I'm more of a hater than a cynic, and think this game demonstrates exactly why soccer faces an uphill battle in gaining US fans. Playing strong and tough is the American way--run hard, throw elbows, and if you get spiked then rub some dirt on it and play through it. Pretty, fluid teams may get respect, but never the love and devotion that outright smashmouth teams get, in any sport. So what happens in the "best match this Cup has seen yet?" Between the teams, three guys get tossed and suspended for aggressive play, ref blows calls left and right, and pretty boys get carried off the field on stretchers when they scrape their knees. There was some exciting stuff, but not enough to make up for the overt lack of masculinity. I've always said soccer is a chick's game, didn't see anything that would change that. tom, those guys were not tossed for aggressive play. you're supposed to be aggresive, but there is a technique to it. in the nfl, if one tackles the quarterback 3 seconds after he's passed the ball, isn't that a foul? isn't there a rule against spearing? isn't there a rule against a certain type of leg block that the linemen used to use?