Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City Report Card

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  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    July 22, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    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.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    July 21, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    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.

  • Ronin Davis, UT
    July 21, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    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.