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Pac-12 Refs Are Trending During USA's World Cup Opener

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The United States Mens National Team took a 1-0 lead into halftime in today's 2022 World Cup group stage opener against Wales. 

While the score currently favors the USMNT, several debatable first half calls in favor of Wales have prompted fans to compare one World Cup official to the highly-controversial referees in the Pac-12. 

The outcry on social media came after a handful of no-calls favoring Wales and two questionable yellow cards handed to USMNT players in the first 13 minutes of action. 

Here are some of the noteworthy reactions to the first-half officiating by head referee Abdulrahman Al-Jassim: 

The United States, despite being on the receiving end of a few poor calls, took a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute by way of a Tim Weah goal set up by Christian Pulisic. 

Shoddy officiating continued following Weah's goal, but this time, on a questionable yellow card handed to Wales' Gareth Bale. 

Guardian Sport contributor Max Rushden took to twitter following the call and shared his take on Bale's booking. 

"that Gareth Bale booking was one of the greatest tackles of the 21st century," Rushden said Monday. 

Following today's game against Wales, the United States will complete group play with a matchup against England on Friday and Iran next Tuesday.