No matter what you make of Saturday’s nights 4-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, there is one play that will certainly go down as a head scratcher and a game changer for FC Dallas.
In the 48th minute, Kellyn Acosta and Fredy Montero went into the penalty box in a 50-50 challenge for the ball that saw Acosta poke the ball away fairly cleanly. But the center official Baldomero Toledo saw it completely different as he awarded Montero and the Whitecaps a penalty kick.
(Fast forward to the 0:47 mark to see the play)
When asked after the game, Toledo’s response to why he called a penalty kick is even more puzzling.
“Although no. 23, Acosta, did make contact with the ball, he charged no. 12, Montero, in a careless manner inside the penalty area and disallowed no. 12 an opportunity to play the ball. This warranted the penalty kick.”
In my book, that is called playing defense. No wonder Acosta and others let Toledo have it after the penalty was called.