Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire drew 1-1 at Toyota Park on Wednesday night, but the match wasn’t short on drama as a sending off dramatically changed the complexion of the match when in the 29th minute a Toronto FC player was given a straight red card, putting the 4th place club in the Eastern Conference down a man for an hour of the match.
Luke Moore was given a sending off for inadvertently elbowing the Fire’s Chris Ritter during a 50/50 aerial challenge off of a Chicago goal kick. Ritter immediately went to ground with a head injury, ultimately needing a head wrap to continue after drawing the red card.
The call was a bit harsh on Moore, who was not intending to elbow the Fire player but made a cynical challenge in jumping too early and too high before crashing down on Ritter’s head with his elbow. The call easily could have been a yellow, but Moore put himself in danger of being at the mercy of the official and cost his team dearly by being just a little bit too reckless.
Following is photo/video of Moore’s foul that led to the red card so you can judge for yourselves whether Moore deserved the straight red card or not.
— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) July 3, 2014
Did Moore deserve his sending off? Or was the ref a bit too harsh to give a straight red card in the 29th minute? Let us know what you think in the comments.