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Major Link Soccer: Referee hand-wringing

It seems like the poor-and-missed calls have been more blatant than ever in 2016.

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Catch a Dave Clark media appearance on Last Word SC Radio.

ICYMI: The Seattle Reign picked up their first win of the season with a 3-0 drubbing of the Boston Breakers.

Sounders 2 survived an encounter with the Kitsap Pumas, emerging with a 1-1 draw.


Do you remember that game last year where the Sounders went to Sporting KC, outplayed them for 90 minutes, had a goal called back due to an incorrect offside call followed by a routine play called as a KC penalty kick? (ED: Note I'm being informed this could have referred to the 2012 Open Cup as well, save PK for offside.) Karma appears to have finally come around for that little number, as a Maruffo'd non-pk call followed by a penalty kick on the other end gave San Jose Earthquakes the 1-0 win. Now if Seattle could just get the benefit of the doubt on a key call or two, that'd be great...

This was just one of many controversial calls in MLS this week. Even forgetting about the clearly-offside fourth goal in the Seattle-Colorado game, Orlando City had cause for concern with a missed foul that gave New York Red Bulls a chance to get back in their match. The referee recap this week should prove interesting.

The future Minnesota Loons didn't even need a full starting Xi to beat the New York Cosmos. Damion Lowe got shown a red in the second half but Minnesota played a scoreless game until stoppage time, when a late winner sealed the deal.


Even without Jaime Vardy, Leicester City took care of business and only need two more wins to seal their record-setting season.

Vardy got the headlines, but the PFA Player of the Year was Riyad Mahrez.

Turkish superclub Fenerbache was beating up the opposing Trabzonspor so badly that a fan of the "Trabs" (as surely no one has ever called them until just this moment) invaded the pitch and attacked the referee.

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