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August 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM

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You call it: Was Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid wrong to rip the ref?

If you've read our coverage of the Sounders FC's heartbreaking U.S. Open Cup loss Wednesday night, then you know that the team is both disappointed and infuriated. In particular, Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was upset with referee Ricardo Salazar.

"It's difficult when you're playing against a team at home, so the crowd helps them, and then when you're playing against the referee as well, and he makes some absolutely, I thought, ridiculous calls," Schmid said. "It's very tough to win."

Schmid was just getting started. He unleashed several biting remarks during a five-minutue post-match interview. You can read my post on the Sounders FC blog to learn more. You can also read my game column on the match, which gets into it, too.

It's crazy that the Sounders' bid for a record fourth straight U.S. Open Cup title ended in such bitter fashion. I found it quite sad that the Sounders, who had been great stewards of the U.S. Open Cup and respected the tournament as much as any team ever has during their back-to-back-to-back streak, were left feeling like there was a conspiracy to ensure they wouldn't win it again.

Schmid was emotional and honest after the match. If you've followed him for the three-plus years he's been in Seattle, then you know he's a straight shooter. In general, I have a hard time criticizing people for telling me exactly how they feel -- because that's what reporters seek as we prod and ask question after question. So, for me, I don't mind Schmid going after the ref. That's what he was feeling. That was clearly a storyline in this match, and it certainly helped my story that someone was willing to address the elephant on the pitch. Schmid had a legit point, so I don't fault him for being brave -- and angry -- enough to air his complaints to the media.

But I'll take this one to the people: Was Schmid wrong to rip the ref?

Some might consider it classless. Some have already complained that Schmid makes too many excuses. But I'm guessing that most are probably happy that their coach stood up and declared what they were feeling while watching a match in which so many calls went against the Sounders.

Answer the poll question below and drop a line in the comments section if you'd like, too. You've heard from me. I want to hear from you.

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