LA Galaxy v New York City


good night

GB at 2015-08-23 22:32:36

That’s it from me until next weekend

full time summary

GB at 2015-08-23 22:30:03

Looking back at that game it has to be said that Mr Toledo will no doubt have far more difficult games in his career to manage than that one. But as a referee, you can only deal with what is put in front of you and until those last few seconds, today’s referee had given absolutely nothing to offer any development points on based on that performance.


But without wishing to make a meal out of those petulant actions of the players at the end, which were borderline displays of aggression, I am sure Baldomero will look back at that incident with his coach and think to himself that he was lucky not to spoil all the good work which had gone before, by just losing his concentration right at the very end. There was a bit of confusion over a throw-in and then he failed to give an obvious free kick with probably just 3 or 4 seconds left on the clock. Inexperienced referees take note, you need to remain focussed right to the end and not drop your guard however straight forward the play has been for the rest of the game.


So, as we park that minor incident at the end, I have to say I felt that the referee led a good team by example today and there were no surprises sprung on us by any of the officials. The referee’s anticipation of play was sound which helped him with his movement in such a hot environment, but he also demonstrated that he could show a satisfactory turn of pace if required and was never far from the play at any time.


Both the assistants played their parts in a solid overall performance from all the officials in this game.

full time

GB at 2015-08-23 22:12:47

My final summary will follow in a few minutes.


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The expert analysis continues tomorrow night with the action from the EPL game Arsenal v Liverpool

KO 8:00pm


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Newcastle United v Arsenal 12:45pm


Spurs v Everton 5:30pm



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Swansea v Manchester United 4:00pm

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GB at 2015-08-23 22:12:11

Full Time

LA Galaxy 5 – 1 New York City


GB at 2015-08-23 22:11:30

So here we have the first flash point in the game and I have to agree with the commentator that the referee just took his eye of the pot in the very last minute – I will say more about that in my final summary


GB at 2015-08-23 22:07:56

minimum of 2 minutes of time added on at the end of the game


GB at 2015-08-23 22:05:02

there we have our referee popping up again very close to play and deep inside the penalty area to sell his decision to give a corner


GB at 2015-08-23 22:03:45

this has been a good example for inexperienced referees in the last few minutes of how you must not shirk your responsibilities even right at the end of a very “quiet” game. Baldomero demonstrated with that penalty kick decision and the first caution of the game that he is still the boss and is still all over this game


GB at 2015-08-23 22:01:39

Yellow Card for Ned Grabavoy (NYC 11)

mandatory caution correctly administered for a reckless challenge


GB at 2015-08-23 21:59:09

GOAL!  Robbie Keane (LAG 7)

LA Galaxy 5 – 1 New York City


GB at 2015-08-23 21:58:04

GOAL! David Villa (NYC 7)

LA Galaxy 4 – 1 New York City


GB at 2015-08-23 21:57:20

just what I said could happen – Penalty Kick given – that’s why as a referee you can never relax. BT excellently positioned to see that careless challenge


GB at 2015-08-23 21:53:49

as we enter the final 15 minutes the officials should be reminding each other to remain focussed until the end even in a quiet game like this


GB at 2015-08-23 21:51:55

BT was very close to that minor incident there and showed by his body language that he is starting to take his foot of the gas as there is no need for him to become too officious in a game like this so far.

A very quick turn of pace demonstrated again there as well as the play suddenly switched ends


GB at 2015-08-23 21:48:28

definitely one way traffic now


GB at 2015-08-23 21:47:49

GOAL! Sebastian Lletget (LAG 17)

LA Galaxy 4 – 0 New York City


GB at 2015-08-23 21:45:12

GOAL! Giovani dos Santos (LAG 10)

LA Galaxy 3 – 0 New York City


GB at 2015-08-23 21:42:34

one again a straight forward decision for offside for FT on the far side, but also once again he was a bit too laid back for me by the way he drops his signal too early before the ball is placed for the free kick


GB at 2015-08-23 21:40:58

routine offside there for Ian Anderson to signal as the player returned from an offside position


GB at 2015-08-23 21:39:01

BT evidently allowing play to keep going then as the LAG player tugged at the NYC play but there was no need for a free kick to be awarded


GB at 2015-08-23 21:37:29

as usual, the officials need to be aware of any new tactics sent on with those two substitutes


GB at 2015-08-23 21:36:02

there seems to be the potential for this to become very one-sided now as LAG look to be totally in control of this game. From the referee’s perspective though there is still a lot of work to do


GB at 2015-08-23 21:33:55

GOAL! Robbie Keane (LAG 7)

LA Galaxy 2 – 0 New York City


GB at 2015-08-23 21:31:24

it is very important for the officials to keep their concentration and not switch off in games like this as it only takes one poor decision of poor challenge to spark thinks off


GB at 2015-08-23 21:28:52

that was one of the rare occasions in this game where the referee had to show a turn of pace as the play switched from one end to the other. To be fair he can move when he needs to


GB at 2015-08-23 21:23:39

second half underway

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GB at 2015-08-23 21:16:34

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half time summary

GB at 2015-08-23 21:15:56

So far so good for the officials. Baldomero Toledo has a reputation for being a “no nonsense referee”, which is probably why he has been given this high profile game. So far he has not needed to assert his authority to any degree at all, but he certainly looks to be very capable of using his presence and positive body language to signal that he is not a referee to be “messed with”. Nothing wrong with that, and I have to say he has also managed the game extremely well so far without becoming centre of attention.


He has paced himself really well so far and has always been close to play when he has been required to make a decision. The play is not 100 miles per hour, so the referee does not need to run around at 100 miles per hour either.


The difference between the skill levels of the two sides has become very evident as the game has progressed, but I would not be surprised is the tempo rises in the second half and NYC start to put themselves about a bit as they have nothing to lose.


More of the same from the officials in the second half would be the order of the day from me.

half time

GB at 2015-08-23 21:07:37

Half Time


LA Galaxy 1 – 0 New York City


GB at 2015-08-23 21:06:27

minimum of 2 added minutes to be played


GB at 2015-08-23 21:06:03

Nice calm flag work by Fabio Tovar there when he signalled the offside offence, but I would have liked him to keep his flag indicating the position of the offence for a little longer until the defence had placed the ball for the restart


GB at 2015-08-23 21:00:55

it is unusual to see a referee position himself so far ahead of the play, but as I have said a lot already in the blog, the play seems to be very easy to predict


GB at 2015-08-23 20:58:55

correct free kick in the build up to the first LAG goal, but the quick free kick was taken from no where near where the offence took place


GB at 2015-08-23 20:57:41

LA Galaxy 1 – 0 New York City

GOAL! Gyasi Zardes (LAG 11)


GB at 2015-08-23 20:55:44

good to see the referee pressing into the corner then to sell his corner decision


GB at 2015-08-23 20:54:46

nice to see the temperature of the game  just rising slightly as we approach half time


GB at 2015-08-23 20:53:58

That disallowed goal could make a good topic for the Play of the Week next week


GB at 2015-08-23 20:52:46

very interesting decision there – with the new interpretation of off side, the player in an off side position did not actually interfere with an opponent or stop him getting to the ball. He did renter the field of play from behind the goal-line though. The expectation was for that to be an offence, but technically as the player left the field of play be accident then he did not actually commit an offence. Great talking point though


GB at 2015-08-23 20:47:45

no goal-line technology in the MLS – but that one bounced well out anyway


GB at 2015-08-23 20:46:34

he always looks like he mean business though when a careless challenge goes in. BT is demonstrating a very good basic tactic to keep running after you give a decision so it appears you were actually closer to the offence when it happened


GB at 2015-08-23 20:44:58

because of the pace the game is being played at the referee is able to easily predict where the moves will develop so he is never far away from the odd careless change like that one out on the touchline


GB at 2015-08-23 20:42:37

good to see the first offside goes as expected – we don’t want any more mistakes with that law again tonight


GB at 2015-08-23 20:41:24

good intervention then by Ian Anderson AR1 – assistants must give those right under their noses


GB at 2015-08-23 20:38:44

BT was very alert then when the short goal-kick went wrong. He immediately started to move up the field of play from the position he had taken for the long goal-kick – good awareness


GB at 2015-08-23 20:37:01

the referee is maintaining a good distance from the play so far without needing to exert himself too much


GB at 2015-08-23 20:34:57

NYC have certainly started the strongest and are letting LAG know that they cannot expect to have everything their own way in this game


GB at 2015-08-23 20:33:33

1st free kick and a very strong whistle from the referee just to let everyone know he is still here!


GB at 2015-08-23 20:32:44

BT was seen to move up a gear then to get close into the penalty area as NYC mounted an attack


GB at 2015-08-23 20:30:56

10 minutes gone and not a single foul. The tempo is similar to other games I have commentated on in the MSL this season – looks easy for the officials but we have seen how these games can change


GB at 2015-08-23 20:28:19

i have to say that there was a distinct lack of grappling going on at that first corner in stark contrast to the EPL this season


GB at 2015-08-23 20:26:39

in this heat and with a field of play as large as this one, it will be important for the referee to demonstrate his ability to read the game so he dose not run out of energy


GB at 2015-08-23 20:25:14

BT is already looking very focussed as he crouches slightly to emphasize he is watching every move the players make


GB at 2015-08-23 20:23:52

the commentators have already mentioned the heat in the build up to the kick off so all the officials will need to ensure that they pace themselves for the full 90 minutes of this game


GB at 2015-08-23 20:22:23

first impression of the field of play is that it looks twice the size of the one NYC are used to at home


GB at 2015-08-23 20:21:09

AR1: Ian Anderson (IA) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.

kick off

GB at 2015-08-23 20:20:42

New York City won the toss so it will be LA Galaxy  to kick off.


Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!


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GB at 2015-08-23 20:15:06

The stage looks set for a wonderful occasion as the teams enter the arena


GB at 2015-08-23 20:13:50

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel

web site

GB at 2015-08-23 19:59:59

Keith Hackett’s blogs this week have focussed on the return of grappling in the EPL again already this season, followed by an article concerning the differing levels of competence in the PGMOL’s appointments process, with the logic of some officials being put under unnecessary pressure after high profile errors being questioned. He also posted his approval for the return of Keith Stroud into the frame for top flight outings, followed by a comprehensive plaudit for the way he handled his first game back this season.


All of the regular blogs compiled by the former Head of Premier League Referees in England are still available to read now at Hackett’s Blog


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change of kick off time

GB at 2015-08-23 19:57:04

News has just come in the the Kick Off will be delayed by 20 minutes. 8:20 UK time

play of the week

GB at 2015-08-23 19:52:14

Every week, the USA Professional Referees Organisation’s  (PRO) Training & Development Manager Paul Rejer, selects an example from each round of fixtures to highlight best practice, or to offer specific educational advice to officials when situations could have been managed better or when application of law was found wanting.


Last weekend’s PRO Play of the Week featured the referee for tonight’s fixture, as he was faced with a “mass confrontation” situation in the game between New York Red Bulls and Toronto . Baldomero can be seen remaining calm and relaxed as a number of players pushed each other prior to the taking of a corner. You can see the latest PRO Play of the week on this subject here PRO MLS Wk24 Play of the Week   


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Rest of the Crew

GB at 2015-08-23 19:49:42

AR1: Ian Anderson (IA)

Ian ran the line in his 1st MLS game back in 2010 and this is his 12th assignment this year to add to his 115 games before this season. This will be only the 3rd time Ian has been part of today’s referee’s crew this season. Ian was awarded the accolade of Assistant Referee in2012.


AR2: Fabio Tovar (FT)

Fabio has just 6 games to his name in this year’s campaign, to add to his impressive 207 assignments in the MLS since his first appearance in the top flight back in 2002. This will be the first time he has worked with today’s referee this season.


4th Official: Daniel Radford (DR)

Daniel Radford has no refereeing experience in an MLS match and has only been a fourth official in Regular Season MLS games. So far this season Daniel has performed the board holding duties on 13 occasions already this year to add to his previous 48 assignments over the last 4 years. No doubt he will be keeping a tight grip on his record card today after he leapt into the headlines in July, following his performance as referee in the US Open Cup match between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers which ended with the Sounders playing with only seven men, which included three red cards and a suspended Clint Dempsey for ripping up the official’s notebook!


GB at 2015-08-23 19:47:14

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Baldomero Toledo (BT)

AR1: Ian Anderson (IA)

AR2: Fabio Tovar (FT)

4th Official: Daniel Radford (DR)


Baldomero is in his 12th straight season as an MSL Referee and has 200 games in the top flight in North America under his belt. This year he is joint top in the amount of assignments he has received, so he is obviously fits the bill to take charge of this historic first meeting between these two teams.


Here are the referee’s statistics for his regular league games in the MLS so far this season:

Games Fouls awarded Yellows Reds Ave Yellow Ave Reds
15 364 58 6 3.87 0.4


GB at 2015-08-23 19:45:53

LA Galaxy


Donovan Ricketts (LAG 1)

Omar Gonzalez (LAG 4)

Robbie Keane (LAG 7)

Steven Gerrard (LAG 8)

Giovani dos Santos (LAG 10)

Gyasi Zardes (LAG 11)

Robbie Rogers (LAG 14)

Sebastian Lletget (LAG 17)

Juninho (LAG 19)

A.J. DeLaGarza (LAG 20)

Leonardo (LAG 22)


Mika Vayrynen (LAG 3)

Alan Gordon (LAG 9)

Brian Rowe (LAG 12)

Ignacio Maganto (LAG 15)

Tommy Meyer (LAG 21)

Rafael Garcia (LAG 25)

Dan Gargan (LAG 33)


New York City FC


Joshua Saunders (NYC 12)

Jason Hernandez (NYC 2)

Andrew Jacobson (NYC 4)

David Villa (NYC 7)

Mix Diskerud (NYC 10)

Thomas McNamara (NYC 15)

Jason Hernandez (NYC 21)

Andoni Iraola (NYC 51)

Angelino (NYC 69)

Kwadwo Poku (NYC 88)


Ned Grabavoy (NYC 11)

Patrick Mullins (NYC 14)

Chris Wingert (NYC 17)

Ryan Meara (NYC 18)

Pablo Alvarez (NYC 22)

Matthew Dunn (NYC 23)

Sebastian Velasquez (NYC 26)

Current Form

GB at 2015-08-23 19:44:03

The current form guide for today’s two teams show the stark contrast in fortunes over the past few weeks and demonstrate the size of the task NYC have to take anything back to the Big Apple with them from this game.

LA Galaxy W W L W W W
New York City D L W L L W


current standings

GB at 2015-08-23 19:41:16

Looking at the respective Conference Tables below, it would be fair to say that with just 8 games to go for LA Galaxy, they would have to suffer a catastrophic run of form for them not to qualify for the Play Offs.


New York City on the other hand, still have a lot to do in their last 9 regular league fixtures to ensure their place in the Play Offs in their first attempt at this level.


Here are current standings for the Eastern and Western Conference tables before this game:

Eastern Conference

Pos Club Pld W L T Pts
1 D.C. United 27 13 9 5 44
2 New York Red Bulls 23 11 6 6 39
3 Columbus Crew SC 26 10 8 8 38
4 Toronto FC 24 10 10 4 34
5 New England Revolution 25 9 9 7 34
6 Montreal Impact 22 8 10 4 28
7 New York City FC 25 7 11 7 28
8 Orlando City SC 26 7 12 7 28
9 Philadelphia Union 26 7 13 6 27
10 Chicago Fire 24 6 13 5 23


Western Conference

Pos Club Pld W L T Pts
1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 26 14 9 3 45
2 LA Galaxy 26 12 7 7 43
3 Sporting Kansas City 24 11 6 7 40
4 Portland Timbers 26 11 8 7 40
5 FC Dallas 24 11 8 5 38
6 Seattle Sounders FC 26 11 13 2 35
7 San Jose Earthquakes 25 10 10 5 35
8 Houston Dynamo 25 8 9 8 32
9 Real Salt Lake 26 8 10 8 32
10 Colorado Rapids 24 6 9 9 27


I am eventually getting used to the concept of teams from different league tables playing each other in the regular season, although I still find it slightly alien, as the points won and lost against teams not in the same table can affect the others.


GB at 2015-08-23 19:37:59

Week 25


Welcome to this evening’s live RefCam coverage which has been billed as “The British Invasion” as LA Galaxy take on New York City on the West Coast at the StubHub Centre, for the first time the two teams have ever met. There was also the expectation that Gerrard and Lampard would be going head-to-head on the other side of the pond.


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