Looks Like The U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Needs A Little Tweaking
Rick Chandler 01:32 pm, July 20th, 2017
Trying to name all the countries in Central America is like naming all of the seven dwarfs -- there's always one you forget. "Let's see: there's Sneezy, Dopey, Doc, Bashful, Happy, Grumpy ... um ... (slaps forehead) "Oh yeah, El Salvador!"
So that country has a complex, and it clearly showed on Wednesday during their CONCACAF Gold Cup men's match vs. the U.S. and Jozy Altidore. Watch below as El Salvador's Henry Romero first bites Altidore in the back, and then twists his nipple -- the customary greeting in that country, I suppose, although this happened in the 57th minute.
Amid the biting, twisting and talking, the U.S. advanced to a Gold Cup semifinal against Costa Rica with a 2-0 win on goals by Omar Gonzalez in the 41st minute and Eric Lichaj in first-half stoppage time.
But the ugly match, interrupted by 45 fouls, will be remembered for the mark on Altidore’s shoulder left by the teeth of the 25-year-old defender. Gonzalez said after the game he was bitten on the back of his left shoulder, by Darwin Cerin in the 81st minute.
“I was a bit shocked,” Gonzalez said.
U.S. coach Bruce Arena said he wasn’t surprised.
“There’s a history of that in our sport,” he said. Uruguay’s Luis Suarez was given a four-month suspension for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup.
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