Pollsters don’t buy what MLS social media pushes
TUKWILA, Washington – It was probably inevitable that Major League Soccer – usually attention-hungry outside of its own bubble – jumped at the chance to hang on when arguably the world’s most famous actor responded to the Tim Melia’s limit assault on Cristian Roldan.
But at the same time MLS may have sensed what The Rock was tweeting, the Sounders found the league’s antics a little more off-putting.
If anyone is unaware of the incident: In the 55th minute of the Sounders’ 2-1 loss to Kansas City Sports On Saturday Cristian Roldan and Tim Melia were involved in a goal line incident, fighting for a loose ball. After Roldan backed Melia into the goal (for which Roldan was called up for a foul), Melia grabbed Roldan and slammed him to the ground with force using a judo-type movement. After some deliberation, Melia received a yellow card, so at a minimum the play was considered illegal.
Melia’s withdrawal was about as far from a football game as it gets, unless you grab a steel chair and crack Roldan over his head. But social media being what it is, the piece was immediately reported and posted online by various outlets, with The Rock ultimately weighing in (and believing it deserved a red card, no less).
this is called delivering a devastating “Rock Bottom”
+ I guess the player in green got up and fought, unless he rang his bell.
+ I’m also assuming there was a card delivered in the red color palette https://t.co/anvlN9Sx5T
– Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) 23 October 2021
The engagement of an actor with five times the MLS follow-up must have made their year, and the prospect of rubbing shoulders with The Rock surely sent the league’s dopamine centers. Of course, chasing that dopamine shot can lead people to rash decisions, as any addict will tell you. Perhaps that explains the league’s tweet following Rock’s comment.
While the league seemed content with themselves, the Sounders were less amused, given that Melia’s withdrawal was quite obviously dangerous. It is also possible that the MLS Discipline Committee will suspend Melia.
This is where the Sounders come in.
The Sounders weren’t happy immediately after the play, and it’s fair to say that the weather hasn’t done much to improve their mood. During the post-match press conference, Cristian Roldan said he was not told why Melia was still on the pitch.
“I haven’t had an explanation, so I want to hear what Howard Webb has to say about it,” Roldan said. “I want to hear what Ismail [Elfath] puts in his notes. I want to hear an explanation of what happened because I still don’t know.
Head coach Brian Schmetzer was more perplexed than angry during his post-game press conference, but after practice on Monday he seemed more determined in his opinion about the incident.
“There was an intention, because everyone could see that Melia was upset that Cristian was in her space,” Schmetzer said. “The ball had already passed and he threw it to the ground. This is what he clearly shows in the film.
“To me, it was clearly a red card because of the intention shown by Melia. It was retaliation.”
With a few days to think about what happened, the frustrations of the players had only grown.
“Obviously, everyone saw the PK which could have given us additional motivation and the red card which [Melia] should have been, ”Montero said. “I think if I tried to do it in the next game, I would get a red card. Hopefully this type of incident will not happen again.
In the meantime, while the Sounders wait for the Disciplinary Committee’s review, the team itself is not taking the issue into their own hands. Schmetzer said the Sounders sent the league a “stern” letter providing their perspective on the matter. Given the possibility of responding to MLS’s marketing of a game that could have resulted in serious injury, Schmetzer seemed more disappointed than anything else.
“What do we want to promote? Schmetzer asked. “Our sport must have rules in place to prevent this type of behavior. I think the league should think about the message they are sending. Words matter. “
PRO’s response to media inquiries didn’t do much to answer questions, so the Discipline Committee will have the final say. But what impact will the league’s glorification of the incident have on policymakers? Schmetzer acknowledged that the league shedding light on the incident could be seen as a problem, but expects the discipline committee to do its job.
“I have confidence in the discipline committee,” said Schmetzer. “These guys are all experienced in this committee and from my point of view Melia was upset, the intention was clear, he lost his mind a little bit and he threw Cristian to the ground and you can’t throw the players to the ground . ”
Still, the league’s rush to promote the incident surely left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Sounders, and from their perspective, one wonders if MLS cares more about social media engagement than social media engagement. protection of players. For at least one sounder, the case is open and closed.
“Judging by what they [MLS] done with that tweet yes they want marketing, ”Montero said.