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U.S. Soccer Team

SORRY We Dissed

Our Troops

6/13/2012 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0612_us_soccer_team_twitter_guatemala_cityThe U.S. soccer team insists ... they didn't mean to snub American troops at a Guatemalan airport Monday -- blowing past the soldiers' big welcoming party for the team -- so the players are apologizing.

Team America flew in for a World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala -- and troops stationed in the Central American country came to greet them on the tarmac and cheer them on to victory.

But when the team got off the plane ... they made a beeline for the bus, not saying a word to the soldiers ... not even a "thank you." The troops were understandably insulted.

The soldiers' friends and family took to Facebook to express their disgust -- writing messages like, "What a disgrace that a team that wears our American colors can't take 5 minutes to acknowledge the soldiers that fight for what those colors represent."

Now, a rep for the team tells TMZ, "The players and staff were simply unsure of the correct protocol in terms of engaging the military members on arrival to Guatemala ... [the players] weren't sure if they were welcoming them or providing security."

We're told their apology went over pretty well -- no hard feelings. (FYI -- Guatemala tied the game last night with a late goal in the 83rd minute. Boo.)

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31.

jayman419    

I wouldn't have known what to do either. It's not like they are in a crowd, or (at least in the photo) cheering or waving themselves.

If I get off the plane in a foreign country and there are soldiers from any nation just standing there lining both sides of a pathway to my bus, I'm gonna haul ass, too.

801 days ago
32.

Jexica    

Ok, let's say the team actually thought the soldiers were there for security. Isn't that even MORE reason to say thank you or at least acknowledge the soldiers?
Are they so stupid that they need a manager or PR person to teach them manners or common decency? Too many balls the head, i guess.

801 days ago
33.

Asessina    

These soldiers were told to be there and were also proud to support this American team. Whereas this team had to be told that gee it's a greet and time to thank them not a security detail so you Don't have to thank them. What is the average iq on that soccer team anyway? Are things American not popular under this administration ? Under Bush we couldn't wear the flag enough or be prouder. We went from an American President to a foreign president so why expect more from mere ball players.

801 days ago
34.

robert chowaniec    

Who watches that stupid sport anyway!!!

801 days ago
35.

John    

What a sorry team, is PROTOCOL their excuse for not saying Hi... Let's not support the team,
no MONEY, no interviews, no parties and no audience...
This soccer team is a discrase

801 days ago
36.

Marsy    

Where are the soldier's hats to begin with? They are not in full uniform.

801 days ago
37.

SlyGirl    

This is stupid! I think this is all media, its gonna take a little more than some girly soccer players to hurt our military!!!

801 days ago
38.

CriticXtreme    

While morons kick a ball around they show no respect for those who've fought for the to have the right to kick a ball around. Bad karma for them.

801 days ago
39.

Ryan    

Poor troops. I feel bad that they even had to stand there for SOCCER PLAYERS, let alone get nothing from the players. The players should of been greatful that someone acutally wanted to see them.

801 days ago
40.

jeff    

******* jocks

801 days ago
41.

Stevo    

thats ****ed up...

801 days ago
42.

tmzfan    

Nice try soccor team, what security hoots and hollars, draws attention and praises the people they are protecting? You should all be ashamed of yourseves, buecase I am certainly ashamed of you. You are certainly not "better" then our service people just because you play on a winning soccor team. I would be ashamed to have you in my family, especially since we are a military family. Shame on you.

801 days ago
43.

dapedo    

mabey they all saw that video of american troops peeing on dead corpse and had that feeling like many do. THAT the AMERICAN MILITARY has NO RESPECT LEFT

801 days ago
44.

Alex    

The more I know people, the more I love animals.

801 days ago
45.

Alex    

Who cares about soccer anyways, besides thats the real ****y attitude from people who make millions and think they the best. Shame on them, our soldiers give their lives for us.

801 days ago
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