Michael Bradley Bummed Over Nullified Goal

Slovenia v USA: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup
Michael Bradley of the United States celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between Slovenia and USA at Ellis Park Stadium on June 18, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Getty Images)more pics »Michael Bradley (Getty Images)Poor Michael Bradley had a very disappointing day yesterday. The United States soccer player scored a goal against Slovenia in the 82nd minute of today's game, which tied up the score 2-2.

Then, things were looking really good for the US when Maurice Edu scored yet another goal, but referee Koman Coulibaly called a foul, and and the goal was nullified. Ouch.

Why the foul was called is a controversial point that few seem to understand. Apparently a foul was called on Edu for holding, according to the New York Times, but he said he didn't remember touching anyone. And other players claimed they never got an explanation at all (Coulibaly is a French speaker).

Bradley didn't comment on the game, saying only, "There is no point in talking about it." NYT.com describes him as "near tears."

Bradley is the son of US coach Bob Bradley, who was equally dismayed. He said, "It’s rare that when a tough call is made that a referee at that moment will give you an answer. Sometimes after the fact you might get an answer. But that’s not always the case, either.

"When you’re involved in the game long enough, there are moments where you are frustrated, when you feel that situations have not been handled correctly or fairly. But that’s the way the game works. So you move on."

More Michael Bradley pictures:
  • Michael Bradley in Slovenia v USA: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Michael Bradley in Slovenia v USA: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Michael Bradley in Slovenia v USA: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Michael Bradley in Slovenia v USA: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Michael Bradley in Slovenia v USA: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Michael Bradley in Slovenia v USA: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Michael Bradley in Slovenia v USA: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Michael Bradley in Slovenia v USA: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup



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