Major League Soccer officials rob Vancouver Whitecaps yet againNovember 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2012 | 5 Comments
One theme of the Vancouver Whitecaps 2012 season has been the manner in which the incompetence and bungling of MLS officials has pulled the Whitecaps down. Tonight it was the job of referee Silviu Petrescu who provided the result that MLS wanted: The Los Angeles Galaxy, with its glamour trio of Beckham, Donovan and Keane, are going through to the next round of the MLS Playoffs at the expense of the Vancouver Whitecaps.
It was simply too dangerous to let the players decide the match.
In the critical play of the match came with the teams tied in the second half at 1-1. Landon Donovan launched himself into Martin Bonjour, who was looking the other way and had no idea Donovan was there, and then threw himself to the ground in the penalty area as though he had been shot. Petrescu went towards Donovan with his hand in his shirt pocket. I was certain he was about to book Donovan for diving. But no, he called a penalty and carded Bonjour. Simply astonishing.
I used to praise Donovan for his play but after his cheating like that, I won’t write another good word about him. Petrescu’s bungled call gifted the Galaxy with a 2-1 advantage in the 75th minute they would not relinquish. The Whitecaps are out of the playoffs because of that call.
Petrescu should watch the replay and hand his resignation in to the MLS for that call. Donovan sure played him for a fool. It was a poor call by an official who, like many MLS officials, was not up to the job of calling such an important match.
What made it worse was that Petrescu later missed the trailing leg of an LA defender bringing down Thorrington in the Galaxy’s 18 yard box right in front of him.
The fact is the level of play in the league has gone well beyond the ability of MLS officials to competently judge.
Call it the crisis of officiating in MLS, or call it what you like, but I am tired of the sheer incompetence of MLS officials, and I am tired of the lack of justice for the Vancouver Whitecaps.