Houston Dynamo/Arabe Unido – A Step Backward for CONCACAF

(concacaf, 09)

(concacaf, 09)

I have always been a fan of international competitions like CONCACAF and Superliga.  The games give the fan a chance to see new teams from other leagues.  It’s an opportunity to compare your team to teams from other countries.  It is something unique in American sports.  That being said, the game I watched between the Houston Dynamo and Arabe Unido was ridiculous.  There is bad officiating, then there is something on a whole other level.  In Panama on Wednesday night it was as bad as I have ever seen.

If you watched the game, you don’t need me to tell you about the officiating.  Heck, just look at the box score.  11 yellow cards, 5 ejections.  Three cards were handed out in the first 11 minutes.  Arabe Unido came out with aggressive tackles from all angles and ridiculous dives when challenged.

Corey Ashe was ejected for something that no one saw and it took 5 minutes to figure it out.  Stuart Holden was booked twice within 30 seconds for dissent and ejected.  That was a first for me.  Not to mention he had the captain’s armband which makes the dissent call even more interesting.  Andrew Hanault was given his second yellow on a play that wasn’t even a foul more-less as card.

Bottom line; the game was a circus, was very disheartening, and quite a turnoff.

Interesting enough, the referee Neal Brizan was officiating his fourth Dynamo game in two years.  I don’t recall him being bad previously, but he was horrible on Wednesday night.  He does seem to be a little trigger happy, averaging almost 7 yellows a game and 7 ejections in his last two matches.

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3 Responses to “Houston Dynamo/Arabe Unido – A Step Backward for CONCACAF”

  1. You made some great points. MLS teams play bad in CCL.

    • richard singh Says:

      A dissent by any player on the field of play is a yellow card.Show me in the laws of the game where the captain is exempted.

      • Correct, a captain isnt exempt for dissent, but it is more how dissent is interpreted by the ref. Technically a field player could be booked for dissent just by speaking directly to the ref. A captain, however, has the right to speak to the ref. Of course that doesn’t mean that he wont display dissent, but I find it less likely plus typically refs are more willing to hear the captain out.

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