The Seattle Sounders played a dismal match against the Monteal Impact. After a three week international break, the Sounders looked as though they barely knew each other. Passes were disjointed and sloppy and there was no flow in the offensive third. A slow start and some embarrassing mistakes by Seattle defender Zach Scott allowed Montreal to take a 2-0 lead with goals in the 18th and 54th minute. There is no question that the Sounders lost on the road because of their own poor play. But the match was ruined by an inconsistent official by the name of Mark Geiger.
It is a well-known fact that the MLS lacks quality officiating. Many of the game’s biggest stars like Thierry Henry and David Beckham have spoken with disdain towards the whistle blowers of MLS. In the 56th minute, Geiger sent off Jhon Kennedy Hurtado for apparently violent conduct. The play was undoubtedly a foul but an ejection hardly. The unwarranted red card not only revealed the inadequacy of Geiger but the inadequacy of MLS refs in general. Only a few minutes later Fredy Montero was the victim of a vicious scissor tackle the likes of which saw Osvaldo Alonso getting suspended for the last two games. The foul on Montero only received a red card. This shows that MLS officials have zero concept of how to maintain control of a match. What is a red card in one situation has to be a red in an equivalent instance.
As a result of Hurtado’s sending off, what was an acceptable loss became a disgrace to the beautiful game as the Sounders were exposed and conceded two more goals in the 58th and 87th minutes with poor defending from Zach Scott and Jeff Parke and goalkeeping mistakes from Meredith partly to blame. Eddie Johnson put in a goal in the 61st minute from a through ball from Fredy Montero but the ugliness of the match unfortunately overshadowed what was a beautiful piece of play.