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October 31, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Osvaldo Alonso recalls controversial shove on RSL forward

There was a play that I missed live Saturday that got some attention around the league.

It isn’t included in the highlights package and it’s nowhere to be found on MLSsoccer.com, so I’ll have to recount what happened from what I saw on my DVR replay of the game.

Immediately after the restart following Real Salt Lake’s second goal, Sounders FC’s Osvaldo Alonso had an incident with RSL’s Alvaro Saborio. Upon kickoff, the ball came back to Alonso. Then Saborio, who had just scored his second goal of the game, came in hard on a challenge; he missed the ball, but got a piece of Alonso.

Seattle’s midfielder took exception to the play and tracked down Saborio away from the ball. As Alonso approached, he shoved the RSL forward in the head/neck region to the ground to earn a yellow card from referee Mark Geiger. Many believe the foul warranted a red card regardless of whether Saborio exaggerated the contact — including, perhaps, coach Sigi Schmid.

“We were lucky to come out without a red card to Ozzie,” Schmid said after the game. “It was a little bit of lack of composure from us there.”

I asked Alonso after Monday’s practice what he remembered from the controversial play.

“He came in and his foot was on top of mine,” he said through a translator. “I tried not to react, but I did. I had that reaction. That was that and I’m going to try and keep a calmer head for the next game.”

What do you remember from the play? Do you think it deserved a red card?

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