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Video: Watch a remarkably soft penalty kick decision

Beckerman head shot

I always say that when players foul inside the penalty area, even if it’s just rates as a mere misdemeanor offense, they are providing opportunity for a big penalty kick decision.

That said, Colorado Rapids’ rookie Dillon Powers’ “foul,” such that it was in Saturday’s first half against Real Salt Lake, was the softest of offenses.

Powers (such a hero last week with his wonderful, powerful strike in against Portland) did make contact with Kyle Beckerman as a corner kick fell toward the RSL midfielder. But if this is a penalty kick, as referee Chris Penso adjudged, then there are 6-10 PKs a match in any MLS contest – on each side!

It seems a little like a 14-year veteran (Beckerman) getting some huge benefit of the doubt over a newbie (Powers) with just five games of MLS experience.

See for yourself.

(Before the rage and indignation get too far out of control, however, know that Rapids’ rookie goalkeeper Clinton Irwin saved Alvaro Saborio’s spot shot – so no harm in the end, I suppose.)