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Published: Friday, April 2 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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


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


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.

todd from santa ana

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

LAME PK's!!!

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!


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


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!

Vince Clortho

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....


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.

Nussdorfer AC

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.

poor officiating

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.


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?


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.


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.

RSL Ulty fan

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.


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.


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.

todd to nerves

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.


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!

Are things that bad...

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.

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