Should the US Be Faking More Soccer Injuries?
We're among the few teams that avoid the practice: Sam Borden
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 16, 2014 11:52 AM CDT
In this Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, US national soccer team player John Brooks dribbles against Austria during a friendly soccer match in Vienna.   (AP Photo/Hans Punz, file)

(Newser) – If you've been watching the World Cup, you've surely seen some players howling in apparent pain; perhaps you caught Frederico Chaves Guedes of Brazil topple downward, wailing, after his shoulder was touched by an opposing player. Such exaggerated "flopping," which draws the ref's attention to potential penalties, is standard for most teams—but not the US, Sam Borden notes in the New York Times. Former US player Tab Ramos, who also played in Europe, agrees: "Absolutely that’s something we don’t do the way other teams do."

Why? Maybe because flopping "runs contrary to the ethos of idealized American sports," Borden notes. "As Ramos said, American athletes are typically honest on the field, no doubt influenced by years of being told to be strong, battle through contact, and finish the play." But any ethical victory is overshadowed by the fact that it may be costing us victories on the field. US goalkeeper Tim Howard says he'd support teammates flopping; coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants to see more "nasty" play from the US. Borden doesn't offer a definitive answer. "It comes down to this: Should the Americans dive with almost everyone else or stand on the moral high ground?" Click for his full piece.

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BCS
Jun 17, 2014 1:55 AM CDT
Just one of many reasons why soccer sucks. It's only the world game because all it requires is something roundish and some open land. The US always sucks because our best athletes are busy playing superior sports.
orlandojon
Jun 16, 2014 3:03 PM CDT
After their game the Japanese fans were seen cleaning up their section of the stadium even though they lost their match. In contrast, Mexicans found unattended alcohol during Mexico’s match against Cameroon on June 13. In a YouTube video, viewers watch scores of Mexican fans steal armloads of beer before returning to their seats to lustily cheer Mexico on to victory. Moral of the story: when it comes to etiquette, the Japanese got class, but the Mexicans got sass. It would behoove our friends south of the border to learn some manners.
carbonated_turtle
Jun 16, 2014 2:58 PM CDT
This is why I couldn't care less about the World Cup, or the game of soccer. It's pretty pathetic that something like this is even being discussed, and some people actually think it's a good idea. But it's pretty obvious that the world has embraced diving and crying in this "sport", so I don't expect it to change anytime soon.