Marcus Haber fought off three Costa Rican defenders, but managed to keep his balance as he pursued the flight of a free kick lofted into the penalty area. Haber stretched out his leg, and the ball came off his knee. The ball went past Ticos keeper Esteban Alvarado and into the goal.
After a goalless 2013 Gold Cup, and two and two-thirds games of goalless attacking at the 2015 Gold Cup, the Canadians finally had put a ball into the net. And the lead. And a chance to survive the group stage. And the home team made most of the 16,000-plus at Toronto’s BMO Field — people who had endured a torrential downpour — happy.
Canadian soccer fans from coast to coast could exhale.
And then, we saw the flag. The linesman’s arm was up, the yellow flag pointed towards Haber.
Then, the replay; it showed Haber was a step ahead of those three defenders when the ball was struck. The linesman had got the offside call correct. We couldn’t even have the cold solace of a conspiracy theory.
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