Chicago Fire v Philadelphia Union

Chicago Fire v Philadelphia Union

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FINAL SCORE: 1 - 0


AM at 2015-03-30 00:03:22
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AM at 2015-03-30 00:02:00
The Referee David Gantar has been correct and consistent in his reading of careless / reckless challenges. 2 Yellow Cardand 1Red Cardcard correctly shown. Good arm / hand signals were seen and good teamwork seen at the red card incident 77 of PU who was only on the field of play for 6 mins it is clear that the referee received support from his 4th Official on this incident. Well done to the team. I mentioned the KMI in the first half which was missed and this was down to the referees position. Both ARs gave the referee good support overall in particular for the key judgements – offside. 4th Official was proactive and supported the referee well on the red card shown to 77 of PU

AM at 2015-03-29 23:55:38
Full Time 1-0. Full time analysis to follow..

AM at 2015-03-29 23:54:13
Goal kick signal from AR Benchside, just quicker here would have aided teamwork with players in close proximity, just sells it that bit better

AM at 2015-03-29 23:52:22
3 MINS ADDED TIME

AM at 2015-03-29 23:52:06
Yellow Card PU 8 reckless, followed by a further free kick to CF

AM at 2015-03-29 23:50:41
The Referee in the closing stages is needing to up his workrate as play was moving towards the PU gk with the referee still in the  other half of the field of play

AM at 2015-03-29 23:49:10
Tight advantage to PU did not work out a free kick here would have been correct.

AM at 2015-03-29 23:48:14
Good positive arm signal throw in to CF 11 off 29 on – PU sub

AM at 2015-03-29 23:46:59
PU  sub CF  sub

AM at 2015-03-29 23:44:41
10 minutes remaining and our FIFA referee is quickly in with a yellow card as he detects some time wasting. Yellow Card25 CF

AM at 2015-03-29 23:41:48
Free kick to PU good use of the whistle by the referee who is varying his tone dependant on the nature of the offence

AM at 2015-03-29 23:39:36
Going back to the red card shown to 77 PU had had not been on long replacing 8 of PU. Good to see teamwork working well here from the Match Officials

AM at 2015-03-29 23:38:10
Good non offside flag nearside AR, close effort from PU player

AM at 2015-03-29 23:37:30
Red CardFred 77 PU Violent Conduct  

AM at 2015-03-29 23:37:01
Fred 77 PU is shown a STRAIGHT red card for a right hand hook on a CF player. The referee has quickly got in sorted matters and it seems had help from his 4th Official. If this is the case then well done 4th Official Nima Saghafi for assisting your referee.

AM at 2015-03-29 23:32:22
PU offside correct call from AR nearside – OMC

AM at 2015-03-29 23:31:37
The referee is showing good arm / hand signals –   this aides clear communication to all

AM at 2015-03-29 23:28:52
Free kick to PU – good signal from AR Benchside – MN – SUPPORTIVE WITH LITTLE AGITATION OF THE FLAG JUST WHAT WAS REQUIRED. CF sub 77 off 8 on

AM at 2015-03-29 23:24:57
Good advantage played by DG for PU. Good signal seen by the referee

AM at 2015-03-29 23:22:49
Offside against CF

AM at 2015-03-29 23:20:53
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AM at 2015-03-29 23:19:30
No free kick signal from the AR on benchside. With players challenging for the ball very close to his position on the touchline. DG is moving in quickly in case a free kick needed

AM at 2015-03-29 23:17:37
Free kick to CF awarded by DG

AM at 2015-03-29 23:16:48
No free kick to CF with the referee and AR well placed to judge

AM at 2015-03-29 23:14:50
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AM at 2015-03-29 23:13:22
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AM at 2015-03-29 23:11:30
Good non offside flag by MN benchside. CF player not active and therefore correctly not flagged offside

AM at 2015-03-29 23:10:22
Just to confirm and apologies for any confusion re the ARs. REFEREE: David Gantar. (DG) AR1 (bench): Matthew Nelson; (MN) AR2 (opposite): Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; (OMC) 4th: Nima Saghafi (NS)        

AM at 2015-03-29 23:07:57
Early free kick to CF and the referee ensures that it is taken from the correct spot

AM at 2015-03-29 23:07:02
DG blows his whistle and we are underway

AM at 2015-03-29 23:03:47
Half time summary – The Referee has been in control throughout, plenty of man management of players seen. Just the one KMI which was not awarded due to the Referees poor position from the CF ck not picking up the handball on the goal line by 15 of PU. Which if a penalty kick had been awarded to CF then we would have seen a red card for 15 of PU. Both ARs have been correct on offside their key judgement area. Just the one occasion when the AR on the benchside came onto the field of play to kick the ball back to the CF gk. Advice here is leave this up to the players to play the ball and remain on the touchline. Looking forward to the 2nd half…………..

AM at 2015-03-29 22:51:38
Half Time 1-0

AM at 2015-03-29 22:50:11
2 MINS ADDED TIME. Offside nearside against CF

AM at 2015-03-29 22:49:26
Free kick awarded to PU and the AR on the benchside is quickly on to calm things down. No 9 of PU spoken to by DG.

AM at 2015-03-29 22:47:52
No free kick to PU. DG was well placed to judge no free kick, despite players close to this decision feeling a free kick should have been awarded.

AM at 2015-03-29 22:46:28
Advantage to PU was tight but has worked for DG

AM at 2015-03-29 22:45:13
DG restarts play with a dropped ball when the ball was played out of play for a throw in to CF?

AM at 2015-03-29 22:43:19
CF 4 requiring treatment. PU sportingly put the ball out of play.

AM at 2015-03-29 22:41:37
Free kick to CF and a word by DG to the 15 of PU. From the free kick we have a GOAL! SUPERB FREE KICK

AM at 2015-03-29 22:40:19
The Referee is showing good movement and acceleration of pace, with regards to the missed penalty incident DG 19th min he has missed this due to his position being rather square and not creating the angle that we so often mention as key when judging these kmis

AM at 2015-03-29 22:37:27
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AM at 2015-03-29 22:35:53
Good pace and movement from the AR on the benchside who is tracking back and showing good in field movement

AM at 2015-03-29 22:33:02
Advantage from DG to PU and there then follows an offside call from our AR on the benchside, replays show although tight a correct call

AM at 2015-03-29 22:31:05
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AM at 2015-03-29 22:30:24
Name: Dave Gantar –                        Today`s Referee Date of Birth: 06/27/1975 Nationality: Canadian Role: Referee Professional Debut: San Jose Earthquakes vs. D.C. United – MLS – 2010 Calgary vs. Seattle – A-League – 2002 Honors:  CONCACAF Gold Cup – 2011 U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Championships – 2011 Pan American Games – 2011 Amway Canadian Championship Final – 2011 World Cup Qualifying games – 2014

AM at 2015-03-29 22:29:17

Season Stats TO DATE

Chicago Fire                                                                                                           Philadelphia Union
3 Games Played 3
0 Wins 0
3 Losses 1
0 Draws 2
1 Goals 3
5 Goals Conceded 5
21 Shots 28
9 Shots on Target 13
43 Fouls Lost 39
50 Fouls Won 47
4 Offside 6
10 Corners 13
     

AM at 2015-03-29 22:28:21
PU offside correct call by bench side AR – CONFIRMED BY REPLAY

AM at 2015-03-29 22:27:46
Having reviewed the penalty claims just earlier it is clear that it has been handled by 15 of PU. DG was unsighted on this kmi if seen and given then a red card would have followed for 15 of PU for denial of a goal scoring opportunity

AM at 2015-03-29 22:24:50
From a ck claims by CF for a penalty kick which the referee has waved away. Will have a look at replays when they are shown

AM at 2015-03-29 22:22:36
No Penalty to CF correct call by DG

AM at 2015-03-29 22:20:19
Spray out for the first time, free kick to PU, followed an offside signal. The AR has then just come onto the field of play to kick the ball to the CF gk not best practice, just let the players kick the ball and remain on the touchline

AM at 2015-03-29 22:18:10
Good calming word from our referee tonight, followed by a free kick to PU

AM at 2015-03-29 22:15:48
Correct offside signal from Matthew Nelson who is on the benchside. With Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho on the opposite side

AM at 2015-03-29 22:13:35
Referee David Gantar (DG) being proactive prior to a PU ck, speaking to players good preventative measures seen here

AM at 2015-03-29 22:11:08
Matthew Nelson AR is on the opposite touchline, good technique on his throw in signal. I am sure that Paul Rejer would have been part of his coaching and this will be seen in both ARs technique tonight

AM at 2015-03-29 22:07:51
First free kick to CF

AM at 2015-03-29 22:04:55
Referee blows his whistle and we are underway

AM at 2015-03-29 22:04:07
REFEREE: David Gantar. (DG) AR1 (bench): Matthew Nelson; (MN) AR2 (opposite): Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; (OMC) 4th: Nima Saghafi (NS)  

AM at 2015-03-29 22:03:42
Welcome to our coverage of the MLS GAME Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union MLS Match Preview CHICAGO FIRE vs PHILADELPHIA UNION TOYOTA PARK, Bridgeview, Ill. March 29, 2015 (WEEK 4, MLS Game #25) 4 p.m. CT (ESPN2; ESPN Deportes) Still looking for their first point of the new season, the Chicago Fire return to Toyota Park to face Philadelphia Union on Sunday afternoon before an ESPN2 audience. The Fire dropped their third contest to kick off the campaign last weekend, falling 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes in the opening of Avaya Stadium. Union hit the road also winless on the year, dropping their first match after two draws in a 2-0 defeat by FC Dallas at PPL Park last weekend.
  • The Fire saw their season-opening losing streak reach three games, falling 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes in the opening of Avaya Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Harry Shipp scored the first goal of the year for the Fire, ending the club’s season-opening goalless drought at 209 minutes.
  • The Union saw their winless streak to open the season reach three games – but lost for the first time in 2015 in their 2-0 defeat to FC Dallas on Saturday afternoon at PPL Park in a game delayed a day by weather.
  • The teams played to three draws in three meetings a year ago, two coming at Toyota Park and one at PPL Park.
  • The Fire haven’t won at home vs. Union since 2012; Philadelphia has won two of the four Bridgeview meetings since, with two draws. The Fire have come away with points on their last two trips to Chester.
  •