By Kristen Gehrke
Late Monday afternoon, the Portland Thorns formally requested a review of goalkeeper Nadine Angerer’s red card from Saturday’s match against the New York Flash.
A misplayed pass from defender Nikki Marshall forced Angerer to come out to challenge WNY forward Samantha Kerr. Kerr hit the turf, WNY was awarded a penalty and Angerer was sent off by referee Juliana Duncan. There has been much speculation as to whether Angerer made contact with Kerr.
“Nadine didn’t touch her,” Thorns coach Paul Riley said in the post-match press conference. “You can see from the tape she didn’t touch her. The referee went to the linesman. I don’t know if the fourth official called it, somebody else called it because she wasn’t going to give it.”
An NWSL spokesperson confirmed the request for a review had been made. NWSL currently has a review process in place, but does not have a written policy regarding appeals. According to league communications director Patrick Donnelly, a review “will not result in overturning the official decision in the record of the match.”