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Video: Watch a remarkably soft penalty kick decision

Apr 6, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

I always say that when players foul inside the penalty area, even if it’s just rates as a mere misdemeanor offense, they are providing opportunity for a big penalty kick decision.

That said, Colorado Rapids’ rookie Dillon Powers’ “foul,” such that it was in Saturday’s first half against Real Salt Lake, was the softest of offenses.

Powers (such a hero last week with his wonderful, powerful strike in against Portland) did make contact with Kyle Beckerman as a corner kick fell toward the RSL midfielder. But if this is a penalty kick, as referee Chris Penso adjudged, then there are 6-10 PKs a match in any MLS contest – on each side!

It seems a little like a 14-year veteran (Beckerman) getting some huge benefit of the doubt over a newbie (Powers) with just five games of MLS experience.

See for yourself.

(Before the rage and indignation get too far out of control, however, know that Rapids’ rookie goalkeeper Clinton Irwin saved Alvaro Saborio’s spot shot – so no harm in the end, I suppose.)


  1. east96st - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Good thing Penso didn’t do the Columbus – Philly game. It would taken seven hours to finish the game with all the PKs he would have had to call in that one. The saddest part about it was Beckerman didn’t even make his flop look convincing. You would think after 14 years, he would have his act down better.

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