New York City FC v New England Revolution

New York City FC v New England Revolution

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 2 - 0



RH at 2015-03-16 00:18:30

A wonderful occasion as MLS action comes to the Yankee Stadium, and what an excellent game! Credit to both teams for providing us with an exciting end to end game with plenty of attacking play!

Credit is also due to the Match Officials who showed great quality and good decision making accuracy during this game.Mark Greiger underling why he is the leading US Referee with an superb performance that owed much to his reading of the match Tempo and his ability to vary his involvement level to deliver firm match control and allow the players to entertain. He also showed his superb technical skills with a strong positional sense and easy movement around the field of play using explosive sprinting as and when required. This enabled him to create good viewing angles, which served him well with the games biggest call when Diego Fagundez clipped the heels of Khiry Shelton  to see red, yes the contact was minimal but the decision was correct. Good man management skills were in evidence elsewhere and his first half cautions had the desired effect, all in all a very impressive performance Mark! However it must also be said that both Assistants did very well, they moved confidently along the touch line to keep in line with play. All the offside calls looked good, here i must particularly praise Greg Barkey for some great offside judgements. So  its pleasing to report good performances from our team on what was a cracking game! i’m really looking forward to future MLS games!


RH at 2015-03-16 00:03:35

Stay with us, a summary is coming up shortly!


RH at 2015-03-16 00:03:04

Full Time


RH at 2015-03-16 00:01:02

Quick feet by the Referee to get out of Diskerud’s way in the penalty area


RH at 2015-03-16 00:00:02

3 minutes added time


RH at 2015-03-15 23:59:43

The Referee is showing his fitness by moving very comfortably at this late stage of the game, ensuring that optimum 20 metre view range!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:57:37

Its noticeable that Mark Greiger has maintained a low contact threshold on free kicks, underlining that he is determined to keep a tight control of this game!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:54:46

GOAL!Patrick Mullins makes it 2-0 to City!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:51:55

Great Offside flag by Greg Barkey! Villa clearly timing his run too early, great work again Greg!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:50:44

Not so much advantage being played in this half, good judgement, why risk the all the hard work you’ve created?


RH at 2015-03-15 23:48:51

With City playing a 4 4 2 formation there is always going to be the likelihood that players will run in on goal through the channels as Shelton did for the red card incident, The Referee has to respond by getting a good view angle to make the big call as Mark Greiger did!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:45:12

We’ve got more MLS Regular Season games coming your way on Refcam, on Sunday March 22 we’re covering New York Red Bulls v DC United , the following Sunday March 29 its Chicago Fire v Philadelphia Union,


RH at 2015-03-15 23:44:35

Mark Greiger has been strong in this game, he has been confident in his decision making!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:43:14

Yellow CardFor Revolutions Andy Dorman, for a reckless challenge, correct call

 


RH at 2015-03-15 23:42:26

Grabavoy goes to ground in the penalty area but the Referee is not impressed, i think he was right!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:40:36

Ten man Revolution make their final substitution


RH at 2015-03-15 23:39:34

Well that was the biggest call of the game so far, Shelton fresh on for City, was through and in on goal, the contact was minimal but initial TV replays show that the legs tangled and Shelton went to ground!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:37:25

David Villa fails to score with the resulting free kick


RH at 2015-03-15 23:36:29

Red Card

Jose Goncalves as he makes contact with a City attacker and is sent off for a DOGSO

 


RH at 2015-03-15 23:35:07

Fourth Official Jorge Gonzalez taking charge of the first substitutions!

 


RH at 2015-03-15 23:33:46

Mark Greiger and Assistant Matthew Nelson both close in to defuse any reaction from Diskerud and Fagundez, great Referee/Assistant co-operation!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:29:53

At times an Assistant Referee can allow more time to present his or her directional signal, that’s because the ball has gone out of play and there is no chance or a ‘quick throw in’ the flag and the Assistant composure don’t look rushed and the whole thing looks more polished and professional! Greg Barkey could have done that with his last throw in award


RH at 2015-03-15 23:28:22

Revolutions Kelvyn Rowe goes to ground near the goal line, quite rightly nothing doing!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:26:44

Yellow CardFor City’s Josh Williams for a reckless tackle left side as Revolution attack


RH at 2015-03-15 23:25:15

As in the first half, the Referee is skilfully judging his movement and positioning here, a patrol path that will see him maintain good viewing angles whilst always attempting to maintain that optimal twenty metre viewing range.


RH at 2015-03-15 23:23:05

Mark Greiger was right to closely monitor the players at that last City corner, before moving out into position for the kick, there was some grappling by the players


RH at 2015-03-15 23:21:36

Assistant Matthew Nelson this time with a sound offside call


RH at 2015-03-15 23:20:02

Both Assistant Referees are judging their involvement level well also

For those of you want find out more about when Assistant Referees should be coming into the game, or for you  Referees who want to improve your Referee/Assistant co-operation visit our ‘you Are The Ref’ website and see the article posted on 11th March titled IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO MAKES THE CORRECT CALL, AS LONG AS SOMEBODY DOES! You will find this piece from Guy Beale and all Keith Hackett’s excellent work at;

http://you-are-the-ref.com/author/keith-hackett


RH at 2015-03-15 23:17:45

Great non-flag by Greg Barkey on that last City attack as Villa was clearly onside, good work Greg!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:16:27

Mark Greiger rightly deciding that Diskerud’s opening challenge was fair, I agree!


RH at 2015-03-15 23:14:26

The second half has kicked off


RH at 2015-03-15 23:06:55

 We’ve got more MLS Regular Season games coming your way on Refcam, on Sunday March 22 we’re covering New York Red Bulls v DC United , the following Sunday March 29 its Chicago Fire v Philadelphia Union,

 


RH at 2015-03-15 23:05:05

What an exciting first half! the players have given us an end to end game, the only surprise is that its still only 1-0. Our Referee Mark Greiger has impressed with a strong first half performance that has seen him maintain a tight control on the game. He showed yellow cards at the right time and from around the 25 minute mark maintained a tight grip on the game as i thought he would. He has done well technically moving around the field of play well creating good viewing angles and as a consequence has missed nothing of note. Both Assistants look confident , both have shown sound judgement on offside and both are showing good positive movement along the touch line. So with an exciting second half to come Mark Greiger and his team take no baggage into the second half


RH at 2015-03-15 22:57:21

Half Time


RH at 2015-03-15 22:56:06

Sebastian Velasquez goes to ground Mark Greiger rightly awards a mid field free kick


RH at 2015-03-15 22:54:57

We’re in the closing minutes of the first half, where has the time gone?


RH at 2015-03-15 22:53:52

What have Revolution got to do to score?


RH at 2015-03-15 22:53:02

Good sideways movement along the touchline being shown by Assistant Greg Barkey


RH at 2015-03-15 22:51:53

At the moment Revolutions 4231 formation is allowing them an extra player in midfield, as a result they  are creating more chances


RH at 2015-03-15 22:50:31

Villa and Goncalves clash and Mark Greiger having words following that last challenge, the contact was accidental though


RH at 2015-03-15 22:47:54

Its noticeable that the Referees free kick tolerance level has lowered this past ten minutes or so as he keeps a tight grip on this game!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:45:13

First time for we’ve seen the free kick spray at that last Revolution free kick!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:44:28

Good to see that the Referee is keeping close to action without getting caught up in play,


RH at 2015-03-15 22:42:57

Mark Greiger rightly awarding a free kick to City in their own penalty area, keeping a tight control on the game!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:41:49

Good to see good positive movement along the touchline by Assistant Matthew Nelson!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:40:49

Well is fair to say that with both teams attacking freely, there are plenty of goals in this game!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:39:32

This is an important stage of the contest – crucial in the Referee’s match control, his tolerance level of what is acceptable may lower in the next five to ten minutes as he maintains his grip on the game.

 


RH at 2015-03-15 22:38:01

Mathew Nelson with his first offside flag of the game


RH at 2015-03-15 22:36:04

Farrell unhappy that he was penalised for that last free kick


RH at 2015-03-15 22:34:52

The Referee is demonstrating a really good positional-sense at the moment he is not getting caught up in play and is maintaining a good proximity to the action


RH at 2015-03-15 22:33:10

Mark Greiger play s great advantage following a trip on Villa good Refereeing!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:31:14

GOAL!A wonderful opening goal by David Villa 1-0 City!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:29:49

Greg Barkey signals the first offside offence of the game!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:28:23

The Referee is judging his involvement level here in what is a hectic opening 15 minutes!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:26:44

The Referee rightly penalising that careless challenge by Ned Grabavoy


RH at 2015-03-15 22:23:58

First corner to the Revolution!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:23:31

The PRO Organization will focus on Dissent and Persistent Infringement as areas for reviewing during the 2015 season

As well as looking at other areas of the game, these two main topics were discussed at the recent pre-season camp in Pasadena, California

PRO Manager Peter Walton said; We continue to Focus on holding and pushing in the penalty area at the asking of free kicks and corner kicks and also enforce sanctions on time wasting tactics that are sometimes employed 


RH at 2015-03-15 22:21:50

Yellow CardSecond caution of the game for Revolutions Juan Agudelo again a reckless challenge


RH at 2015-03-15 22:20:03

Chances being created at both ends, this opening spell of the game is requiring much concentration from the Match Officials, just proves the point about being well prepared!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:18:12

Yellow CardFirst caution of the game for Chris Wingert following a reckless tackle on Lee Nguyen

 


RH at 2015-03-15 22:17:00

This opening five minutes of the game is being played at a fast pace!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:16:13

Good position there by the Referee to signal a goal kick to city


RH at 2015-03-15 22:14:19

First free kick to City following a careless tackle by Kelyn Rowe


RH at 2015-03-15 22:12:51

Early City pressure!


RH at 2015-03-15 22:11:37

Our match Referee Mark Geiger gets us underway!


RH at 2015-03-15 21:55:05

Our Referee today is Mark Greiger, he made his MLS debut in 2004 and last season Refereed 12 MLS games and was voted the MLS Referee of the year! Mark experienced more success in 2014 in being appointed to Referee at the FIFA World Cup, he Refereed two Group stage games before becoming the first US Referee to take charge of a game at the knock out stage when he was appointed to the France Nigeria tie at the last 16 round of the competition!

Assistant Referee 1 is Greg Barkey , he made his MLS debut in 1995 and his FIFA debut in 1996, last season he was Assistant Referee at 20 MLS games, to date he has officiated at 314 MLS games!

Assistant Referee 2 is Matthew Nelson, he made his MLS debut in 2012, last season he officiated at 14 MLS games

Fourth Official is Jorge Gonzalez who is also an MLS Referee having made his debut in 2006, last season he Refereed 5 MLS games and was Fourth Official on another 9 games, to date he has Refereed 108 MLS games

 


RH at 2015-03-15 21:50:15

Welcome to our coverage of this MLS Regular Season fixture being played in The Big Apple! The action comes from the Yankee Stadium and the New England Revolution from Foxborough Massachusetts are in Town for New York City’s first ever MLS home game!