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Published: Monday, May 9 2011 5:38 p.m. MDT

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justhinkaboutit
Bountiful, UT

MLS officiating is the biggest black eye for the league. It is honestly a joke. I have a couple of friends from Europe who were visiting here and wanted to see some "American" soccer. Their biggest complaint was poor officiating. It is awful. MLS officials are like churchball officials compared to NBA officials. MLS needs to seriously up its level of officiating if they want their league to stay relevant.

Nussdorfer AC
Salt Lake City, UT

While MLS officiating is particularly poor, it is a problem worldwide. Every soccer league has its problems with officials.

myself
Salt Lake City, UT

Honestly I think the field is way to big for just one center official. 2 center officials and 2 sidelines would clean up the game a lot. Also give us goal line technology already.

matt4226
Holladay, UT

Paul Ward was put in a tough situation in this game. Chivas made it clear they were going to be physical early in the match. Did anyone else notice that he was originally going to give Mondaini a yellow card before he saw the extent of Morales' injury?

Just a few weeks ago the complaint was that the refs were giving out too many red cards, I wonder if that was playing into Ward's decisions. He should have given a straight red to the defender who pulled down Saborio at the top of the box for denying a goal scoring opportunity. That decision became a moot point when the defender was shown his second yellow for lowering his shoulder into Saborio 10 minutes later.

I have wondered if that ejection is what lead to Javi's injury. I don't know that Mondaini would have been defending that deep had they not been down a man. Even if Javi wasn't hurt on that play it should have been a straight red for tackling from behind. That's one change I would like to see, tackles from behind should be a straight red card.

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