May 27, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; United States defender Matt Besler (5) controls the soccer ball during the second half against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup 2014: USA defenders discuss poor officiating

One of the greatest sporting events in the world has begun, but the World Cup 2014 officiating has been a hot topic of conversation because of a number of blown calls throughout the tournament’s opening games.

The poor officiating has drawn plenty of attention, especially from the USA men’s national team as they prepare to begin their World Cup campaign against Ghana at Estádio das Dunas in Natal on Monday.

“As a defender … that was a tough one to see. But I think it’s a good one to see,” USMNT defender Matt Besler said, via SI’s Planet Futbol. “It’s a lesson that maybe some of us learned just by watching. It’s going to be called tight in the penalty box, so we’ve got to be careful.”

USA midfielder Jermaine Jones also commented on the officiating, but in a more joking manner.

“They already say that we have to watch with the hands in the box or on corner kicks,” Jones said/ “Especially me with the yellow cards!

“We know the rules and we have to be careful. I think we have to, but we have to play our game.”

It will be interesting to see if the referees get better as the tournament continues or if they will continue to be a story line throughout, but as teams begin to take notice of the poor calls they will adapt their play to ensure they are not on the wrong end of a questionable call.

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