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Canada: “We Got Robbed” in Soccer Loss to USA

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The United States got a thrilling, extra time win over Canada yesterday in the women’s soccer semifinals.

Alex Morgan’s header in overtime gave the Americans a come-from-behind 4-3 victory and sent them to the gold medal game against Japan.

But after the game, the Canadians were crying foul over a call which resulted in a penalty kick which tied the game in regulation.

With her team leading 3-2, Canadian goalie Erin McLeod was whistled for a foul for holding on to the ball longer than the six seconds allowed.  That gave the Americans an indirect free kick.  Megan Rapinoe took the kick, which bounced off the arm of the Canadian defender.  Referee Christine Pedersen ruled a hand ball and a penalty kick, which Amy Wambach converted to tie the match at three.

Normally, a six second call is only made after a warning has been given.  And, that’s where Canada feels they got one taken away from them.

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