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Herdman: props to Wambach for finding 'loophole'
August 7th, 2012 10:14PM

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[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."



11 comments
  1. American Touchline.com
    commented on: August 8, 2012 at 12:25 a.m.
    "loophole" - what a jerk. How about the fact that Tancredi should have been sent off in the 55th minute for the intentional head stamp on Carli Lloyd?

  1. Joy Hottington
    commented on: August 8, 2012 at 8:15 a.m.
    Its not a loophole. I've heard of players doing this many times *IF* a goalie is abusing the 6 second rule... which MacLeod clearly was doing all second half as shown in another article on Soccer America. Also, he might like to know that his keeper admitted to being warned at halftime by the ref.

  1. Sam Rogers
    commented on: August 8, 2012 at 8:16 a.m.
    I don't know if it is gamesmanship but Herdman seems like a whiny little jealous schoolboy. His players can feel like "it was taken from us" but the rules are the rules and his GK admitted that she had been warned by Pedersen about taking too long. Even if he feels that she should have been cautioned, the restart still would have been an indirect free kick. He doesn't seem to grasp a few basics about the rules of the game.

  1. Colin Moore
    commented on: August 8, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.
    Hmmm, kudos for Canada to showe some serious passion. Although i agree with touchline that most of the first 90 seem to favor Canada roughhousing our ladies especially in the box... not only the Lloyd collision but Alex Morgan seemed to deserve a PK but those are all close calls... Bigger picture that no one has the guts to bring up... I would lay money that at least four players on that field were high on something. I ofcourse have no inside knowledge other than life experience but I believe it firmly. There were juiced up players playing at a very high level on that field!

  1. Paul Castillo
    commented on: August 8, 2012 at 8:34 a.m.
    "loophole" my ass. The basic definition of a loophole is an undefined rule, law or process that allows actions not originally intended. The 6 second rule is hard and fast. Although seldom called, its a rule. As a referee I rarely call it except when the goalie is clearly abusing it as was the Canadian keeper. She was warned. Good luck to the red, white and blue.

  1. John M Cote
    commented on: August 8, 2012 at 8:39 a.m.
    I am quite surprised that Herdman made such comments. He should know better. He was lucky that the foul on Morgan in the box (clearly a PK) wasn't called. Nevertheless, the game was incredible and kudos to Canada for being so tenacious - I wish them well in the Bronze medal match. As for me, GO WNT!

  1. Morgan Murray
    commented on: August 8, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.
    Was it a "loophole" when Rapinoe handled the ball in the box and was not called, yet Canada handle was called? Was it a "loophole" when Solo exceeded the 6 seconds and it was not called? This is not Morgan but Sean posting this comment.

  1. Mark N
    commented on: August 8, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.
    OK, folks give Herdman a break. His team just got punched in the face by someone (team USA) that often gets the better of them. It must be frustrating. He's trying to move on, but it's hard. Someone asked him a question and what he said off the cuff was all positive except for ONE word that he probably would have changed if he had time to type his thoughts on a comment board. Big deal.

  1. Doug Broadie
    commented on: August 8, 2012 at 11:48 a.m.
    One of the areas that a ref is looking at for a handling of the ball(not handball) is did the act increase the target area of the defender. The ball Rapinoe had hit her did not increase and the ball would have hit her directly in the side. Not so with the Canadian. There were four penalties that were not called and three of them were for the US, so justice was done.

  1. Bill Morrison
    commented on: August 8, 2012 at 5:52 p.m.
    "...I would lay money that at least four players on that field were high on something. I ofcourse have no inside knowledge other than life experience but I believe it firmly. There were juiced up players playing at a very high level on that field!" Colin, who are you Harry Reid making an accusation without an iota of proof or evidence?! Gimme a break.

  1. Jim Chandler
    commented on: August 9, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
    A caution to the goal keeper for the offense instead of enforcing the offense with an IDFK is probably improper. The keeper is not delaying the restart of play, because the ball is still in play. A caution for persistent infringement is harder to sell if one hasn't sanctioned the offense previously, and unsporting behavior is a stretch. Though in many cases this is a trifling offense, it's not fair to a team that's expending their energy to apply pressure to reduce the keeper's outlet options to continually have that time significantly extended. Perhaps the referee should have done something sooner, and certainly allowing the US players to browbeat her by counting the time aloud repeatedly is a failure of game management. When the US players started that, she should have told them to stop it, then gone to the keeper for a little private talk to make it clear to everyone that she'd been warned, but the call was warranted if the keeper was repeatedly just standing there with the ball making no real effort to make a timely distribution. To have that immediately followed by a tough game critical handling call is a referee's nightmare. No matter which way that call is made, it's going to be questioned. I think she can stand by that call either way.


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