What’s really sad about last night contest, is that in a game that was so hotly contested and fought so magnificently between both two teams but everything seems to be over shadowed by arguments of how much Ricardo Salazar affected last nights game. I won’t defender his calls one way or the other. It’s obvious that there were some questionable and even the most non-partial fan would find parts of the game awkward to watch.
Any referee that is talked about post game is usually a bad sign. Not only that it’s a real indictment upon the league in general. There is a certain degree of need for transparency on how they are evaluating referees. We know that MLS is of course trying to improve the overall officiating, but of course the question is raised, how?
I suppose that talk should really be reserved for another time and another conversation all together. What we can do and really should do, is look back at last night.
There are a lot of things that you can look back at last night, such as Kyle Beckerman and his 188 touches, and realize that it certainly wasn’t a standard issue game. Certainly there was some issues between the attack and defense. The problems of transition with the midfield and the lack of touches by the attacking pieces all were indicators of the fact that the Sounders played the majority of the game a man down.
You can blame Salazar for Scotts red card if you wish, but there is certainly something to be said for how Zach Scott attacked Morales….errrr…maybe attacked the ball. Whatever.
When you have a situation going into a game where you know you have a referee that you’ve had run-ins in times past. It’s certainly for the best that you don’t put that individual in the middle to make a call that hurts you. That just seems like common sense.
Unfortunately that isn’t what happened.
But, there are still a lot of positives to takeaway from last night for the Sounders. Brad Evans staring as a right back, Mike Seamon’s return after two years removed from his last appearance in MLS, and of course the Sounders still taking a point away after really being stuck being a man down.
The Sounders went into the game with the obviously better side considering their attacking pieces. But, the fact RSL ended up drawing the game and prevented the Sounders from finding the scoreboard is an example of the strong defensive back line anchored by Nate Borchers.
Speaking of defense, Michael Gspurning and Jeff Parke were amazing and they both continue their 3 game shut out streak, which any way you want to look at it from an analytic stand point is good. The question is how much longer can the Sounders really continue this.
They take on FC Dallas this weekend and have the Galaxy line-up for next weekend. Sure, they’re between a rock and a hard place when it comes to a CCL spot. But all that really means is that they need to fight to get to the MLS Cup.