Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/21/12
What went wrong? The Sounders fans booed and hissed him. Alonso gave him an earful. But Mark Geiger’s whistle was final. Neither the ire of 43,000, nor Alonso’s red card could bring back Seattle’s dreams of MLS Cup glory. His whistle was final. Geiger’s calls were a bitter pill to swallow on Sunday night. The replays show Eddie Johnson was not offside when he scored his 11th minute goal that was called back. At least half of the soccer pundits I’ve heard say that Adam Johansson did not intentionally handle the ball that led to Robbie Keane’s penalty. The call broke the Sounders back. I just want a lesson in how to call a handball. Despite this, Mark Geiger didn’t make the Sounders lose. They have no one to blame but themselves. Why did they lose? Every Sounders fan is asking that question…and the truth is, it’s complicated. I thought I should way in on what I believe are the main factors. As you read, you may notice that this article is disproportionately focused ...
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