Wednesday, August 18, 2004

U.S. 1, Jamaica 1 (Men's Soccer, World Cup Qualifying)

The U.S. men didn't look that great, but they got a late goal to tie Jamaica 1-1. One incident stands out from the rest. I've seen players get checked into the boards many times in hockey, but this is the first time I've ever seen it in soccer. One of the Jamaican players came up behind Landon Donovan, at a full run, and pushed him into the boards along the side of the field. In American Football, that would have been a penalty for a late hit out of bounds. In hockey that would have been a penalty for checking from behind. In this soccer game, it wasn't even called as a foul! As I've noted before, the rules of soccer need improvement, because even if this had been whistled as a foul, it would have only resulted in a meaningless free kick from midfield.

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