DC United v Philadelphia Union


Full time

AM at 2015-07-27 00:16:48

Coming up this weekend the following games will be covered by Ref Cam: 1st Aug, 3:00 pm Women’s FA Cup Final – Chelsea Ladies v Notts County Ladies – 2nd Aug, 3:00 pm FA Community Shield – Chelsea v Arsenal,  A list of all the big games coming up on YATR is always available at: http://you-are-the-ref.com/ref-cam/

 Good night from me and have a good week.


Andy Martin

Full time

AM at 2015-07-27 00:12:41

The referee Jose Carlos Rivero has remained firmly in control of this game how?

Well, he has retained throughout the game a good and credible proximity to play achieved by a very good movement and achievement of viewing angles. Good detection of fouls, penalty kick and non penalty kick, free kick awards in the penalty area. Little dissent seen from players is a credit to the referee and his reading of play.

Just some areas to consider as discussed- avoid the man handling of players, foul throw ins and get up signal to players. This has though been one of the best referee performances that I have seen by a referee on the MLS league to date. Well done Jose!

Also very good and low key support from both ARs who correctly recognised that Jose was well in control of this game and that there was little need to intervene such was his overall control of this end to end game.


AM at 2015-07-27 00:04:13

Full Time3-2

Full time summary to follow:



AM at 2015-07-27 00:02:50

Good final sprint from our referee with a good positive arm signal for a throw in to PU.



AM at 2015-07-27 00:00:41





AM at 2015-07-26 23:59:59

Again good running movement and hold of the flag by our nearside AR, this must be Paul Rejers Coaching advice, well done!


AM at 2015-07-26 23:56:47

The referee is firmly in control of this game and now must ensure that he retains this after all the hard work that he has done to date


AM at 2015-07-26 23:55:45

Offside – correct decision from far side AR – just but enough and correct


AM at 2015-07-26 23:54:49

Good movement and close proximity to play by the referee as we enter the final stages of this game


AM at 2015-07-26 23:53:36

Free kick to PU spray out again good use of the verbal advice to the offending DC player


AM at 2015-07-26 23:52:07

Good detection from both Referee and AR for a ck to PU


AM at 2015-07-26 23:51:00

Offside against DC – PU have made 2 subs


AM at 2015-07-26 23:50:12



AM at 2015-07-26 23:49:15

GOAL!3-2 what a comeback from the league leaders!



AM at 2015-07-26 23:48:30

The referee plays an advantage to PU which is a good advantage and then decides no foul to DC he then gives a get up signal to the DC not best practice here as you can never be sure that the player is not injured. No free kick award is enough


AM at 2015-07-26 23:44:59



AM at 2015-07-26 23:44:13

Player`s are showing a confidence in our referee following another free kick award in the penalty area


AM at 2015-07-26 23:43:08

Again, good free movement by our referee who is displaying a good posture and body language


AM at 2015-07-26 23:41:51

The referee is maintaining close proximity to play. Award of a free kick and a Yellow Cardto 14 of PU. After some thought by referee a yellow card is then shown. This would have been an ideal opportunity to use your time as a referee ask the player his name and remind him of his responsibilities for the remainder of the game. A yellow card is a reminder and a warning to be careful for the rest of the game



AM at 2015-07-26 23:35:54

GOAL!2-2 Leaders DC are back in the game, can they go and win?



AM at 2015-07-26 23:35:03

Free kick to DC foul on gk the referee has been consistent in this area and refers back to my comments regarding incidents in the penalty area


AM at 2015-07-26 23:33:50

DU gk comes out a long way to clear for a throw in which leads to a ck to PU


AM at 2015-07-26 23:32:27

From a deflection from a PU player we see the referee use a good blast of the whistle to indicate a corner kick to DU. No doubt and positive


AM at 2015-07-26 23:30:57

One thing that I hope from our Premier League this season is that grappling is eradicated from our game. How? by either pro active management by our referees, either award a free kick or penalty kick, never mind this concept about if it is a free kick outside the penalty area. But not enough to give in the penalty area, It either is or it is not. This would clean up this area of the game. As we have seen in our MLS games, with referees not afraid to award penalty kicks


AM at 2015-07-26 23:26:06

Again, from a corner kick little grappling is seen, why may you be asking? because I believe that referees on the MLS will award penalty kicks if needs be


AM at 2015-07-26 23:24:15

Offside against DC the DC player has run back from an offside position to become active into the other half of the field of play. The referee has correctly ensured the restart of play from the position when the ball was played forward to the offside player


AM at 2015-07-26 23:20:57

Good advantage played by the referee to DC – this is an area discussed by Paul Rejer in Play 20 on the Pro Referee Organisation Web Site – well worth a read


AM at 2015-07-26 23:18:36

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AM at 2015-07-26 23:17:23

Good spot from the referee – close to play – handball from DC player

Second half kicks off

AM at 2015-07-26 23:14:28

Second half is underway at The RFK Stadium

Half time summary

AM at 2015-07-26 23:07:03

This has been an exciting first half – all round the referee has done well, good movement seen, positioning for key decisions remember this adds credibility particularly for the goals, penalty kick awarded and not awarded. He has remained firm and fair and not been influenced by player wanting yellow cards for the opposition.

Areas to consider as I mentioned in my blog don’t man handle players leave this to physio, keep an eye on throw ins (foul throw ins)

Both ARs have given good support to the referee, low key and that is what is required. Just 9 free kicks awarded by the referee with 6 against the home and 3 against the away and 1 offside given by each AR

Half time

AM at 2015-07-26 22:59:03

Half Time1-2

half time summary to follow:


45 + 1

AM at 2015-07-26 22:58:18

No penalty kick to PU correct good position from our referee


AM at 2015-07-26 22:56:34

2  minutes of added time


AM at 2015-07-26 22:55:32

Free kick to PU foul on gk of PU correct as there is a foul on him by a DC player


AM at 2015-07-26 22:54:11

Foul throw in by 22 of DC – incorrect delivery of the ball and foot raised from the ground at point of delivery not detected by referee or AR


AM at 2015-07-26 22:52:48

Free kick to PU not good to see the PU wanting the referee to show a yellow card to the DC player. The referee remains firm and unmoved, good and speaks to player. Spray out for free kick management


AM at 2015-07-26 22:50:22

GOAL!1-2 how DC must be regretting that penalty miss!



AM at 2015-07-26 22:49:08

One thing I have noticed in the MLS games that I have blogged is the responsible behaviour of the technical areas. Is this really a problem in our game in England? See Hacketts BLOG for an update and also the latest ref show


AM at 2015-07-26 22:46:37

Offside from our nearside AR who shows a good retention for his restart position



AM at 2015-07-26 22:45:37

Well the DC penalty kick goes high and over the crossbar


AM at 2015-07-26 22:44:31

Penalty to DC a correct decision, given from a close and good viewing angle in a calm and controlled manner by the referee


AM at 2015-07-26 22:42:49

To date the referee is showing a good movement and close proximity to play, he is letting the players get on with the game and just intervening as and when is necessary, this is the art of refereeing


AM at 2015-07-26 22:40:50

Just in response to my earlier comment about the referee pulling up from the ground the injured DC player it is always the best action not to get involved or man handle players as there could always be possible further actions to be mindful of.


AM at 2015-07-26 22:37:12

Free kick to PU again good use of the whistle by the referee no need for any further action, maybe not the best action to pull up from the ground the injured player, leave this to the physio to do, just monitor


AM at 2015-07-26 22:34:45

DC are now pressing to get back in the game, the referee will be mindful of player position and game changing situations


AM at 2015-07-26 22:33:13

This is the referee`s 50th MLS game tonight making his debut on the 12th MAY 2012


AM at 2015-07-26 22:31:41

With the DC gk coming out right to the edge of his penalty area the AR has picked a good position to judge


AM at 2015-07-26 22:29:05

Free kick to PU again the referee is swiftly onto the scene to award and control


AM at 2015-07-26 22:27:48

Again no free kick correctly awarded and a corner kick is the outcome to DC


AM at 2015-07-26 22:25:39

Free kick to DC good early use of the whistle by our referee who is using his whistle with a varied tone, depending on the severity of the challenge


AM at 2015-07-26 22:23:57

The AR on the far side is showing a good in field movement, whilst retaining a credible position in line with the 2nd rearmost defender


AM at 2015-07-26 22:21:49

Good non foul detection from both AR (BD) and Referee from close proximity


AM at 2015-07-26 22:18:57

Good early signal from our far side AR Brian Dunn (BD) for a goal kick

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AM at 2015-07-26 22:15:58

And we have another GOAL! 0-2. This game seems full of goals!


AM at 2015-07-26 22:14:55

Good early movement seen from our referee, with good backwards movement seen


AM at 2015-07-26 22:13:08

Well what a start and we have a GOAL! to Philadelphia Union after 20 seconds!



kick off

AM at 2015-07-26 22:11:19

Our Match Referee Jose Carlos Rivero (JCR) blows his whistle to signal the kick off

Pre Match

AM at 2015-07-26 22:06:41

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Pre- Match

AM at 2015-07-26 22:02:57

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Pre Match

AM at 2015-07-26 22:02:07

Good evening and a very warm welcome to tonight`s MLS game played at the RFK Stadium.

Pre Match

AM at 2015-07-26 21:47:05

Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero (JCR)

AR1: Sean Hurd (SH)

AR2: Brian Dunn (BD)

4th Official: Marcos De Oliveira (MDO)