Orlando City SC v New York City FC

Orlando City SC v New York City FC

Commentary By: Guy Beale

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 1

GB at 2015-03-09 00:31:01
This has proved to be a good test for the referee and he has certainly proved that he has courage! Three cautions for simulation against the home team including one in the second half inside of the penalty area which caused strong appeals for a penalty. As I said in my blog, the referee had a great view of this one and was very confident and quick to make the call that the player had cheated. Therefore I am happy to support him on all those yellow cards for simulation. The only case of concern for me was the “one that got away” with Jason Hernandez (NYC 21) being very fortunate not to be cautioned for his first blatant holding offence. I thought that it looked like the referee was too keen to allow the quick free kick for Orlando so the player was not sanctioned. As a result,  when he was eventually cautioned for the same offence a few minutes later he did not end up being dismissed. There has been a comment on our Twitter feed about the same thing and I think Mathew has the same opinion as me. Putting than incident to the side, this was a very competent display by Alan Kelly and one which he will probably feel very satisfied with. I made a few comments about his movement but I have to say he was never far from the play and apart from getting TOO close some times, his positioning was fully satisfactory for the pace at which the game was played, even though I did not see any dynamic sprints being demonstrated. This was a wonderful occasion for the home team and I hope that there will be a camera angle which will prove that the referee was correct in not awarding a penalty when Cristian Higuita (OC 7) went down, so that everyone can just talk about the positive aspects of this curtain raiser in the MLS for both teams. Good teamwork all round tonight with no controversy for the assistants to be involved in, however there was just that one very important learning point about getting the flag up early for off side and not necessarily using the “wait and see” tactic if there is a likelihood of a player colliding with the goalkeeper. From a RefCam perspective it has been a fascinating experience and very different to the type of games we usually cover in the Premier League. I am off to bed now and will hopefully see you all again next weekend. Good night

GB at 2015-03-09 00:09:19
My final summary will follow in a few minutes; meanwhile I hope you can join us again tomorrow for more FA Cup action with the game of the round from Old Trafford: Manchester United v Arsenal at 7:45pm BBC A list of all the big games coming up on YATR is always available at: http://you-are-the-ref.com/ref-cam/

GB at 2015-03-09 00:08:35
Full Time Orlando City SC 1  – 1  New York City FC

GB at 2015-03-09 00:06:43
well into the minimum of 4 added minutes now

GB at 2015-03-09 00:06:08
That was an excellently managed “ceremonial” free kick by the referee there

GB at 2015-03-09 00:04:46
GOAL!  1 – 1 Kaká (OC 10)

GB at 2015-03-09 00:03:35
this could be the last chance for Orlando to get something out of the game

GB at 2015-03-09 00:00:17
With all these players going down so easily in this game I cant help wondering if the players have been studying what has been going on in our Premier league so far this season

GB at 2015-03-08 23:58:03
Reckless with excessive force – no question about it clear Red Card for Aurélien Collin (OC 78)

GB at 2015-03-08 23:55:18
Good to see the wall all outside of the penalty area. Commentator probably picked up on that “secret” referee tactic there – get them all in or all out of the penalty area so if a hand goes up the decision if easy!

GB at 2015-03-08 23:53:37
There has not been an angle which actually shows if there was contact and all the camera angles have been from the opposite side from what the referee saw

GB at 2015-03-08 23:52:34
another Yellow Card for simulation for Cristian Higuita (OC 7) and I have to say AK had a great view and was very assertive

GB at 2015-03-08 23:51:17
that could be just what the game needed and the officials need to be fully switched on

GB at 2015-03-08 23:50:06
GOAL! 0 – 1 Mix (NYC 10)  

GB at 2015-03-08 23:49:20
With the game going well for the referee so far he really needs to dig deep now and close this one out with no controversy

GB at 2015-03-08 23:48:14
That looked like a foul that “got away then” with the referee unsighted as the Orlando player was brought down.

GB at 2015-03-08 23:44:37
Good eye-contact and teamwork displayed there by the officials with a throw-in near the half-way line that could have gone either way. So important to take you time there again

GB at 2015-03-08 23:43:30
A quiet period for the officials in the last few minutes but concentration remains the most important thing rom here on in  
GB at 2015-03-08 23:38:12
I have to say that looked miles off side for me so I was surprised the play took so long to be stopped. Referees are encouraged to instruct assistants not to “wait an see” in those situations where there could be a collision with the goalkeeper, but to raise the flag early

GB at 2015-03-08 23:35:22
With 30 minutes to go I get the feeling that as a spectacle then game is likely to become more interesting as the temperature begins to rise again as it did at the end of the first half with the careless challenges starting to mount up again

GB at 2015-03-08 23:34:03
Big call that for referee Alan Kelly then. Clear Yellow Cardfor  Jeb Brovsky (NYC 5)

GB at 2015-03-08 23:30:58
AK well placed again there to ensure he was not duped by the NYC player going down as if he had had his shirt pulled

GB at 2015-03-08 23:27:41
Jason Hernandez (NYC 21) is a VERY LUCKY man again as that should have been his second Yellow Card

GB at 2015-03-08 23:26:03
The referees positioning continues to be “deceptive” as he is using a very narrow path, but he is always within a credible distance of the play

GB at 2015-03-08 23:24:37
AK showing the confidence to play the odd advantage now

GB at 2015-03-08 23:21:38
The law is clear on this: 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 2015-03-08 23:20:52
Jason Hernandez (NYC 21) can count himself lucky not to relieve a yellow card there for his blatant holding

GB at 2015-03-08 23:19:34
Tight call in the first few seconds for AR1-AK to spot the off side.

GB at 2015-03-08 23:18:41
Orlando get the second half underway

GB at 2015-03-08 23:17:11
Well there have already been a couple of candidates in this game for the “Play of the Week” series on the official PRO Website. The Organisation’s Training & Development Manager Paul Rejer selects an example from each round of fixtures to highlight best practice, or offer specific educational advice to officials when situations could have been managed better or when application of law was found wanting. With two dreadful cases of simulation in this game already I would not be at all surprised to see the PRO coaching team making sure that the awareness of this type of offence is consistent across all their officials.

GB at 2015-03-08 23:12:12
The Ref Show returned last Monday night and includes the opinions of our experts on all the refereeing performances in the Premier League last weekend, including the debacle of the sending off at Old Trafford. Next week’s edition promises to be a lively debate with so many decisions in and around the Penalty Area being called into question in the mid-week Premier League fixtures just gone. I personally feel that there is a tendency for Assistants to be unwilling to help the referee out at his moment of need, which is resulting in the whole Team going down in flames! All the previous editions of the Ref Show are still available to view at http://you-are-the-ref.com/yatr-tv/the-ref-show/  so why not take a look later and let us know if you agree with the panel on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

GB at 2015-03-08 23:10:47
The recent events and controversial incidents at home in the Premier league have provided much food for thought for our resident expert Keith Hackett to comment on in his regular blogs and these mines of information have been supplemented by some poignant articles from other members of the You Are The Ref team under our World News category over the past week. You can catch-up on all the blogs at  http://you-are-the-ref.com/author/keith-hackett And with the other articles at http://you-are-the-ref.com/yatr-mag/ 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  https://www.facebook.com/youaretheref Let us know what you think about the views of our experts published in any of this media on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

GB at 2015-03-08 23:09:41
There is no doubt that Alan’s low key approach has worked well for him in the first half. He has not been running all over the field of play like a whippet – but on the other hand he has not needed to either. He has just looked calm and controlled and been consistent with his tolerance level from the first couple of minutes. He gave a few free kicks for minor offences then seemed to slightly loosen his grip as the game developed, but was quick to stamp his authority down again when there was a case of simulation in the NYC penalty area followed by another one then a clear reckless challenge by Mehdi Ballouchy (NYC 20) (sorry I got that player wrong in my commentary). There was one very interesting incident when I think AK had his finger on the trigger when an Orlando player fell to the ground in the penalty area. Good learning point there was that he gave himself thinking time and came to the correct decision. Had he given a penalty kick then he would have surprised everyone. Timing is a very important skill for a referee and he did well then to give himself the time to get the decision right. Half time probably came just right for the officials as the temperature began to rise in the game, but it was good to see the referee rise with it. So far the teamwork has been fully satisfactory.

GB at 2015-03-08 23:02:27
Half Time Orlando City SC 0 – 0 New York City FC

GB at 2015-03-08 23:01:47
AK is determined to be very hot on grappling tonight

GB at 2015-03-08 22:58:08
AK deciding he could manage that one without resorting to another disciplinary sanction. The step approach was all that was required on that occasion

GB at 2015-03-08 22:55:31
Now the tackles are starting to fly in. That was clearly reckless by Kevin Molino (OC 18) and a Yellow Card was the least he could expect as he jumped at the player with both feet of the ground.

GB at 2015-03-08 22:54:21
So it is not just our epidemic in England another Yellow Card for simulation for Kevin Molino (OC 18)

GB at 2015-03-08 22:50:24
Can’t say I saw what happened then but it looks like the NYC player has left the field of play due to a blood injury

GB at 2015-03-08 22:46:49
good distance from that foul again for the referee. Being that close really helps to keep and dissent at bay

GB at 2015-03-08 22:43:58
Looked like AR1-AK must have helped the referee then to give that hand ball in the corner. Game starting to just bubble a bit now since that attempt to win a penalty by cheating by the Orlando player

GB at 2015-03-08 22:41:58
Feels like we are back in the Premier League ! first Yellow Card Brek Shea (OC 20) for simulation

GB at 2015-03-08 22:39:29
It feels like the game needs a goal to liven things up

GB at 2015-03-08 22:37:47
That stand to keep the corner post up was something I have never seen before

GB at 2015-03-08 22:36:54
Thats what we like to see – proactive management of any hold and pushing at penalties – well done Ref!

GB at 2015-03-08 22:34:49
AK continues to let everyone know that he intends to keep this game on a tight rope

GB at 2015-03-08 22:33:46
I was very fortunate to have “run the line” to the current PRO General Manager Peter Walton on a number of occasions during my 19 years at the professional Level in England. In fact, for my last two years on the Premier League I was a member of Pete’s Team of Officials who regularly worked together in the top flight. I was wondering whether this concept of officials working in teams was something which happens across the MLS, or whether the distances required for officials to travel prevented such an initiative? Maybe someone can let me know on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at info@you-are-the-ref.com

GB at 2015-03-08 22:32:43
AR2-BD gets another straight forward Off side call right there

GB at 2015-03-08 22:31:56
The referee is utilising what I would describe as a economical running style. He is there and there about when he needs to make a decision but he is not exactly tearing up the ground as he moved around the field of play

GB at 2015-03-08 22:29:07
At least we have no blood to worry about on the plastic turf

GB at 2015-03-08 22:28:16
That was a nasty knock for the NYC keeper. Clear foul challenge by the Orlando player even if he did not mean to hurt the keeper. AK blew his whistle nice and early

GB at 2015-03-08 22:26:34
No question over that free kick – careless challenge

GB at 2015-03-08 22:26:01
Great learning point there with the referee getting right out onto the touchline so he had the side on view of the challenge from that goalkick

GB at 2015-03-08 22:24:09
AK doing well to get close to those challenges on the edge of the penalty area. If you have a big call to make there you need to be within 10 metres to sell it

GB at 2015-03-08 22:22:54
The commentators have just mentioned the size of the field of play – I was thinking the same myself. Fitness will be a major part for the referee to consider as well as the players

GB at 2015-03-08 22:21:40
The referee obviously has a game plan for the first 10 to 15 minutes though and he is sticking to it so far by a very “safety first” approach in respect to challenges

GB at 2015-03-08 22:20:06
Strong challenge there shows the difference from what we are used to in the Premier League at home – that would have just been play on

GB at 2015-03-08 22:17:50
Off Side routine call there for AR2-BD. Good attacking move there started with an advantage by the referee in the centre circle

GB at 2015-03-08 22:16:35
Consistent then from the referee – AK making sure there will be no grappling tonight

GB at 2015-03-08 22:15:42
Good to see AR2-BD adjusting his position with a crabbing movement

GB at 2015-03-08 22:13:48
AK setting his stall out early with that free kick for holding from behind

GB at 2015-03-08 22:13:10
AR1: Adam Wienckowski (AR1-AK) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.

GB at 2015-03-08 22:12:54
Game on

GB at 2015-03-08 22:12:14
Orlando won the toss so it will be New York to kick off. Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you! Feel free to interact with me during the game by joining in on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at info@you-are-the-ref.com

GB at 2015-03-08 22:09:52
Amazing atmosphere for what should be an amazing occasion

GB at 2015-03-08 22:06:28
Not long to go now as the players and officials leave the tunnel

GB at 2015-03-08 22:05:58
For this season, the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) has instructed its officials to focus on two specific aspects of Law to clamp down on. As well as looking at many other areas of the game, two main topics that were discussed at the recent preseason camp in Pasadena, California. As a result, PRO is committed to reduce examples of dissent on the Field of Play and has reminded all their officials to apply the appropriate sanction when confronted by dissent by word or action from the players. The separate yellow-card offense under Law 12 of ‘persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game’, is the other area which PRO officials are expected to implement over the coming months. Officials have been reminded that minimal fouls that are isolated are often suitably dealt with by the awarding of the free-kick, but in cases where these fouls are committed frequently, a yellow card is deemed a suitable punishment to the player. PRO General Manager Peter Walton is quoted as saying “These two areas are ones that we highlighted to our officials and reminded them of their duties within the law. We will continue our focus on holding and pushing in the penalty area at the taking of free-kicks and corner kicks and also enforce sanctions on time-wasting tactics that are sometimes employed during games.” During 2014, the main initiatives for PRO were to make the games flow better and looking at the holding, shoving, pushing and blocking that happens in the penalty area. The idea of honing in on specific areas of Law for officials to be alert to at the beginning of a campaign and publicly stating these criteria is something which used to be regularly instigated at the Professional Level in England in the past, but this has not been employed by the PGMOL for a number of years now.

GB at 2015-03-08 22:04:09
Assistant Referees: AR1: Adam Wienckowski (AK) Adam officiated in his first game on the MLS in 2004 and has been a FIFA Assistant Referee since 2007. AR2: Brian Dunn (BD) Brian joined the MLS in 2012 and has already been involved in a number of international fixtures but has yet to achieve FIFA status. 4th Official: Hilario Grajeda (HG) Hilario is obviously a MLS referee in his own right and has refereed 119 games in the MLS since 2004. He has been 4th Official at this level on 102 occasions

GB at 2015-03-08 22:03:49
Today’s officials are: Referee: Alan Kelly (AK) AR1: Adam Wienckowski (AK) AR2: Brian Dunn (BD) 4th Official: Hilario Grajeda (HG) Referee: Alan was ranked as Ireland’s Number 1 referee for a number of years and was the inaugural winner of the Players Football Association of Ireland’s (PFAI) Referee of the Year Award in 2006. He went on to win the award on 4 more occasions before his final appearance as a referee in the League of Ireland in October 2013. Kelly comes from a family of referees with his grandfather Tim Kelly having officiated in the League of Ireland and his father Pat being a former FIFA Referee. Alan was a FIFA referee himself and had a distinguish career reaching the Elite Development Group in UEFA whilst representing Ireland. A chance meeting a few years ago with Peter Walton, the head of the Professional Referees Organisation in America, led to Alan being offered a contract to officiate at the highest level in North America which he took up for the first time last season. The spectre of parachuting top quality officials into the Premier League in England is a topic which our own Keith Hackett has raised a few times this season in his Blog, but it is never likely to happen over here under the present regime responsible for our professional leagues. Here are the referee’s statistics for the games he officiated in the MLS last season:
Games Fouls awarded Yellow cards Red Cards Yellows per game Reds per game
15.5* 406 46 5 2.9 0.3
* One game replaced at half time due to injury You Are The Ref’s correspondent Jason Pettigrove has been delving into Alan’s refereeing career in detail and has produced an excellent article in his Reffin’ Ladder series, which is available to read now at  http://yatr.wpengine.com/this-reffin-ladder-kelly-by-jason-pettigrove/

GB at 2015-03-08 22:03:09
These two sides met in a pre-season warm-up competition the Carolina Challenge Cup just a few weeks ago on 20th February which ended with the honours even at 1 – 1. Neither side exactly set the world alight in this 4 sided tournament, with Orlando failing to record a single victory at all and New York only winning one of their 3 games.

GB at 2015-03-08 22:02:32
New York City’s pedigree is even shorter than their opponent’s today as they were not registered as a MLS franchise until May 2013. Head Coach Jason Kreis played for the National Team between 1996 and 2000 and has had previous managerial experience at Real Salt Lake, before becoming the first choice of Director of Football Operations Claudio Reyna to run the show this season. New York City FC have obviously been in the news in England a lot this season already, due to their well-documented links to Manchester City and the “on-off” move of Frank Lampard to the land of the plenty causing considerable speculation. New York City will be playing their home fixture at the world famous Yankee Stadium for the next couple of years or so, before a new purpose build facility will be completed in the Bronx in 2018. I don’t seem to be able to find the definitive nick-name for NYCFC, so maybe someone on the other side of the pond might like to enlighten me if the supporters have come to general consensus yet? You can catch me on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at info@you-are-the-ref.com

GB at 2015-03-08 21:59:55
New York City’s pedigree is even shorter than their opponent’s today as they were not registered as a MLS franchise until May 2013. Head Coach Jason Kreis played for the National Team between 1996 and 2000 and has had previous managerial experience at Real Salt Lake, before becoming the first choice of Director of Football Operations Claudio Reyna to run the show this season. New York City FC have obviously been in the news in England a lot this season already, due to their well-documented links to Manchester City and the “on-off” move of Frank Lampard to the land of the plenty causing considerable speculation. New York City will be playing their home fixture at the world famous Yankee Stadium for the next couple of years or so, before a new purpose build facility will be completed in the Bronx in 2018. I don’t seem to be able to find the definitive nick-name for NYCFC, so maybe someone on the other side of the pond might like to enlighten me if the supporters have come to general consensus yet? You can catch me on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at info@you-are-the-ref.com

GB at 2015-03-08 21:55:55
Orlando City SC was formed in 2010 and so have a short but rich history behind them. Head Coach, Adrian Heath, may be familiar to those of you following the game in England as he had a long professional playing career starting at Stoke City in the later 70’s, then establishing himself at Everton through the 80’s before moving on to several other clubs as a player and eventually taking his first managerial role at Bunrley in 1996. Adrian arrived at Orlando (known by their fans as The Lions), in 2011 and has taken them from strength to strength in the USL to fully merit their arrival in the top echelons of football in North America this season. Today’s hosts will hopefully only be using the Citrus Bowl for this season, as they plan to make the move into their new downtown soccer stadium which breaks ground this year and will be open for the first game of the 2016 MLS season.

GB at 2015-03-08 21:51:07
Orlando City has apparently sold out the Citrus Bowl for their Major League Soccer debut and the City has been counting down the days this week culminating in this inaugural match against New York. It is unclear what the official stadium attendance will be, however Orlando City is expecting 60,000-plus in attendance to watch these two new teams to the MLS do battle.

GB at 2015-03-08 21:48:22
Welcome to this late night live RefCam coverage of the Major League Soccer game between Orlando City SC and New York City FC, which marks the first of many games to be covered on the You Are The Ref website this season. Feel free to interact with me during the game by joining in on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at info@you-are-the-ref.com, particularly if you are tuning in from the USA.