Brazil's 3-1 victory over Croatia in the World Cup opener wasn't without controversy. Brazil forward Fred drew contact from a Croatian defender -- some would say flopped -- and Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded the host nation a penalty that would end up giving them the lead.
Revs defender A.J. Soares, providing analysis of the World Cup for CSNNE, said the call was, "something I don't like to see. That being said, Fred the forward felt the contact on his shoulder and went down. To me, at the end of the day, it's the ref's decision and it's his responsibility to get the calls right. You really can't fault the forward, he's trying to do everything he can to win the game. When he felt the contact he went down...That's why they won."
On US coach Jurgen Klinsmann's comments that his team can't win the tournament, Soares sees that as a motivator for the Americans.
"I don't know if it's a positive or negative," Soares said. "I'd like to think he's doing this to motivate his players and sort of give them a little kick in the back and prove them wrong."