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U.S. done in by law of the wrestling ring

Updated: June 18, 2010, 8:42 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

JOHANNESBURG -- Modern soccer has turned the penalty area into a wrestling ring, and that's what cost the United States victory in its World Cup match against Slovenia on Friday.

Maurice Edu committed no foul as he scored from just over 6 yards.

However, just about every other player in the penalty area was holding, grabbing, pulling or pushing as the U.S. free kick sailed into the 18-yard zone.

Referee Koman Coulibaly of Mali saw one of several fouls. Unluckily for the ...

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