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March 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Lamar Neagle retroactively given credit for Sounders FC’s first goal Sunday

There was immediate debate after Sounders FC’s first goal in Sunday’s 2-0 road win in Montreal.

Seattle’s Lamar Neagle won a header off a Gonzalo Pineda free kick, and the ball struck off the corner of the goal frame and back toward Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins before going into the goal.

Own goal or Neagle’s goal? Even the Sounders’ broadcast was split with Ross Fletcher siding on Neagle and Kasey Keller thinking it should be an own goal.

At first glance, one might think it has to be an own goal on Perkins — as the ball would not have gone in without his influence — and that was the initial ruling. But here is the rule in question, as forwarded along by an MLS spokesperson.

An attacker shoots the ball and it hits the post or crossbar. The ball clearly changes direction and is heading toward the field, when it strikes the goalkeeper or another defender and goes into the net.
VERDICT: GOAL TO ATTACKER

FIFA also has noted a similar interpretation as seen in the last sentence of this document from a while back.

Hence the change: Neagle gets the goal and Pineda gets his first assist.

It was actually the second time Neagle has benefited from a retroactive scoring change this season as the Federal Way native was credited with a secondary assist on Clint Dempsey‘s Week 2 goal against Toronto.

In a side note: Seattle’s crazy three-year scoring streak when it comes to own goals is back to 7-0 in favor of the Sounders instead of 8-0.

What do you think of the ruling? Appropriate or generous?

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