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Real Salt Lake: 2 penalty kicks doom RSL

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  • RSL Ulty fan
    April 4, 2010 9:24 a.m.

    I agree with comments that mention our midfield completely went cold after the first goal. When RSL plays full strength, they are the most dominant team in MLS (my opinion atleast). Those Pk's remind me of an RSL game against DC United a few years ago, but RSL was on the other end of it (I did think those calls were major flop too though). Flops happen in every sport, not just soccer. I wish they would card floppers more often to reduce it though. GO RSL, LETS TAKE DOWN SEATTLE. Should be a great game, considering Seattle lost and will be hungry for a win.

  • georg
    April 3, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    re: RE: Taxpayer

    I am one of the tax hotel patron's and I come to the Salt Lake Valley numerous times per season with many people to stay in hotels "specifically Best Western Executive Inn in Sandy" because it is next to TRAX, for the sole reason of seeing the beautiful game. Refering to this tax as "wasted on soccer" is foolish and simple.

  • Tut
    April 3, 2010 4:52 p.m.

    Extremely soft calls but technically they both qualify as penalties. If it was any other team with Jair as the ref those calls probably would not have been made. On the other hand Olave certainly didn't help. Olave seems to cost us a game or two each season. Rock solid all the time except for a minute of mental lapses. I'm glad to get these lapses out of the way early in the season. I'm sure the team is focused on Saturday now and crushing Seattle. Beautiful goals in San Jose and a beautiful string of passes leading to our goal in Houston. I hope to see that kind of quality at home on Sat. Go RSL!!!

  • re: RE: Taxpayer
    April 3, 2010 3:01 p.m.

    "Instead of making an ignorant comment maybe you should educate yourself first. Your taxes that you pay will only go towards soccer if you stay at a hotel in Salt Lake County. So "your" taxes are probably not being used since you probably don't stay at a hotel in Salt Lake County."

    What I mean is tax revenue that could otherwise benefit me is going to fund a looming failure. I'm as upset about this as I am about my tax dollars supporting deadbeats on welfare. We shouldn't tax hotel patrons in the first place- especially if that money is wasted on soccer!

  • Nyer
    April 2, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    I watched the highlights on mlssoccer.com. I think both calls were justified. Even if a foul is not enough to cause a player to lose his footing (like what happened on the second one) if the defender initiates contact like that its a foul and if a foul occurs in the box then its a PK. Of course, I think it looks bad for our sport if the offensive player then dives down like Landin did, but it was a legitimate foul even if it wasn't a strong enough foul to cause him to lose his footing. On the first one it should definitely be a foul on the defense if the defender hits the legs of the attacker running ahead of him. That was a great pass by Houston and if Olave hadn't clipped his leg I think the attacker definitely would have reached the pass before it went out of bounds.

  • georg
    April 2, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    The two penalties were hard to take and somewhat controversial, Imagine if the the teams had been swithed, I bet most of us would have argued that the calls were justified.
    For me the story of last night was how poor RSL played after going up a goal. Midfield disappeared, and RSL sat back and was content to clear each ball down field. Kries needed to address the teams loss of possesion by making a move Gonzales or Williams earlier in the second half.

  • re: 2 PK
    April 2, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    Diving is a part of all player's background.

  • RE: Taxpayer
    April 2, 2010 3:09 p.m.

    Instead of making an ignorant comment maybe you should educate yourself first. Your taxes that you pay will only go towards soccer if you stay at a hotel in Salt Lake County. So "your" taxes are probably not being used since you probably don't stay at a hotel in Salt Lake County.

  • reply taxpayer
    April 2, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    What taxes of yours are going to soccer, you must live in a hotel right?

  • Taxpayer
    April 2, 2010 2:10 p.m.

    I'm just glad my taxes are going to fund a boring sport. Thanks John Huntsman Jr.

  • 2nd PK
    April 2, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    Was a dive which is typical of that certain player's background.

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    Both penalties were questionable-especially in light of the butchering Morales took in the first half without even a foul called. The errant offside call was also bad, but Rimando saved the shot anyway. Gonzales looked bright, good replacement for Russell who sometmies struggles positionally.

  • Replay
    April 2, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    If there was a sport that needed instant replay, this should be yet one more example. Both PKs were caused by a little contact being played up into the WORST FOUL EVER. A replay official could quickly determine how "bad" the foul really was. I would restrict replay only to calls in the box and if the offensive guy is found diving-automatic red.

  • Are things that bad...
    April 2, 2010 11:18 a.m.

    that the RSL radio broadcasters had to do the game off a tv monitor in their Salt Lake studios instead of from the stadium in Houston? That is not a good sign.

  • Refs
    April 2, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    The first call was terrible! In no situaion should that have been a PK. A slight bump, on the very edge of the box, with the ball going out of bounds. The league should fine a ref for that kind of call.

    The second one did look bad at full speed, but in slow mo you could tell that it was completely embellished. Why do people have to fake fouls in soccer? It's so childish! It's by far the worst thing about soccer. They need to pit an end to that. I always get excited on the rare occasion when a ref gives a card for diving.

    On another note, Olave should know not to slide in so wrecklessly in the box!

  • todd to nerves
    April 2, 2010 10:50 a.m.

    I noticed it also.,We had a chance to put the game away up 1-0 and sat on the lead in my opinion instead of going for the juggular. Olaye though has to blamed for much of the breakdowns. His worst moments seem to happen in Houston. It is done, I am sure Kreis and the players already addressed it is time to get some rest and move on to Seattle game..

    I was not happy with Robbie play last night, I trust he will bounce back. It seemed he was not into it more than he was marked out of the game.

  • nerves
    April 2, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    I was frustrated that the ref wasn't protecting Morales also. He spent a lot of time on the turf last night. I was a little concerned with how our team handled being up a goal. After the goal we seemed to get frantic as Houston began to up the pressure. We seemed to stop moving for each other and just tried to boot it the other way which made it so the ball was constantly at a Houston players feet. If we show more composure and keep the pressure on them than maybe those PKs never materialise. We did the same thing against San Jose also. Get the lead and then just hold them off seems to be the mentallity.

  • francesco
    April 2, 2010 9:39 a.m.

    even if the penalties had not been called and RSL held on to the 1-nil advantage i still would have been dissatisfied with how they held back after taking the lead. RSL failed to kill the game after going up early in the match. we need that killer instinct to finish a game off. the best defense is a good offense.

  • RSL Ulty fan
    April 2, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    First PK was terrible, 2nd was justified even though it was a huge flop. What I love is how they got 2 pk's, yet Espy had an open header and was completely swept underneath close to the end of the game. No guarantee he makes the header, but that should have been called. RSL can't win in Houston because of the refs, not the players. Mid field was dissapointing last night though. It was an equal game between the 2 teams in my opinion. Espy should have gotten a red card at end of game.

  • astroboy
    April 2, 2010 9:24 a.m.

    I'm going to sit on the fence here a little bit in that I think both penalties were a little harsh, but in the end were justifiable from the ref's perspective.

    Really, you can't control the refs, only your own play. Jamison played well within the defensive unit, but just had a bad game with some mental mistakes. If he cleans those up, this team could be REALLY good. But lets give him credit, at least he lasted the full 90 this time :)

    Also even though RSL lost, I give them a little credit too for played well overall, scoring first, and putting themselves in position to get a result on the road. This was not the same as some of the frustrating losses of the past.

    The future looks bright, get out your shades.

  • Snare
    April 2, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    Olave needs to never play in Houston again. Those calls where bogus, but still, why in the world are you slide tackling a guy in the box in that circumstance?! Just stay in front of him! That was a tough loss to handle.

  • Chaco
    April 2, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    The key is not the official's call but Olave's position prior to the play and his poor decision making as he attempts to recover.

    He's coming from behind, faster than the player with the ball on both occasions. On the first, he cuts too close and causes the offensive player to stumble. This is fine outside the penalty area but a poor decision inside because it can lead to a penalty kick.

    The second situation is even more predictable; the offensive player is moving slow, the defensive player comes in hard and reckless. If there is any contact at all it's likely to lead to a penalty. Also, you have a hard to soft situation (cleats to ankle) which might lead to expulsion.

    The concept missing is to play more conservative around the penalty area. The underlying cause is the loss of possession having to catch up instead of setup defensively.

    Finally, Russell's play has to be brought into question. Where was he?

  • poor officiating
    April 2, 2010 8:32 a.m.

    You can tell it was poor officiating when the ref gave espi and that other dude a yellow, the guy had no clue what was going one btwn them.

  • Nussdorfer AC
    April 2, 2010 8:14 a.m.

    RSL could not get any calls all game long and Morales was being beat up with not as much as a foul given let alone a card to the Dynamo midfielders.

    Let's be honest, the first pk call was awful. The players were tangles up, the ball was nearly out of play when the fall occurred and there was no scoring opportunity. Terrible pk call.

    The 2nd one is arguably a pk, although soft by itself, but combined with the horrible call just minutes before the ref should've held his whistle. Too bad.

    We did look strong in the first half and hopefully we can carry it to the rest of the season.

  • three11stu
    April 2, 2010 7:55 a.m.

    I agree with Todd. Both penalties were justified. However, I believe that if the second penalty had happened first when Olave slid in and tripped the player, the ref would have let the other penalty go. It is unfortunate the order that they occurred in.

  • Vince Clortho
    April 2, 2010 7:51 a.m.

    The first one was weak. I can understand that from the official's angle he might see less clearly, but his linesman could help out. It seemed like the ball was too far in front for the player to get to so he slowed down and legs tied up. The second seemed more legit. Landin had a step on Olave, but all Olave needed to do was to stay between Landin and the goal, or force him to the end line.

    As far as the calls go, RSL does get robbed in Houston, JM got taken down twice from behind in one sequence near midfield and got nothing. Still RSL should have done better in the second half....

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2010 7:37 a.m.

    The game was actually broadcast down here in Colombia so I was able to watch! Woohoo. But what was Olave thinking. Two stupid fouls. The first happens whenever a player beats you and cuts in front of you. As a professional Olave needs to be smarter than that. The second was just plain dumb. You don't weep the legs of a player, especially in the box. It did not even look like Olave was going for the ball.

    On the other hand, an official should know when a player cuts in front of another and trips it's incidental contact, especially given the fact that the ball was going out of bounds anyway. On the second the foul was embelished somewhat. And what about all the times Espindola and Co. were taken down in the box.

    The officials are a part of the game. What can you do. It was a valient effort RSL, you're showing life on the road. Now lets take it to the Sounders! GO RSL!

  • RSL Fan
    April 2, 2010 2:37 a.m.

    Very poor officals. RSL was better that Houston but this was a poor game.

  • LAME PK's!!!
    April 2, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    PK's are such a huge game changer it really needs to be an obvious foul. Those were NOT Obvious fouls and even the ESPN announcers mentioned home cooking! I have seen yellow cards given to the offensive player for total flops just like that before, to get a PK for the game winning goal was just total B.S.!!!

    I hope the league looks at that and disciplines the refs! When you change a 1 hard earned goal win to a loss on two very questionable PK's in a 1 minute stretch, it does Not show well for the league!

  • todd from santa ana
    April 2, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    I am sorry to report Both penalties seemed justified. The second one was a bit of play acting. It is too bad. Houston has been a house of horrors and is good we do not go back there this season.

    When you trip or hit someone in the shin or ankle, you have to expect they call that.

    Too bad. Javier got us off a great start, but it seemed Houston was coming on and was dangerous throughout the game more than us, leading to the goals. Findlay quiet night. We need him at his best all the time.

    The Galaxy are (2-0) already and in 1st place. They were lucky tonight, as Chivas missed 3 open sitters.

    We will move on and be ready with eager anticipation for the home opener against Keller and his men



  • pk
    April 2, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    First pk was a joke and is never called in any league in the world other than MLS. The 2nd pk the player was barely touched and fell down like a little girl. Houston was outplayed and was gifted the game by the official. RSL looks good. Fortunately even in MLS most officals don't suck every game. RSL is going to win a lot of games this year. Olave is big and strong. Unfortunatley for him most players cant get around him so they have learned just to dive when he comes near them. Most officials are not dumb enough to fall for it, but some will this season.

  • Anon
    April 2, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    He he, Des mods dont like when you call Landin a flopper.

  • Fedor
    April 1, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    This was the very bad night. Olave, what were you thinking? That is all I have to say.