For the second time in seven weeks, Carli Lloyd was red carded, sent off in Houston's 1-1 tie with Portland for a foul on the Thorns' Mallory Weber. The decision by referee Christina
Unkel stunned Lloyd, who said the Dash will appeal.
"I hope that they look at the footage," said Lloyd. "We will appeal it, but in my opinion the Portland player had her foot up in
the air as well too trying to kick the ball in the air."
Late in her stint at Manchester City, Lloyd was red carded and handed a three-game suspension after receiving a red card for
elbowing a Yeovil Town opponent.
Lloyd's red card on Saturday came a minute after Lindsey Horan -- a player Dash head coach Omar Morales thought should not have still been
in the game -- equalized for Portland.
"The reaction is that it should not have been a red card," Morales said of the Lloyd foul, "it may have been a yellow at most. If that is a yellow,
then Horan should have had seven yellows and it’s a different game. The consistency of the refereeing in this league is not there. I think it's the most deficient part of our game,
unfortunately. The biggest thing is, do they watch these games, do they learn, is there a growth factor with what they do or do they just do a game, go home and sleep it off?"
Lloyd wasn't the only player sent off on Saturday. FC Kansas City's Shea Groom
was red carded at the end of the first half, and FCKC, which was leading, 2-0, went on to lose to Sky Blue FC, 3-2, on Australian Sam Kerr's hat trick in the game's final 12 minutes.
After the game, FCKC coach Vlatko Andonovski told the Kansas City Star the NWSL was best league in the
world but with a few exceptions, it "has the worst referees in the world."
Kerr is now tied with Seattle's Megan Rapinoe for the NWSL scoring lead with nine goals and holds the
league career scoring record with 35 goals, two ahead of Jessica McDonald.
There was also controversy at the Maryland SoccerPlex, where the Washington Spirit was awarded a last-minute penalty kick converted by Mallory Pugh to
give the Spirit a 2-2 tie with Orlando. Pugh's two goals matched Marta's brace for the Pride.
NWSL, Week 12
Results FRIDAY, JULY 7 Boston 0 Chicago 0. Att.: 2,435. SATURDAY, JULY 8 Washington 2 (Pugh 24, pen. 90) Orlando 2 (Marta pen.
10, 56). Att.: 5,200. Houston 1 (Beckie 8) Portland 1 (Horan 90+1). Att.: 3,869. North Carolina 2 (Hatch 33 Zerboni 81) Seattle 0. Att.: 3,565. Sky Blue FC 3 (Kerr 78, 81, 90) FC Kansas City 2 (Bowen 29, Gibbons 42). Att.: 2,091.
NWSL Standings: 1. North Carolina 27 points; 2. Chicago 24; 3. Sky Blue FC 22; 4. Seattle 20; 5. Portland
19; 6. Orlando 16 7. Houston 14. 8. FC Kansas City, Boston 13. 10 Washington 12.
Leading Scorers: G PLAYER (TEAM) 9+3 Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue FC) 9 Megan Rapinoe (Seattle) 8+2 Marta (Orlando) 5 Sarah
Killion (Sky Blue FC) 5 Christen Press (Chicago) 4+1 Ashley Hatch (North Carolina) 4 Nadia Nadim (Portland) 4 Francisca Ordega (Washington) 4 Christine Sinclair (Portland)