New York Red Bulls v L A Galaxy


RH at 2015-04-27 00:21:10

This was a competitive game where the result was in doubt right up to the final whistle! However from a Refereeing perspective  the main talking point of this game will be the reckless tackle committed by McCarty on Juninho when he had already received a yellow card, the only credible decision was to send off the offender, the Referee was well placed but his recognition of offence was poor. This was not an isolated moment as a borderline challenge by Gordon just before half time received no further follow up than a free kick. Just after half time a reckless Duval challenge   also went unpunished. On each occasion the Referee was well placed, so the fault lies with his recognition of offences. All other cautions were judged well enough although Rodgers was a little unlucky. I would also suggest based on this game, that the Referee adopts a stepped approach to match control, he seems to be either awarding free kicks and walking forward with his signal maintained or issuing yellow cards, there seem to be little variation in between. This may enable him to reduce the questioning of his decisions which the players did in this game and improve his relationship with the players potentially reducing his card count . In terms of technical input Ted got into good positions in the second half where he got deeper in the final third and penalty areas creating good viewing angles . In the first half he wasn’t getting into those advanced positions.  As for the Assistants, both signaled really well showing clarity and excellent poise. For Matthew Nelson i would suggest that he shows greater awareness, he should have been aware that Rodgers was behind him, avoiding the accident of raising his flag to signal just as the player was passing him.Kevin Klinger should reflect on his hasty first half  offside flag where Bradley Wright Phillips was clearly onside. So some good things out there today but much to reflect on

RH at 2015-04-27 00:01:58

We’ve got more MLS Regular Season games coming your way on Refcam, on Sunday May 3rd I’ll be your Refcam Coach for the Sporting Kansas City v Chicago Fire game. Then on Sunday 10th May we’re covering the Toronto FC verses Houston Dynamo match, I’ll be your coach again on Sunday 17th May for the Orlando City verses La Galaxy game and our May coverage rounds off on Sunday 24th with the New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union game.


RH at 2015-04-27 00:01:28

Summary to follow

RH at 2015-04-27 00:01:17

Full Time

RH at 2015-04-27 00:00:53

The Red Bulls press forward for a winner!

RH at 2015-04-26 23:59:21

Four minutes added time

RH at 2015-04-26 23:59:07

For all his effort on second half movement Refereeing is all about major decisions, the Referee was well paced for that McCarty challenge and he failed to take the correct action, at that will be the main talking point of the game

RH at 2015-04-26 23:57:09

Surely a second yellow card for McCarty for that reckless challenge on Juninho! A red card should have been shown, very disapointing

RH at 2015-04-26 23:54:51

Ted Unkel insisting on a retake of that last free kick, rightly so!

RH at 2015-04-26 23:53:27

The Referee getting into good final positions still as this game draws to a close!

RH at 2015-04-26 23:52:29

Plenty of commitment in this closing period!

RH at 2015-04-26 23:51:49

Well you don’t see that every day as Matthew Nelson’s flag catches Galaxy s Rogers in the mouth! he’ll consider himself hard done by!

RH at 2015-04-26 23:50:01

Yellow CardRogers a little unlucky to receive a caution for that challenge where he made a legitimate attempt to control the ball  Yellow Cardalso for Gonzales for pushing an opponent

RH at 2015-04-26 23:47:23

Ted Unkel moving well in that last Galaxy break away attack

RH at 2015-04-26 23:45:56

I must praise both Assistants in this game for their poise when presenting signals, obviously the result of good coaching by the PRO management team!

RH at 2015-04-26 23:43:54

Zardes goes to ground following a McCaty challenge, nothing more than a free kick warranted!

RH at 2015-04-26 23:42:49

Whilst being mindful of my last point, i have to also say in fairness to the Referee that he is moving much better this half and moving deeper into the final third of the field of play more!

RH at 2015-04-26 23:41:22

Just before that last substitution a couple of robust but careless challenges went in by two Galaxy players, the Referee rightly awards a free kick but has no word? Ted Unkels match control would benefit much from using a stepped approach which would include more dialogue with players

RH at 2015-04-26 23:38:05

Good offside call there by Matthew Nelson as the Galaxy players offside in an earlier phase of play came back to play the ball

RH at 2015-04-26 23:34:22

Yellow CardMcCarty of the Red Bulls  receives a caution for blocking an opponent, the Referees mind may have been swayed by the Galaxy player going to ground in a heap!

RH at 2015-04-26 23:31:40

We an see that Red Bulls players are still taking issue with the Referee on decisions. Clearly with three red cards to his name so far this season the Referee has been strong in his control of games. But its a feature of this game that he is making decisions and signalling from his position without establishing much dialogue, and on other occasions having strong words at the showing of cards,  could be room for more calm  dialogue with players?

RH at 2015-04-26 23:27:26

My earlier comment should have read that the Referee has NOT been consistent with his recognition of offences either side of half time!


RH at 2015-04-26 23:25:24

GOAL!Its 1-1 with a fortunate rebound

RH at 2015-04-26 23:24:24

The Referee doing much better in that last Galaxy attack moving well into the penalty area to make a key goal/corner call

RH at 2015-04-26 23:22:29

After a good opening half hour the Referee has been consistent in his recognition of offences with those two challenges either side of half time, the first worthy of a word the second of a caution.

RH at 2015-04-26 23:20:10

TV Replays showing that the Referee was correct not to penalise the Galaxy Goalkeeper for handball

RH at 2015-04-26 23:18:34

That challenge on Duval looked worthy of a caution to me it was close to the Referee who i believe has missed am opportunity to maintain his control, surprising as he was well placed to view the challenge by Jamieson

RH at 2015-04-26 23:15:40

Interesting that the TV team commented on the Red Bulls players complaining to the Referee on various decisions  in the first half , Ted Unkel is certainly open to a frank exchange of opinions with players of both teams!

RH at 2015-04-26 23:12:53

We’ve got more MLS Regular Season games coming your way on Refcam, on Sunday May 3rd I’ll be your Refcam Coach for the Sporting Kansas City v Chicago Fire game. Then on Sunday 10th May we’re covering the Toronto FC verses Houston Dynamo match, I’ll be your coach again on Sunday 17th May for the Orlando City verses La Galaxy game and our May coverage rounds off on Sunday 24th with the New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union game.


RH at 2015-04-26 23:11:59

The second half is underway!

RH at 2015-04-26 23:09:17

A tight game with LA Galaxy the happier with that 1-0 lead. The Referee has done reasonably well so far, he has correctly issued three cautions two for Reckless challenges and the other for a delaying the restart offence following a free committed by Gordon of L A Galaxy. What followed after was a lapse by the Referee who should have publicly warned Gordon who almost immediately committed a clumsy challenge on McCarty, who admittedly did make a meal of the challenge. The Referee simply allowed the game to continue, which was disappointing especially as he has been strong in his control of the first period. He is also trying to allow the game to breathe but his efforts have been thwarted by the players who have committed untimely challenges. Just two other points, Ted Unkel gets into decent positions in midfield but does not always repeat this in the penalty area’s, he needs to inject more dynamic sprints  to get into position and get those all important penalty area viewing angles. The other point be the haste in which Kevin Klinger signaled Bradley Wright Phillips offside, this was a poor decision. He needs to reflect on that. But its all to play for in the second half!

RH at 2015-04-26 22:56:45

Half time summary to follow

RH at 2015-04-26 22:56:14

Half Time

RH at 2015-04-26 22:55:44

one minute added time

RH at 2015-04-26 22:55:31

Yellow CardSound  caution on Alan Gordon for delaying the restart of play, good Refereeing


RH at 2015-04-26 22:54:05

The Referee keeps a good distance from play in midfield and creates good viewing angles, he just need to move quicker into the penalty area and maintain that proximity

RH at 2015-04-26 22:52:20

Good Referee awareness in that last Galaxy attack, as two players one from each team went to ground, the Referee monitored the players as the attack continued

RH at 2015-04-26 22:50:19

The Referee needed to be closer to the action in the penalty area in that last Red Bulls attack, a dynamic sprint would have ensured that

at 2015-04-26 22:48:12

A feature of the Referees positioning is that he squeezes play between himself and Assistant Klinger, this is no bad thing but he needs to be able to track play quickly into the penalty area should he need to

at 2015-04-26 22:46:15

Good advantage played in that last Red Bulls attack

at 2015-04-26 22:45:43

We’re experiencing an interesting period of the game the Referee is trying to allow the game to breathe but runs the risk of letting careless contact go unpunished, that earlier Gargan challenge being a case in point

RH at 2015-04-26 22:40:02

Yellow CardI spoke too soon! Matt Miazga of the Red Bulls corrected cautioned for that reckless tackle


RH at 2015-04-26 22:38:29

One or two players going to ground with no free kick awarded, i’m ok with this, its clear that the Referee is attempting to let some slack out and allow the game to breathe

RH at 2015-04-26 22:35:35

The Referee showing good awareness as a Red Bulls players went to ground in the penalty area off the ball, the body language was good as he waved him up!

RH at 2015-04-26 22:34:21

Kevin Klinger was too hasty with that last offside decision, the Red Bulls attacker clearly onside, nerves?

RH at 2015-04-26 22:32:55

Ted Unkel did better there to sprint into position to create a good viewing angle on that edge of the penalty area tackle in the Galaxy penalty area

RH at 2015-04-26 22:31:45

Good to see both Assistants presenting their throw in signals well, flag held for the correct period of time and a good up right poise, feet together, spot on!

RH at 2015-04-26 22:29:27

Just looking at a replay of the first goal, the Referee did arrive into the penalty area as the goal was scored, but a dynamic sprint would have enabled him to get there sooner bearing in mind the number of challenging players

RH at 2015-04-26 22:27:05

The Referee has established a good freehold on careless and reckless challenges in the opening fifteen minutes of this game

RH at 2015-04-26 22:25:42

Gyasi Zardes rightly shown the Yellow Cardfor that Reckless  challenge

RH at 2015-04-26 22:23:55

Good to see the Referee squeezing play between himself and his active Assistant in the build up to that last Red Bulls attack

RH at 2015-04-26 22:21:37

The Referee rightly establishing his control by insisting that that last free kick was taken from the correct position

RH at 2015-04-26 22:19:09

GOAL!Bradford Jamieson makes it 1-0 Galaxy!

RH at 2015-04-26 22:18:16

New Yorks tactic of closing Galaxy down when they are in possession, means that the direction of play shifts constantly, the Referee is adjusting his position well to counter this

RH at 2015-04-26 22:15:02

The Referee will need to take care not to get too close to play as New York concentrate attacking play in the final third

RH at 2015-04-26 22:11:53

The Red Bulls using plenty of width in the final third of the field of play in that first attack

RH at 2015-04-26 22:10:05

Our match Referee Ted Unkel gets us underway!

RH at 2015-04-26 22:04:49

Our Referee Ted Unkel, made his MLS debut in 2009 when he Refereed the Chicago Red Stars v Sky Blue FC game.  Last season Refereed 12 MLS games, including the NASL Championship final game between San Antonio Scorpions v Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Assistant Referee 1 is Matthew Nelson, he made his MLS debut in 2012, last season he officiated at 14 MLS games

Assistant Referee 2 is Kevin Klinger, he made his MLS debut in 2012, last season he officiated at 9 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 2015-04-26 21:59:24

Welcome to our coverage of this MLS Regular Season fixture from The Big Apple! The action comes from the Red Bull Arena and the Los Angeles (LA) Galaxy are in town!