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United Rewind

Here's the link to Kyle McCarthy's D.C. United match report from last night's 2-1 controversial loss to the Revolution. If you haven't seen it, here is video of the call that led to the penalty kick.

It's been a busy soccer weekend. Paul Tenorio covered last night's El Salvador-Jamaica tie and will be at the SoccerPlex today to cover the Freedom. The FC Pride-Freedom game kicks off at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Costa Rica, Goff is going over lineups for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa. He'll have blog updates starting tomorrow today.

By Greg Manifold  |  May 31, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , U.S. men's national team  
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Wrong clip. Its an interview with Emilio that lacks any audio.

Posted by: nyjer1 | May 31, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

'F' Taylor Twellman.

'F' the referee.

That was just disgusting.

Posted by: ErickSp8 | May 31, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: beergorila | May 31, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

First half, amazing job by DC. 2nd half, pathetic.

The ref? A bloody joke.

Posted by: dogboy | May 31, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Refs took center stage this week, for sure. DC-Revs, Chicago-Chivas, and Colorado-NY were all decided by PKs, and at least two of those were very iffy. It's getting harder and harder to take this league seriously, especially since this comes on the heels of Garber assuring everyone that there's nothing wrong with the quality of MLS refs.

Posted by: Kenobi | May 31, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"First half, amazing job by DC. 2nd half, pathetic."

I agree, although I did have to read Chest's post-match analysis to figure out why.

Pontius' yellow should have been a talking-to instead - no reason to give a yellow so early for a tough, but not reckless, foul that wasn't the accumulation of persistent ticky-tack fouls. For me, that's when the ref started to go downhill.

Twellman's mommy needs to bubble-wrap him.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 31, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse! Another good turn out, DC needs to rethink its player market to Central America. That could help generate some more fans.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | May 31, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

DCU would love to have Central American talent. They brought in Emilio, who starred in Honduran league play. The tried to land several Hondurans his past offseason. If the can find players of quality who will sign here, they will get them. But, 30,000 are not going to turn out to see DCU with one or two Salvadoreana and Hondurans.

Posted by: fischy | May 31, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Namoff needs to learn how to defend without grabbing and pulling on everyone. Take a look at the replay on mls-net. Namoff grams Twellman's arm and pulls. Not much of a pull, but when Twellman feels it he falls back. The referee is shielded by the crowd of players, but the assistant referee is looking straight at it. Namoff's only credible defense is that he had been pulling and grabbing all game and they hadn't called it. In the paper he is quoted as saying he didn't grab him at all. I guess it's so automatic he doesn't realize he's doing it.

Posted by: cpfcfan | May 31, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"one or two Salvadoreana"

They may boost the Freedom's attendance, not United's :-).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 31, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Hypocrisy, injustice, robbery. I don't know if any of these words do justice for what the referee did. On my count, we have been ROBBED 2 (two) games this year because of the very, very BAD judgement on the part of the referee.

If the ref is going to call a PK in the final minutes of the game it absolutely should be clear and without any doubt. If Don Garber could tell the refs that, I think we could avoid this bullsh!t.

Posted by: redskinsux | May 31, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Haha- Take a look at photo of Pontius being bulldozed by Reis. Does Don Garber have a phone number?

Posted by: redskinsux | May 31, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

First Chicago vs. Chivas and now United vs. Revs. I guessa that's one way to ensure there's less ties in the league...

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | May 31, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Salvadorans will never come back. We traded away their hero and that was that.

After experiencing matches while RDA was still on the roster (or visiting with another), I can honestly say I'm glad they're not coming back.

Posted by: Hoost | May 31, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Fire Tom Soehn.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | May 31, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

"First Chicago vs. Chivas and now United vs. Revs. I guessa that's one way to ensure there's less ties in the league..."

Laughing my ass off!!

Posted by: redskinsux | May 31, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

mls referess suck @ss.

Posted by: dfunkt | May 31, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I just saw the end again on CSN. Namoff and Twellman were both reaching for each other. Twellman leaned back, Namoff got out of the way and Twellman landed on his butt. Just a terrible decision. TT has always been a diving little punk. I don't understand how he gets any calls any more.

But I agree all of these last-second PKs are one way to get rid of ties.

Posted by: fedssocr | May 31, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The problem with MLS referees all stems back to the USSF. The USSF referee program values mechanics over substance. They are far more concerned with a referee that wears a proper uniform than a referee who can properly manage a game. As a 10 year veteran, I've seen referee assessors who make a rediculous call from 60 yards out follow it up by berating a fellow referee for wearing a hat. As long as you can follow the nonsensical, sometimes unwritten, rules of the USSF, you can advance to the "higher" levels of refereeing. But don't expect the USSF to pay for your medical care when you develop skin cancer because you didn't wear a hat for several years of referring youth recreational soccer games.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | May 31, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

They replayed the United/Revs match @1pm today on Comcast, and will be replaying one more time tomorrow night @7 incase anyone missed a pretty good first half followed by the melt down.

What really sucks is that I did really well in my fantasy points for last weeks midweek match ups, and then got HOSED over the weekend. WTF happened to Chicago?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 31, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Anger hangover.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 31, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

that call last night was HILARIO-us (sorry if that pun has already been used)....

Posted by: birdynumnum | May 31, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

While we are still disgusted with low stunk referees in an MLS take this off topic and take some breath.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | May 31, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

@ Fischy
Emillio is a nobody to the Central American community. And "tried" isnt going to cut it. Bringing in a salvadorean will boost attendance not largely but significantly. I saw a couple of people wearing Pacheco Red Bull jerseys. But who am I kidding with the current DC front office, we will only see south american players cause they feel that is sufficient for the latino community. TARDS!

@ Hoost
You mistaken soccer games with Baseball games. Soccer has a stronger atmosphere than baseball if you cant deal with the heat then dont bother coming. Some of us like to hear loud crowds you know a little emotion wouldnt hurt.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | May 31, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

good lord DCUFooty! How on earth did you find such barftastic retardation? I shudder to think... Please people, don't click that link!!! Your eyes and ears will start bleeding!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 31, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Elsalvadoran and Honduran soccer are both very bad soccer leagues. Period. The quality players produced there are rare in terms of the physical ability to be an impact player. Quality in the league will not improve with these kinds of players (Pacheco) and i serioiusly doubt attendance will rise significantly.

However, I do believe that in terms of player development it would be a real boost to DCU players at the youth level to use there contract to take a lone to a central american club. US players can learn A LOT about hunger and professionalism.

Posted by: lprevolution | June 1, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Namoff was clearly pulling on Twellman, but no more than you usually see in those situations, and Twellman just let himself fall. Namoff wasn't as innocent as he believes, but still a penalty in that situation is ridiculous.

Posted by: danboleo | June 1, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I agree with redskinsux on this one. If a call is made in the last minute of the game for a penalty, it should be a clear cut foul. The referee should be fined for that bs. Players work too hard all game for the game to end based on the referee's poor judgment. Refs are supposed to avoid making calls that change the game unless it is CLEAR and unavoidable. Who the hell picks these refs and ways? who decides whether a ref should be penalized or not?

Posted by: g3impreza | June 1, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

DC United should sign the best talent available talent under their budget. If a good Salvadoran player is available that't fine but under no circumstances should they attempt to sign anyone to cater to any group. We've been down that bitter road before. The irrational sustained bitterness over from the vocal majority of Salvadoran fans over RDA's departure left permanent scars on this franchise and its fanbase.

Kyle McCarthy looks like he watched 2 completely different NE-DC games this weekend. Read his MLSnet article where Taylor Twellman gets the nice "kids glove" treatment and compare it to article in the Washington Post.


Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 1, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, omitted a link. Here's the official MLS corporate white paper version of Saturday night's game by Kyle McCarthy:

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 1, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"El Salvadoran and Honduran soccer are both very bad soccer leagues." must not know your area soccer, lprevolution. While I can not argue the Salvadorian league, the Honduran league was recently ranked second in CONCACAF, just behind the Mexican League. FYI...the MLS was 4th. Although rankings do not mean a thing, the Hondurans have players on significant European teams. I believe they have more players abroad than the US. So rather than going to Argentina and fetching a player based solely on his Nationality, why not bring in a guy who may be equally as good, if not better, and fill the stands in the process?!?!

Posted by: Kromer523 | June 1, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

12 games, 3 wins. Not very impressive.

Nothing is stopping the DCU players from "deciding" these games except their inability to focus for 90 minutes, finish clear opportunities, and duly punish bad teams.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | June 1, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

What was the ref watching? Oh wait he's working in MLS he wasn't watching. In the immortal words of Snoop Drog "F'n DISGRACE"

Posted by: MOCker | June 1, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Twellman was acting all night. He got hit/pushed twice fairly good (the Wicks challenge and maybe the Joseph goal) and acted like he was hit in the head when all it was was body contact. He sure played up the contact, which is fine, especially if his whiplash/concussion or whatever it was has him worried, but he literally acted like he was hit on the head which happened on neither occasion. I knew then he was gonna keep at it until he got a call, i just figured it wouldnt be on such a weak play.

Biased as I am, ref seemed to be more and more biased as the game went on. I don't even have a problem with the Pontius foul. A yellow may have been a little harsh, but he was sizing him up for the hit. I think that was more on intent than anything.

I feel good that DC has been the better team most of the year and I would expect that eventually translates to wins. But our biggest weakness is still on set pieces and crosses which is troubling because no matter how much better of the play you have, every team is going to get some crosses into the box.

Before this week (chivas and dc games) I kind of felt like the refs weren't respected as much by the players and the lack of respect was worse than other refs in the bigger leagues have to deal with. But I certainly understand why now! Its not enough to demand respect, you really have to earn it.

Posted by: Brian76 | June 1, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Another ref mistake that we're not talking about is the play where Wicks pushed Twelman down after their collision. The ref gave Wicks a yellow card, but since the ball was still in play at the time of the supposed violation, it should also have been a penalty kick. Maybe the ref realized his error, and the late PK was a bit of a make-up call.

Posted by: icehippo | June 1, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

If Namoff wants to avoid being called for a PK like that, all he has to do is not frikking hold onto the player he's marking and pull him backwards.Don't commit a foul and you won't get called--it's that simple.

If DC wants to actually win games, they have to stop this BS playing hard for one half, taking about 30% of the shot opportunities they get, and giving games away a silver platter. I've never liked Soehn's weak defense program, but if we're going to play 352 we have to SCORE GOALS. Lots of them, and many more than the opponent. We WILL be giving up goals, PKs or no PKs, so we have to put all those attacking players to use. And we're not. Emilio and Moreno need to contribute more or sit more, in favour of players who will actually generate offense and SOG.

And, icehippo, a yellow card does not automatically call for a free kick. Cards are a result of misconduct, FKs come from fouls--you can have one without the other. The match report shows that Wicks was given a card for dissent--that's not a foul, so there's no kick called for.

Posted by: janspoor | June 2, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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