Cabrera Believes Referees Do Not Respect Chivas USA
By Young Kim
Following Chivas USA’s 2-1 defeat to the Seattle Sounders at home, Chivas head coach Wilmer Cabrera expressed his frustrations with the officiating with the match, citing that his club is not given the fair respect as the other teams in the league. He also believes the fact that the club is looking for new ownership and will be rebranded next season is an incentive for the officials to pushover the club.
“I think we’re showing that we’re trying to play, even with any team here at home. But we’re making some mistakes that cost us too much so we have to improve that mentality,” Cabrera expressed. “And we don’t receive the respect and we don’t receive the fair considerations that wronged their refereeing parts. Even at home, it’s the second game we finish with 10 men.
"Every 50-50 foul was for the other team. They won because they score two goals and we only score one. I think at this point, it’s fair to call that the players feel they don’t receive respect by the guys in yellow tonight.”
During the match, Chivas USA midfielder Marco Delgado was sent off with the red card after a colliding during a slide tackle with Sounders’ Gonzalo Pineda. Though Delgado made contact with Pineda, the referee’s decision to jump to a red card raised controversy with the Chivas USA side.
“Both players went for the ball and because Marky [Marco Delgado] is a young player and [plays for] Chivas USA, he’s taken out. It’s simple,” Cabrera said. “No one is going to complain. No one is going to defend Chivas USA. No one is going to say anything. It’s easy to take advantage of us because nobody complains. That’s not right.
“We know that everyone looks at us and it’s like ‘okay nobody is going to complain, nothing is going to happen.’ This team is going to be in its last year. They don’t have too many fans and they don’t have many power.”
Despite playing a home game, only 7,499 people were attendance at the match.