Meh, I just think it's amusing to play the race card. I know they just went alphabeticly (Israel is after Ireland). I really don't care who wins or loses, and pretty much everyone has probably forgotten why I am healing Israel and Lebanon, but I'll keep doing it until they are both gone. In the end, it's just a game. I take the NHL version a little more seriously, though.
That being said, the US still had about 15 more minutes to tie it up after the bad call, so there is nothing to say that they would not have, but given the odds of scoring on the penalty kick, they were pretty much gifted a goal by a bad call.
At least that's my interpretation of it. My knowledge of soccer is total, though it was a much rougher game than I can remember seeing (I did look into the rules that caused the strange calls, though).
It was a bad call that lead to the penalty kick that allowed the US to tie the game and win it in extra time. The controversial call was legal, but very, very rare. Essentially, it is not a hand ball so long as the hand that touches the ball is between the shoulders and close to the torso. Nault had a ball coming at her chest, and moved to protect herself. This was called a hand ball erroneously, giving a PK.
The controversial call came because the goalie held the ball too long, which is usually called as time wasting (a yellow card). Instead it was called as a free kick since she is not allowed to hold the ball for more than six seconds (an American player was counting out loud beside the ref every time she made a save). The hand ball came off the free kick, which lead to the penalty kick and so on. A lot of minor contact that could have easily been penalized was not, though, which is why many people will tell you that the reffing was generally poor.
It's only a half truth depending on whether or not you consider Canada to have been a distinct entity in 1812 and when you consider the war to have ended. But pinning down when Canada became a distinct entity is like pinning down the fall of the Roman Empire, neither were instantaneous.