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Real Salt Lake takes lead on "backpass"

The referee lost the plot in the Open Cup match between Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders FC 2. Roughly halfway through the second half the level of violence started to increase. Joao Plata and Damion Lowe got into things, but then the referee made a decision that is frankly indefensible.

That clearly and obviously deflected pass was called a backpass. The center referee decided to grant an indirect kick, because he's either incompetent or incompetent.

Of course Real Salt Lake scored on that play. The ref didn't both to enforce any sort of distance from the kick, so young keeper Saif Kerawala and several other Sounders were allowed to be too close to the restart. The ref gave the advantage to Salt Lake. It's justifiable, but also wrong.

RSL took a 2-1 lead because a referee couldn't bother to watch the ball. It's something that's really hard to do, watching the ball in soccer. Something that is clearly too hard for this center referee.

The CR also gave two yellows to Sanyang and let him keep playing.