Online sports gambling handicappers saw the Americans score draws in their first two World Cup football betting matches with England and Slovenia in Group C action.
The Americans opened with a 1-1 draw against England based in large part to a phenomenally lucky goal from long distance that was bobbled and blundered by the goalkeeper.
Against Slovenia the United States stumbled out of the gate and trailed 0-2 before a fierce rally that saw them tie the game at 2-2. Luck then went against the United States as they scored what looked to be the winning goal before it was disallowed on a highly controversial call that will likely cost the on field game official that made it his job.
Referee Koman Coulibaly called off the goal by Maurice Edu at the 85 minute mark and gave no explanation to the team as to why. The goal was on a free kick in which replays clearly showed both teams holding and scrumming.
United States coach Bob Bradley said that the goal should have counted and theorized that it was waived off in a classic “make up call” in which Coulibaly perhaps thought he made a mistake in awarding the free kick in the first place.
“I think it’s a good goal, first,” said Bradley. “There are times when a referee, for whatever reason, blows a foul and now thinks either he didn’t make the correct call on the foul or from a previous play, and then literally as soon as the free kick’s taken, he blows the whistle, ok?”
The United States has itself as much to blame as the blown call, however, as they were sluggish for much of the first half and didn’t appear to be ready to play.
The United States can still advance out of Group C if they beat Algeria on Wednesday. The Americans can also advance with a tie as long as they have a better goal differential than England, that is if the Three Lions are tied in the standings with the Yanks.