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Offside call denies Canada Gold Cup Final

Hutchinson and Archundia

Hutchinson and Archundia

6/22/2007 12:15:29 AM

CHICAGO (AP-CP) - The celebration for Atiba Hutchinson's game-tying goal was cut short  when a linesman's controversial decision turned the mood of the entire Canadian men's soccer team from jubilant to irate.

 A disputed offside call nullified Hutchinson's goal as Canada fell 2-1 to the United States in a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal Thursday.

The United States will play Mexico, a 1-0 winner over tiny Guadeloupe, in Sunday's final for a berth in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.

With Canada pressing for the tying goal in stoppage time, Hutchinson got behind the American defence and beat veteran American goalkeeper Kasey Keller. But a linesman flagged Hutchinson offside, and Mexican referee Benito Archundia waved the goal off.

Replays showed the ball went off U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu, and that Canadian attackers appeared to be even with the last American defender, meaning the goal should have counted. Canadian players were visibly irate, and they vehemently argued to no avail with Archundia, who seconds later blew the final whistle.


 

''Their player headed the ball down into the box and our player kicked it in,'' Canada coach Stephen Hart said. ''If one of their players played the ball back, it's a back pass and it cannot be offsides. That's how I saw it.''

Canada forward Dwayne DeRosario agreed.

''It was definitely a goal. No question,'' he said. ''It's very frustrating.''

Onyewu admitted heading the ball, but said he still thought Hutchinson was offside.

''I don't think it matters what I thought,'' he said. ''The call was offsides.''

Canadian players and substitutes complained bitterly after the match. At one point, former Canadian Soccer Association chief operating officer Kevan Pipe - who is running the Chicago venue for CONCACAF - stepped in front of Canadian manager Morgan Quarry as he harangued the officials. Pipe was fired by the CSA last November.

It's not the first time Canada has been at odds with Archundia or members of his officiating staff. The referee called two late fouls against Canada in a World Cup qualifier with Honduras on Sept. 4, 2004. Archundia awarded Honduras a late penalty kick which led to the game-tying goal. Then a potential go-ahead goal by Canadian forward Olivier Occean was negated by a second foul and the game ended 1-1. Canadian defender Mark Watson disputed both calls at the time.

After Frankie Hejduk and Landon Donovan scored to give the U.S. 2-0 lead, the Americans nearly gave their spot in the final away. Canada was not only able to score a goal, its first in seven games against the Americans, but probably deserved another.

Iain Hume put a ball over the crossbar from 25 yards in the 75th minute. He was back to bother Keller a minute later. Dribbling into the box, he turned defender Carlos Bocanegra around and got the ball on his left foot. He took a hard shot to the far corner of the net, and Keller had no chance.

That goal will be little consolation to the Canadians, especially after they thought they tied the game in the final minute of stoppage time on Hutchinson's goal. Still, Canada didn't do itself any favours falling behind by two goals at the half.

''We did things to put ourselves in that position, whether it was a bad call or not,'' Canadian goalie Pat Onstad said. ''We dug ourselves a hole.''

The Americans contend that Archundia's linesman made the correct call.

''I thought he was offsides. But it doesn't matter,'' Keller said. ''The linesman made the call, so it's offsides.''

The Americans can't have been happy with the finish, either. This was the second straight game they gave up a late goal - Panama scored in the 84th minute in the quarter-finals.

And they'll have to play Sunday without Hejduk, who gives them energy and speed. 

Hejduk, who turns 33 on Aug. 5, was on the initial U.S. roster for last summer's World Cup in Germany. But the day after the team was announced, he discovered he had torn ligaments in his knee and needed surgery. He still made the trip to Germany, but the closest he got to being on the team was hanging out at the hotel in Hamburg.

He didn't play for the U.S. team again until June 8, against Guatemala. But he's making up for all that lost time.

After struggling to finish several chances - a recurring theme for the Americans lately - Hejduk finally got the offence on track in the 39th minute.

Pablo Mastroeni collected the ball on the right side of the field after a set piece by DaMarcus Beasley. He passed across the field to Donovan, who tapped the ball back to into Hejduk's path at the top of the box.

Michael Bradley, the son of U.S. coach Bob Bradley, would have been in Hejduk's way, but the youngster dropped to the ground and Hejduk took a solid shot with his right foot. The ball hit the left post and caromed into the goal past a diving Onstad.

''Frankie's played well in this tournament,'' the elder Bradley said. ''When you have him on your team, you've got a great competitor. He pushes all the players around him.''

Hejduk will miss the final after picking up his second yellow card in as many games. Bradley, also will sit out the final after getting a red card in the 89th minute for a reckless tackle.

With 33 goals, Donovan moved within one of Eric Wynalda's U.S. career record. Kasey Keller played his 100th international game, matching Tony Meola's American mark for goalkeepers.

It was the 32-year-old Hejduk's first goal since June 11, 2000, against Mexico, and it sent him on a mad dash across the field. He slapped hands with coach Bob Bradley and the players on the bench, pumping his fists as the rests of his teammates mobbed him.

Seven minutes later, the Americans were celebrating again.

Onstad, who was starting because No. 1 goalie Greg Sutton is still feeling the effects of a concussion, tripped up Beasley on a breakaway in front of the goal. He was given a yellow card, and the referees awarded the Americans a penalty kick.

Donovan connected on a perfect shot, nestling the ball behind a diving Onstad. The team ran over to Beasley, who was still being attended to on the sideline.

Canada hasn't beaten the United States since 1985, a run of futility that stretched to 13 matches with Thursday night's loss.

Notes: Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash, brother of Canadian MF Martin Nash, was at the game. ... Donovan, Bocanegra and Jonathan Bornstein also picked up yellow cards.






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1napalm_301What a travesty of officiating!! We should be in ...
2mrgreerBrutal Call. Why do I have the feeling if the US ...
3taphead2003GARBAGE CALL! At a time when Canada is proving to ...
4jeniousUnbelievable that the Mexican referee would make t ...
5ab608Interesting... A really bad call by officials t ...
6djkuikIs anyone surprised? CONCACAF wants USA vs Mexico ...
7razcleWWOOWW! What a terrible call at the end of the gam ...
8a13xWe got jobbed hard. Concacaf is the worst federat ...
9kaitengI feel like we got robbed. Tough call on that offs ...
10dcboysWow, what a proud moment, it just hit me that I ha ...
11fesses_de_ferAlthough I am very, very disapointed with the way ...
12mcpastorFIFA better get involved. Brutal, brutal, brutal. ...
13xTybewow travesty! Denied by the ref! What a comeback, ...
14dejim73HORRIBLE! JUST HORRIBLE! The Mexican referee made ...
15TMax21Extra, extra!!! Canada gets screwed over again by ...
16Canuckleheads506A joke! Mexican Referee red cards 2 americans and ...
17brady12mvpAbsolutely disgusting, FIFA once again will do not ...
18ryan1984very bad call but a good tournament for canada non ...
19sendindecopsWe were robbed! The Americans were not going to le ...
20gt1021What a BS call! That goal was good!!! Canada keeps ...
2107GryphonAnyone else feel ripped off?!?!?! That was in no w ...
22TMax21Thank you to tsn.ca for the tell-it-like-it-is hea ...
23zabookARGH! Rough call, but a great tournament for the C ...
24thedude98And WHY did they disallow a perfectly legal goal? ...
25Calgary_1216This is a disgrace. Once again the americans scre ...
26stripesbynightOnce again Canada gets screwed by some shoddy conc ...
27156blueTypical. If the game were any where else the goal ...
28GoingGoingGoonerNot a good call but we were the ones that fell beh ...
29bucksoloand the americans looked tired!!! what a brutal ca ...
30GregMcCluskeyif they didnt score i wonder if there'd have been ...
31sabres75It was a tying goal, as the American defender touc ...
32habsguyfanOH CANADA! this guy should not b officiating ever ...
33nininOfficiating is only good in the Euro's where they ...
34juve20I think that the referee should be ashamed of hims ...
35billazareTypical American B.S. influencing the outcome of a ...
36habfanfrancoWhy was the ref Mexican anyways?! Total garbage! ...
37cjptDidn't see the game but I'm gutted from what I'm h ...
38JDSportsSuch nonsense. Why does FIFA and CONCACAF go out o ...
39nutty15Hard to believe but soccer has worse officiating t ...
40crosby1I don't know why some people are surprised that a ...
41tonyaieThis is FIFA....The better ranked team is always a ...
42lava1964Another blown offside call at a major soccer tourn ...
43habfan37unreal ..once again Canada gets screwed..but then ...
44wildiowaWe know how you Canadian fans feel about bad calls ...
45irecan9Ease of the referees. Tough decision to make but i ...
46ottawarrRIGGED!!!!! One of the worst one sided refereed ma ...
47mystrythngAnd people wonder why soccer isn't a more widely p ...
48gtaguylets not forget that this gold cup is played in th ...
49marioloveshockey@tsn.caCanada gets the bitter end of the stick again, not ...
50tradehinskepretty obvious they want USA in final.. ...
51mdassadI'm an American and I feel like that was a tainted ...
52kevin0688Blah Blah Blah...yes you Canadians have a right to ...
53seanmurphyits their tournament what did you expect ...
54stonecold71caThis seems to becoming a familiar result, that is ...
55flyers777Canada Outplayed US #16 in the world. WOOOOHOOO!!! ...
56wienerboyThe level of officiating in this part of the world ...
57AGreenA ref in soccer manufactoring a bogus call in favo ...
58stoked84Mexico USA final. Who couldn't see that coming ...
59hott_malewow what a garbage call! Oh well tho still a great ...
60doomanWhat can i say that hasn't already be said i just ...
61beckhamwouldbejealousI love the way the American players said he was of ...
62tdogThe ref's should be fired! Typical CONCACAF garbag ...
63gregbendIt's just not fair! Canada was completely outplay ...
64silverandblack1968Honestly should anyone be suprised Canada would ha ...
65braddaviesI cannot recall an occassion when Canada received ...
66jayhawk14We should be sending our officials to the Africas ...
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