Have you ever seen a goalie so scared by an opposing player hovering around, that he actually bobbles his attempted punt and gives up a goal? Well if you haven’t, you are in for a laughable treat.
In Saturday’s MLS game between the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz made a routine save and then looked down field to punt the ball. As he took his steps to make the punt, lurking D.C. United striker Jaime Moreno faked like he was going to make an attempt to block the kick causing Seitz to drop the ball at his feet. Nimble footed Moreno took the ball, calmly faked Seitz out and then slotted home the equalizing goal. Take a look at the action below….
To all of us non-Philadelphia Union fans, this was one of the funniest plays of the year. While the goal didn’t end up hurting the Union, according to U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Development, Paul Tamberino, the goal should have never counted.
“By law there can be no interference, no fakes, no head attempts, nothing that interferes with the goalkeeper’s ability to release the ball within the six or seven seconds,” Tamberino said. “The goalkeeper needs to be free of interference and he can do whatever he wants in those six to seven seconds.”
“FIFA states that the referee must issue a yellow card on interference plays,” he said.