By JIM METCALFE
Oh so close — and yet so far away.
I refer to the United States of America World Cup team being ever-so-close to beating Portugal and clinching the quarterfinals.
I watched most of the match Sunday and wonder about Portugal’s first goal.
With more than a few off-sides calls during the preliminary round — in my most humble but correct opinion (along with those of the ESPN analysts!), non-existent infractions, to say the least — nullifying goals, should it have counted because it seemed that a couple of their guys were off-sides, numbers 23 and 17 in particular?
That is one of the rules of soccer — futbol to the rest of the world — that is hard to understand for most of us laymen/women, so I guess I will give the men in black — or blue as the case may be in this situation — the benefit of the doubt.
As well the commentators on ESPN did not say anything about that and instead put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the American defenders, so I will agree with that.
They know the game a lot better than I do, which never stopped me from giving an opinion before …
Other than that, it was a great — shall I write beautiful? — game.