June 17, 2012
By Michael Lewis
Oduro doesn't deserve a yellow card, but soccer deserves goal-line technology
If Major League Soccer's Star Chamber -- its disciplinary committee -- has any sense of fair play, it will overturn Dominic Oduro's yellow card immediately.
And if the powers that be in international soccer have some sanity, goal-line technology will be adopted
First, let's handle the short term.
Oduro received a yellow card for protesting the non-awarding of a goal that was rightfully his and the Chicago Fire's in the club's 3-1 win over the Red Bulls at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. on Sunday.
At the time, the game -- deadlocked at 1-1 and it was anybody's game.
Chris Rolfe set up Oduro with a perfect through ball and the Ghanan raced in on goal in the 64th minute. With rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara out in an attempt to cut down the angle, the ball rolled toward an empty net. Center back Wilman Conde swooped in and tried to clear it out of harm's way. He did -- after the entire ball crossed the goal line. However, none of the four-man officiating crew did not see it and declared no goal, despite the Fire's protests.
Oduro was slapped with a yellow card by referee Baldomero Toldeo for dissent, even though he was correct.
(And oh yes, one last thing: if you don't know what a Star Chamber is or was, it was a 1983 movie of a secret society of justices who mete out justice after criminals were let free due to technicalities in the legal system).
Now, the much longer term.
Soccer needs goal-line technology ASAP, so incidents what occurred at Toyota Park will be not duplicated.
After Euro 2012, the International Football Association board will vote on it on July 2.
It can't come soon enough.