Christopher Sullivan was a bit hyperbolic calling this thing genius. Chris Seitz screwed up, and it didn’t take much for Jaime Moreno to take advantage of it. For those that haven’t seen it, or want to see it again, here ’tis:
Now we hear from Paul Tamberino, US Soccer’s director of referee development. Tamberino says the goal should have been disallowed. I did a quick comb through the laws of the game, and I found references to players impeding the release of the ball within six seconds, but not to forcing the goalkeeper to drop the ball.
In the end, it doesn’t matter. DC’s poor defense allowed Philadelphia to come back and win.
UPDATE: As per usual, Dan Loney has a much better take on this than I do.
NOTE: Paul Tamberino moment for me: In Tamberino’s last game as a referee, he refereed the Open Cup final for the Revs vs the Galaxy. He red carded Jay Heaps moments before the whistle was blown, which meant that the Revs would be going into sudden death a man down. The game was sparsely attended in Fullerton, so the Midnight Riders could sit really close. Tamberino was conferring with some other officials and Monty Rodriguez, only a few feet from me, was screaming at him.
“Tamberino, you suck. I’m glad you are retiring. In fact, why don’t you retire now! Why don’t you just die!”
Tamberino looked up at Monty, and with a wry smile on his face winked at him.
Monty sat down. “Wow, I really respect that.”