Here’s a statement from referee Mark Geiger when asked about his penalty-kick decisions, first to award the Galaxy one on a handball by Seattle’s Adam Johansson in the second half and also waving appeals off when Jhon Kennedy Hurtado handled the ball in the first half:
“The hand was in an unnatural playing position,” Geiger said of Johansson’s play, “and he was making himself bigger by taking space. His arms were outside of his body. Hurtado’s arm was next to his body, he was not making himself bigger, and this was a case of ‘ball-to-hand.'”
Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid described the Johansson PK as “harsh” and added that that’s how he’s felt the season has gone for the team.
Pressed on why he thought the call was harsh, Schmid went into the more detail and gave credit to Galaxy forward Robbie Keane.
“I thought it was a harsh call because there was nobody in the box,” Schmid said. “He wasn’t passing it to anybody. All Keane was looking to do was to maybe draw a penalty, and try to hit it into his hand. He’s a clever player and he did well, but on the same token it’s like … ‘Is it taking away an opportunity?’ What opportunity was there? There was no opportunity. Clever move on his part. I don’t know how far out Johansson’s hand was or anything, but sometimes common sense might say that’s maybe not a PK. With the case down in LA, Zach Scott crossed the ball and Franklin leaves his arm out and keeps the cross from going over, and we had people in the box. Different, but clever on his part.”