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Schmetzer denies telling Vermes that Alonso should have been sent off

Vermes was quoted as saying that Schmetzer told him post-match that Ozzie deserved a second yellow

MLS: Sporting KC at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

After Peter Vermes’ Sporting Kansas City were defeated 1-0 by the Seattle Sounders on Thursday, he had a few choice words for the referee crew about their performance. But on Friday, Vermes expanded on his fury to The Kansas City Star:

“Every day in the regular season, that’s a card (on Osvaldo Alonso). Let me put it this way — when we build our roster, you expect players can pass, dribble, shoot, receive the ball, whatever. And when the big moments come, you’re still looking for them to execute those exact same things. Isn’t that what you’re looking for from the referee? Make the same decision when the big moments come.”

Of particular interest was Vermes claiming that Brian Schmetzer admitted to him after the match that Alonso’s tackle on Benny Feilhaber deserved a second yellow card. Unfortunately, that quote has been deleted from the article without comment or note by The Kansas City Star or the article’s author, Sam McDowell. Vermes briefly mentioned Schmetzer’s comments after the match, saying that Schmetzer told him it was “for sure a red card.”

Schmetzer tried to avoid directly addressing Vermes’ quotes when asked about it on Friday:

‘‘Here’s the deal with that. I’m going to answer this as honestly as I can. We always control the controllables. So, whatever Pete says, that’s his business, I can’t address that. What I can address is that this league is a tough league. Until there’s some form of instant replay, where we can go back and make calls correctly. Whatever the opposing team, fans, whatever they say...emotional moment, whatever he’s trying to get at, I can’t control that. The fact of the matter is, referees have a tough job, they also make mistakes, and we live and die sometimes by their calls.’’

Schmetzer also brought up the 2012 US Open Cup Final, in which Sporting Kansas City earned a penalty in controversial fashion:

‘‘I’m sure if you look back on our history with Sporting KC, I remember in the Open Cup Final, Zach Scott has his arm inside here and they get a penalty. Sigi never complained about that. Pete did what he had to do. I’ve got the utmost respect for Pete and what he does with the club, but that’s his business. My business is taking care of my guys.’’

When pressed for an answer on Vermes’ accusation, Schmetzer reluctantly answered: “No, no.”