The title says it all.
In an intense game between the top two teams in the league, you would think a more experienced referee would be in charge of the game, right? Wrong. That would make too much sense. The game was choppy from the very first minute. RSL fullback, Chris Wingert, received a yellow card for a challenge not even 30 seconds into play. The ref really had no control over the game, making inconsistent calls, and frustrating RSL players, fans, and coaches. Sport KC weren’t being called for hard fouls on Javier Morales, but Joao Plata (5’2, 134 lbs.) was called for just barely touching Aurelien Collin (6’2, 170 lbs.).
Despite the man in the middle making the match his own, it was RSL who scored first. Robbie Findley found the back of the net in the 58th minute. Javier Morales sent a free kick into the box that SKC Goalkeeper, Jimmy Nielsen, couldn’t handle. Findley jumped and headed it over a few bodies and into the back of the net.
Third string RSL Goalkeeper, Jeff Attinella, made some heroic diving saves and saved point blank shots, filling in well for Nick Rimando who was away with National Team duty. RSL seemed to be pushing to put the game out of the reach of Kansas until Chris Wingert got yet another yellow for a push on Sooney Saad (who went down very easily) and was ejected from the game. RSL were down to 10 men.
That’s when SKC scored. A set piece pinged around in the box until Sooney Saad volleyed it past Attinella. 1-1.
The most frustrating part of the game was stoppage time. The 4th official added on 5 minutes which is a lot for a team with 10 men to play. SKC grabbed the game winner in the 97th minute… 97!! Really, ref… Really?