The Wizards lost the Open Cup game with Seattle Tuesday night. You can read Mike's write up or Hillcrest Road's post for some details. The key play that night was a PK awarded to Seattle for Kevin Hartman tripping Montero in the box. Since there was not a lot of video there (why?) we only have 1 or 2 angles to review the play. There is a great photo here that shows how close it really was. Ironically most KC fans think Montero DOVE and most Seattle fans think Hartman CLEARLY tripped Montero.
Wizards fans think the photo shows there is space between Hartman's arm and Montero's foot and Montero is already in mid-swan before being touched.
Sounder fans think the photo shows Montero already in a locked up by Hartman's armpit position like it was pro-wrestling. Of course pro-wrestling is not exactly real either.
I have taken enough photos and looked at enough photos to say that you can not conclude the exact location based on one image. We need more evidence to see if Montero is ankle deep in Kevin's pits or 2 feet away by his hand.
I can see enough to know that Montero iniated the contact (if there was actual contact) and was already falling before the contact. His leg was pulled back instead of striding forward towards the ball that he probably could not get to anyway.
Even Montero's comments after the game fuel the controversy.
"I got a pass from Stephen King. My intention was to bring the keeper out. He left the goal, I think you know the standards a South American player has, and in the last minute that was the best choice to get a goal. And thank God we got the good fortune to get the goal."
Sounders fans with 'rave-green" glasses on think nothing of that comment, Wizards fans think he just admitted to diving.
Yes I think Montero dove, but the Wizards gave him the opportunity to make that dive.
I know diving is part of the game but it is one of the worst parts of the game.
I hope Seattle remembers we will always be their first loss?