The Castrol Index is in for the United States-Mexico match and the results, not surprisingly, show the center of the defense dominated. The two center backs and the goalkeeper are the top three rated players.
What might surprised, however, is the order.
Would you say Matt Besler at No. 1, then Brad Guzan, then most people’s Man of the Match Omar Gonzalez? Yeah, we wouldn’t either, but numbers don’t like. (Or maybe they do; we really don’t understand how these things are calculated.) The Sporting Kansas City center back topped the chart at 1,020, followed by Guzan (986) and Gonzalez (917).
Graham Zusi, who should have gotten a million points for his 40-yard run to keep Angel Reyna from slamming the ball home, finished fourth with 721 points. Eddie Johnson managed to earn exactly zero points in 35 minutes of work. That’s impressive.
Here, because I love you all, are the rankings.
Goal-line technology ‘too expensive’ for Michel Platini
Michel Platini, man. Michel Platini. From Reuters:
“If we are going to use this goal-line technology in the Champions League and Europe League, then we would have to set it up in every single stadium where matches are played. If we wanted to use goal-line technology, we would have to install it in 280 stadiums and then remove it again for domestic matches. It would cost around 54 million euros ($69.26 million) over five years for this technology, so it’s quite expensive for the sort of mistake which happens once every 40 years. Honestly, I prefer to put more money into youth football and infrastructure than spend it on technology when there’s a goal in a blue moon that hasn’t been seen by a referee.”
Now look, I have no idea about the finances of this, although it does seem absurd that the plan would be to install and then remove the technology. (Why not just leave it in place and split the costs?) But dude, let’s not pretend that your five-man referee system works, okay? Don’t insult our intelligence. If you don’t want to install goal-line tech because of the cost or because you hate progress or because whatever, just say that: “I’m Platini, and I’m in charge.” It’s your right. You da boss.
Don’t tell us “practically no mistakes have been made and the referees see practically everything that happens on the pitch.” You know what sees everything? Goal-line tech cameras.