March 13, 2013
Miller needs remedial course on rules or he really thinks we're dumb enough to buy that sorry excuse
By Michael Lewis
Roy Miller is not having one of his best weeks on or off the soccer field.
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You've got to be kidding me.
He said, what?
Roy Miller, who has had problems playing with both feet for the Red Bulls during the last two season, both of them in his mouth on Wednesday afternoon.
He already found himself as the center of attention after making not one, but two big mental errors in the waning minutes of the Red Bulls' 2-1 loss at the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.
You probably already know that the Costa Rican left back was called for a handball in the penalty area in the 90th minute, which led to Chris Wondolowski's enusing penalty kick.
You also probably already know that goalkeeper Luis Robles saved Wondolowski's attempt, only for the San Jose forward to get a second chance because Miller had encroached on the spot kick.
And you obviously know that Wondo put away the second PK two minutes into stoppage time.
Miller got an opportunity to plead his case to the media after Red Bulls training at Montclair State University on Wednesday, and he didn't exactly look like a Rhodes Scholar.
He said he intentionally encroached into the area, showing absolute stupidity, no knowledge of soccer rules or a desperate attempt at trying to convince soccer fans that what he did was correct.
Regardless, Miller did not look good at all, no matter which way you cut it.
This is what Miller, a Costa Rican international who was called up for his team's World Cup qualifier against the United States in Commerce City, Colo. on March 22 said to Franco Panzio of MLSSoccer.com.
"I did it on purpose with the thought that Wondolowski would miss," Miller told MLSSoccer.com. "Simply, I wasn't in agreement with the situation that was going on and the penalty kick being given, because for me, the handball didn't have to be called but some refs call it and some don't."
Miller wasn't finished.
"I did it so that if [Wondolowski] made it, he would have to do it again and then he missed," he told the website. "I had the unfortunate luck that Luis saved the initial attempt."
Ahem, that's not how the rule works.
If an opponent encroaches and the penalty-kick converts the kick, there is no do-over.
Since Wondolowski missed and Miller was well into the penalty area, referee Ricardo Salazar had no choice but to have the Earthquakes striker retake the kick.
Don't know what type of rule books that Miller has been reading, but it must be among a series of books of how not to play soccer. For a veteran, someone who has played in Europe and in World Cup qualifiers, he not only makes mistakes, giving the ball away or finding himself out of position when he tries to overlap, Miler makes blunders.
Here's hoping that Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke sits him down against D.C. United in Saturday's home opener for the team's sake.
The last thing the Red Bulls need in the lineup is a mistake-prone player who doesn't know the rules of the beautiful game.
And one other thing: what sort of depth does Costa Rica have on its left side of defense that Miller keeps getting called in and getting starts.