Seattle fans have had a frustrating season so far, victimized by a couple of late goals and a strange scheduling quirk.
One of those late goals came from a controversial call Thursday at Dallas. The only person I’ve seen defending Terry Vaughn’s call is MLSSoccer’s Simon Borg, dissecting the video here:
And that’s good, for several reasons:
1. Refs are human. No league operates without complaint. I’m still bitter about a few calls in last week’s Inter-Barca game, frankly.
2. This call was a tough one. Borg says Seattle’s Leo Gonzalez stepped on Jason Yeisley’s foot. Borg is surely outvoted (maybe we’ll take a poll here just to see), but it’s not an unreasonable point of view. And that’s after viewing several replays — Vaughn gets one look in real time.
3. Vaughn wasn’t the one who embellished (at best) or flat-out dived. That would be Yeisley.
So why get all worked up about someone who made a mistake — or not, according to Borg — in one of the most difficult, thankless jobs on Earth?