Three goals from Minnesota United in seventeen minutes doomed Real Salt Lake for another loss away from Utah and continued their paltry form in away matches in a 3-2 defeat Saturday night.
The loss dropped RSL to 9-2-9 on the season and 1-1-8 on the road while Minnesota improved their record to 7-1-11 with 22 points.
The scoring began in the second half with Minnesota scoring on a controversial no-call which saw RSL defender Justen Glad getting pushed to the ground by Minnesota forward Darwin Quintero and led to a goal by Ibson which gave the home side all the momentum it needed to blow the game wide open. RSL Manager Mike Petke was thrown out of the game for arguing the no call. We’ll get to Petke here in a moment.
Two more goals from Quintero and Miguel Ibarra made the match 3-0, but RSL would get a couple of goals from sub Joao Plata in the last thirteen minutes of the match, the first a quick set piece assisted by Albert Rusnak which was reminiscent of the Tony Kroos goal against Sweden in the World Cup.
The fireworks would continue into the post-game with Petke going off on the MLS referees and MLS itself. In his post-match comments on with the RSL television commentators he went off on the league and referees saying that he’s tired of being told by the league to stop “criticising the referees.” Petke then pointed his verbal shots at Jeff Agoos and MLS telling them in his final thought, “I’ll take the fine. Fine me! So drain my bank account. I don’t give a s*** anymore.”
The post-game rant from Petke is surely to be addressed with a fine and suspension for at least the upcoming match against Colorado, but lets look at Petke’s comments in the whole. I agree that MLS needs to let the referees speak after games to discuss decisions made in the match to explain what they saw. That would be a great idea and forward thinking by the league. VAR needs to be consistently used in the league. There are numerous examples of VAR not being used in cases of red cards issued or lack thereof. Simply put, there needs to be some accountability for referees.
The RSL fan base is salty and indignant towards the league already and Petke just galvanised the fans and hopefully his squad like last season to make a late push for the playoffs like what happened last season.
Next for RSL is a home match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday while Minnesota host the New England Revolution during a midweek match-up.
Man of the Match: Joao Plata, scored two goals as a sub in the second half. Probably earned his starting role back.
Written by Allen Corbin – (@AllenCorbin)
*Main image credit: Star Tribune and Aaron Lavinsky