In the 23rd minute of Seattle’s 2-0 win against Houston, David Estrada launched a shot from about 23 yards out. It reached the back of the net.
However, a few minutes later, word came from the MLS statistical service that it would go into the books as an own-goal deflected off of Houston’s Geoff Cameron.
Finally, a few minutes before the final whistle, the MLS office decided the goal would be credited to Estrada after all.
With that ruling, Estrada moved to a league-leading four goals on the season, following his opening-day hat trick.
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“I was a little bit bummed when I came in at halftime and I heard that it was an own goal,” Estrada said. “But thankfully they reviewed it and they gave it to me.”
Which ruling was correct?“When I hit it I thought it was on target,” he said. “Then I saw the replay, and I thought it was questionable. But they gave it to me.”
More from Estrada:
On what they were doing right on offense) "We were just stretching them, I think. We knew they were going to be physical, and they were absolutely physical. I felt it the whole night - bumping, pinching - but we made them work and I think that's what opened the game up for us." On his celebration) "Everything that I hit is going in. It's luck, but I work so hard for it and thankfully it went in." On his mentality scoring four goals in two MLS matches) "It's the same. I keep myself grounded and I keep working. I think I do some things when I don't have the ball that the coaches really like. If that's what is going to keep me on the field, then I'm more than willing to do that."
And this assessment of Estrada's night from coach Sigi Schmid: "It's going good. When it's going good it's going good, so you can shoot on goal and get a little bit of a deflection and score a goal. But he did well. You get rewarded when you work really hard."