Refs disallowed a goal in the U.S.-Algeria match on Wednesday, marking the second time the U.S. has had a goal thrown out in this year's World Cup. (The first occurred during last week's game with Slovenia.) Twitter was aflame within moments, and the Wire was there to track the fraying international relations in real time.
NARRATIVE: THE MARCH TO WAR
Apparently the US team is not allowed to score goals. #WorldCup
America's love affair with soccer is endangered somewhat by these refs who keep stealing goals from us.
Anti-American refereeing highlights failure of Obama's public diplomacy.
Seriously, this kind of refereeing is enough to turn all Americans into unilatetalists.
I propose invading Switzerland, where Fifa is headquartered. MT @dandrezner This kind of reffing could turn Americans into unilatetalists.
COUNTERNARRATIVE: OH, QUIT WHINING
rofl "another disallowed goal" is trending. stfu. When it happened to #Arg THREE times in one match, we just had to suck it up.
It's hard to be upset about legitimate goals disallowed when the U.S. misses so many golden opportunities.