[OLYMPIC SPOTLIGHT]With his team under investigation by FIFA for the remarks players made critical of Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen in Monday's 4-3 loss to the USA in the Olympic women's soccer semifinals, Canada coach John Herdman said it was time to move on to Thursday's bronze-medal game against France (TV: NBC Sports Network, live, 8 am ET).
"These next days are going to be crucial," Herdman said on Tuesday. "We can just minimize distractions and be ready to get absolutely clear about achieving the task and making the country proud by seeing that flag rise."
Herdman doesn't want to go into the FIFA investigation.
"I'm trying not to give it any power or attention at this point until it becomes something that affects the team, as in selections and tactical planning," said Herdman.
Herdman refused to criticize U.S. star Abby Wambach for counting out loud to Pedersen the seconds that McLeod was holding the ball in the penalty area before Pedersen's whistle that led to the USA's tying goal late in regulation.
"She knows how to win football matches," said Herdman. "At the end of the day, this is why teams go on and win. They find ways to win. If Abby's done that, then good on her. She's found a way to find a loophole in the system that might punish a team."