Defender Roy Miller might have left well enough alone regarding a boneheaded play that allowed the Earthquakes to beat his New York Red Bulls 2-1.
Instead, he told reporters Wednesday that he intentionally encroached into the penalty box hoping the Quakes' Chris Wondolowski would have to retake a penalty kick Sunday.
The gamesmanship made no sense. If Wondolowski made the goal it would have counted regardless of Miller's violation. The only way the Quakes would have been rewarded a retake is if their star missed the first time.
That's what happened after a brilliant save by Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles. Wondolowski didn't waste his second chance on a penalty kick awarded because of Miller's handball in the box in extra time.
"I did it so that if (Wondolowski) made it, he would have to do it again," Miller said. "I had the unfortunate luck that Luis saved the initial attempt.
"Simply, I wasn't in agreement with the situation. ... The handball didn't have to be called."
San Jose State's Riana Byrd had her 13th double-double of the season (16 points and 17 rebounds), but Krissy Karr's basket at the buzzer gave Idaho (15-15) a 57-55 win over the Spartans (11-19) in the quarterfinals of the WAC women's tournament in Las Vegas. Byrd was 6 of 11 from the field but missed two free throws with 18 seconds left. She had made one free throw to tie it at 55-55 with 2:55 left. Neither team scored again until Karr's bucket.
Wire services contributed to this report.