SEATTLE - The 4-0 defeat was hardly flattering for the LA Galaxy, but after the match, the key point of contention was referee Chris Penso's decision not to award a penalty kick for the Galaxy in the 15th minute.
Down 1-0 after Eddie Johnson's goal in the 6th minute, Galaxy defender AJ DeLaGarza appeared to be brought down in the box by Seattle outside back Leo Gonzalez. However, Penso judged that Gonzalez's tackle was clean and waved off the shouts for a penalty. While the call was a point of contention for all in the Galaxy locker room after the game, it was midfielder David Beckham, who provided the best response.
"I probably shouldn’t say too much but I’ll tell you now an AYSO ref is better than that today. It is quite remarkable," Beckham told reporters. "Is it why we lost the game? No. But we definitely would have got back in the game and turned the crowd quiet. Would it have gotten us back into the game? Definitely; but we didn’t play well today and Seattle played a lot better. Big calls like that—it’s a big call in a game like this. It’s disappointing."
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