Sounders managers sounds off on referee in U.S. Open Cup final
Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid was not a bit pleased with referee Ricardo Salazar following Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup final, when visiting Seattle fell to Sporting Kansas City.
On the one hand, Schmid has a point about his main point of contention, the 84th minute handball that was uber-iffy at very best. Salazar (in my opinion the top MLS referee) didn’t appear to have a good angle and probably got that one wrong.
But I bristle when managers, officials or players put this untoward, conspiratorial slant on it. If Salazar got it wrong, he got it wrong. But please do not imply that a referee is intentionally attempting to affect the outcome of a match (or even the lesser offense of purposefully favoring one team over a series of decisions). That’s a much darker place to visit.
I much prefer the way Sounders defender Zach Scott (who provided his team with the late equalizer) handled this thing:
That’s a guy saying “the referee made a mistake.” That’s OK.
But taking it further is taking it too far.