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(Deadspin)   US vs New Zealand soccer match in the Olympics takes a bad turn with a knee to the face. Wish there was an OUCH tag   (deadspin.com) divider line 38
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2012-08-03 07:37:07 PM  
That's gonna leave a mark.
 
2012-08-03 08:17:21 PM  
Denying clear path to goal, outside the penalty area.

Should have been a penalty kick awarded to Morgan and a foul/card on the New Zealand keeper.
 
2012-08-03 08:42:31 PM  

Generation_D: Denying clear path to goal, outside the penalty area.

Should have been a penalty kick awarded to Morgan and a foul/card on the New Zealand keeper.


It's outside the box so it's never a penalty.
 
2012-08-03 08:46:08 PM  
Better than an arrow to the knee, I guess.
 
2012-08-03 09:29:21 PM  
worldreferee.com

Looks fine to me.
 
2012-08-03 09:57:54 PM  
Alex Morgan is teh hot.

/all I got
 
2012-08-03 10:07:18 PM  

Halli: Generation_D: Denying clear path to goal, outside the penalty area.

Should have been a penalty kick awarded to Morgan and a foul/card on the New Zealand keeper.

It's outside the box so it's never a penalty.


Yep, it's on the yellow/red debate for a card, but I don't see any ref giving a red to a keeper who just got his/her clock cleaned. The only exception will be if it can make a difference against the USA in the men's 2014 WC, then it would be an auto-red.
 
2012-08-03 10:08:31 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Alex Morgan is teh hot.

/all I got


Don't like that blonde-ish hair.

/Olympic hair complaints! w000!
 
2012-08-03 10:12:12 PM  
I would put my balls between Morgan's goal posts, if ya knowwadeyemeen.
 
2012-08-03 10:23:47 PM  
The most important question is, is our precious Morgan alright?
 
2012-08-03 10:51:14 PM  
The goalie got her clock cleaned. And I would like to clean Alex Morgan. With my tongue. That is all.
 
2012-08-03 10:56:48 PM  
Ok. The goalie might have gotten a concussion, but the forward fell to the ground and didn't move like she got knocked out too. The only thing "Scary" about soccer are the fans in the stands.
 
2012-08-03 10:59:49 PM  
Unavailable for comment:

www.dazedweb.com

/link is hot
 
2012-08-03 11:04:06 PM  
That's a red card on the goalie for fouling an opposing ball-carrier as the last defender between the ball and the goal, and doing so in an incredibly reckless, dangerous fashion.
 
2012-08-03 11:26:27 PM  
Why isn't she on the N.Z. ladies rugby team?
 
2012-08-03 11:35:05 PM  

ZoSo_the_Crowe: That's a red card on the goalie for fouling an opposing ball-carrier as the last defender between the ball and the goal, and doing so in an incredibly reckless, dangerous fashion.


Eh, it was in the box...no defender ever commits a foul in the box...
 
2012-08-04 12:02:47 AM  
 
2012-08-04 12:26:29 AM  

Cubs300: The goalie got her clock cleaned.


Morgan should have been booked at least twice. Once for fouling the keeper (who as you may know receives special protection due to their unique position) with an intention harsh blow to the head (and as you may also know football has recently been attempting to decrease concussions). Either of those could have been a yellow. Then she follows that cheap shot with a simulation/dive. Morgan flops to the turf and acts as if she was the one fouled rather than the obvious aggressor. Surprised the official missed these clear infractions by Alex.

/Maybe the official was distracted by that fine ass
 
2012-08-04 12:28:32 AM  

Koman Coulibaly: Cubs300: The goalie got her clock cleaned.

Morgan should have been booked at least twice. Once for fouling the keeper (who as you may know receives special protection due to their unique position) with an intention harsh blow to the head (and as you may also know football has recently been attempting to decrease concussions). Either of those could have been a yellow. Then she follows that cheap shot with a simulation/dive. Morgan flops to the turf and acts as if she was the one fouled rather than the obvious aggressor. Surprised the official missed these clear infractions by Alex.

keeper left the box. she's just another player. denying clear path to goal.
/Maybe the official was distracted by that fine ass

 
2012-08-04 12:29:19 AM  
without italics:

keeper left the box. she's just another player. denying clear path to goal.
 
2012-08-04 12:42:27 AM  

Generation_D: without italics:

keeper left the box. she's just another player. denying clear path to goal.


I think you need to read the name of the person you are replying to :D
 
2012-08-04 01:03:11 AM  
I see faults on both players side,
that being said

//screen door in a hurricane
 
2012-08-04 02:03:51 AM  

iron de havilland: [worldreferee.com image 345x449]

Looks fine to me.


Seriously...I thought I was the only one watching the "warm-ups" or whatever to that game and upon seeing that guy and his idiotic look of bewilderment thinking "Man I hope that goofy guy is not the farking ref for this game." Sure enough he was, and sure enough he screwed us.
 
2012-08-04 02:15:50 AM  

Ryker's Peninsula: Ok. The goalie might have gotten a concussion, but the forward fell to the ground and didn't move like she got knocked out too. The only thing "Scary" about soccer are the fans in the stands.


To be fair, that probably hurt like hell to hit her knee on a rock-solid skull. One of those, 'just lie there and wait for the endorphins to kick in' kind of feelings.

/Did I just defend soccer? Damn it.
//Their 'acting' disgusts me and I will never enjoy the sport.
 
2012-08-04 02:34:07 AM  
The goalkeeper isn't supposed to move out of the way you know. No way can that ever be a foul, inside or outside of the penalty box.

The American player obviously knows she farked up by kneeing the goalkeeper, thus does the customary "pretend I got hurt as well" tactic, which could have earned her a yellow card.
 
2012-08-04 02:43:47 AM  

Farksteron: I think you need to read the name of the person you are replying to :D


This. Best.Parody Account.EVAR.
 
2012-08-04 02:57:33 AM  

Pentaxian: Alex Morgan body paint shoot for SI


That is.......just plain awesome. The things I would do to her for 30 seconds.
 
2012-08-04 03:30:24 AM  

Pentaxian: Alex Morgan body paint shoot for SI


Wow. I had never seen that. She is absolutely amazing.
 
2012-08-04 04:06:08 AM  
Just watched that bodypaint video. Morgan should be ashamed of herself. She will personally be responsible for millions of kittens dying due to faping to that video. Holy shiat is she hot
 
2012-08-04 07:20:58 AM  

eagles95: Just watched that bodypaint video. Morgan should be ashamed of herself. She will personally be responsible for millions of kittens dying due to faping to that video. Holy shiat is she hot


Beautiful face, DAT ASS but WHAR TITS WHAR?
 
2012-08-04 08:50:09 AM  
I don't really see how Morgan could be at fault here. The goalie slid beneath her and when Morgan tried to jump over her knee collided with her face. When you look at it in real time, it happened extremely fast.

*watches the bodypaint video again*
 
2012-08-04 09:59:07 AM  

Zalan: I don't really see how Morgan could be at fault here. The goalie slid beneath her and when Morgan tried to jump over her knee collided with her face. When you look at it in real time, it happened extremely fast.

*watches the bodypaint video again*


Keeper should have gotten at least a a foul. If she had stayed within the box it would easily have been completely legal but... she didn't.

As far as the keepers move: my brother did stuff like this all the time as a keeper (along with lots of other keepers). The trick is the ball has to be your target and if you don't at least gain possession, you must touch it. If you don't get/go for the ball then its a single yellow at minimum depending on the foul, conditions, etc. Plus, you HAVE to be in the box.

As far as Alex was concerned, she didn't intentionally clock the New Zealander in the face with her knee, she basically just stepped mid stride right over the keepers slide and happened to have the bad luck of smacking the woman in the face. Those of you saying she faked the fall, no, no she didn't. The head is heavy, and bony. What else do you think happens when you are in full stride and suddenly your knee is impeded in mid air by a 10-20lb hard object moving directly opposite your own motion? Morgan is lucky her knee was almost perfectly aligned resulting in a clean hit. If it was at any sort of angle or glancing hit it could result in twisting/torquing and thats a very easy injury.

/goalie was equally lucky. From the video she was hit on nearly the best place you can get hit: the upper brow right where it starts to curve from the face to the top of the head.

//seen broken limbs, fingers etc. from collisions like these
 
2012-08-04 12:01:55 PM  

ZoSo_the_Crowe: That's a red card on the goalie for fouling an opposing ball-carrier as the last defender between the ball and the goal, and doing so in an incredibly reckless, dangerous fashion.


That was a legal tackle. No foul.
 
2012-08-04 12:58:01 PM  
I didn't see any reason to call a foul on that play. The keeper was trying to challenge for the ball and wasn't doing it in a reckless or dangerous manner, which is the criteria for whether you give a card or not. Alex tried to push the ball around the keeper and jump over, so the Referee did the right thing and restart with a drop ball. Anyone saying she was milking it has never banged their knee against something hard, such as a wall or furniture. Those of us who have can imagine it feels like that X100 getting a face to the knee running at full speed.
 
2012-08-05 11:56:50 PM  
Just one of those things
 
2012-08-06 02:57:26 AM  

Gordon Bennett: ZoSo_the_Crowe: That's a red card on the goalie for fouling an opposing ball-carrier as the last defender between the ball and the goal, and doing so in an incredibly reckless, dangerous fashion.

That was a legal tackle. No foul.


I thought that at first, but doesn't the keeper have to get contact with the ball first, for it to be considered legal?

Been a long time since I have been a ref.

Ref made the correct call I think. I know Im contradicting myself her
 
2012-08-06 02:56:26 PM  

UncleStumpy: Gordon Bennett: ZoSo_the_Crowe: That's a red card on the goalie for fouling an opposing ball-carrier as the last defender between the ball and the goal, and doing so in an incredibly reckless, dangerous fashion.

That was a legal tackle. No foul.

I thought that at first, but doesn't the keeper have to get contact with the ball first, for it to be considered legal?

Been a long time since I have been a ref.

Ref made the correct call I think. I know Im contradicting myself her


Yes. I am not 100% certain on whether contact with the ball must be made first or not, but contact with the ball is an absolute requirement.
 
2012-08-07 01:49:39 AM  

Wicked Chinchilla: UncleStumpy: Gordon Bennett: ZoSo_the_Crowe: That's a red card on the goalie for fouling an opposing ball-carrier as the last defender between the ball and the goal, and doing so in an incredibly reckless, dangerous fashion.

That was a legal tackle. No foul.

I thought that at first, but doesn't the keeper have to get contact with the ball first, for it to be considered legal?

Been a long time since I have been a ref.

Ref made the correct call I think. I know Im contradicting myself her

Yes. I am not 100% certain on whether contact with the ball must be made first or not, but contact with the ball is an absolute requirement.


I was under the impression that the call was made based upon whether or not the tackle was aimed toward the ball or towards the opposing player, whether contact was made or not. I looked over FIFA's laws of the game and interpretations but didn't find anything that specified, only that endangering another player constitutes an illegal tackle.

I've never officiated a match, so I will accept the word of someone with experience and stand corrected if indeed contact with the ball is absolutely necessary.
 
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