Was this a yellow-card worthy tackle? Absolutely.
But sometimes it’s not quite that simple — especially in the context of it being a second yellow card that would result in an ejection less than 30 minutes into the game. That’s what referee Ricardo Salazar was weighing with Sounders FC rookie midfielder Andy Rose in Saturday’s game against Philadelphia.
Rose, making his MLS debut as a starter, had received a yellow card earlier, when he came in high on this tackle in the 18th minute. Whether he made contact is debatable, but I certainly think it was reckless and worthy of a card. You can’t expect Michael Farfan to leave his leg in there to be raked by Rose’s studs.
About 10 minutes later, Rose came in with another rash slide-tackle — this one late and from behind on Freddy Adu as mentioned above.
In my opinion, both tackles were worthy of a yellow card. And, in my opinion, Rose should have been sent off. I felt that way watching live and I still feel that way after further review.
What did other people think? Check out the postgame quotes to get all the feedback gathered, but Seattle coach Sigi Schmid certainly though Salazar could’ve given a second booking. Rose felt it would’ve been harsh, especially since he didn’t agree with the first card. Philadelphia assistant coach John Hackworth and Adu clearly felt a second yellow was warranted.
But what do you think?
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