New York City v New York Red Bulls


good night

GB at 2015-06-29 00:04:24

Good night for now and I hope you can join me for the FIFA WWC Final at this time next weekend.

full time summary

GB at 2015-06-29 00:03:01

Mark Geiger can justifiably feel very satisfied indeed with how that game went for the 3rd team this evening. There was clearly the potential for this one to get very feisty, but his tactics worked well for him throughout the game. No major talking points and no key match incidents – just as he would have wished.


As I said in my blog, it was not always pretty to keep stopping the game, but it was at least very effective. Sometimes you get games like that which just need to be “ground out”, and he will be happy to be walking away from the first Bronx Derby game with no one talking about the officials this evening.


Good sound, safe refereeing from start to finish from a very experienced and competent referee.


Once again the quality of the flag work and decisions by both Assistants has been top class as well.


Well done to everyone involved in controlling this game.

full time

GB at 2015-06-28 23:57:07

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full time

GB at 2015-06-28 23:56:39

My final summary will follow in a few minutes.


Coming up in the next few weeks the following MLS games will be covered by RefCam:


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full time

GB at 2015-06-28 23:56:07

Half Time


New York City 1 v 3 New York Red Bulls


GB at 2015-06-28 23:55:27

MG consistent right to the end with that minor offence being penalised


GB at 2015-06-28 23:54:10

MG showing that he is easily still keeping up with play in the last few minutes there as he was on the edge of the penalty area as that last shot went in after a break from one end to the other


GB at 2015-06-28 23:52:23

Minimum of 3 minutes of added time to be played


GB at 2015-06-28 23:50:28

just remains for the officials to close this one out now without any major talking points in these dying minutes


GB at 2015-06-28 23:47:54

EB is having a bust time with off side in this second half


GB at 2015-06-28 23:45:50

EB keeps his average up with another credible off side call


GB at 2015-06-28 23:44:36

giving free kicks all the time is not always pretty – but it can be effective in games like this which could explode at any minute


GB at 2015-06-28 23:43:41

There is no doubt that the referees recognition of foul play has been consistent in this game which he has tried to let breath when he can, but has always come down on the side of safety first on the majority of occasions so that he retains his tight grip on the proceedings.


GB at 2015-06-28 23:41:50

I expect MG to review that incident with him and question why on earth he made an attempt to catch the ball after giving that free kick? I was always told that Referees and Assistant Referees do not get paid for touching the ball!


GB at 2015-06-28 23:38:07

with just 15 minutes to go, all the officials need to be alert to the possibility that some NYCFC players my feel that they have lost the battle but want to win the war. Local derby’s can often spark tempers when the result is settled


GB at 2015-06-28 23:36:17

GOAL!  Matt Miazga (NY Red Bulls 20)


NYCFC 1 – 3 Red Bulls


GB at 2015-06-28 23:34:54

the referee is not at all adverse to touching the players with a “friendly slap” or pat on the back or arm, which is a treat I have noticed a lot whilst following MLS referees. This is actually not something which is very often condoned, particularly for new referees


GB at 2015-06-28 23:32:46

with so many substitutions in the second half the referee needs to be aware of any changes to style of play which might be sent on with them


GB at 2015-06-28 23:29:22

the “niggle” has just temporarily gone out of the game for a minute or two, but the officials will not mind that at all. They need to remain focussed for the next feisty challenge though


GB at 2015-06-28 23:27:37

another very tight “not off-side” call for AR1 which he reads excellently


GB at 2015-06-28 23:24:19

good delayed flag then by EB on the bench side – player returned from an off side position


GB at 2015-06-28 23:22:31

good spot that little nudge in the back then – MG has really not missed a thing tonight


GB at 2015-06-28 23:21:05

there really is no excuse for the referee being too far away from the play on this pitch, but he still has to vary his position intelligently so that he obtains the best angles to view the play in and around the penalty areas.


GB at 2015-06-28 23:17:21

Yellow CardDamien Perrinelle (NY Red Bulls 55)


The early rise is the referee’s presence in the second half comes as no surprise at all for this experienced official


GB at 2015-06-28 23:15:10

GOAL!  Chris Duvall (NY Red Bulls  25)

YNCFC 1 – 2 Red Bulls


GB at 2015-06-28 23:14:09

good teamwork there as AR1 flag went up at the same time as the whistle


GB at 2015-06-28 23:13:12

The players are beginning to get irritated with each other and behaving petulantly so the referee will need to be very alert to this


GB at 2015-06-28 23:10:34


game on cutesy of Bradley Wright-Phillips (NY Red Bulls 99)

YNCFC 1 – 1 Red Bulls


GB at 2015-06-28 23:08:56

second half seems to have started like the first. I do expect this to get tough for our officials as the game unfolds in this second half


GB at 2015-06-28 23:07:33

second half is underway

half time

GB at 2015-06-28 23:03:00

Keith Hackett’s recent Blogs have included a piece on clamping down on dissent  which provides some sound instructional advice for referees on how to manage this area of the game, as well as some thoughts on the lessons to be learnt from the unsavoury Copa America clash between Chile and Uruguay. His latest article concentrates on his impressions on the FIFA WWC and continues the debate started in the recent edition of the Ref Show. This considered possible enhancements which could aimed at enhancing the women’s game, which is currently enjoying such a positive stage of development  due to the overwhelming success of the current tournament. All the previous Blogs from the former head of the Professional Referees in England are still available now at Hackett’s Blog


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half time summary

GB at 2015-06-28 23:02:12

Mark Geiger’s experience is really showing through in this game so far. With such a small field of play there is nowhere to go to get away from the players of in fact for the players to get away from each other, so it is very important not to allow tempers to rise if at all possible.


His early tactic to keep his tinder dry in respect to yellow cards but to get a firm grip on the game by picking out and acting on all foul play right from the start has worked well for him.


There was a good example of tempo management at the end of that first half when he obviously felt the temperature rise with that clash between David Villa and the Red Bulls keeper, so he was in no mood to try to manage that one. An early yellow card to both players for their aggressive attitude sent out a clear signal to everyone as to what to expect in the second half.


The foul count stands at 15 already despite the efforts of the referee to try to keep the game moving when he can, but this is not the type of game to take risks, so I can support the stop-start nature of control at times.


We have seen a few situations when the players have all piled in around each other and the referee which is something that Mark will have to manage strongly in the second half.


He looks really fit and nimble as he moves around the field of play with ease and has displayed a very calm body language when required which the players have responded well to.


So far so good for the officials – another game is about to start now though!


half time

GB at 2015-06-28 22:52:39

In this week’s edition of The Ref Show, Clint Dempsey and the FIFA Women’s World Cup are the main topics of discussion.


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GB at 2015-06-28 22:51:41

no chance of a hand ball right at the end there as the ball was blasted at the player from about 1 yard away.

Half Time

New York City FC 1 – 0 New York Red Bulls


GB at 2015-06-28 22:48:46

minimum of 3 added minutes to be played


GB at 2015-06-28 22:44:56

Yellow Card for Luis Robles (NY Red Bulls 31)

and another Yellow Card for David Villa (NYC 7)


Referee was very quickly in there to sort out the first sign of tempers being shown


GB at 2015-06-28 22:43:10

MG using his body language to let everyone know that he does not want to see players illegally using their arms in aerial challenges


GB at 2015-06-28 22:41:08

The pace of the game reflects the passion being shown by both teams and I expect the temperature to rise significantly in the second half


GB at 2015-06-28 22:38:27

AR1 Eric Boria may just have delayed his flag for that off side a fraction too long as he kept moving along the touch-line in stead of getting the flag up early when he was in line with the offence


GB at 2015-06-28 22:36:37

good to see AS2 following the ball all the way back to the goalkeeper every time


GB at 2015-06-28 22:35:16

With the edge of the penalty area so close to the touchline, the assistant referees need to be fully in tune with the referee’s tolerance level so that the teamwork is seamless if a big call comes along in the penalty area near to their areas of patrol


GB at 2015-06-28 22:31:33

I an not surprised the referee felt the need to go in there at that corner to sort out some “hand-bags”. When you see players lining up with their backs to the ball that often means their intentions may not be legal


GB at 2015-06-28 22:29:47

Mark Geiger looks like he is really taking the pace of this game in his stride at the moment and hardly looks like he has broken into a sweat.


GB at 2015-06-28 22:27:47

good spot by the officials there to see that was a corner


GB at 2015-06-28 22:27:18

always nice to see the players having a smile with the referee which compounds what I have just said about the respect being shown towards him


GB at 2015-06-28 22:26:13

the players are certainly affording the referee a high level of respect so they obviously appreciate his tactics so far


GB at 2015-06-28 22:25:17

just over 20 minutes gone now and it looks like the referee’s early tactics have worked extremely well for him so far


GB at 2015-06-28 22:23:41

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GB at 2015-06-28 22:22:02

First off side flag for Greg Barkel AR2 – just delaying his flag for a split second until the player became involved from his off side position – good lining


GB at 2015-06-28 22:20:20

Interesting to see the big screen then in the background replaying the attacking move by NYCFC. I wonder if the MLS rules allow for controversial incidents to be replayed, unlike in the EPL?


GB at 2015-06-28 22:17:34

another example of the referee really trying to keep this game flowing if he can – good advantage there in the centre


GB at 2015-06-28 22:16:14

great shot there of AR1 spotting the ball just crossed the touch-line


GB at 2015-06-28 22:15:03

MG giving himself just a split second with these free kicks to see if he can find an advantage.  With so many free kicks this early though, sooner or later he will need to show a card for someone to take one for the team otherwise the players may push their luck too far


GB at 2015-06-28 22:13:22

AR1 EB took rather a lot of dissent then without any sign of displeasure. I am not suggesting that any further disciplinary action was required but officials need to react in a way that the players know they will not tolerate continuous dissent


GB at 2015-06-28 22:11:32

The referee is forced to stay very closes to the players as he monitors the dropping ball in the 9 – on – 5 scenarios in the centre


GB at 2015-06-28 22:09:35

An early goal and some early strong challenges this has the makings for a real cracker tonight


GB at 2015-06-28 22:08:53

GOAL! Thomas McNamara (NYC 15)

NYCFC 1 – 0 Red Bulls


GB at 2015-06-28 22:07:31

No surprises so far that this has started a little feisty to say the least. I have a feeling this will be a very stern test for all our officials tonight


GB at 2015-06-28 22:06:12

a field of play as small as this can often present the referee with different positioning issues to consider


GB at 2015-06-28 22:05:09

MG will need all his experience to ensure that decision not to caution for that first challenge to work for him tonight


GB at 2015-06-28 22:04:16

Chance for the referee to set his tolerance level very early in the game with that rash challenge


GB at 2015-06-28 22:03:12

AR1: Eric Boria (EB) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2015-06-28 22:02:50

New York Red Bulls won the toss so it will be New York City  to kick off.


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


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GB at 2015-06-28 22:00:29

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 was entitled “Positioning at set plays ….” and the selected clip highlighted an incident of where the referee in the OLR v DC match got caught out with his position at a corner kick which meant his missed an attacking player clearly being pulled back by his shirt.

This was precisely the type of scenario I highlighted in my recent RefCam in the FIFA WWC when I praised the New Zealand Referee Anna-Marie KEIGHLEY for having confidence and intelligence to vary her positions when required, and not to stick rigidly to the positions depicted in the Laws of the Game, when circumstances dictate otherwise. I commented at the time that:


“ Anna-Marie very intelligently moving right in close to the players at that last corner and when her sheer presence did not stop the grappling then she blew her whistle and sorted it out”


“I do like the way this referee is not afraid to bend the rules for standard positions for restarts – she was much better pressing into the penalty area with so many bodies in the goal area rather than just blindly staying on the edge of the D – that’s what makes top referee stand out if they have the confidence to challenge convention intelligently”


The recommended positions in the Laws of the Game are obviously a very important guide for referees to follow, but I have always had the opinion that positioning in not a science and cannot be learnt from a book. The top referees have the ability to read the game and use their experience to know when they need to vary their positions to get the best view of the players actions.


You can see the latest PRO Play of the week here PRO MLS Wk 15 Play of the Week


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GB at 2015-06-28 21:57:21

Today’s Assistants:


AR1: Eric Boria (EB)

Eric was part of Mark’s crew in as Reserve AR in the World Cup Finals last year, but this is only the second time they have worked together in the MLS regular season in 2015. He has been am MLS official since 2008 and achieved his FIFA status in 2011. So far Eric has completed 96 games in the MLS, including 14 this season.


AR2: Greg Barkey (GB)

If its experience you are looking for then Greg fits the bill in spades! This former FIFA Assistant referee has run the line in over 300 MLS games since his first appointment way back in 1996. He obviously hasn’t lost any of his sparkle yet either as this is his 20th game this season and he would certainly not have been appointed to it unless he was in top form.


At 52 years of age Greg will have passed all the medicals and fitness tests in precisely the same way as all the other officials on the list, which is testament to his commitment to keep putting in the performances at the top.


4th Official: Robert Sibiga (RS)

Robert is a dedicated 4th Official in the PRO Roster who took charge of the technical areas on 22 occasions in the MLS last season and 13 times the year before.


GB at 2015-06-28 21:55:04

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Mark Geiger (MG)

AR1: Eric Boria (EB)

AR2: Greg Barkey (GB)

4th Official: Robert Sibiga (RS)


It is no surprise that Peter Walton (PRO General Manager), has brought out his big gun for the second meeting of these two teams this season. Mark had a phenomenal season last year when he compounded his selection to represent USA at the World Cup Finals with the awards for top Official in both CONCACFA and the MLS.


This 41-year-old official started his career in the MLS in 2004 and has refereed 129 games at the top level in North America to date. Mark was awarded his FIFA badge at the beginning of 2008, and since then he has refereed 39 internationals, including 3 matches in last year’s World Cup Finals in Brazil, when he regularly impressed those covering him for RefCam back when this all began!

Here are the referee’s statistics for his regular league games in the MLS so far this season, followed by a list of his most recent honours:

Games Fouls awarded Yellows Reds Ave Yellow Ave Reds
8 191 27 3 3.38 0.38



FIFA U-20 World Cup – 2011 MLS Referee of the Year – 2011 Olympic Games – 2012 FIFA Club World Cup – 2012 FIFA World Cup – 2014 MLS Referee of the Year – 2014 CONCACAF Referee of the Year – 2014


GB at 2015-06-28 21:53:32

Here are the teams for this evening’s game:


New York City FC

12           Joshua Saunders (NYC 12)

4              Andrew Jacobson (NYC 4)

7              David Villa (NYC 7)

10           Mix (NYC 10)

11           Ned Grabavoy (NYC 11)

15           Thomas McNamara (NYC 15)

17           Chris Wingert (NYC 17)

20           Mehdi Ballouchy (NYC 20)

21           Jason Hernandez (NYC 21)

24           Shay Facey (NYC 24)

27           RJ Allen (NYC 27)


3              Kwame Watson-Siriboe (NYC 3)

5              Jeb Brovsky (NYC 5)

14           Patrick Mullins (NYC 14)

22           Pablo Alvarez (NYC 22)

25           Eirik Johnson (NYC 25)

30           Javier Calle (NYC 30)

88           Kwadwo Poku (NYC 88)


New York Red Bulls

NY Red Bulls

31           Luis Robles (NY 31)

8              Felipe Martins (NY 8)

9              Anatole Abang (NY 9)

11           Dax McCarty (NY 11)

13           Mike Grella (NY 13)

16           Sacha Kljestan (NY 16)

20           Matt Miazga (NY 20)

23           Ronald Zubar (NY 23)

25           Chris Duvall (NY 25)

92           Kemar Lawrence (NY 92)

99           Bradley Wright-Phillips (NY 99)


5              Connor Lade (NY 5)

15           Sal Zizzo (NY 15)

17           Manolo Sanchez (NY 17)

18           Kyle Reynish (NY 18)

27           Sean Davis (NY 27)

55           Damien Perrinelle (NY 55)

91           Dane Richards (NY 91)

form guide

GB at 2015-06-28 21:51:12

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

Eastern Conference



Club Pld W L T Pts
1 D.C. United


10 5 5


2 New England Revolution


6 7 6


3 Toronto FC


7 6 2


4 Orlando City SC


6 6 5


5 Columbus Crew SC


5 6 6



New York Red Bulls

15 5 5 5



Philadelphia Union

19 5 10 4


8 Montreal Impact


5 6 3


9 New York City FC


4 7 5



Chicago Fire

15 4 9 2



Western Conference


Club Pld W L T Pts
1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 18 10 6 2 32
2 Seattle Sounders FC 17 9 6 2 29
3 LA Galaxy 20 7 6 7 28
4 Sporting Kansas City 16 7 3 6 27
5 FC Dallas 17 7 5 5 26
6 San Jose Earthquakes 16 7 5 4 25
7 Portland Timbers 17 7 6 4 25
8 Real Salt Lake 18 5 6 7 22
9 Houston Dynamo 17 5 7 5 20

Colorado Rapids

17 2 6 9




New York City the team in form at the moment in this contest today, despite their lower League position. Here are the results for each team over their last 6 games.


New York City




NY Red Bulls





But form counts for nothing when local rivals go head-to-head and with both teams currently positioned far from where they would like to be, there is obviously much more at stake today than just the normal bragging rights!


GB at 2015-06-28 21:43:42

I am sure that the teams will be expecting a really big crowd today at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. NYCFC played their first game at Yankee Stadium on March 15, 2015. Because of the unique dimensions of the Yankee Stadium, the playing surface of the field of play is 110 yards long by 70 yards wide — the smallest field in all of Major League Soccer, and the smallest allowed by FIFA’s international guidelines.


This is the first season for New York City Football Club in the MLS as they became the league’s twentieth franchise on May 21, 2013. With strong links to both Manchester City and the New York Yankees baseball team the club plans to relocate to a new purpose built soccer stadium in the City in the years to come.


The teams are meeting for the second time this season. In the first ever matchup between the cross-river rivals, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a pair of goals to lead the Red Bulls to a 2-1 win on May 10th at Red Bull Arena. The final league encounter this season is set for Aug 9th in Harrison.


New York City FC extended their winning streak to three games – the only winning streak the club has enjoyed since coming to MLS – following their 2-0 win at Toronto FC on Saturday evening.


David Villa scored a pair of goals in the same game for the first time in his MLS career, netting both goals in the TFC victory. Villa has six goals in MLS play this season, tied for ninth-most in the league.


Anatole Abang scored for a second consecutive game – his second career MLS goal in his ninth appearance – in the Red Bulls’ 2-1 home loss to Vancouver, their fourth consecutive defeat.



GB at 2015-06-28 21:41:20

The big story in England this weekend was the Quarter Final of the FIFA WWC between England and the host nation Canada, which saw the Lionesses winning through to the semi-final against the reigning World Champions Japan. The quarter-final was competently managed by the Uruguayan referee Claudia UMPIERREZ, who kept a tight rein on the proceedings but still allowed the game to flow, with very few unnecessary interventions.



GB at 2015-06-28 21:39:24

Week 17


25 minutes before KO and welcome to this evening’s live RefCam coverage of the Big Apple Derby between New York City FC (East 8) and  New York Red Bulls (East 7).


Local Derbys don’t come any bigger than this in the MLS so let’s hope this match lives up to its billing tonight.


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