New York City v Orlando City



GB at 2016-05-30 00:11:31

Final Summery.

Here are the main talking points from this game:

  • The referee did the hard work in the opening minutes to stamp his authority on the game.
  • He was very consistent with his handling of offences requiring disciplinary action.
  • A very poor penalty decision to NYC for hand ball was disappointing – but the resulting kick being missed, meant that it did not affect the result.
  • Assistant Referee 1 made some good off-side calls, but let himself down with his fitness and technical prowess for his off-side signals.

At the end of the day, all the column inches in tomorrow’s papers will be filled with the failure of NYC to bounce back with a win following last week’s hammering, and not the officials.

I have seen a lot worse performances than this one from Jorge Gonzalez today, and there was a lot of positive aspects about the way he managed this game. The most important one being that it never got away from him, following his efforts to impose himself on the proceedings right from the start.

He had at least 3 penalty calls to make, and although I can support him on two which he did not give, he really let himself down with the one he did! That was never a deliberate hand ball, and once again we see a referee managing a game well but getting a big call wrong.

The other aspect of this referee’s performance for me that I think his coach needs to raise is his whistle. It was used far too often and blown far too hard and far too many “peeps” on occasions. Less is more is the best way, otherwise the effect of a really good blast is wasted on the players as they are so fed-up with hearing the whistle being blasted so much. Just blow once to stop, and once to start (if required!)

To finish on a high note for Jorge, a lot of his colleagues on the MLS could learn a lot by the calm controlled and dignified manner in which he issues his yellow cards.

Assistant Referee 2 had a relatively quiet game but did really well at the end to step in to stop Villa over reacting and getting more than a yellow card for his retaliation to being pushed by an opponent.

Assistant Referee 2, however, was in the spotlight a lot more. There was at least one clear occasion when his fitness was called into question as he failed to stay in line with a quick break. And the other aspect which he was consistent with, was in not standing his ground with flag raised after signalling for off-side then dropping it to indicate the position across the field of play, then staying there until the goalkeeper, or defensive player, positions the ball correctly for the re-start.

Setting aside the few isolated technical observations, the officials generally did a good job in this game.

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GB at 2016-05-29 23:43:18

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GB at 2016-05-29 23:42:45

Full Time

New York City 2 v 2 Orlando City


GB at 2016-05-29 23:41:06

WOW – who saw that GOAL! coming from Kevin Molino (OC 18) ?




GB at 2016-05-29 23:39:46

Yellow Card Brek Shea (OC 20) for a push off the ball on Villa. AR2 did really well there to use his presence to stop any retaliation. Once again the referee is very calm and controlled in his caution procedure.



GB at 2016-05-29 23:37:40

Very good delayed off-side free kick signal then when player eventually interfered with the goalkeeper


GB at 2016-05-29 23:35:50

Minimum of 3 added minutes


GB at 2016-05-29 23:35:17

The referee was well placed again to see that the Orlando player was “looking for a penalty”


GB at 2016-05-29 23:33:34

I dont like to see referees man-handlling players in the wall back the required distance like the referee did then. There is no need for that these days as the spray is out the players know where they must go – no need to push them back, that is just a recipe for disaster one day when a player pushes back!


GB at 2016-05-29 23:31:14

That was better awareness shown by AS2, Claudiu Badea, as he ran back to recover his position he waited in line with Vills 10 yards from the free kick


GB at 2016-05-29 23:26:53

Good off-side call by Jeff Muschink with player very close to him often being the most difficult ones to spot, but once again he drops his flag before the ball is placed for the free kick. I am sure that is not what his Training Manager condones!


GB at 2016-05-29 23:23:37

That was a case of even though the ball was blasted at the player from a yard away, he definitely moved his hand towards the ball – therefore a deliberate hand ball.


GB at 2016-05-29 23:21:52

The reception for Frank Lampard (NYC 8) was certainly more positive this week!


GB at 2016-05-29 23:20:56

It is very difficult for the referee in this game to pick out who is initiating all the pushing and pulling inside of the penalty areas, but apart from the doggy penalty just now he has not done too bad for me.


GB at 2016-05-29 23:16:56

GOAL! Júlio Baptista (OC 19)

New York City 2 v 1 Orlando City


GB at 2016-05-29 23:15:42


Well only the referee will know what he gave that for. I certainly don’t!

There was no foul by the defender and then he fell to the ground and his hand brushed the ball but it was not a deliberate act. Seb Hines (OC 3) also picked up a Yellow Card and I have to say the jinx on Orlando for strange decisions going against them continues



GB at 2016-05-29 23:12:08

GOAL! from David Villa (NYC 7)

New York City 2 v 0 Orlando City 


GB at 2016-05-29 23:09:09

Yellow Card Kevin Alston (OC 12) unsporting behaviour and very consistent again, even if given from 40 yards away! That said, I must congratulate this referee on the calm controlled and respectful manner in which he carries out his cautioning procedure. Not at all officious like some of his colleague on the MSL


GB at 2016-05-29 23:06:29

It should be noted that the pace of AR1 was exposed then at that last Orlando break


GB at 2016-05-29 23:01:24

Safe refereeing that time as the defender went down in the penalty area after the slightest of touches from the  attacker


GB at 2016-05-29 22:59:12

Better from the referee at that corner that time as he moved in towards the grappling which is what I suggested in the first half – this presence of the referee helps the players know you mean business.


GB at 2016-05-29 22:56:20

that incident sums up a lot of what I have been saying – a little bit of niggle off the ball – and far too much whistle again. Just calm down please ref and don’t keep blowing that whistle so much!


GB at 2016-05-29 22:54:02

The earl exchanges in the second half seem to suggest that the players actions are not going to make it easy for the referee as the game goes on. May not been any stoppages yet in the first 4 minutes, but there is a lot going on out there which the referee needs to be aware of


GB at 2016-05-29 22:49:12

Orlando get the second half under way


GB at 2016-05-29 22:45:35

That was a very satisfactory first half from the officials, finished off nicely with Jorge Gonzalez doing his best to manage David Villa (NYC 7) without over reacting to the players constant moaning!

The referee started the game very strongly and was obviously eager to stamp his personality and presence on the game and set his stall out early. This resulted in two yellow cards within the first 10 minutes, for standing on the ball and a deliberately holding an opponent, so the players can have nothing to complain about. Clear early breaches in law cannot be managed without risking opening yourself out to charges of inconsistency later in the game. Since then, the players have generally been a lot more reticent to contravene the laws.

Positioning wise, I must say I have seen a lot worse examples from officials on this pitch who find it difficult to keep out of the way. A few times I felt the referee could have anticipated the play better outside of the penalty area, but on the whole he has done well in the centre of the field of play.

A belated call for a penalty was correctly turned down from a good position.

It’s just that whistle in the early stages which as a coach I would be asking Jorge to tone back on so as not to wind the players up by blowing it too much. To be fair, it got better, but it needed to!

Both assistants have given sound decisions but eff would do well to keep his flag up longer after giving an off-side.


GB at 2016-05-29 22:33:54

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GB at 2016-05-29 22:33:15

Half Time

New York City 1 v 0 Orlando City


GB at 2016-05-29 22:31:05

Excellent sprinting displayed then by the referee as the play switched from one end to the other


GB at 2016-05-29 22:29:03

GOAL! Frederic Brillant (NYC 13)

New York City 1 v 0 Orlando City


GB at 2016-05-29 22:25:24

Well done Jorge! That was exactly what I mentioned just now – get in there and tell the players you have seen it with that pushing into the back of David Villa (NYC 7)


GB at 2016-05-29 22:21:01

Both players seemed to be holding each other just now as they entered the NYC penalty area. The referee needs to have a word with them and not just ignore those types of incidents – even if he does not stop play he needs to let the players know that he saw it – if in fact he did, but he should have


GB at 2016-05-29 22:18:24

Good off-side decision by AR1, but then he dropped his flag much too early before the goalkeeper had positioned the ball. Best practice is for assistant to keep the flag in the air until he is happy with the position on the restart


GB at 2016-05-29 22:15:56

AR2 Badea showing best practice then in coming to a complete stop before signalling for the throw-in direction


GB at 2016-05-29 22:14:22

Having just complemented the referee’s position, he seemed to get caught there watching play going on too close to him – he needs to anticipate and move out wider rather than drop anchor on the edge of the penalty area as that is where he will get caught up with the players


GB at 2016-05-29 22:12:31

Once again, I think that was a dreadful foul throw by the NYC player. Officials at this level really need to be calling those


GB at 2016-05-29 22:11:27

Positioning wise, so far the referee has managed to stay pretty well out of the areas which the players want to use on this narrow pitch


GB at 2016-05-29 22:09:36

The assistant Jeff Muschik gave a very positive signal then to sell that free kick to the referee for the contact out near the touch line


GB at 2016-05-29 22:07:17

The referee had a good look at that last foul before giving the decision in favour of NYC which was the expectation of the players


GB at 2016-05-29 22:05:30

should be easy to get the wall ten yards away from the ball for free kicks on the touch line on this field of play as the edge of the penalty area is a great marker to use


GB at 2016-05-29 22:03:45

The referee was excellently placed to judge that challenge in the New York Penalty Area – I thought the Orlando player was too keen to look for the foul rather than stay on his feet. Good decision for me and sold by his positioning.


GB at 2016-05-29 22:01:38

I mentioned the way the referee was using his whistle to exert his authority on the game in the early stages and he has continued in the same way, but I personally do not like to hear the whistle blown with so many “quick peeps” all the time. Continuously “peeping” can irritate the players and have an adverse effect of gaining their respect.


GB at 2016-05-29 21:59:08

There is no doubt about this referee’s consistency so far – any contravention in law in respect to misconduct has been dealt with strongly and in accordance to law, but he has set his stall out now so we can either expect a lot more yellow cards or for the players to be afraid to challenge


GB at 2016-05-29 21:57:04

Yellow Card for Harrison Heath (OC 8) for unsporting behaviour.

A caution for unsporting behaviour must be issued when a player holds an opponent to prevent him gaining possession of the ball or taking up an advantageous position


GB at 2016-05-29 21:55:18

Yellow Card for Servando Carrasco (OC 5) for delaying the restart


GB at 2016-05-29 21:54:08

The referee was trying to manage the grappling at that corner from a long way away – better to get in there and sort it


GB at 2016-05-29 21:52:55

The referee is already using his whistle and body language to make his mark on this game


GB at 2016-05-29 21:51:40

That looked like a foul throw in the corner near to Jeff Muschink then – what did you think? Assistant was watching the feet of the thrower in regulation fashion but the referee needs to be watching the hands and make sure ball is thrown from behind the head


GB at 2016-05-29 21:49:26

The first free kick in every game is always very important as the referee sets his tolerance level and Jorge gave that first one with authority!

GB at 2016-05-29 21:48:20

AR1: Jeff Muschik (JM) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2016-05-29 21:47:31

It is always interesting to see how the referee adapts to this narrow pitch and ensures he stays out of the way of the players


GB at 2016-05-29 21:46:24

Orlando City 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 2016-05-29 21:41:22

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to sing the National Anthem

Play of the Week

GB at 2016-05-29 21:35:23

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.

The most recent educational piece concerns the importance for the 4th Official to be fully focussed on the ability to take over from any of the 3 officials at a moment’s notice and the excellent example set by Kevin Terry in the recent Chicago Fire versus Houston Dynamo game – Play of the Week 12: Fourth officials’ preparation/Wait and see technique

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GB at 2016-05-29 21:34:38

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez (JG)

AR1: Jeff Muschik (JM)

AR2: Claudiu Badea (CB)

4th Official: Rubiel Vazquez (RV)


Jorge has been refereeing on the MLS since 2006 and had completed 124 games in the middle by the end of last season. This will be the 3rd time this season that the referee has worked with Jeff  Muschik in his crew and the first time for Claudiu Badea.

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

Games Fouls awarded Yellows Reds Ave Yellow Ave Reds
5 139 23 1 4.6 0.2


Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2016-05-29 21:30:32

New York City


Joshua Saunders (NYC 12)

Jason Hernandez (NYC 2)

Ethan White (NYC 3)

David Villa (NYC 7)

Mix Diskerud (NYC 10)

Frederic Brillant (NYC 13)

Thomas McNamara (NYC 15)

Khiry Shelton (NYC 19)

Andrea Pirlo (NYC 21)

RJ Allen (NYC 27)

Andoni Iraola (NYC 51)


Frank Lampard (NYC 8)

Jefferson Mena (NYC 9)

Mehdi Ballouchy (NYC 20)

Jefferson Mena (NYC 23)

Eirik Johansen (NYC 25)

Diego Martínez (NYC 30)

Kwadwo Poku (NYC 88)

 Orlando City


Joe Bendik (OC 1)

Seb Hines (OC 3)

Servando Carrasco (OC 5)

Harrison Heath (OC 8)

Cyle Larin (OC 9)

Kevin Alston (OC 12)

Luke Boden (OC 14)

Kevin Molino (OC 18)

Brek Shea (OC 20)

Tommy Redding (OC 29)

Adrian Winter (OC 32)


Carlos Rivas (OC 11)

Hadji Barry (OC 13)

Devron García (OC 16)

Júlio Baptista (OC 19)

Antonio Nocerino (OC 22)

Conor Donovan (OC 23)

Earl Edwards Jr. (OC 36)


GB at 2016-05-29 21:27:26

We could have quite an atmosphere in store for us today as New York City rock up in front of their home supporters on the back of a major blip last weekend when they went down 7 – zip against their local rivals the Red Bulls. NYC had been on quite a roll until last week’s set back and were on course to continue their best ever run, having gone 5 games unbeaten until they got hammered in front of their home fans. These same supporters also made their feelings know when Frank Lampard joined the proceedings in the second half for the first time in 11 games this season, as they booed him onto the field of play. I wonder what type of reception he will get today?

Orlando City on the other hand will be looking for a fair run of the ball today having been on the end on a number of controversial decisions from the officials this season, which have often had a major influence on the final result. A win today for Orlando would jump them up above their hosts with a game in hand.

Both of these teams competed in the MLS for the first time in their history last season and met three times last term. The first game ended in a 1-1 draw at the Citrus Bowl. Followed by Home victories for both teams later in the season, NYC won 5-3 in July here, and Orlando City won 2-1 win October.

The teams have already slugged it out once at the Yankee Stadium earlier this season with Orlando taking the honours back in March with a 1 – nil victory to complete their first ever away win against YNC.

Eastern Conference Table

Pos Club Pld W L T Pts
1 Philadelphia Union 13 5 3 5 20
2 New York Red Bulls 14 6 7 1 19
3 Montreal Impact 13 5 4 4 19
4 New York City FC 13 4 4 5 17
5 D.C. United 13 4 5 4 16
6 Toronto FC 13 4 5 4 16
7 New England Revolution 14 3 4 7 16
8 Orlando City SC 12 3 3 6 15
9 Columbus Crew SC 12 3 4 5 14
10 Chicago Fire 12 2 5 5 11


Recent form

New York City D W W W D L
Orlando City L D D L W D


GB at 2016-05-29 21:24:03



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