Real Salt Lake notebook: Did Alvaro Saborio dive for PK?

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  • Riles Midway, UT
    July 27, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    If you watch the replay, it is clear the Burling runs in front of him, then intentionally slows down to check him, without making a play on the ball. Sabo made a move to avoid him and jump over Burling's legs as he crossed in front of him. Instead of landing on his feet and losing the ball, he simply tucks his legs. Any contact was minimal.

    I think the simple answer is that Sabo wanted to make sure something was called (and obstruction should have been called), so he sold it. However, it was the flamboyant manner of the fall that was rightly criticized and is all too common among footballers. If soccer is to advance in the USA they need to show a little more toughness. Americans are used to sports where the athletes aren't afraid of contact and just assume it's part of the game. Hence the hilariously true ESPN commercial. I'm a big soccer fan, but I completely understand the criticism of soccer in the USA.

  • RSL1 Washington, UT
    July 25, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    Instant replay on pk's and red cards would solve the problem. It appears though MLS prefers random, crazy calls rather than have instant replay. So the madness will continue. Sometimes in our favor, usually not in our favor.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    July 24, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    That was a total dive. Saborio is a skilled diver and made it look quite realistic, but it definitely wasn't contact with the defender that knocked him down because there wasn't any contact with the defender. Saborio has the skill of diving ingrained into him that Davies has - that if the defender approaches the attacker in or near the box, then the attacker should try gracefully throwing himself down because the ref will often assume the defender's contact caused the fall. This is an especially helpful move for the attacker to try if the attacker has lost control of his dribble, as Saborio had done, because the attacker at that point wouldn't have scored on his own anyways.

    I think maybe the case could be made for obstruction by Burling, but even if it was obstruction it still occurred outside of the box and then there would have been no PK and no red card.

    Soccer needs video review.

    July 24, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    After watching the film it's clear he lost balance. Whether it was from being bumped or his own poor footing, his crash to the ground seems legit.

    That said, I think he over-reacted in an attempt to draw the PK and got it. I'm proud of the other 3 goals RSL scored. Not this one. I don't feel he dived, but he sure played up the loss of balance.

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    It was an embellishment. Not as bad as Davies, but still not something RSL fans want.

  • Klaus Peter SANDY, UT
    July 24, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    Watching the highlights of the Saborio PK play in slow motion it is clear that Sabo was obstructed or impeded as he moved towards the goal. Foul occurred with in penalty area. Usually obstruction is penalized with an indirect free kick.
    However, depending on angle of observation, if there is body contact in the movement a PK could be given. This was not a dive, but an obstruction at the shoulder which causes a player to loose balance. Difficult call, but not a dive.