If you missed Sporting Kansas City's loss on Saturday to the Columbus Crew, don't be too bummed. It was about as frustrating as soccer can get. Down 2-1 in the second half, Sporting had oodles and oodles of scoring chances but couldn't break through to tie the game.
The play that led to the Crew's second goal really irked one SKC fan whose Twitter handle is @MCneckbeard. As the fan explained to Deadspin, the Crew didn't follow soccer's unwritten rules after an injury: "Sporting had the ball, but the Crew had a player down with an injury. The ref blew to bring on the medical staff. This was not a foul, just a stoppage to get the player checked out. Typical soccer protocol would have Columbus play the ball out of bounds or send it to SKC's keeper. This is to avoid gaining an unfair advantage after their own player needed medical attention. Instead, Columbus plays the ball into the box and scores off a muffed clearance," he told the sports site.
Then MCNeckbeard did what any self-respecting and enraged soccer fan would do: He called out Crew defender Chad Marshall for initiating the offending play.
Marshall didn't like MCNeckbeard's assessment of the play, and tweeted back a rather impolite rebuttal:
And then Marshall's teammates decided to up the "suck one" ante.
Ultimately, MCNeckbeard, perhaps numbing the agony of defeat with beer, was tickled by the Crew's responses rather than upset.
If you're interested, you can judge Marshall's restart kick in the video below. The play begins at 2:27.