October 6, 2009

The Sounders FC and Divotgate

Huge props to the Seattle Soccer Examiner guru David Falk for this incredible story find.

Apparently the official Columbus Crew blog has discovered the conspiracy behind Guillermo Barros Schelotto's penalty miss against Seattle last Saturday.
After referee Ricardo Salazar whistled Jhon Kennedy Hurtado for bodyblocking Eddie Gaven in the box, Hurtado and James Riley undertook a lengthy appeal. Hurtado and Riley remained in Salazar’s face for nearly a minute, keeping the referee occupied. It was the perfect diversion for Sounders defender Tyrone Marshall, who went to the penalty spot and got to work with his cleats. Marshall earnestly dug into the spot as if he were a slugger prepping for a crucial at-bat. He raked his cleats and back and forth, back and forth, over and over again. He jammed his heel into the ground when more force was needed. By the time he was finished, there was barely any evidence left of the white dot. There was a crater in its place.

It was a classic “pulling one over while the ref is distracted” move straight out of the scripted world of professional wrestling. Or like when a bank robber calls in a bomb threat across town to divert police attention before hitting up the bank.
Laurie at the Seattle Offside has other great details including a quote from GBS and another Columbus blog.

This cracks me up.

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