[MLS SPOTLIGHT]Houston Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear seemingly ignored the apparent handball that contributed to FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper's winning goal in the home team's 3-2 win in Sunday's Battle for El Capitan. What he couldn't let pass was what he felt was a Cooper dive that led to a free kick and the first of two FC Dallas goals in a minute in the first half.
“I thought the first few minutes looked really good,” Kinnear said. “And then a big guy out in the field threw himself to the ground and gets a free kick. And they got a goal out of it.”
The play came in the 33rd minute when Cooper took a pass about 40 yards from goal, turned and fell under the challenge of Oscar Boniek Garcia.
The Honduran rose his arms as though he was innocent but did not question the call. The free kick led to Michel's long ball that led to George John's opening goal. A minute later, Eric Alexander added a second FC Dallas goal off a set piece.
“I’ve watched this league for three weeks now," said Kinnear after his team's comeback from 2-0 down go for naught, "and it saddens me that we have people who have no problem diving, and looking for fouls and then looking to the heavens. It’s a sickening epidemic that’s going on in our league and hopefully it cancels itself out here pretty soon. Because some teams play hard, some guys cheat. Sometimes the cheaters win. When you have guys that don’t even get looked at, don’t get touched, falling on the ground looking for fouls, it makes me want to throw up.”