Photo credit: John Lok, The Seattle Times
As soon as the final whistle blew Sunday, a few Sounders headed straight for referee Mark Geiger (who made a controversial call and addressed as much in an earlier blog post).
Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso and forward Eddie Johnson appeared to be most vocal in their complaints.
Alonso, in fact, was issued a yellow card for dissent. It was his second booking of the night, resulting in a red card. Since it was after the final game of the year, the mandatory one-game suspension will carry over to opener to the 2013 MLS regular season.
I asked Alonso after the game if he had any particular frustrations, but he said no, and seemingly didn’t want to talk about it.
I also asked Johnson what his frustrations were with Geiger.
“That’s soccer,” the forward said. “All calls aren’t going to go your way, but it’s how you respond when things don’t go your way. Unfortunately it was at a difficult time in the game for the call not to go your way, when you’ve really been in the game and really given yourself a chance for the entire game. That was just bad timing. I know (Geiger) is going to go back and look at it, like we always do. As soccer players we always go back and watch games when we play, and try to look at our mistakes, and try to correct them for the next game. I know he’s going to go back at look at it. He’s human just like we’re human.”