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When Offside Is Onside

Most everyone inside Home Depot Center on Saturday night thought Christian Gomez was offside and interferred with Santino Quaranta's late equalizer during D.C. United's 2-2 tie against league-leader Chivas USA. Gomez said he thought he was offside and touched the ball. Chivas USA was adamant he was offside. Yours truly wrote that he was offside. But upon further review, Gomez seemed to be, um, onside. The video is below. On the first replay, pay close attention to Gomez's positioning when Quaranta launches the shot from 30 yards:

By Steve Goff  |  May 18, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Is there any chance the league reviews the tape and reassigns the goal to Gomez? It looked like it was probably headed in with or without Gomez's touch.

Posted by: the_slammer | May 18, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Watching on television, I didn't think he had touched it.

Posted by: sitruc | May 18, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Gallindo was offside big time.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | May 18, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Yup, Gomito was onside. Galindito wasn't.

Posted by: Juan-John | May 18, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Even had Gomez been a bit off the AR wouldn't have seen it. He is a bit upfield of the second to the last defender rather than even.

Therefore at his viewing angle Gomito would have had to been at least one or two feet ahead of the defender to have looked off.

Posted by: seahawkdad | May 18, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

When is offside onside?

When the AR has no clue . . . is looking at his shoes . . . is out of position . . .

Posted by: carnack | May 18, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

When is a door not a door?

When it is ajar.

Hush. You knew it was coming.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 18, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

the first replay captures Tino shooting and the position of the forwards and the defenders, Gomez is clearly onside by a good yard or two. Not even marginal.

Posted by: Tweaked | May 18, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Once again, John Cleese on offside:

"A player is offside when the linesman puts his flag up."


Posted by: SportzNut21 | May 18, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

So the AR got one call right. Doesn't make up for the one he got wrong.



Posted by: jayrockers | May 18, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Most everyone" thought it was offsides??? The FSC commentators didn't even raise it as a possiblity, nor did the LA Times coverage. This is pure CYA.

Posted by: slater87 | May 18, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The players position at the time the ball is played is what counts. After reviewing the play, the assistant referee is absolutely correct. Gomez was not offside. At the time the ball was played he was onside and the goal was properly allowed to stand.

Posted by: taocpa | May 18, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what anyone is talking about, but Gomez was not offside. Look at his positioning when the ball is kicked by Quaranta and you will see he is onside.

Posted by: JeanJak | May 18, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

This was another one of those games (seemingly every other game this season)where both teams had a lot of chances and a tie felt fair if not ideal.

That said, I'm still glad the lazer of a shot right after the first goal hit the top post. I think that would have done us in.

The league is so compressed right now that we should really focus on limiting defnesive lapses, get in the playoffs and then make our run when the time is right. Chivas can have the SS this season.

Posted by: M__N | May 18, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

slater87: Were you there? If not, you should use the entire quote. Not just the part that allows you to show off your superior intellect.

Most everyone inside Home Depot Center thought Christian Gomez was offside...

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 18, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

FSC mentioned it several times, slater87.

Posted by: sitruc | May 18, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Nice replay angle. He was clearly onside when the ball was kicked.

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

Not only onside, but he didn't touch the ball, I didn't think he was even close to touching the ball.

Posted by: owendylan | May 18, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Uhh. Gomez touched the ball. Why would hey raise up like he did, had he not?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 18, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Buuutttt. I'll take my fantasy points Tino earned thank you.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 18, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Gomez - ON...Galindo - OFF...Linesman on the far side (AR in newspeak) - OUT! That guy needs a week OFF.

Posted by: soccerman | May 19, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, who'd have thought it? The linesman that has officiated literally thousands of games is correct when all the fans, commentators and pundits who have never officiated a game in their life and have maybe read the Laws of the Game once were all wrong.

I'm just glad that we're not like England where they threaten the referee's life for making a correct call.

If any team made as few mistakes as a referee, they'd win the MLS Cup, Supporters' Shield, and Open Cup, and CONCAchampions League every year.

Posted by: Cavan9 | May 19, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I guess you see what you want to see. Impossible to tell for sure from that replay, but he looked marginally offside to me.

Posted by: whoshotsam | May 19, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

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