And so do I.
I very seldom get into officiating in my stories, but this just seemed to be a horrible call that changes an apparent win into a 2-2 draw at Dallas. And let's not forget that one seemingly certain win turning to a tie last season -- let's say the blown two-goal home lead to D.C. United -- is all that ended up separating the Sounders from Supporters Shield and home advantage in the playoffs, and who knows what else.
The Sounders are alone in second place in the West right now. But three teams -- Colorado, Houston, San Jose -- could go rushing past on Saturday. Two extra points would change things now. And it could make things look a lot different heading into the final week in October.
Here's what the Sounders and Hoops had to say:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMIDOn the last call of the game…“Bad call. There were a couple of bad calls near the end of the game. When you’re leading the game two to one and a guy gets fouled that’s just not understanding what’s going on in the game. I haven’t seen the replay but everyone who has says it was a bad call.”
On losing the lead…“The Salt Lake game was less disappointing because we gave ourselves away there. This one sort of got taken away from us. We had a few opportunities to score a goal. Noonan pulled his hamstring which took away the pressure. It was like Christmas and someone stole your present.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC DEFENDER TYRONE MARSHALL On the game and PK call…“You know, it’s just one of those decisions and tonight it went the home team’s way. Hopefully we can get those calls. But we got a point out of it and we’re a better team because of this. So now we’ve got to go to Toronto and pick up two points there.”
FC DALLAS HEAD COACH SCHELLAS HYNDMANOn the tie…“It’s a good tie because you’re losing the game and you’re waiting around for something to happen, you’re hoping to put the ball in the goal. They’re delaying. They’re coming away with three points on the road. So for us to come back I think you look at the positive side, it’s a point. We haven’t been beaten at home in the last eleven games. On the positive side it shows a lot of character and attitude on our team to keep fighting so I think it’s a good point.”
On rookie Jason Yeisley drawing the PK call in stoppage time…“We were just trying to get a goal, create something. He went through and there were enough bodies around him that we were able to get the call.”
On still looking for first win in 2010…“I think we’re creating a lot of opportunities. I think we just have to put some of those opportunities away. I think something we’re going to concern ourselves with is how to protect a lead. We’re very offensive minded. We’ve got to be a little bit smarter and protect it a little bit.”
FC DALLAS FORWARD JEFF CUNNINGHAMOn his two PK goals…“The first one I drew and I felt like I should take it. The second one it took a lot of courage to step up and take that and I’m happy we gained a point from the game. I waited until the last second to make a decision and I’m happy I did. Keller is a big presence in the goal and he makes it a thinking game. The second one, I didn’t know where it was going and I’m grateful I made the kick. I find a way to create chances and goal scoring opportunities. One week you miss two chances, the next you score.”
FC DALLAS FORWARD JASON YEISLEYOn PK at end of game…“Whether I get one minute or twenty, my job as a sub is to come in and make it happen, help the team salvage the goal. The ball was bouncing around and I settled down on the tackle and the ball got through and I got a PK out of it. We had ten minutes when I got in. I was focusing as hard as I could to make it happen.”