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Sunday kickaround

*Although FIFA will allow reporters to interview referees Monday, don't expect to hear any explanations concerning Koman Coulibaly's controversial call during the USA-Slovenia match. Sepp and Co. announced this morning that neither the game officials in attendance at the event nor the head of the officiating department, Jose Maria Garcia Aranda, will comment on specific decisions "whether in relation to their own performance or that of a colleague." In addition.....

Please note that not all referees will be present, as there are some travelling for the matches ... or who may simply be unavailable on the day.

*Africa's record: 1-6-4. Cameroon is out. Nigeria and South Africa are almost out. Algeria is in danger. Ivory Coast could use a point against Brazil. Ghana is in good shape atop Group D, but Germany awaits. Headline in Johannesburg's Sunday Independent:

"Ghana: Africa's Last Hope?"

*The vuvuzela pandemic strikes Miami, where an ill-conceived giveaway marred the Marlins-Rays baseball game. Read the story and watch/listen to the video. Next: Makarapas on the PGA Tour.

*Stateside, in a charity match at Washington's RFK Stadium, D.C. United defeated El Salvador's national team, 1-0.

*I am heading to the Brazil-Ivory Coast showdown at Soccer City. Colleague Liz Clarke will oversee matters at U.S. camp.

For the full schedule with TV listings and predictions.....

Matchday 10
Slovakia-Paraguay, 7:30 a.m. ET
ESPN, Univision, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com (ESPN Classic at 6)
Prediction: 1-1.

Italy-New Zealand, 10 a.m.
ESPN, Univision, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com (ESPN Classic at 8)
Prediction: Italy, 2-0.

Brazil-Ivory Coast, 2:30 p.m.
ABC, Univision, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com (ESPNC at 3 a.m. Monday)
Prediction: Brazil, 2-1.

By Steve Goff  |  June 20, 2010; 6:48 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , D.C. United , FIFA , Ghana , TV  | Tags: FIFA, South Africa, World Cup  
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Also: U.S.-Slovenia ref gets poor rating after an expedited review. FIFA to officially comment on Monday.
http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/world-cup/news/source-u-s-slovenia-ref-gets-poor-rating--fbintl_ro-referee061910.html

Posted by: nairbsod | June 20, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

nairbsod, So what? Don't care.

Posted by: csd1 | June 20, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

oh, and classy moments from the fans at the DCU game last night. All that was left was a fan giving a hug to a player during the game, a la Ronaldinho in Chicago.

Posted by: nairbsod | June 20, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

great. csd1 is back to defend the ref. yippee. and riiiight.... the fact that Coulibaly may sit for the rest of the tournament because of action taken by FIFA after review of his officiating is no big deal - no one cares about that.

Posted by: nairbsod | June 20, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

csd1, if you don't care then why do you care enough to take the time to post that you don't care

Posted by: DCM_ | June 20, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

BTW, is the stadium even a 1/3rd full for the Slovakia/Paraguay match??

Posted by: DCM_ | June 20, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

nairbsob,

Thank you for posting the link. I care.

The article points out that FIFA knows he made a bad call and is taking him out of action for the remainder of the tournament. An apology by FIFA to Edu and Bradley would be nice but will be as likely to happen as Ireland getting an apology for the BS call that allowed France, as pathetic as they are playing, to advance to the WC.

Posted by: Southeasterner | June 20, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Some good stuff from Fred's little brother last night. Dude is quick.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | June 20, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Whatever FIFA says the US will still have 2 points in group play and really needs to win on Wednesday. Koman Coulibaly's future is irrelevant to me. So I really don't care what FIFA has to say about the issue. I am more concerned about the future not the past at this point.

If you feel the World has been unjust to you and something will make you feel better so be it. Enjoy the inquest.

Posted by: csd1 | June 20, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Any word on Fred's brother's injury? Also, Burch played about 60.

Posted by: benonthehill | June 20, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

So, if we aren't allowed to talk refereeing with the refs on Monday, what do the reporters ask them?

"Hey, what's your favorite food? How do you like the vuvuzelas? Hey, what's your favorite color?"

Um, yeah, why are they even opening the refs up to interview? It sounds as if they won't comment on anything that has to do with, you know, their job.

Posted by: revsfanindc | June 20, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

refs zzzzz

Paraguay looked very strong, albeit against token opposition

Posted by: OWNTF | June 20, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I think the American media is fanning the late game call by Coulibaly because it's what stirs fans' interest the most.

To me, it seems quite probable that the ref called a foul on Bocanegra for spinning his Slovenian defender around as Donovan's cross was coming in towards Edu. That doesn't mean that it was the correct call as I think (typing from memory here) replays show the Slovenian grappling pretty hard w Boca just a moment earlier. But the ref probably saw the tail end of their tussle and judged Bocanegra the guilty party.

There was a bunch of stuff going on but that was probably, from the ref's point of view, a foul where one player was unfairly preventing an opponent from playing the ball.

It was probably a bad call but it's not unfathomable or an indicator that the ref is either corrupt or incompetent. I think the refs in Germany'06 had as much or more of a detrimental impact on the US in the games against Italy and Ghana.

Let's get over it and move onto Wednesday's game against Algeria.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 20, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

As far as the Kangaroo Ref Interview thingy goes? Whatever. At least FIFA is emulating, albeit poorly, some strange, stretched semblance of free and open speech...oh, who am I kidding. I can't even write it down without dying of laughter.

As far as my Coulibaly is concerned (or as I like to call him a$$hat) I am all for him being disgraced. Yeah, it won't give us the goal back or the points, but there will be some justice.

Paraguay looked good but slow to me. i mean they served Slovakia some decent business but they just look slow to me. A quicker 2nd round opponent will give them a decent fight. Nice win for them today though.

Looking at the uniforms and the stadium seats I could have sworn it was the Wizards at Chivas USA out there. Gee whiz, FIFA this does not look good. Give us 2018 and we'll show you some full stadiums.

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 20, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Joel, it's kind of hard to get over that "incident" with statements like "It was probably a bad call..." There is a lot of room between probably a bad call and what that prick did to us. I just hope it does not come back to haunt us.

Not dwelling, just sayin'.

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 20, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Has El Salvador ever played at RFK without a drunken idiot running onto the field?

FIFA is preventing teams from training on the pitch at several venues suggesting those pitches are not in good condition. On of these venues is Loftus Versfeld, the site of the US Algeria match. BUt, as FIFA hates eh USA, they'll probably let Algeria train on the pitch.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 20, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Has El Salvador ever played at RFK without a drunken idiot running onto the field?

FIFA is preventing teams from training on the pitch at several venues suggesting those pitches are not in good condition. On of these venues is Loftus Versfeld, the site of the US Algeria match. But, as FIFA hates the USA, they'll probably let Algeria train on the pitch.
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Give us 2018 and we'll show you some full stadiums.
Posted by: Kosh2
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You said it bro.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 20, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Wow Ryan Nelson as the captain of a team playing Italy in the WC...who would have thought.

Posted by: Southeasterner | June 20, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Man! A couple time the blog has held my comments in limbo for minutes, leading me to think it didn't go through. Sorry for the double post. I hope I have explained myself better than Coulibaly and FIFA.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 20, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

who would have predicted the start to this match . . . 0-1 NZ

Posted by: emanon13 | June 20, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Ha Ryan Nelson the captain of a team beating Italy!

Posted by: Southeasterner | June 20, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Also, an American scored that Kiwi goal.

Honestly, I'm sick of talking about the Edu mystery foul. It's done.

Posted by: Reignking | June 20, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Notice. Slight grab of the jersey in the box during Italy v NZL = penalty kick.

Bear hug on Michael Bradley? Nada.

And the Italians get lucky again . .

Posted by: delantero | June 20, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

BOOOOO! Those diving cheats! How can they be proud of winning the WC when they cheat their way to it? NZ is too fiar of a team. They should all start falling down too.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 20, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Is there anyone easier to dis-like than Daniele De Rossi?

Posted by: JkR- | June 20, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Is there anyone easier to dis-like than Daniele De Rossi? Posted by: JkR

Rafa Marquez, Oswaldo Sanchez . .

Posted by: delantero | June 20, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

and Blanco, surely, that's a given. But they play for a rival, which has it's own category.

Posted by: JkR- | June 20, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Italy are some serious diving cheats. They started working that ref the min they went down - diving and complaining and trying to get others sent off. Disgraceful.

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 20, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

After the unmitigated disaster that is Coulibaly, the rest of the refs will pay more attention to grabbing and pulling in the box - which they are supposed to do anyway. Hence the OK.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 20, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Have we seen Jorge Castillo's byline before? If not, welcome Jorge!

Posted by: universityandpark | June 20, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I will no longer attend any ES National team games at RFK or anywhere else, charity game or not. I hate to lump them all together but that was atrocious last night the way they acted. To the MORONS in charge of security from the DCSA, you blew it. To the over-run and over-worked CSC, THANK YOU, for without you we few United fans there may have been casualties. I hate to say this but no alcohol at their matches may be the only solution. And if you're planning a El Salvador/Honduras match at RFK call out the National Guard.

Posted by: zosodave | June 20, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody even watch the video from the Rays-Marlins game, with the mini-vuvuzelas? There was a kid in the crowd wearing a LA Galaxy jersey.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 21, 2010 5:27 AM | Report abuse

Did anybody even watch the video from the Rays-Marlins game, with the mini-vuvuzelas? There was a kid in the crowd wearing a LA Galaxy jersey.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 21, 2010 5:28 AM | Report abuse

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