Re: Ben HThat is not true. The Africa Cup of Nations, the
comparative tournament for that region, is played in January and February every
other year. That makes it during many of the major soccer leagues regular
season. Coaches from those leagues incessantly complain about this. It happens.
video review would be an improvement, but even with video review there would
still be a lot of difficult calls to make. there is so much grabbing that
occurs. the first PK it was very light and I don't think it was enough to
cause the attacker to fall down but the defender definitely grabbed the
attackers side. second pk I think was bogus - there was shoulder-to-shoulder
contact but the Garcia just made a poor touch to lose the ball. Third one was
also slight but nevertheless some legitimate grabbing going by Maund as
Espindola ran by. Certainly the grab was not enough to knock Espindola off his
feet but it was a grab nevertheless. Video review will not solve all problems.
Soccer is still a great sport (better than football) even with its current
The real absurdity is that Major League Soccer insists on playing games that
count while players are away at an international tournament. No other top level
soccer league does this. With Nick Rimando in goal in stead of the
inexperienced Jeff Atenella, RSL wins this game. Nick would have stopped at
least one and possibly two of the goals that got by Antenella. The MLS should
have the same season that the rest of world has...where the season begins in
August and ends in early May. They could also take a break from mid-December to
after the Super Bowl and end the season in June.I support replay in
soccer, but the MLS will not do it unless FIFA endorses it, and FIFA is the
least progressive of all of the international bodies. Every goal, every red
card and every penalty shot should be reviewed automatically. 3 penalty shots in
one game at this level is just ridiculous.
I like a lot of things about soccer. But I have a hard time getting too
invested in pro and world soccer when games are routinely decided by one or two
plays featuring bad calls by the ref, with no review possible. When they figure
out a way to solve this absurdity, I will be a true fan. Til then, I'll
leave it to all those die-hards who don't seem to realize or care.