From http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-galaxy19oct19,1,2858210.story?coll=la-headlines-sports " Earthquake defender Craig Waibel, a reserve with the Galaxy last season, was hit with a red card by referee Michael Kennedy for his hard slide tackle on Moreno. Waibel did not think he deserved the ejection. "Look at it this way," he said, "if I didn't want [Moreno] on the field, I wouldn't have gone after the ball. I don't try to take people out. "I'd slide tackle my mother if she was wearing the other jersey. I don't try to take people out." That was a horrible tackle that deserved a red card. However, throughout the season, players and fans alike have defended actions like these, chalking it up to "giving it their all" or "he touched the ball... but the leg was on the way" (paraphrasing, of course)....It's not news that MLS refs are not very good, neither are CONCACAF refs in general....However, one thing that comes to mind are the CONCACAF Champion's Cup games...Unable to follow games on TV, i remember people on MLS boards often complaining how they'd usually would get someone expelled from their teams, which showed a "bias" to American players/clubs...There might be some of that, sure, but could it be also that we are using a standard of refereeing in MLS where harsh tackles are too readily accepted as part of the game? Whereas in CONCACAF competitions the CA and Mexican refs do not condone the kind of play that endangers the skilled players, our refs too often go in the complete opposite direction, so that when it is time to compete in international club tournaments, we lose players due to recklessness, or even just "too aggressive" plays that would have been condoned/forgiven in our own league....Any opinions?