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Will in Seattle 1
Hey, at least she didn't do it in spike heels ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Kinison 2
Normally these are called penalties, assuming the ref witnesses it. So its still not considered a contact sport.
Posted by Kinison on August 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
Allyn 3
I think we need to go to war over this egregious action.
Posted by Allyn on August 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 4
@ 2, it just shows that violence and cheap shots happen in most team sports, and with a great frequency some nose-in-the-air fans don't admit.
Posted by Matt from Denver on August 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
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@1 have you seen how sharp the cleats on modern soccer shoes are? @2 if a foul were called (not penalty - it happened in the US box...) it would be for intentional violent conduct not for the contact.
Posted by JAT on August 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
The video provides a useful balance to the "poor-Canada-victimized-by-blind-referee" narrative I've heard coming from Up North. I think someone should put together a Mean Girl Tancredi highlights clip from this match. And while this particular clip doesn't prove it, soccer's very much a contact sport. Don't let the absence of hocky- or American football-style armor fool you. A perfectly legal tackle in soccer can include bonejarrin impact.
Posted by Eric from Boulder on August 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM · Report this
Fnarf 7
Of course soccer's a contact sport -- more so than basketball, for instance; less so than American football. This isn't really very hard to grasp.

@4, Yeah, this could have been a red card, as could a number of other challenges from Tancredi, who only needed a second yellow to be sent off. That would have changed the game. But it only equalizes the non-call of the penalty committed by the USA earlier; it doesn't compensate for the ludicrously bad indirect free kick given when McLeod held the ball for 0.0001 seconds longer than allowed by the rules -- a call that no one in living memory has ever seen before. Canada's got a good argument.
Posted by Fnarf on August 8, 2012 at 2:02 PM · Report this
sirkowski 8
Knowing how soccer works, she probably put her head under the other player's foot.
Posted by sirkowski on August 8, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this
Nice to see some soccer coverage on here but how about the sounders. They are trying to do something today that has never been done before in US history and rarely done in soccer history.
Posted by BusyB on August 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM · Report this
Fnarf 10
@5, in the sense in which you are using the word, Will has never seen anything at all, let alone the finer details of the game of soccer. Much like the blind cave fish that have only rudimentary light-sensitive spots instead of eyes, he may register brain impulses but cannot possibly make anything of them.
Posted by Fnarf on August 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM · Report this
Nobody who knows the game has EVER called soccer/football a non-contact sport. And plenty of that contact, unlike this play, is legal.
Posted by bigyaz on August 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM · Report this
11:45 am pdt tomorrow thursday is the final, US-Japan, a rematch of the final of last year's women's world cup, which US lost in PKs. Japan are talented, disciplined, and their play is characterized by unusually good sportsmanship. Should be a great match.
Posted by Eric from Boulder on August 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM · Report this
cressona 13
Backing up Fnarf @7 and Bigyaz @11. Anyone who thinks of soccer as a non-contact sport has never actually played, or for that matter, seen soccer. I'm a basketball geek and it's obvious to me that soccer is exponentially more dangerous.

There are countless times watching a soccer match I absolutely cringe. In fact, for whatever reason, I cringe more watching soccer than watching football, even though I know football is literally more dangerous. Maybe it's the fact that in soccer there's such a fine line between a brilliant, game-saving play and injuring yourself or your opponent or getting a red card.

In fact, one could have a decent debate as to which is the more dangerous sport, soccer or hockey.

P.S. Even with the fact that Tancredi deserved a red card for that head stomp, I still feel Canada wuz robbed. You can at least say the ref just didn't see the incident. You can't say that about the two questionable calls that led to the Wambach penalty kick.
Posted by cressona on August 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM · Report this
The American team still only got in the final due to one sided officiating designed to please American advertisers in the corrupt extravaganza called the Olympics. If the Canadian team wins the bronze they should turn their backs on it.
Posted by daveb604 on August 9, 2012 at 7:13 AM · Report this

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