Defense should have received a D. Chris Wingert did not play smart and he
ultimately cost the team the win. Not a minute into the game he takes out a
player and could have got a red. Later he gets a deserved 2nd yellow. He
didn't play smart and he put a ref on his bad side from the get go. The 1st
goal by KC had 5 of their players in the box with only 2 Real players defending.
That's a breakdown in defense. Real's defense looked lost at times and
with Wingert going out with his 2nd yellow we were now down a man. He never
should have committed the 1st foul, stupid play, and he should have been more
careful with the second. The ref gave KC extra time because he wanted to give KC
every opportunity to win the game because of his bias against Real and
Wingert's dirty play. It's not right, but that's the reality.
Last night is proof positive of why soccer needs to ditch the forward moving
clock and stoppage time. KC scores almost 2 minutes after the announced 5
minutes of stoppage time had ended. At that point only 1 person in the arena
knows how much time is actually remaining, and because of this it creates a huge
possibility for mischief among game officials. Regardless of Wingert's
aggressive or even dirty play, the game clearly should have been over before
that goal scored. Soccer badly needs to evolve and adopt a reverse
moving clock, or at least stop the clock rather than accumulate "stoppage
time". That was a very low moment for the MLS and soccer as a whole.
the flexible stoppage time adds to drama at the end of the match. That it
worked out against RSL this time is no reason to change the rule. Its not like
the extra 90 seconds somehow forced RSL to play poor defense on the last corner
kick or somehow forced Stephenson to foolishly concede that last corner kick.
Of course a flexible end of the game wouldn't work well for basketball or
football, but those sports are so much different in their scoring system than
soccer is. Changing the flexible stoppage time rule is not going to advance the
popularity of the sport.