Sep 30, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT
Referee Michael Kennedy, one of the experienced referees used in Round 30 when most of the experienced guys were, well, somewhere else (What’s up with that?), let his assistant make a critical call.
A cross came in, it was headed away and everyone was playing on, with just one half-hearted appeal from D.C. United. But then Kennedy’s whistle blew and – just like in Columbus, where a controversial goal affected the playoff race – a controversial call further affected it at Jeld-Wen Field.
I say: this is not a penalty kick. David Horst definitely should know better than to defend a cross with arms flailing. So, you can approach it from that angle.
But when players get clubbed and whacked and dragged down on every visit to the penalty area, this is enough for a spot shot? In a game that means so very much to so very many teams?
Not for me, it’s not. If Horst did touch the ball, it’s hard to make any argument that the flight was affected and that a real goal scoring opportunity was quashed. It was the visitors’ only goal in a 1-1 draw.
But you decide for yourself:
- USA Today reports LA Galaxy trade Mike Magee for rights to Robbie Rogers 1
- With MLS expansion done for now, where the league priorities should land 7
- Which US cities are next for MLS expansion? 24
- Champions League Final infographic: Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich 0
- NWSL Game of the Week: Sky Blue FC vs. FC Kansas City 0
- It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. (35)
- Which US cities are next for MLS expansion? (24)
- Why MLS was so focused on New York as the 20th market (18)
- Notes from today’s big announcement on MLS, NYCFC the Yankees and the rest (14)
- Gareth Bale set to re-sign with Tottenham – But is it a good deal for the Welshman? (9)
- Watch LIVE: Pens-Sens, Game 5
- LIVE: Pacers aim to even series with Heat
- Tiger, LeBron and bids to be the best that ever lived
- PBT: Pacers must take back paint to beat Heat
- HBT: A-Rod sells Miami home for $30 million
- PST: Key battles for Champions League final
- Struggling Blackhawks on brink of elimination