.

Compare these two league salaries for an example of what I'm saying:

MLS (American Pro Soccer - Men) http://www.mlsplayers.org/files/August%201,%2...

Barclays Premier League (European Pro Soccer - Men) http://www.trophy4toon.co.uk/salaries.html

Pretty clear, that doing well in the Olympics can get you signed to a Euro pro league, for WAY more money than signing here in the U.S.

Also women's soccer in the U.S.(WPS) has folded due to lack of funds, as well as other numerous issues. Point is, there is no money here for women soccer players, as women's soccer is dead in the U.S. They have the same opportunities as Canadian, Brazilian, European, African, Korean, etc. men/women, to be signed, and make their money in NON-U.S. countries, as they pay way more than we would if there even was a league for them anymore. If it's endorsements you're talking about, there are tons of non-American athletes who get paid large sums of money by Nike, Addidas, Rebok, UnderArmor, etc.

Point being, you assume that in this specific case, the American women winning the gold means the U.S. will pay them outrageously, when that's simply not the case. I'll even go out on a limb and say every female soccer player in the world has become more "cut-throat", in order to land one of those high paying Euro/Brazilian contracts, seeing as how they can't do that here, because, like I said, there IS no league for them here.
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Fair and square wrote:
US commits a blatant handball. No call. No free kickk, no Penalty The power of
economics, racism, corruption. They rob Canada and now Japan and then celebrate as if they have accomplished something
It's great...The Gold Medal......Yeaaaaaaaaaaa....
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True, to a point, but you're leaving out European, Brazilian, and Asian countries where that analogy works as well. I mean, there's a reason most good American soccer players, man or woman, do NOT actually play professionally in the U.S., instead sign with teams in the aforementioned countries.
Compare these two league salaries for an example of what I'm saying:
MLS (American Pro Soccer - Men) http://www.mlsplayers.org/files/August%201,%2...
Barclays Premier League (European Pro Soccer - Men) http://www.trophy4toon.co.uk/salaries.html
Pretty clear, that doing well in the Olympics can get you signed to a Euro pro league, for WAY more money than signing here in the U.S.
Also women's soccer in the U.S.(WPS) has folded due to lack of funds, as well as other numerous issues. Point is, there is no money here for women soccer players, as women's soccer is dead in the U.S. They have the same opportunities as Canadian, Brazilian, European, African, Korean, etc. men/women, to be signed, and make their money in NON-U.S. countries, as they pay way more than we would if there even was a league for them anymore. If it's endorsements you're talking about, there are tons of non-American athletes who get paid large sums of money by Nike, Addidas, Rebok, UnderArmor, etc.
Point being, you assume that in this specific case, the American women winning the gold means the U.S. will pay them outrageously, when that's simply not the case. I'll even go out on a limb and say every female soccer player in the world has become more "cut-throat", in order to land one of those high paying Euro/Brazilian contracts, seeing as how they can't do that here, because, like I said, there IS no league for them here.
I am sure what you say is true, however, I was just curious whose comments you were replying or referring to?

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Oh yeah, forgot about the endorsements/sponsorships, here's links to lists of 2 of the biggest sports sponsorship companies in the world, and who they endorse/sponsor, and subsequently PAY or provide resources to.

Nike - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nike_spo...

Adidas - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Adidas_s...

Sure are a lot of people/countries that are not the U.S.
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<quoted text>It's great...The Gold Medal......Yeaaaaaaaaaaa....
That's all you can say after such blatant calls gift wrapped the gold meal for the US soccer team. Shows your intelligence for the game of soccer or lack thereof. You are a class act.
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<quoted text>It's great...The Gold Medal......Yeaaaaaaaaaaa....
Is that all that matters is winning when you watch the Olympics/competitive sports. I have no doubt it is and that sportsmanship means nothing to you. Here is something else I am sure you will love. Back in 1984 at the Olympics in Los Angeles, the American boxers beat the Canadian boxers in several controversial gold medal bouts. I am sure right now you are thinking sour grapes, however, the decisions were so ridiculous that EVEN the American fans booed at the decisions which at least showed some class. Famous trainer Emmanuel Stewart even acknowledged after the fight that his guys lost. I know there will be a large contingent to welcome back the Canadian women's soccer team because they deserved the bronze medal. If I was an American soccer fan I certainly would not show up to welcome them back because they, like the American boxers, didn't win the gold. They should have been fighting for bronze but that doesn't matter to you right? Like you said gold medal......yeaaaa. Real class and sportsmanship!!!!!!

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