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Referee calls 41 fouls in 'Caps 2-0 defeat

Referee calls 41 fouls in 'Caps 2-0 defeat

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Major League Soccer referee Matthew Foerster's unorthodox approach to refereeing left players on both teams frustrated.

VANCOUVER – In a way, it was fitting that three members of Canada’s bronze medal winning Women’s Olympic soccer team were on hand at BC Place to witness the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 loss to FC Dallas.

Just like Emily Zurrer, Karina LeBlanc and Sophie Schmidt felt helpless at the hands of referee Christiana Pedersen in the semi-finals of that Olympic tournament, there was a similar feeling on Wednesday, as referee Matthew Foerster seemed single-minded in his attempt to bring the match to a standstill, calling a remarkable 41 fouls between the two teams.

“It’s the most frustrating game I think I’ve ever played in,” Barry Robson told reporters following the match. “I found it really hard tonight. It’s just one foul, then it’s stop, then it’s start, then it’s stop. It’s so frustrating. The referee blows for every single body contact. What can you do? It’s something I’m not used to and the frustration does get to you.”

Dallas opened the scoring 60 minutes in through Fabian Castillo, as David Ferreira flicked on a Zach Loyd throw in.

“It’s unfortunate,” goalkeeper Joe Cannon said of the opener. “He cut back on it, it was kind of a weird one, then it got caught up in his feet, and Martin [Bonjour] was right there. I came out big and I thought he had no chance there was an angle but he did well to get his foot around it and it just hit the post and went it.

“But it’s definitely a goal that’s preventable. Being one of the guys that organizes the defence and tries to figure that out, I’ll put my hand up and go back and look at it to see if there was more I could have done.”

Ten minutes after Castillo’s goal, the ‘Caps conceded again, this time to Jonathan Top. Once again, Ferreira was involved, powering past Andy O’Brien before giving the FC Dallas academy product a simple finish.

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“We’re all gutted because we understand how important our fans are,” Cannon said. “I think this is the second loss we’ve had all year here. That’s one of those performances we’re going to like to forget real quickly and fortunately we have a big derby on Saturday.”

The Whitecaps, 10-8-7, are in action Saturday as they face the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

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