We can try to say the United States national soccer team cost themselves the match Friday in a 2-2 tie against Slovenia.
After all, their first-half play and the goals they gave up were equally atrocious.
In the end, first-time World Cup referee Koman Coulibaly will bear the brunt of the blame, and rightfully so.
His blown call cost the U.S. one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history. As it is, the U.S. will be applauded for just getting back to a tie.
But applause means nothing in the group standings.
The call brought acid reflux to many U.S. sports fans, as memories of umpire Jim Joyce's blown call, which robbed Armando Galarraga of a perfect game, flood our brains.
How does Coulibaly's gaffe compare to Joyce's?