Real Salt Lake: RSL squanders another late lead, falls to New York

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  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    Re: Ben H

    That 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.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    July 28, 2013 9:19 p.m.

    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 deficiencies.

  • Ben H Clearfield, UT
    July 28, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    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.

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    July 27, 2013 10:38 p.m.

    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.