After falling 4-2 to Mexico -- following holding a 2-0 lead early, no less -- Tim Howard was understandably angry. Sitting idly and watching your opponents and biggest rivals celebrate on your home turf (debatable) would tick anyone off. Only, it doesn’t appear as though the American goalkeeper was as angry about his team’s embarrassing defeat as he was about the language that the post-match ceremony was conducted in.
"CONCACAF should be ashamed of itself," Howard said. "I think it was a f***ing disgrace that the entire post-match ceremony was in Spanish. You can bet your ass if we were in Mexico City it wouldn't be all in English."
Does Howard have a point? Yes and no. On one hand, despite the large Spanish-speaking contingency that turned out for the event, the game was still played in the U.S., where English is the language of choice. On the other hand, although Univision commentator Fernando Fiore did use Spanish throughout the proceedings, he did mix in quite a bit of English, including at the point when he gave the U.S. their runners-up medal.
Check out a video of the incident below and decide for yourself whether Howard’s gripe is legitimate.