As a sports fan, I was anticipating a great run for the U.S. soccer team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa. They had prepared for this moment for four years playing in various international tournaments and other matches. Their results in the 2006 FIFA World Cup were less than impressive as they finished last in their qualifying group and were sent home after their preliminary matches.
The 2010 tournament started full of promise as they held a very good England team to a draw. The following game was against Slovenia, where the U.S. was favored. They fell behind 2-0 in the first half, and in the second half they drew even. Late in the game, they scored a third goal that was somehow disallowed by a referee who had a long history of controversy in the international soccer community. The final preliminary game also featured a disallowed goal for the U.S. as one player was called offside during the goal-scoring sequence, although replays proved the goal was scored legally. That game ended with a dramatic 1-0 win in extra time as Landon Donovan scored the winning goal to allow the US to advance to the round of 16 against Ghana.