Thursday, July 9, 2009

Kansas City Wizards 0 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC

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?


  1. As a Wizards fan, Onalfo makes me sick. Going after Montero as a person? That's pathetic.

    By the way, Onalfo has given many radio interviews where they talk about issues with soccer and he's never gone off about the issue of diving. It's part of soccer and his team uses it just as much.

    Either way, Onalfo needs to do a better job preparing his team for matches so he doesn't have to constantly beg for the officials to bail him out.

  2. At game speed that was not only a PK but should have been a red card as well. Hartman got beat. And yes the ref was a wanker.

  3. I was at the game, and while I think he did trip him, I don't know that a PK was necessary, because Montero already had kicked the ball too far to regain possession before going out of bounds.

    I guess that the call makes up for the first game they played where Keller got a red card when he shouldn't have. Weird that the keeper in both games was the key...

  4. Yeh, I think C.O. was kind of showing his rear in his comments, even calling Montero a punk. But if you think about it, If you really believe that Montero dove, and Montero makes comments like he did afterwards like "attracting the penalty", then you're gonna be super-pissed because this young "punk" is throwing it in the face of the entire team. Sissy-diving-terd is better. But, in all, Wizards have to play better.

  5. Seattle's contingent is making me nautious with the whole Keller Red card thing. If a keeper touches the ball out side of the box, it is bad, and is a red card on any pitch in the world.