MINNEAPOLIS (ABC4 Sports) – Real Salt Lake’s road woes continue, and head coach Mike Petke has seen enough.
Petke sounded off on the referee following Saturday night’s 3-2 loss to Minnesota, which dropped RSL to 1-8-1 on the road this season.
After battling to a scoreless draw in the first half, Minnesota broke through in the 52nd minute. Minnesota’s Darwin Quintero shoved Justen Glad to the turf with an extended arm, and a few moments later Quintero found Francisco Calvo for the game’s first goal.
Petke was so irate about the no-call, he got ejected from the game. Afterwards, Petke sounded off.
“I mean, what are we doing here?” Petke said. “Quintero and the goal, doesn’t look at the ball, plays literally not the ball, runs in, extends his arm. The only thing I get from MLS is stop criticizing the referees. I want to know where the referees are right now. Why can’t we ask the referee a question? To MLS, it would be better for his league. For the fans, for the owners, for the coaches and I’ll take the fine. Fine me. I don’t care anymore. So drain my bank account. I don’t give a [expletive] anymore, OK?”
That call seemed to open the floodgates for Minnesota, which scored two goals in six minutes.
Quintero chipped a beautiful shot over the outstretched arms of Nick Rimando in the 62nd minute to make it a 2-0 game. Then Quintero assisted on a goal by Miguel Ibarra to make it 3-0 Minnesota.
But to RSL’s credit, they did not quit. Joao Plata found the back of the net off of a set piece to cut the lead to 3-1.
Then in the 85th minute, Brooks Lennon sent a crossing pass into the box which Plata headed home to cut the deficit to one goal.
But RSL ran out of the time, falling to 9-9-2 on the season.
“This is a tough place to play,” said RSL captain Kyle Beckerman. “It’s about as amateur as you can get. This is MLS 1.0. This is a garbage turf, but we did alright. We hung in there and we’ll get better for it.”
Real Salt Lake next hosts Colorado on July 21st.