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August 13, 2009
Howard: Ref gave Mexico the calls

Mexico City -- U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said Panamanian referee Roberto Moreno favored Mexico in the hosts' 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Americans on Wednesday.

"I don't want to pin it on the referee, but a lot of times when you come to a place like this the most intimidated person in the stadium is the referee and that's disappointing," Howard said. "Of course, there were some tough plays that went against us. I think the bar was probably tilted in their favor. It's unfortunate because it was a hard-fought game. We went in hard and they went in hard and for some reason, we always kept coming out with a foul."

The U.S. was fortunate not to have a player red-carded. Defender Oguchi Onyewu could have been awarded his second yellow card of the match in the second half. It is bad enough that he was slapped with his second yellow of the final round, meaning he will miss the El Salvador match on Sept. 5

U.S. coach Bob Bradley did not want to comment on the officiating.

-- Michael Lewis

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