How does ESPN color commentator and former U.S. international John Harkes
feel about play-acting? Apparently it depends on who's doing the
In the 5th minute, after Landon Donovan
fouled Xabi Alonso
, Harkes blamed the yellow card referee Jorge Larrionda
Donovan on Alonso staying on the ground and rolling over. "I don't like that," said Harkes.
In the 89th minute, Donovan ran into David Villa
and flopped dramatically to
the ground, winning a free kick. And Gerard Pique
was yellow-carded for dissent.
Said Harkes, "It's all part of it. Players embellishing at times, you know. Under
pressure trying to gain any advantage.