Real Salt Lake gets favorable call, rolls to victory

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  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    July 25, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    The diving and theatrics in the modern game HAS to be stopped. We have it here in our EPL, and it is awful to watch. Real Salt Lake gained an immediate advantage,by not only receiving a game-breaking penalty, but also by playing the rest of the game against 10 men. This should therefore now be punished retrospectively with the guilty player receiving a three game suspension. This same punishment should immediately be meted out to any player in any league found guilty of diving.

    TeamFugu refers to the dive as "unfortunate." Why not call it what it really is. "Cheating." The coach should man-up, and fine the player up to two weeks wages, which is the FIFA allowance for bringing his team into disrepute.

    The referee and his linesmen should have been able to spot this infringement. If that is the standard in the MLS, the referees need better coaching. (I saw three LA Galaxy games when visiting my daughter in San Diego recently, and the refereeing there was poor also.)

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    RSL needed all 3 points. The controversial PK tarnishes it a bit, but RSL was in control and could've won without it.

  • TeamFugu Holladay, UT
    July 24, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    The flop was unfortunate. I don't like seeing it, especially from one of our players. Soccer takes a huge beating for this stuff but I'd like to point out that you probably see as much or more whining and flopping in professional basketball. And almost as much in professional football(American). By the look of the way the game was played, San Jose's keeper was fantastic but it is so hard to keep a clean sheet when the rest of the team allows the other to have that many shots on frame. Law of averages would have caught up sooner or later. I think the game would have finished 1-0 if not for the red card and PK.

  • three11stu Saratoga Springs, UT
    July 24, 2011 1:13 a.m.

    And LA will have 6 games added to their schedule this year, and if Dallas and Seattle make it to the group stage, they will have 6 extra games this well.

  • srw Riverton, UT
    July 23, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    This morning I noted that RSL really weren't as far behind in the table as it might appear. And now here is the updated table (top five, east and west combined) in terms of points per match:

    Los Angeles Galaxy 1.91
    Real Salt Lake 1.83
    FC Dallas 1.77
    Seattle Sounders FC 1.73
    Philadelphia Union 1.63