It gets worse every time you see it
File that amongst the worst goalkeeping bloopers of all time. That wasn't a howler. It was a HOOOOOOWL-er.
With England well in charge of this game, Clint Dempsey launched a more than hopeful shot from about 25 yards from goal. Robert Green, the English keeper, saw it all the way. He got down on his knees like an outfielder waiting for a single to roll toward him.
And then it just flipped over his outstretched hands and into the net.
England's fans - who are outnumbered by the Americans on hand - went suddenly silent. Then it's all U-S-A! U-S-A!
Score knotted at 1-1. To make matters worse, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard is having a wonderful game. And he stayed in after Emile Heskey looked to have remodelled his elbow during a studs-first slide.
Whatever the result, Green is going to be lashed for this, and for years. He's been famous for his blunders. Now he's just famous.
TV just showed a shot of David Beckham on the English bench immediately after the goal. He looked as if he was trying to bore into Robert Green's head with his eyes and rip out his spine.
We've had our first great talking point of the tournament. Or, at least, one doesn't involve vuvuzelas. Which are still here, but not quite as annoying.
P.S. - The scoreboards don't work. How perfect is that?