One thing about the US/Germany match that was very cool was the sportsmanship. At one point Dempsey (broken nose) is headed towards goal trying to get a pass but the German defender knocks it away. No foul, but Dempsey clearly takes a shot to the nose which has to hurt a ton. He goes down.

So the Germans kick the ball out of bounds. This stops time so the US can check on Dempsey. When play resumes and the US gets a throw-in, we throw it back to Germany.

I’ve certainly seen that before in soccer, but every time it impresses me. One team realizes the other team has a hurt player and kicks it out of bounds. The other team then gives the ball back.

Basic fairness displayed at the highest level of sports. Go figure.


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