After tonight's 1-1 draw with Houston, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid didn't hide his unhappiness with referee Ramon Hernandez, who gave a yellow – rather than red – card in the third minute when Houston defender Hunter Freeman made a tactical foul on Friberg with no one but Hall between him and the goal. Schmid also thought his team deserved a penalty kick in the 74th minute when Leo Gonzalez was brought down in the box. Instead, Gonzalez was carded for simulation.
"I thought we had a PK; still think it's a PK after seeing the replay," Schmid said. "Right now we can't get anything to break our way sometimes. So I'm happy that we fought back and got the equalizer. Like I said, we deserved more on the day." More Schmid:On Leo Gonzalez's fall in the box, resulting in a yellow card) If a guy slide tackles me, do I leave my leg in there to be broken? Or if I have to jump over his tackle, then I lose my balance by jumping over the tackle. Isn't that still a foul? The referees don't call a foul. If you leave a leg in thereto get broken, then they call a foul. But for sure the guy came through, he got part of Leo (Gonzalez). Leo tried to jump the tackle as well. I'm not going to say he didn't try and jump the tackle, but what's he supposed to do, leave his leg there and make sure he gets hammered? Make sure he's got a broken ankle and that he's out for 5, 6 months? I think that's the part that doesn't get taken into consideration. On the caution -- not ejection -- to Houston's Hunter Freeman) Again, the referee decided to not give a red card there. I guess he thought there were additional defenders between (Erik) Friberg and the goal. I thought if the guy doesn't pull Friberg, he's in one-on-one on the goal, but I'm sitting on the bench, he's closer to the play. Sure looked like he was in to me.