Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
This should not be your only contribution after two minutes of play.
Three red cards. A flop. Grown men fighting.
Just your typical MLS night in Frisco, Texas.
The San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas finished 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw Saturday night. A penalty kick from Dallas defender Michel allowed the Hoops to erase a 2-0 deficit at home.
But it was the decision from referee Baldomero Toledo to reward the penalty that marred the match in controversy.
After taking a poor touch inside the area, Blas Perez felt the Earthquakes defense bearing down. Another touch moved defender Victor Bernardez past the Panamanian striker. Then, Blas Perez did...well, what Blas Perez does.
A brush on the shoulder dramatically became a thunderous strike from the heavens.
Embellishment. Dissent. Disgrace.
It all went downhill from there.
A reckless challenge from Justin Morrow ended his evening early. Baldomero gave the 25-year-old his marching orders in the 81st minute. Bernardez and Kenny Cooper followed suit just four minutes later. Apparently, Cooper didn't take too kindly to Barnardez's challenge. His retaliation ended his night after just two minutes of play.
As Matt Barbour of MLS' official website points out, it was the first straight red card of his career.
With the result, neither club was able to make ground in the Western Conference.
Both clubs remain outside of the playoff picture with only eight games remaining.
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