Complaining about referees is a time-honored tradition in soccer. But rarely do players make such a habit of it as Omar Gonzalez. His claim that Kevin Stott effectively admitted to cheating on Sunday is the third time in Gonzalez's past four games that he's made a point of whining about the lead referee.
When the Sounders pulled out a 2-2 tie in LA on Oct. 22, Gonzalez got two yellow cards and was suspended for the season finale. The final challenge seemed pretty blatant and it was a pretty easy call for Ismael Elfath, but Gonzalez didn't see it that way:
"I think the referee made a mistake. I think that he made a lot of mistakes in the game. If players have to be held accountable and be fined and suspended then I think that referees should be held accountable for mistakes that they make in a game."
After sitting out a game, Gonzalez returned against Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference semifinals. He was again underwhelmed by referee Silviu Petrescu and was open with his analysis.
"I will say maybe it's time we get a DP referee. I think that that's out of our control. I know that Salt Lake is not worrying about the referee, so we have to not worry about the referee as well. We have to worry about what we can control."
So, keep this all in mind when you're assessing the veracity of Gonzalez's most recent statements.