Ruthless taunts. Hurling urine and vomit at the opposition. Merciless, tasteless taunting. But enough about my weekend plans…The United States Men’s National Team rolled on down to Mexico to get abused by fans and officiating alike in World Cup Qualifying yesterday, and as for all the abuse heaped upon the American side by the world’s future landscapers, it paled in comparison to the hosing provided by the match referee, Panama’s Roberto Moreno.
“This is an intimidating place for teams to come,” U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “It makes it a lot harder when the most intimidated person in the stadium is the referee.
“Both teams went in hard [for the ball], but we always came out with the foul.”
Mexico won the match, 2-1, and remain undefeated against the United States at home. But when “undefeated” entails carrying around your own pee in a cup and throwing it at people, we could probably do without. Enjoy that, Mexico. We’ll enjoy our drinkable tap water and relatively benign government corruption.