Tuesday, June 22, 2010
What Coach Bradley was really thinking on team USA disallowed goal vs. Slovenia
It has been replayed over and over ad nauseam the past several days. By now Kouman Coulibaly has to be a household name for even the most casual soccer fan in the US. He was the referee who disallowed the 3rd and potential winning goal for team USA against Slovenia last Friday, and in the process made it that much tougher for the Yanks to advance out of group play. In his press conference immediately following the game, head coach Bob Bradley expressed his disappointment over the lack of explanation for the call, yet he refused to blame any of the officials for the fact that team USA has yet to record a victory in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. But what was really going on inside the head of the most outward calm individual as that has been replayed hundreds of times since it happened? My guess is that coach Bradley has to be very frustrated with Coulibaly, almost to the point where he would have liked to have pull him aside, and said " hey, did you see that guy holding #4 for us? Yeah...he's my son and he was fouled as well. So I think you should have allowed that last goal." Publicly the elder Bradley has to maintain that it doesn't bother him, especially if he has any designs on coaching the next US team to be in the World Cup, more than likely in 2014 in Brazil. As a father it has to eat at him that victory was taken away from his team by a call that could have easily been nullified because of what Slovenia did to his son. In any case, I don't think Coulibaly should be expecting any Christmas cards from either of the Bradleys anytime soon. And I can't say I blame them either.