FUEL Soccer Talk: Rooney controversy; Sporting KC off to Monterrey; MLS Notebook

Rooney’s brilliant free kick marred in controversy

There wasn’t any controversy surrounding Wayne Rooney’s goal against Orlando in DC United’s 2-1 win on Sunday. Instead, there were “controversies” – as in more than one.

My favorite part of the clip is when the announcer says “there is a little bit of contact there” between DC United’s Frédéric Brillant and Orlando keeper Brian Rowe. Brillant looked like J.J. Watt taking out a running back coming up the middle – it was a lot more than a “little bit of contact.” “I think it’s very obvious, it’s a foul on the goalkeeper,” Orlando head coach James O’Connor told FOX Sports’ Katie Witham at halftime. “We’re all a little shocked, to be honest, that that’s been given.”

It was a beautiful ball by Rooney, perfectly placed in the far corner. But if the keeper isn’t knocked down “with a little bit of contact” it’s a fairly easy grab for Rowe.

Of course, there is the matter of whether it should have been a free kick in the first place. The free kick was awarded after Dom Dwyer lunged at Rooney, though it was unclear if he made contact until video showed there was no contact. FOX Sports broadcaster Alexi Lalas agreed with the referee’s decision regardless if there was contact made or not.

You make the call – was there enough there to award a free kick and what of goalie interference? 

Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey: Kansas City off to Monterrey

Sporting Kansas scored a touchdown against Montreal (NFL’s Chiefs vs. the CFL’s Alouettes) in a 7-1 MLS win on Saturday in a nice tune-up for Thursday’s Concacaf Champions League game at Monterrey. Krisztian Nemeth had a hat trick and Johnny Russell added two goals in the win over the Impact at Children’s Mercy Park. Gianluca Busio, 16, scored in the 73rd minute shortly after coming on. They are the sixth team in league history to win by six or more goals and are clearly one of the better clubs in the west so far in the early going.

SKC, 2-0 at home in 2019, go to Monterrey on Thursday looking like they could keep the MLS Concacaf Champions League dream alive.

Does Sporting KC have the squad to go all the way in the Concacaf Champions League?

MLS Notes from around the league

Philadelphia Union 2, FC Cincinnati 0: For the first time in their MLS existence, FC Cincinnati was held off the scoresheet. The expansion club previously had scored a combined seven goals across their past four matches. Meanwhile, the Union recorded their second straight win and clean sheet. – Jonathan Sigal 

LA Football Club 5, San Jose Earthquakes 0: The Quakes are now winless in their last 12 dating to last season and have lost their first four to open the new season under incoming coach Matias Almeyda, allowing 14 goals. Few thought Almeyda could lead an immediate turnaround for the worst team in MLS in 2018, but the Quakes’ 2019 start is troubling in two ways: 1) The performances have progressively deteriorated since a season-opening 2-1 loss to Montreal, and 2) All but one of these defeats have come at home. – Ian Quillen

Columbus Crew 2, Atlanta United 0: Pedro Santos and Gyasi Zardes struck for first-half goals to lead Columbus Crew SC to a 2-0 win over Atlanta United Saturday night at rain-soaked MAPFRE Stadium. There was just one team singing in the rain at MAPFRE Stadium with Crew SC rebounding from their first defeat of the season to move atop the Eastern Conference with 10 points. Last-place Atlanta, meanwhile, leave Columbus drenched with frustration, extending a season-opening winless streak to four games. – Dylan Butler

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