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The MLS conference finals had plenty of moments of bad officiating that largely benefited the LA Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo.
Since the Dynamo and the Galaxy were both in the MLS Cup last year, there was a sense that a rematch between those squads would make a more tantalizing final this year than if either DC United or the Seattle Sounders would have advanced.
In the DC-Dynamo first leg, Dynamo defender Andre Hainault got away with a foul that should have resulted in his sending off. Instead, no foul or card was given and it was, ironically, Hainault who scored the first goal in that series.
In last night’s Sounders-Galaxy game, the Sounders had a legitimate goal disallowed while the Galaxy were given a penalty on a handball call that Sounders players and fans were adamant should not have been given.
The penalty was converted by Robbie Keane, effectively ending any chance of the Sounders advancing to the finals.
While two out of those three calls were simply the result of bad officiating, many Sounders and DC United fans are undoubtedly waking up this morning feeling cheated.
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