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What Goal?

Reading scored the first goal in the match with Watford -- or did they?

You've got to watch this.....

By Steve Goff  |  September 21, 2008; 8:48 PM ET
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and no doubt FIFA/UEFA et al will still say replays are a BAD thing to bring to the game...

Posted by: Aljarov | September 21, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey Steve
While on the West Coast did you catch any words on what's happening with Gallardo at home?

Posted by: dadryan | September 21, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

No word on Gallardo. As far as I know, he is scheduled back in D.C. early next week. We'll see...

Posted by: Goff | September 21, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I would definitely not want to referee in soccer. But if I did, I would hate to hallucinate a goal like that one.

Posted by: Dr. Woo | September 21, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Was that Ed Hochuli as the center ref?

Posted by: Rick in Ashburn | September 21, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Steve thanks for hooking up the Loyalists.
We'll be looking for some good news about Moreno traveling to Honduras tomorrow?... Maybe an extra colorful TGTBTCU;-0

Posted by: dadryan | September 21, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, this is going to be one for the all-time blooper reels.

Posted by: FC | September 21, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Can we just skip "the good, the bad and the ugly" this week? As a DCU fan, I really don't want to be reminded of this weekend. EVER!

Posted by: kris | September 21, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't get DC from Columbus, Ohio. Listened to it on internet (MLSNet) until it cut out. Heard Gallardo was back in Argentina. Is that true?

Posted by: VirginiaFan | September 21, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Remember Devon Barclay? Went to the Crew-Red Bull game Thrs nite. I was trying to buy a year book and one of the ladies gave me their media guide. Anyway, he is at Ohio State and on the football team. He is the third string field goal man or punter. We watched the OSU game Sat. Found him and when you looked close he is a twin of Brian Carroll.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | September 21, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

And the FA would rule that the officiating was correct and they see nothing wrong. Sometimes I wonder they are on the mission to make some greens. An example, today's ManU v Chelsea game, the ref was on the mission to hand out yellow cards to earn fine. Yet refusing to give yellow to chelsea for the same tackle and faults.
Wayne Rooney cost ManU today, however.
VirginiaFan, Gallardo flew to see mommy last week. So his mommy can pet his angle heals. Sorry...he went to back to see his doctor. Hoge his doc can figure something out and cure VERY soon.

Posted by: td | September 21, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I have scored many goals like that. Unfortunately, the assistant referees in my matches were not as competent as this one.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 21, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

When was that video recorded? 1913? It looked like a documentary from a by-gone era. All that was missing was the piano music.

Posted by: Icky | September 21, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Gosh darn td! I thought I could have a looooong day drinking... Drink a huge cup of water before you pass out dude, you'll thank me for it in the morning even if you do piss the bed=-)

Posted by: dadryan | September 21, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

We will be signing Mr. Bannister to an MLS contract tomorrow. Clearly, the kind of official we need here in the States!


Don Garber

Posted by: MLS Director of Officiating | September 21, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I guess now we know what "td" stands for; totally dense.

Gallardo is quality, and a lot of people see better results from their primary care providers, as opposed to a strange new doctor in a new town/country.

The Gallardo-haters will have a lot of crow to eat when he returns to form, be it in the next few weeks or next season. Remember, Beckham had his own injury demons in his first year in MLS. Do you think LA are 2nd guessing his signing? And Gallardo contributes much more on the pitch than Beckham.

Posted by: AlecW81 | September 21, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

AlecW81:You're so much more fun when you're not talking about womens soccer dude.. Happy to see the Redskin fan, fun loving, Gallardo understanding Alec back.
And don't forget folks! Tomorrow is Redskins Special Monday at Papa John's. That means you get up to 6 free toppings on your large $9.99 pizza honoring the Skins 3 touch down having victory over the Cardinals. Tell em dadryan sent you. Don't sleep, this is a tasty deal.

Posted by: dadryan | September 22, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Fake Hoops - fake goal!

Posted by: Kev | September 22, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

That means you get up to 6 free toppings on your large $9.99 pizza honoring the Skins 3 touch down having victory over the Cardinals. Tell em dadryan sent you. Don't sleep, this is a tasty deal.

Posted by: dadryan | September 22, 2008 12:00 AM

I still have fond memories of the 10 topping extravaganza following the 5 TD romp over the Cowb*ys in '05.

Posted by: Kev | September 22, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Kev: I think PJ's almost went belly up that monday... While our football club struggles our pointy throwball team has had some nice results the last two weekends.
Just realized the Skins and DCU will be playing Dallas teams next weekend...

Posted by: dadryan | September 22, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Went to the game at FedEx yesterday and it was nice. Helped me whistle while United's ship goes down.

Posted by: Kev | September 22, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

The lesson is don't get relegated, and maybe you will have more than one camera filming your game.

Posted by: AM | September 22, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Two comments here on this :

First, I find it laughable that there is continuing ridicule of MLS' officiating, to the point that one poster labels the referee fit for the MLS. MLS referees aren't very good. Neither are any other referees. It's the nature of the job. They're running up and down a big field. They can't watch everything, and they are rarely in the best position to make the call. They do, however, usually try to do their best -- notwithstanding those instances of drunken referees and referees that are playing out personal issues or on the take.

Second: I think this incident will prove to be a watershed moment. I liken it to Dan Pastorini's touchdown pass to Mike Renfro, which was mistakenly ruled out of bounds, during the 1980 AFC championship game. Or the series of bad calls on home runs in baseball this year. These were incidents so egregious that the lords of the sport had to break down and institute instant-replay systems to review such calls.

Football/soccer cannot ignore such a huge error. The pressure will build to put in some kind of electronic monitoring or instant replay review, so that this will not be repeated.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | September 22, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Fisch Fry:

If Tottenham Hotspur's goal that never was against Manchester United didn't bring replay into the game, how will a non-goal from the Championship?

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | September 23, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: hello | September 23, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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