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May 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Poll: Do you think Blas Perez deserved a red card for his elbow of Leo Gonzalez?

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times


There were definitely a few talking points from CenturyLink Field on Saturday, as Sounders FC earned a 4-2 home win against FC Dallas. The most controversial play came in the 72nd minute, when Dallas forward Blas Perez caught Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez with an elbow as they battled for a header (available at the 6:25 of the video highlights).

Gonzalez was bloodied on the play, as you can see above, and after some discussion, referee Mark Geiger eventually issued Perez a red card.

The Twitter reaction from (presumably unbiased) national folk was a bit split from what I could tell; here are some posts from Real Salt Lake, Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas.

Here was Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid‘s take: “The red card I think was justified. If you saw Leo’s eye, you would know it’s justified.”

And here was FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman: “You know what? The nice thing is technology today is wonderful. I would encourage each of you to take off your Sounders hat and go look at the video, and you can see that if anything, Gonzalez ran into him. I was just a little confused that the referees couldn’t get it right. I think what ended up happening is, it’s like a policeman shows up and a guy’s got a bloody face so somebody must have hit him. I think I wasn’t real pleased with it, but it’s the way the game goes. You’re counting on the right decisions being made by the linesmen and the referees and they really have the best position, so it is what it is.”

So what do you think?

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