MLS- Vancouver Whitecaps

Whitecaps DP Hassli's unusual red card

MLS referee Baldomero Toldeo might be notoriously red-card happy, but Vancouver striker and Designated Player Eric Hassli has to know better than to celebrate a goal by taking his shirt off while carrying a yellow card, right?


What did you think of Toledo's decision? Considering Hassli has two red cards in three appearances, do his non-scoring antics worry you?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Dan

    It’s not an MLS rule, it’s FIFA’s laws that require a yellow card for that. It’s Hassli’s own fault.


  • Ian

    I think the point is lost here. The issue isn’t whether it should be a rule or not. The issue is that a player decided to put his team at risk.


  • scott47a

    By your interpretation of the rules, there would be a red card on every corner and free kick taken. When people jump their arms go up. The only time they don’t is when they are holding on to someone’s back or shoulders and pushing themselves up — which is also a foul.

    There would be lot of 7v7 games if you were reffing, Jon.


  • Andreas

    Hassli had done the same trick before in the Swiss Super League and it was fine. In that league you only get in trouble if there is nothing or something offensive underneath. Given that, it is understandable that he thought he could do it. He probably didn’t even think about it, a little dumb maybe. I think here it is really the Whitecaps coaching staff that could have prevented this. They should point out all the differences between other leagues and MLS when international’s arrive. Hassli may be dumb, but who cares? He’s an athlete, not a rocket scientist. It is the coach’s job to make sure they are intelligent.


  • yeah

    Fun Fact: Gordie Howe only had two Gordie Howe hat-tricks in his 30+ year career.


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