Seattle’s win over Chicago ended sloppily. In addition to the post-game pushing and shoving mentioned below, there also was a yellow card awarded to Eddie Johnson for is minute-long exit from the pitch when substituted for.
Referee Michael Kennedy not only showed the card, but also seemed to add on a let-this-be-a-lesson-to-you amount of added time that more than compensated for Johnson’s long, slow walk
Here’s what Johnson and coach Sigi Schmid had to say about it.
“We were defending a lot during that spell. They had a goal and for me, I was just trying to take my time and give the guys a fresh breath of air, because we had been defending the whole night a lot. Myself, I wasn’t holding the ball up especially well. Hats off to our back four – those guys did a really good job containing the pace of their strikers, defending well from the back. It was one of those things where I knew I’d probably get a yellow card, but it was my first one, so I wanted to do anything I can from a psychological standpoint to help the team out.”
Eddie got a yellow card … and we talked about that today as a team, how to handle changes at the end. It basically took a minute from the time … but somehow a minute, Michael Kennedy figured out that it was actually two and added two. It was counterproductive for us in the regard. We just have to make sure that we do it properly, and jog to get off the field. It’s something we talked about today.