Speaking of Mike Petke, the rookie head coach should expect a hefty fine this week. But don’t expect him to care.
The Crew were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute after Justin Meram was fouled by Kosuke Kimura inside the area. Meram shanked an Eddie Gaven cross before masterfully drawing contact from Kimura.
The shot was missed. No goal-scoring opportunity was denied. But a penalty was awarded.
An outspoken Petke pulled no punches following the match:
I will say this, while I say that perhaps we didn’t deserve to win today I have my check book out and I am ready for MLS to fine me because it’s not good enough from the referees, it’s not good enough. I watched the replay of the penalty of what I already knew to be not a penalty and it backed it up. He (Justin Meram) misses the ball, the player misses it, and then there is contact from the side. That’s a guy in my estimation who's probably getting ready for the Memorial Day weekend who wants to be a part of the show. That’s what it is to me and I could care less what the league fines me, or what they say. Those decisions, those types of things cost jobs...I’m pissed off. Like I said, I’m not blaming the refs for us not winning. I don’t think we did enough to win, but we are going to have games like that and to give them that PK call, shocking.
Referee Geoff Gamble defended his decision. But Kimura told reporters following the match that Gamble admitted to not having the perfect viewpoint:
I even talked to the referee after the game and he said “hey Kosuke, It was a tough one to call, I couldn’t really have a good sight.”
New York wasn't the only team potentially denied a result on Sunday.
The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City played to a 1-1 draw before a crowd of 20,876. But more people than that could clearly see Ike Opara’s extended arm knock down an Eric Brunner header inside the box in the 89th minute.
Whether the ball was heading toward the goal is irrelevant. Opara made himself bigger inside the area by extending his arm in an unnatural position.
But unlike the situation in New York, no penalty was awarded.
Games are not decided by one call. That type of logic nullifies every touch, pass, shot and moment that transpired in the minutes leading up to a bad decision.
But there’ll be no telling fans in New York and Houston that today.
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