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Players watch as United States' Maurice Edu, right, scores a goal that was later disallowed during the World Cup group C soccer match between Slovenia and the United States.

A travesty, but ...

And as a public service of the Blob: Soccer Discussed Here.

Non-soccerheads, you know the drill. Knock first before re-entering.

For the rest of us ... if you watched USA-Slovenia this morning, you saw not one but two travesties. The first was the absolute butchery of a call that stole the Americans' potential game-winning goal in the 86th minutes. If the ref was calling offsides, it was non-existent. And if he was calling a foul on one of the two Slovenians who had Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley in bearhugs in the box, why wasn't there a free kick?

Either way, the U.S. was denied an historic comeback that still was pretty special: a 2-2 draw salvaged from a 2-0 halftime deficit.

On the other hand (Travesty No.2 coming up), there never would have been a 2-0 deficit had the U.S. played the first half the way it did the second.

Here's what I don't get, having watched this team twice now: It's obviously gifted enough offensively to play an effective attacking style. But for some reason, Bob Bradley's team refuses to attack until it's in trouble. The two (three) goals it scored in the second half proved it could have put any number of balls it wanted to in the Slovenian net. if it simply attacked. So why not play with that mentality from the opening kickoff?

Don't get it. Just don't get it.

Ben Smith's blog.

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