The soccer / futbol game between the United States and Portugal (June 22, 2014) was a great one filled with lots of drama, action, and entertainment. At the start of “stoppage time” (time added to the end of regulation to make up for pauses in the game), the United States was ahead 2-1. Five minutes of “stoppage time” was added on to the end of regulation. Four and a half minutes later, with 30 seconds left in the game, Portugal dramatically scored a goal to tie the game and take away the United States victory celebration for moving on to the next round of the World Cup.
The United States could have walked away with a win. Here’s the reason they lost:
Why U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Didn’t Beat Portugal
Nearing the end of regulation, some United States players started faking injuries, one even being carted out on a stretcher, only to return less than a minute later. It’s really embarrassing to see players faking injuries all the time and is one of the major downfalls (pun intended) of the sport.
If the United States had not faked injuries, they would have won. The time added to the end would have only been 2-3 minutes and USA would have been victorious over Portugal. Unfortunately, faking injuries is killing the game of soccer/futbol in more ways than one.
While soccer / futbol is growing in popularity in the United States, it’s a shame to see the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team be unable to put a game away when they need it the most… it’s like a repeat of watching the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, who have the same problem.
Now for your entertainment…
Soccer Players Faking Injuries
Don’t Fake It