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TV ignores vital referee influence in playoff soccer
There ought to be an acceptable explanation of this ... though I cannot, at the moment, think of one. Why on earth should there be a failure to see that, when soccer comes down to the really big games -- I mean the knockout games, the stage which MLS has reached -- the referee takes on a new and considerably magnified importance?

"I thought we benefited a little bit [from Stott's decisions]. In most games, I think that referee would have pulled that [second] yellow, so I'm not going to pretend I didn’t see that. … Yeah, we were fortunate that Zach stayed on the field."

-- Seattle coach Sigi Schmid being honest about his team benefiting from the refereeing of Kevin Stott during Sunday's 1-0 first-leg semifinal loss to Los Angeles. Stott yellow-carded Zach Scott in 37th minute but kept the cards in his pocket when Scott committed more other caution-worthy fouls. (MLSSoccer.com)