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Portland's Porter cools some, but takes nothing back

Coach Sigi Schmid was asked today what he though of the Portland red card handed out in the U.S. Open Cup match that so frustrated Portland coach Caleb Porter.

"I thought that was a red card," Schmid said. "Maybe he though Chara had gotten fouled earlier in the sequence with the jostling. Pappa probably got fouled earlier in that sequence, maybe he could have blown the whistle. But maybe I'm older than Caleb, but I've seen worse performances."

Meanwhile, in Portland, it doesn't sound like Porter directly altered his opinion after seeing video of the red card, but he seemed a little more philosophical in this quote from the Oregonian:

"There’s been a few games where I obviously, like always, because I’m a guy that calls a spade a spade, there’s a few times I’ve thought we’ve been on the wrong end of some calls that have changed the game, but maybe a few games we’ve gotten a call that has helped us," he said. "You always come off as a guy complaining when you talk about the ref but in the end I’m going to call it like I see it. For me, that was the difference in the game. It was 1-1. We had all the momentum. That was clear if you watch the game. I thought for sure we would get a goal. I thought at the very least we’d go to PKs, but now we’re down a man and that makes it tough."