Here’s what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say about tonight’s work by referee Ricardo Salazar, who also controversially called the Sounders’ U.S. Open Cup loss at Kansas City.
“I don’t want any more questions about Salazar. But the thing is: Our fans know his name. If many fans know the name of the referee, I think that’s an indication. How that’s not a red card on Schuler. I didn’t know Borchers was that fast – he was able to get behind him. I thought that was a last-man foul, and it’s not a red card? I’m not going to argue the red card on Scott. I do have a problem when you put two minutes of extra time on, and they take the corner at two minutes and 30 seconds at the end of the game. So it’s like, OK, we’re going to give them another chance to score. I just thought we were hard done by the officiating all night in certain regards. Handball in the box: I haven’t seen the replay. I don’t know if that was a handball – you guys know better than me – on that one shot that Fredy hit. So that could have been a handball. It just seems that whenever something is 50-50, we don’t get the break with him.”