New York City v Toronto FC


good nightGB at 2015-07-12 22:18:52

Thanks for your company and good night from Ref Cam for this week

final summaryGB at 2015-07-12 22:16:55

Well the second half was just as frenetic as the first half!

To sum up the referees performance I must say that he did extremely well to get through a game with 4 penalties, 8 goals and 5 yellow cards and nobody will actually be talking about the officials. Good on you Ted!

I particularly enjoyed the yellow card for the player re-entering the field of play without the referee’s permission – you don’t see many of those.

Throughout the game the referee managed the players consistently and did well at times to keep the lid on this game in a very petulant environment as the players often displayed their frustrations and tempers rose at times. Ted Unkel did well to pick out the acts of reckless play and treat them all the same.

My only reservations were concerned with his positioning and movement. It is not easy on this narrow field of play as I kept saying in my blog, but I did feel that the referee was a bit predictable in the way he was happy to stay central and to let the play go on around him. This meant (although it is good to be close to the play), sometimes he was too close and got in the way, when he would have done better to get wider out of the players way and look in from a different angle. Don’t get me wrong, Ted Unkel did not miss anything, but this was the one area of his game I think he could improve on this field of play. To put it another way, even though this game was end to end, I don’t think I saw the referee sprint once – but then I also can’t remember many times when he needed to!

The teamwork was of a high standard today and both assistants deserve to feel proud of their involvement in such an entertaining game which they also played a big part in by getting all their decisions correct to ensure none of the goals or penalties were surrounded by any controversy.

All in all a very exciting game was brought to a satisfactory conclusion by a sound set of match officials.

full timeGB at 2015-07-12 22:01:53

My final summary will follow in a few minutes.


Coming up in the next few weeks the following games will be covered by Ref Cam:

19th Jul, 10:00 pm MLS – Columbus Crew SC v Chicago Fire

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

2nd Aug, 10:00 pm MLS – SJ Earthquakes v Portland Timbers

8th Aug, 9:00 pm MLS – Toronto FC v Sporting Kansas City

9th Aug, 10:00 pm MLS – LA Galaxy v Seattle Sounders

16th Aug, 10:00 pm MLS – Seattle Sounders v Orlando City

23rd Aug, 10:00 pm MLS – LA Galaxy v NY City FC

A list of all the big games coming up on YATR is always available at:

90+3GB at 2015-07-12 22:01:15

and ……… relax!!!!

Full Time


New York City FC 4 – 4 Toronto

90+2GB at 2015-07-12 22:00:16

well done Ted – mandatory Yellow Card for Justin Morrow (TFC 2) right at the death

90GB at 2015-07-12 21:58:06

minimum of 3 added minutes to go

89GB at 2015-07-12 21:57:44

great refereeing again there by Ted to play the advantage

89GB at 2015-07-12 21:56:55

there have been a lot of free kicks given in this area in this game

87GB at 2015-07-12 21:55:13

the referee was nearly in the way twice again then – he needs to try to get wider next time he officiates on this field of play

85GB at 2015-07-12 21:52:55

you cannot take your eyes off this game for a minute!

83GB at 2015-07-12 21:51:39

GOAL! Patrick Mullins (NYC 14)

well I got that wrong – another goal!

NYC FC 4 – 4 Toronto

can there be even more goals in this game?

83GB at 2015-07-12 21:50:27

Hurry up Frank – your new team needs you at this rate!

81GB at 2015-07-12 21:49:53

GOAL! Marky Delgado (TFC 18)

NYC FC 3 – 4 Toronto

80GB at 2015-07-12 21:48:44

even getting into good positions at restarts is tricky for the referee on this field of play but Ted is using his initiative to keep all the players in view

77GB at 2015-07-12 21:45:37

the referee was well placed for that re-start so that he could monitor the wall and the kick

77GB at 2015-07-12 21:44:45

I get the feeling that the next goal will settle this so the officials need to keep their concentration so there is not any controversy about it

73GB at 2015-07-12 21:41:55

that seemed a bit risky for the referee to allow that play to continue in the centre of the field of play. much better to just stop the game when an incident like that takes place in the middle as no one will mind if the play is stopped there. Safe refereeing in those situations is best practice

71GB at 2015-07-12 21:39:56

that off-side from AR1: Jeffrey Muschik (JM) keeps the average level between the two assistants at 5 each – above average

70GB at 2015-07-12 21:38:07

20 minutes to go and this game has come to life again now as the referee tries to calm the players down

68GB at 2015-07-12 21:36:55

the players are also becoming frustrated as well as bad tempered, but this referee is just the man to deal with them

66GB at 2015-07-12 21:36:06

Yellow Cardfor Mehdi Ballouchy (NYC 20)

once again the referee is lenient with the petty squabbling but he has been consistent – as he has with the reckless challenges.

As I said earlier, the close proximity of the players to each other seems to breed tempers rising on this pitch

65GB at 2015-07-12 21:34:11

can anyone out there tell me when the last time there was 4 penalties in a MLS game?

64GB at 2015-07-12 21:32:38

GOAL! David Villa (NYC 7)

penalty scored

NYC FC 3 – 3 Toronto

63GB at 2015-07-12 21:31:52

4th penalty of the game

and another nailed on decision!

62GB at 2015-07-12 21:31:18

The referee is having a great spell as he raises his profile just when his control of the game needs it

62GB at 2015-07-12 21:30:31

Yellow CardCollen Warner (TFC 26) for that reckless challenge.

60GB at 2015-07-12 21:29:49

Well you do not see that very often!

Yellow Card   for AndoniIraola (NYC 51) for re-entering the field of play without the referees permission – and fouling someone as well – he was lucky not to get two yellows!

58GB at 2015-07-12 21:26:25

good refereeing there by Ted making the player go back off for treatment

57GB at 2015-07-12 21:25:27

Another routine off-side for AR2 CB

57GB at 2015-07-12 21:24:32

first 10 minutes of the second half have been played a lot more sedately until that near goal for Toronto

54GB at 2015-07-12 21:23:05

as the foul count reaches 20 (10 each), the referee needs to ensure that the spoiling tactics do not spoil the game

50GB at 2015-07-12 21:19:35

I am not surprised that tempers get frayed on this pitch. Once again Ted is utilising a consistent management style but he must not give the players the impression that they can push their luck too far

49GB at 2015-07-12 21:18:04

our referee was right there again as that foul tackle from behind was committed. Safe refereeing again as Ted has been consistent with those fouls

48GB at 2015-07-12 21:16:14

no chance of a PK for that ball to hand – even though it was blasted from a long way out – good decision

46GB at 2015-07-12 21:14:36

a field of play as narrow as this brings its own challenges for the referee so I hope Ted is prepared to try to get a bit wider in this half

45GB at 2015-07-12 21:12:39

New York City FC get the second half underway

half timeGB at 2015-07-12 21:09:14

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half timeGB at 2015-07-12 21:08:30

In this week’s edition of The Ref Show, took its first look forwards at the shape of the Refereeing line up for the fast approaching EPL Season and also summed up the performance of the officials in the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals in Canada.

All the previous editions remain available to view at The Ref Show  which will continue to run throughout the closed season in England with much more emphasis on the MLS, starting in this week’s edition.

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half time summaryGB at 2015-07-12 21:07:41

What a first half!

I think that was the most frenetic 45 minutes I have commented on for RefCam so far!. 3 Penalties, 2 missed and still 5 goals!

It would be fair to say the first Toronto penalty may have looked a bit soft, but like I said at the time the defender gave the referee a decision to make and from his angle there was enough contact to warrant the PK call!

The other two penalties were nailed on and each given from very close quarters by Ted Unkel. That said, the referee can’t but help be close to play on this field of play. That said, having seen Mark Geiger here a few weeks ago, this referee has a completely different positioning and movement style. Ted looks comfortable, but is content to drop anchor at times and to let the play to go on around him rather than try to nimbly get wider when he can. It is working for him at the moment but he could try a different tactic on this small field of play.

Assistants have both given two correct off-side decisions a piece and have also each had very import decisions to make in the build up to a goal and have each nailed them as well. Excellent ling so far – keep it up boys.

I am really looking forwards to another half like that one.

half timeGB at 2015-07-12 20:57:57

Keith Hackett’s most recent Blog detailed how PGMOL should prepare for the new season and it will be very interesting to see how much of this valuable advice comes to fruition again this season coming. All the previous Blogs from the former head of the Professional Referees in England are still available now at Hackett’s Blog

As usual there are many other new articles available at YATR-MAG including a fascinating look back at some of the referees from yesteryear who plied their trade at the top of the English game.

The You Are The Ref Facebook page is also proving to be a great place to keep track on what’s new and is well work a “like” at

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half timeGB at 2015-07-12 20:57:42

Half time summary to come in a few minutes

45+1GB at 2015-07-12 20:56:38

NYC FC will be happy to hear that half time whistle after a dreadful spell for them

Half Time

45GB at 2015-07-12 20:55:41

minimum of 1 added minute to be played

44GB at 2015-07-12 20:55:18

AR1: Jeffrey Muschik making an excellent decision there as the player who eventually scored the goal was not interfering with play when he was in the off-side position as the attack developed

43GB at 2015-07-12 20:54:04

GOAL! and that is a  hat trick for Sebastian Giovinco (TFC 10)

NYC FC 2 – 3 Toronto

39GB at 2015-07-12 20:50:46

GOAL!  Sebastian Giovinco (TFC 10) excellent goal and timed run to perfection to stay on side – good lining!

NYC FC 2 – 2 Toronto

38GB at 2015-07-12 20:49:09

Jackson Goncalves (TFC 11) just used up his get out of jail free card then as the referee choose to deal with that dissent by action by trying to manage the player and give him a last warning

35GB at 2015-07-12 20:46:37

There is a lot of physical contact in the game as another free kick is conceded in a dangerous position outside of the Toronto penalty area

33GB at 2015-07-12 20:44:38

GOAL! No mistake for Sebastian Giovinco (TFC 10) this time

NTC FC 2 – 1 Toronto

32GB at 2015-07-12 20:44:01

3rd penalty of the game and another good decision for me

31GB at 2015-07-12 20:43:21

Replays just showing that it was an excellent not off-side decision in the run up to NYC FC second penalty

29GB at 2015-07-12 20:40:38

GOAL! Patrick Mullins (NYC 14)

Penalty missed then Patrick picks up the pieces!

YNC FC 2 – 0 Toronto

28GB at 2015-07-12 20:39:04

Another penalty for Ted Unkel to give as the NYC player is clearly knocked in the back

27GB at 2015-07-12 20:38:03

Routine off-side call for AR1: Jeffrey Muschik (JM)

He will be happy to have his first one in the bag

25GB at 2015-07-12 20:37:08

Interesting passage of play there. First the referee thought about the advantage then panicked a bit and thought the NYC player was off-side as he looked across to the assistant, when he saw the player was not off-side he then stopped play as the advantage did not come off.

Benoit Cheyrou (TFC 8) was also Yellow Card for the foul

23GB at 2015-07-12 20:34:20

Referee making his presence felt well there and also made the whistle talk for him to ensure the player got he public warning before the play was restarted

22GB at 2015-07-12 20:33:26

Good eye-contact noted then between assistant and referee at that throw-in

21GB at 2015-07-12 20:32:38

These spoiling fouls in the centre are beginning to mount up. Yes the referee is giving them but he must start thinking about the tactics and consider a caution for someone to take one for the team to cut these fouls out

20GB at 2015-07-12 20:30:45

going back to the decision for the penalty now. Referee was well placed and the defender gave him a decision to make. From the referee’s position he sees arms around the attacker and went down. Lesson for the defenders there is keep your arms down

19GB at 2015-07-12 20:29:14

Sebastian Giovinco (TFC 10) misses the penalty

18GB at 2015-07-12 20:28:38

Penalty to Toronto

17GB at 2015-07-12 20:28:05

That foul outside of the penalty area got what it deserved

16GB at 2015-07-12 20:27:27

GOAL! David Villa (NYC 7)

New York City 1 – 0 Toronto

16GB at 2015-07-12 20:26:39

Our referee was excellently placed there to see that foul was outside of the penalty area.

12GB at 2015-07-12 20:23:21

At least it must be very difficult for referees to be very far from play – like that free kick near the half way line

11GB at 2015-07-12 20:21:49

first example of the hazard for referees on a field of play as Ted Unkel gets hit by the ball for no fault of his poor positioning

9GB at 2015-07-12 20:19:21

AR2 CB gets his second off-side call right – good for his confidence

7GB at 2015-07-12 20:18:03

followed by another one. Referees need to get these routine ones right at the start of the game particularly

6GB at 2015-07-12 20:17:22

Good safe free kick in the centre there. TU getting the easy fouls under his belt so the players have confidence in him

5GB at 2015-07-12 20:15:49

Good spot by Ted Unkel then – goalkick needed to be retaken as the ball did not leave the penalty area

4GB at 2015-07-12 20:14:49

The referee has started very steadily and is moving around smoothly keeping out of the way on this small field of play

2GB at 2015-07-12 20:12:29

First off-side  very credible and flag held for the right length of time

1GB at 2015-07-12 20:10:41

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

0GB at 2015-07-12 20:10:19

New York City won the toss so it will be  Toronto FC to kick off.

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

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play of the weekGB at 2015-07-12 20:07:23

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.

Last weekend’s PRO Play of the Week took a detailed look at Throw-ins and highlighted the fact that Assistant Referees often fail in their duty to monitor these re-starts effectively. This was a topic which You Are The Ref’s expert Keith Hackett covered some weeks ago on this web site Law 15 – The throw-in 

You can see the latest PRO Play of the week on this subject here PRO MLS Wk18 Play of the Week 

If you spot something in tonight’s game which you feel would be worthy of a shout for the Play of the Week this week, contact me on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

officialsGB at 2015-07-12 20:07:00

Today’s Assistants:

AR1: Jeffrey Muschik (JM)

This will be Jeff’s 4th outing with today’s referee this season in his 8th Regular Season MLS fixture.

Jeff is in his 8th season on the MLS and already has officiated on the line in 72 fixtures at the highest level in North America so far. 

AR2: Claudiu Badea (CB)

Claudiu is also pairing up with Ted Unkel for the 4th time this season in his 10th appearance in the MLS.

Claudiu ran the line in his first MLS game at New England back in 2001, but that was his only appearance in the top flight for that season and he did not reappear on the list until season 2008. Since then he has been a regular on the circuit and this will be his 90th Regular Season appointment.

4th Official: Alex Chilowicz (AC)

This is the sixteenth appointment this season for this dedicated 4th Official from New Jersey on the PRO Roster for 2015.

officialsGB at 2015-07-12 20:06:36

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Ted Unkel (TU)

AR1: Jeffrey Muschik (JM)

AR2: Claudiu Badea (CB)

4th Official: Alex Chilowicz (AC)

This is Ted’s 3rd season as a referee on the MLS and will be his eleventh Regular Season middle so far this season plus one 4th Official appointment.  I have spoken before on the Ref Cam about the distances that professional referees in the USA are expected to travel and this will be his third trip to New York this season from his home in Florida, and second appearance on the smallest Field of Play in the MLS, at the Yankee Stadium.

This will be the first time Ted has refereed Toronto FC since he took charge of their Home game versus Sporting Kansas City’s in July 2014, following which he was the centre of attention for the wrong reasons, due to the 7 yellows and a red he issued in a very feisty encounter.

Ted does not have to look very far for a constructive review of his performance each week since he married his wife Christina 6 years ago who was promoted to the Women’s FIFA Referee’s list at the beginning of 2013.

As well as a competent footballer and basketball player, ted is also and experienced Baseball Coach, so I his passion for sport is obviously well and truly in his blood.

Last November Ted refereed the NASL Championship Final between San Antonio Scorpions and Fort Lauderdale Strikers at the Toyota Field, San Antonio, Texas.

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
10 274 25 0 3.13 0.00


pre-matchGB at 2015-07-12 20:06:08

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.

Earlier this week, the Home team announced the news that Frank Lambard was due to make his debut for the side from the Bronx today, since agreeing terms way back in July last year.  Unfortunately for the Home fans this eagerly awaited event won’t be taking place today after all due to a calf injury for the former Chelsea and Manchester City hero.

I am sure all MLS fans will be hoping this is not the case for when New York City meet LA Galaxy on 23rd August, for whom Steve Gerard opened his account yesterday. This clash of the titans has already been scheduled for coverage on Ref Cam.

Setting aside the disappointment about Lambard this week, the New York City squad has also been enhance with the arrival of Italian legend Andrea Pirlo, La Liga veteran Andoni Iraola and rising Manchester City FC youth defender Angelino.

David Villa scored a pair of goals for the second time in the last three matches as New York City FC won for the fourth time in their last five contests, a 2-1 win against the Montréal Impact on last Saturday at Stade Saputo. It was NYCFC’s third consecutive away victory, which equals the best away-form winning streak in MLS this season.

Villa has six goals and an assist over the last six league games. The eight goals are tied for fourth in the MLS Golden Boot Standings.

Toronto FC failed to score for a second consecutive match as they started their coast-to-coast two-game road trip with a 4-0 defeat at the LA Galaxy last weekend.

These teams are meeting for only the second time in a Regular Season Game as this is the 1st season in the MLS for Ney York City FC . David Villa scored a pair of goals to lead NYCFC to a 2-0 win in June when the teams met for the first time at BMO Field.

pre-matchGB at 2015-07-12 20:05:45

Week 19

Welcome to this evening’s live Ref Cam coverage back in the Big Apple between New York City and Toronto

This is a must win game for the Home team who have played 2 more games than their opponents and are two places below them in the Eastern Conference Table.

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