U.S. Soccer’s #ShotsFired Tweet

On any given day in the sports Twitterverse, one may come across the hashtag #shotsfired. #ShotsFired applies when someone in sports makes a critical comment toward someone else, be it a person, team, conference or league. Usually, the comment is NOT unintentional. All’s fair in love and sports. Especially through Twitter.

Here’s an example of what you may see on a given day:

Although there are times when intent and context can get lost in Twitter, especially with retweets (RTs), when it is an original tweet, there’s not much doubt as to its intent:

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Last night’s World Cup Qualifying action in CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) action was thrilling. It was the final chance for teams to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Heading into the night’s action, the biggest surprise was that World Cup stalwart Mexico was in danger of not qualifying.

The line-up for last night’s games:

  • USA @ Panama
  • Mexico @ Costa Rica
  • Jamaica @ Honduras

The scenario for Mexico:

If the USA were to win, Mexico would qualify. If Panama were to win, Mexico would have needed a result against Costa Rica to qualify either third or fourth, depending on the Jamaica-Honduras result.

All games took place at approximately the same time last night. All’s fair, remember? Watching the games and through the eyes of Twitter, the intensity magnified as time wore on. Honduras would jump out to a quick lead against Jamaica, only to see it tied up two minutes later. Panama put the pressure on and went up on the USA. It wasn’t just the USA under pressure as that goal plus Costa Rica’s goal shortly thereafter tightened things up for Mexico. Thankfully for Mexico, they went into halftime with a 1-1 tie. Jamaica and Honduras were tied at 2 while Panama held that 1-0 lead over the USA.

Then all hell broke loose.

In the 63rd minute, the United States scored to tie Panama, 1-1 AND Costa Rica got their second goal against Mexico. End-to-end action, particularly in Costa Rica-Mexico, glued people around the world to their television sets, laptops and mobile devices. 

And then…Panama scored in the 83rd minute to make it 2-1. They were on their way to the World Cup.

Dreams crushed!

The USA’s victory helped bitter rival Mexico live to see another World Cup day. They will face New Zealand in a home-and-home series next month. Panama meanwhile…

ESPN’s Bob Ley summed up the night:

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As Fox Soccer Trax tweeted, the U.S. men “saved Mexico’s bacon”. The U.S. and Mexico have a long bitter soccer history. For the U.S. to “help” Mexico on their World Cup quest was hard for some to swallow. In the Hispanic-American/Mexican-American community, it could be seen as a victory but fans of “El Tri” had to find it a challenge to “cheer” for USA.

It is that history that brings me back to the U.S. Soccer tweet above. Considering the dire straits Mexico had put themselves in up to last night, they desperately needed a win by the U.S. men. Desperately.

People say they like team accounts having fun on Twitter. The LA Kings’ Twitter account is notorious for bringing a little flair to their tweets. Poking the bear, if you will. But, that’s in the National Hockey League. As passionate as fans are about their professional sports teams, they pale in comparison to national team pride.

Is a national team Twitter account having fun like U.S. soccer did in poor taste? Whether it was or not, that’s for you to decide. Keep in mind, it’s been RTd over 81,000 times as of this writing:

US Soccer#SHOTSFIRED? I think so! 

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CadChica Sports

One comment on “U.S. Soccer’s #ShotsFired Tweet

  1. hammtime says:

    I didn’t see anything wrong with US Soccer’s tweet. I don’t even think it was snarky. Some people just are too sensitive.

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