Atlanta United v Minnesota United in MLS


SD at 2017-10-04 02:21:54

Today’s match was what we call a “REFEREE’s” match with many key decisions for the referee and few little for the ARs. The referee Villarreal had a lot to do today. A key moment was the YC given at the 30th minute. A game changing scenario. The intensity went up after this unfair challenge. Minnesota had nothing to lose and Atlanta is visibly disappointed in the result. The VAR only 1 review of the match was correct and the final decision accurate. The ARs ran the line well and no big issues raised, 1 offside only.


However, the club shall be sanctioned as the referee got hit by a water bottle, this is clearly not acceptable and I am sure consequences will follow. A though game for the ref, very physical challenges, 5 goals, 5 YC (Villalba 67′, Gressel 72′, Danladi 48′, Ramirez 90′, Molino 90’+6) and 1 RC. ATL GK #32.

The referee positioning and movement was good and he demonstrated very good fitness. He received some open criticism from the Atlanta coach at the end of the match. Best to them for the next match


SD at 2017-10-04 02:07:21

Full Time

ATL 2 – 3 MIN


SD at 2017-10-04 02:06:22

Yellow CardMIN #18


SD at 2017-10-04 02:05:43

GOAL! MIN #18  what a game! now 2-3 for MIN


SD at 2017-10-04 02:03:17

again very good sprinting and position by the ref


SD at 2017-10-04 02:00:48

Added time 7 minutes!


SD at 2017-10-04 02:00:20

GOAL! MIN on corner


SD at 2017-10-04 01:54:58

Sub MIN #10 in, #14 out


SD at 2017-10-04 01:53:14

Sub ATL #18 in, #24 out (goalscorer)


SD at 2017-10-04 01:50:43

ATL #15 is in many challenges. 3 fouls in a row!


SD at 2017-10-04 01:47:24

contact with GK, no need for it by #15 ATL. good call, simple FK


SD at 2017-10-04 01:43:45

Sub #17 in, #28 out MIN


SD at 2017-10-04 01:42:14

GOAL! ATL #24 and Atlanta is playing with 10 men only


SD at 2017-10-04 01:40:58

This is not acceptable that fans are able throw water bottle at the ref..they must increase security and protect the referees in every game.


SD at 2017-10-04 01:37:06

GOAL! ATL # 15 Villabra, now 1-1

SD at 2017-10-04 01:35:44

Red CardATL GK #32


SD at 2017-10-04 01:34:05

good advantage by the ref for ATL, difficult call in a physical match


SD at 2017-10-04 01:32:37

VARs were first used in a FIFA competition at last December’s Club World Cup in Japan when the system – which can only be used for goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity – attracted considerable criticism.

Todays VAR is Silviu Petrescu (Canadian, PRO debut in 1986, very experienced with 122 games in MLS as of Dec 2016)



SD at 2017-10-04 01:31:18

After the VAR review, the ref gives a RC to ATL GK #32. he was the last player, DOGSO outside the penalty area. correct and now the GK is subsituted by #23 Tambakis. FK for MIN


SD at 2017-10-04 01:29:12

big challende outside the PA by the GK, this has to be a RC and DFK.  first VAR of the match. Oh no, someone threw water bottle at the ref. Upsetting


SD at 2017-10-04 01:25:30

MIN #9 is on the ground, fell on his own…. he twisted his ankle or a strategy to waste time as they are leading 1-0


SD at 2017-10-04 01:22:08

good no call from AR2 as the player in offside position stopped running and did not participate in the play. Good no call!


SD at 2017-10-04 01:19:49

The referee has been runnning well, a bit of a narrow diagonal but good mobility and movement. He is fit.


SD at 2017-10-04 01:18:14

GOAL! MIN #9 wow what a surprising shot, top corner! his 8th goal of the season


SD at 2017-10-04 01:16:30

good start for ATL with few shots on goal. ATL needs to win to get up in the ranking


SD at 2017-10-04 01:14:15

Football kickoff 2nd half

SD at 2017-10-04 01:10:55

Half-time: So far, we have seen a pretty physical game. few good goals chances on both sides. The big decisions were the 2 YC given (especially the YC at 30th min which could have been a red straight card).

ATL possession of the ball is 61.8% so far. MIN is seeking a real revenge from last match loss 6-1

SD at 2017-10-04 01:05:23

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SD at 2017-10-04 01:04:19


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SD at 2017-10-04 00:58:06

0-0 Half Time


SD at 2017-10-04 00:56:54

mingle on corner, 2 players down. #5 ATL provocaked a contact and then got a hand in his face. he is off the field


SD at 2017-10-04 00:54:37

2 minutes added time


SD at 2017-10-04 00:53:55

Sub ATL  #16 out , #22 in done by Fourth Official: Rubiel Vazquez (Pro debut in 2016, 15 games in MLS as of Dec 2016)



SD at 2017-10-04 00:51:34

AR: i like to see them following the ball down the line even if nothing is happening….good technique


SD at 2017-10-04 00:48:36

Yellow CardATL #2 it was a pretty fair chalenge! Still 0-0.



SD at 2017-10-04 00:42:13

Yellow CardMIN # 5 no attempt to play the balll, in his defending area. He pull the card immediately, maybe a bit too fast as the tackle was high on the knee. first big tackle of the match. He could sell a RC as well ! Harsh!


SD at 2017-10-04 00:38:45

in response….FK to MIN, about 30 yards away


SD at 2017-10-04 00:37:48

Foul MIN, yes simple FK, no card necessary


SD at 2017-10-04 00:37:01

Offside: first of the match against ATL. coming back in to play


SD at 2017-10-04 00:35:46

As a reminder:

Key points to consider for a handball: Natural or unnatural position, hands on the body, additional movement, deliberate action, taking a risk or making the body bigger to cover more space, promising attack and disciplinary sanction = lead to a good decision


SD at 2017-10-04 00:34:17

no handball called by the ref in the pk area. correct call as the player was near the shot and did not deliberately handle the ball as he turned away


SD at 2017-10-04 00:31:35

Foul ATL #2, simple FK


SD at 2017-10-04 00:29:22

good preventive refereeing from Ref to delay restart of the throw-in as the def was hit on the head by the ball


SD at 2017-10-04 00:27:28

challenge! MIN #14 used his elbow. FK allowed for ATL. the crowd want a YC and possibly so. the game is still young!


SD at 2017-10-04 00:24:44

ref good call, foul  by MIN and a quick restart allowed

SD at 2017-10-04 00:21:56

nice shot by Atlanta, there was a player in offside position but correctly no call by the AR has he did not touch the ball bouncing from the GK save


SD at 2017-10-04 00:19:38

well played by MIN shot over the goal. ref in good position, easy signal and decision


SD at 2017-10-04 00:16:42

Assistant Referee 1: Logan Brown (Pro debut in 2015, 15 games as of Dec 2016 in MLS). Nick Uranga (Pro debut in 2016, only 2 games in MLS since Dec 2016). good concentration and positioning

SD at 2017-10-04 00:14:31

Ref good sprinting to close the gap on the breakaway for Atlanta, 1st real opportunity


SD at 2017-10-04 00:13:15

The referee is calm and compose, watching closely. Atlanta has been in ball possession the first 2 minutes

SD at 2017-10-04 00:11:31

Referee: Armando Villarreal (Pro debut in 2011, FIFA Referee since 2015, 74 games in MLS as of Dec 2016)


SD at 2017-10-04 00:09:49

Football Atlanta United FC v Minnesota United FC to kick off

SD at 2017-10-04 00:07:47

Beautiful National Anthems, unique and emotional. The MLS is doing a lot of great things for everyone in North America. Bless

SD at 2017-10-04 00:04:33

A minute of silence for the victims in Las Vegas, nice touch and so sad for the family affected.

SD at 2017-10-04 00:03:04

The players and officials are leaving the tunnel! the atmosphere is already great

SD at 2017-10-04 00:01:48

Atlanta United v Minnesota United FC to kick off soon!

Good luck to all! And may the ball run kindly for you.

SD at 2017-10-03 23:59:50

Atlanta United is in 3rd place in the Eastern conference with 53 points while Minnesota United is in the 9th place in the Western Conference with 32 points.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a new multi-purpose retractable roof stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia with a capacity of 42 500 spectators for a Soccer match.

SD at 2017-10-03 23:53:24

Welcome to this evening’s RefCam coverage of the Atlanta United v Minnesota United FC match. Minute by minute commentary from the referee’s perspective is about to follow.

The referees’ crew for today’s match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (7:00PM ET) are:
REF: Armando Villarreal
AR1: Logan Brown
AR2: Nick Uranga
4TH: Rubiel Vazquez
VAR: Silviu Petrescu

SD at 2017-10-03 23:49:01

Something about tonight’s game: Atlanta’s eight-game undefeated streak is the third-longest for an expansion team in MLS history, the longest since the San Jose Earthquakes went nine games without loss in their return season of 2008


SD at 2017-10-03 23:47:41

Atlanta United FC vs. Minnesota United FC
2017 MLS Regular Season
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga.
Tuesday, Oct. 3 – 7 pm ET