Aug 1, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT
Real Salt Lake’s important center back was red carded in the 58th minute last night, reducing his team’s chances of rallying from a 1-0 deficit in their CONCACAF Champions League loss to Costa Rica’s Herediano.
This is where inferior, overly lenient quality of MLS refereeing hurts players from the league.
Borchers and some RSL backers thought the red card was soft. And perhaps it was – but here comes the caveat – by MLS standards.
Yes, Borchers probably gets away with that in MLS, where officials still too happily avert their eyes at overly physical and reckless challenges. It’s getting better, but it isn’t there yet.
So MLS players instincts and tendencies are trained one way while the international game is often called another way. You can judge for yourself, but when I saw it full speed, saw Borchers lunge in with his cleats up, I thought, “Uh-oh!”
At the very least, even RSL backers must permit this: on the road, at a place on the field where Borchers absolutely didn’t need to be so aggressive, it was a mistake to give the referee an opportunity to make a game-changing call.
That’s what I say; you make up your own mind. Here are last night’s highlights, which include three quality stops from RSL goalkeeper Nick RImando, plus some opportunities that RSL simply must convert if they want to be CONCACAF big dogs.
- NWSL mega deal sends Sydney Leroux Dwyer to WNY for rights to Abby Wambach 0
- Prolific U.S. U-17 striker chooses club home in NASL 2
- How will the USMNT line up against Switzerland? 3
- British exec says England could look towards 2030 World Cup bid 1
- MLS Snapshot: Real Salt Lake 2-1 Toronto FC 2
- EURO 2016 qualifying roundup: Germany back on track; Portugal beat Serbia, go top 0