Alexi Lalas devoted the first half of his kinda-daily mini-pod “The Shot” to yesterday’s big talker from RFK Stadium. Maybe you heard about it.
If not, no worries! Just scroll up or scroll down. Go ahead – you can’t miss it.
Here’s what Lalas, a former U.S. international, MLS general manager and now a TV analyst, says about yesterday’s re-kick kerfuffle at RFK Stadium, where Dwayne De Rosario was asked for a do-over on a critical penalty kick – and it did not work out so well for him.
(Oh, by the way … Lalas nails it here!)
Six-second goalkeeper violations, defenders grabbing on corners or encroachment are all undeniably against the rules. Yet they happen all the time and are rarely called. But it’s like speeding; It’s a calculated risk. Telling the cop that everyone else is doing it is not an excuse, especially if you’re going 90 in a 55. Or, as in this case, if you’re already two steps in the box before the PK is even taken. The thing is, there are plenty of actual referee mistakes to scream about. So when players, coaches or fans gripe about a rare, but correct call, it rings hollow. You played the odds and lost. Now take your medicine and move on – and maybe get a Fuzz Buster.”
Lalas also has some thoughts on the first weekend of English Premier League awesomeness in today’s version of The Shot.
But careful! There’s a reference at the end of Lalas’ Shot that involves Whitesnake, vomit and a very regrettable pun. You’ve been warned.