World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: USMNT robbed of semifinals

By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s be aware: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a special reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with the USMNT’s controversial outcome vs. Germany in 2002.

The United States males’s nationwide workforce was throughout mighty Germany of their quarterfinal assembly in Ulsan, South Korea earlier than finally succumbing on Michael Ballack’s first half purpose. But if not for a controversial non-call, the Individuals may even have upset the then three time World Cup champ. 

With the U.S. pushing furiously for an equalizer within the second half, central defender (and present USMNT coach) Gregg Berhalter acquired a boot on a flicked-on Claudio Reyna nook kick and directed a shot towards the German internet. The hassle beat keeper Oliver Kahn however not the arm of defender Torsten Frings, which saved the ball from crossing the purpose line. The Individuals pleaded with referee Hugh Dallas to provide Frings a purple card and award them a penalty; had the transformed, the sport would have been tied and Bruce Enviornment’s aspect would’ve been up a person the remainder of the match, plus additional time.

The Scottish official was unmoved, nevertheless. With out VAR, the choice on the sector stood and the USA’s run ended there. It was the nation’s finest displaying for the reason that inaugural World Cup in 1930, and but 20 years later U.S. followers are nonetheless questioning how a lot additional they may have gone if not for Dallas’s no-call.

Handball no-call

USMNT was robbed in opposition to Germany after the referee missed an important handball.

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has lined United States males’s and ladies’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a workers author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Observe him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.

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