Goal or no goal in Philadelphia? Referee waves it off (video)

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The story early in Houston’s important match at Philadelphia is missed chances and one goal that was for Philadelphia, but then wasn’t.

Cam Weaver missed two chances in rapid succession for Houston in the 21st minute, including one unbelievable opportunity with the goal wide open. A couple of minutes later, Conor Casey missed a golden chance for Philadelphia at PPL Park.

Not long after that, in the 31st minute Keon Daniel’s free kick from about 40 yards, aimed toward a gaggle of players at the six-yard mark, flies directly in over Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall. Clearly, Hall has had better moments; it was a pretty egregious error from a solid ‘keeper, one who even got into Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team camp earlier this year.

The issue was in Amobi Okugo’s starting position on the free kick. He was offside (although just barely). So even though he didn’t touch the ball, officials put their heads together to decide that Philadelphia’s young center back had impeded or interfered with Hall’s ability to reach the ball.

Okugo really didn’t, because Hall had rushed out of goal so imprudently, he was not going to reach Daniel’s free kick.

Either way, the goal was disallowed and the half finished in a scoreless tie.

Here is the “goal” in question:

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