Orlando City v New York City


Good Night

GB at 2017-03-06 01:45:08

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GB at 2017-03-06 01:43:10


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Full Time Summary

GB at 2017-03-06 01:41:39


The officials will probably all bank that one as a routine performance in a game which only threatened to come to life occasionally in the second half.

When these pinch points came along, there was just the odd sign that the relaxed attitude shown up until that moment from the officials was not going to be effective, but in the end there were no real dramas to report.

There is a lot to admire about this referee who uses his experience to control his games, and it has to be said that this one his reach today. I just had a few reservations at time about his “style”. I know it could be a culture thing, but there are just a few things which obviously “work” for Jair, which I would not recommend other less experienced referees copy.

  • His use of the whistle with constant staccato peeping for straight forward decisions would soon irritate some players and might actually annoy them to the extent that they do something silly.
  • A far too friendly attitude with the players at times and a consistent habit of touching them and getting far to close is not something which I suggest any referee tries to mimic.

As I said above, these things obviously come as second nature to this referee, but if either of these characteristics were best practice, then everyone one would be doing it – and they ae not!

Setting aside those observations, I am always impressed by certain other aspects of this referee’s body language and composure, and by the way he communicates his signals so clearly and precisely which oozes confidence in his decisions.

Apart from an unexplainably poor offside signal in the 74th minute which even confused the referee as well as all the players, both Assistants provided sound support to the referee.

So a generally solid performance on the whole, and one that a few of the EPL Referees in England would have swapped for yesterday!

More Ref Cam next weekend

GB at 2017-03-06 01:24:03


My final summary will follow very shortly.

I trust you have enjoyed our RefCam coverage this weekend and please keep your views coming on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at  Info@you-are-the-ref.com

Tomorrow night RefCam returns to the EPL for the London Derby, West Ham v Chelsea 8:00PM

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First we bring you the latest Old Firm Derby from the Scottish Premiership which never fails to deliver: Celtic v Rangers 12th Mar, 12:00PM

Followed by EPL action with Liverpool v Burnley 12th Mar, 4.00PM

And rounded off with our second MLS featured game this term between the two newboys:

Minnesota United v Atlanta United 12th Mar. 10:00PM

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GB at 2017-03-06 01:22:52

Full Time

Orlando 1 v 0 New York City


GB at 2017-03-06 01:17:18

Minimum of 4 added minutes to be played


at 2017-03-06 01:16:29

Interesting to see the referee jogging off with the substituted player to ensure that there was no time-wasting there.


GB at 2017-03-06 01:11:37


Jair Marrufo is quite right to give these safe free kicks in the closing stages to keep this game where he wants it. No need to take any chances and he definitely cannot afford to relax as the temperature has been rising steadily throughout the second half.


GB at 2017-03-06 01:07:33

The last 10 minutes could be very interesting in this game as you get the feeling that there are one or two “meaty” challenges to come in this one yet.


GB at 2017-03-06 01:05:03


The previous sound teamwork has now gone South as well with that dreadful offside call given against David Villa (NYC 7) by Corey Rockwell. Even the referee looked totally confused as to why his Assistant had raised his flag, but he had little choice but to support him from the angle he had.

It could only have been a total lack of concentration by the Assistant Referee.


GB at 2017-03-06 01:01:20


Now that passion has started to show and the pushing and shoving and petulant challenges are getting much closer together. This would be the ideal time for the referee to take the sing out of the game and start to manage the tempo with some strong interventions and than take his time restarting play. Its all very well remaining calm and collected, but there is a point when that is ineffective when it is all kicking off around you.


GB at 2017-03-06 00:57:51

Yellow Card Alexander Ring (NYC 8) as the temperature starts to rise. That could have been because the referee was weak with that simulation a few seconds ago.


GB at 2017-03-06 00:56:00

The referee was very quick to remonstrate with David Villa (NYC 7) for his obvious act of simulation in the Orlando Penalty Area, but it would have been far more assertive to have stopped the game and issued a yellow card for his actions.


GB at 2017-03-06 00:52:09

Yellow CardMatias Perez Garcia (OC 32)

Reckless challenge. The referee is determined to stamp his authority on this game now.


GB at 2017-03-06 00:50:19

That was a poor example of advantage by the referee. The important thing here is to let everyone know what you are “DOING” when you play advantage, and not what you have “DONE” after you have played it. In this case there was NO signal at all from the referee before he pulled to play back for the slightest of tugs on the shirt. I just get the feeling that the referee is looking for trouble now and has lost some of his earlier composure which is coming across with this constant over whistling.


GB at 2017-03-06 00:45:42

Antonio Nocerino (OC 23) goes in carelessly there and the referee did well not to over-react with a second yellow. I expect he told the player that was his last life though.

GB at 2017-03-06 00:43:57

@youaretheref trying hard to stay awake it’s so boring but I am sure the ball never left the box before it was touched from goal kick

Great spot if that did happen Stoney – but I have to say I did not see it as I would have made a comment.

Lets hope it livens up in a minute or two.


at 2017-03-06 00:40:57

There was an example of a far too flashy multiple peep whistle for a simple goal-kick decision – the thing is that it loses its effect when you want to get the player’s attention if you go about peeping unnecessarily all the time.


GB at 2017-03-06 00:38:40


It looks like both teams have been sent out to compete more strongly in this second half – but there was no question of an “elbow” there (He should have be at Old Traford yesterday to see what a good one looked like!) Once again I do not like to see all this cuddling the payer and patting them on the behind by the referee though – no need for this unprofessional approach at any level.


GB at 2017-03-06 00:35:36

The referee starting this game with a safety first attitude, to ensure he hangs on to what he has got after that sound first half with that first easy free kick.


GB at 2017-03-06 00:32:13

Second half underway

Half Time Summary

GB at 2017-03-06 00:23:49


A very competent display from all the officials in what it has to be said was a very “quiet” first half. That said, it is always much easier to mess up a game as a referee than to let it flow from a distance whilst always maintaining the presence required to be pro-active enough not to let it start to slip away.

There was only one reckless challenge, which I thought was very borderline reckless with excessive force endangering the safety of an opponent. The referee was very close to the incident which probably helped him to sell his yellow card. But had that challenge come at the end of a game with 4 or 5 yellow cards in the bag already, I wonder if the colour of the card would have been the same? Any thoughts on that decision? Do you think the officials got it right? Let us know on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

GB at 2017-03-06 00:16:31


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GB at 2017-03-06 00:15:24

Half Time

Orlando 1 v 0 New York City


GB at 2017-03-06 00:14:27

Anyone who has followed any of my MLS RefCam  bloggs before will know I am not a fan of all these peep peep peep whistles by some referees, but some times they cam be effective, as then when the referee wanted to be very assertive about a decision on the touchline.


GB at 2017-03-06 00:12:17

The level of teamwork continues to be of a high standard in this game as the offside decisions are all credible and all quickly picked up by the referee.

at 2017-03-06 00:08:42

Many thanks to Bradley Smith for his Tweet which has pointed out that the nearside Assistant on the Technical area side is infact Rockwell not Corey Parker.

I have to say I was very surprised to see that hunched stance from Corey as he had never done that before!

@youaretheref You’ve got AR1 wrong. It’s Rockwell, not Parker.

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GB at 2017-03-06 00:05:40


Concentration is the name of the game now for the officials. Time and again after such a very slow start to a game, the referee fails to switch into another gear when the challenges start going in. He did raise his profile with the first reckless challenge, but that clear push by Rodney Wallace (NYC 23) which was not penalised, could have led to a very controversial goal!


GB at 2017-03-06 00:01:56

Yellow Card Antonio Nocerino (OC 23)


And there we have the first big call of the game. The challenge was most certainly very reckless and I have to post the question of whether a yellow card would have been the extent of the disciplinary action had this match been more feistier than it has been so far.

There definitely looked like two feet of the ground to me, but to be fair the referee was very close to the incident and made his presence felt very quickly to control the situation.


GB at 2017-03-05 23:56:48


There was another great example of Jair Marrufo’s signals at that last free kick. When ever anyone asked me what makes Clattenburg better than the rest, I always start by saying that the first thing he does is “all the basic stuff well”. And that can often be signals. Body language can be so important to every referee in order to earn the respect they deserve. Nothing wrong with the way this referee is looking in this game so far.

All he needs to do now is get the big call right when they come along.


GB at 2017-03-05 23:51:59

In a game of such low intensity as this, it is always important for the referee to try to impress in other ways, and I have to say that his signals are all very smart and sharp


GB at 2017-03-05 23:50:03

Excellent offside signal from Cyle Larin (OC 9) maintains the high standards from the officials so far


GB at 2017-03-05 23:48:09


After 15 minutes it is difficult for the referee to get his personality across in this game as the two teams are happy to compete in such a sportsmanlike manner he has not had a real opportunity to raise his profile yet. Mine you, we often earn these types of games occasionally, so he will probably be quite happy with how things are going.


GB at 2017-03-05 23:44:34

GOAL! Cyle Larin (OC 9)

Orlando 1 v 0 New York City

Well the game has come to life now!


GB at 2017-03-05 23:43:20

Another exaggerated whistle reminds the players that the referee is still out there in a game which has yet to come to life.


GB at 2017-03-05 23:41:31

A claim for a deflection from the Orlando player cuts as much ice with me as it did with the Referee who gave him a big smile as he told him “you must be joking”. There was then a coming together and touching of the player by the referee. This is not something which we are used to in England and touching the players is not something which I would recommend at any level.


GB at 2017-03-05 23:38:06


As I would expect at this stage of the season, the referee’s movement is very fluid and he has managed to keep the play a very credible distance away from him as it switches from one end to the other.


at 2017-03-05 23:36:15

AR1: Corey Parker could be seen bending down then as he concentrated intently into the field of play. I would suggest that a tall upright stance is more beneficial, however.

GB at 2017-03-05 23:33:43


First impressions of the new Orlando Stadium are very good – particularly in respect to the size of the Field of Play. They could probably get two of their opponent’s pitches into this ground ……


GB at 2017-03-05 23:31:20


VERY load whistle from our referee for that first foul in the opening seconds. I am a great fan of that tactic to let everyone know who is the man in charge early in the game.

Kick Off

GB at 2017-03-05 23:29:19

New York city get the game started

GB at 2017-03-05 23:20:08

I am not a betting man – but I will be very surprised if we see as many wrong key match decisions in this game as we saw across the ELP yesterday!

Tomorrow’s RefShow should be interesting …….

Play of the Week

GB at 2017-03-05 23:15:13

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GB at 2017-03-05 23:06:54



Today’s officials are:

Referee:  Jair Marrufo     

AR1: Corey Parker (Technical Area)

AR2: Kyle Atkins

4th Official: Marcos DeOliveria


Today’s man in the middle was awarded his FIFA in 2007 and has gained vast experience on the MLS with 211 Regular Season games under his belt since 2002.

Former Head of professional Referees in England and Director of YATR, Keith Hackett, has produced a preview of the new MLS Season which talks about the 4 specific areas of match control which the outgoing head of PRO Referees Peter Walton, has announced that this year’s officials have been asked to focus on: Hackett’s Verdict on new MLS Season

Here is the list of specific topics which all MSL Referees have been instructed to clamp down on this season and it will be very interesting to see how Jair makes his mark in these areas in today’s game:

  • Holding and pushing in the penalty area
  • Acts of visual dissent
  • Delaying restarts
  • Persistent infringement

Here are the referee’s statistics for his MLS regular season games last year:

Games Fouls awarded Yellows Reds Ave Yellow Ave Reds
17 411 45 1 2.65 0.06


Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2017-03-05 23:05:41

Orlando City

1       Joe Bendik (OC 1)

2       Jonathan Spector (OC 2)

4       Jose Aja (OC 4)

5       Servando Carrasco (OC 5)

8       Will Johnson (OC 8)

9       Cyle Larin (OC 9)

10     Kaká (OC 10)

11     Carlos Rivas (OC 11)

23     Antonio Nocerino (OC 23)

25     Donny Toia (OC 25)

32     Matias Perez Garcia ((OC 32)


3       Seb Hines (OC 3)

6       Richie Laryea (OC 6)

7       Cristian Higuita (OC 7)

13     Hadji Barry (OC 13)

14       Giles Barnes (OC 14)

28     Josh Saunders (OC 28)

94     Victor “PC” Giro (OC 94)

 New York City

1       Sean Johnson (NYC 1)

4       Maxime Chanot (NYC 4)

6       Alexander Callens (NYC 6)

7       David Villa (NYC 7)

8       Alexander Ring (NYC 8)

10     Maximiliano Moralez (NYC 10)

11     Jack Harrison (NYC 11)

21     Andrea Pirlo (NYC 21)

22     Ronald Matarrita (NYC 22)

23     Rodney Wallace (NYC 23)

27     RJ Allen (NYC 27)


3       Ethan White (NYC 3)

9       Sean Okoli (NYC 9)

13     Frederic Brillant (NYC 13)

15     Thomas McNamara (NYC 15)

19     Khiry Shelton (NYC 19)

25     Eirik Johansen (NYC 25)

5       Mikey Lopez (NYC 5)

30     Yangel Herrera (NYC 30)


GB at 2017-03-05 23:02:49


Orlando get their 3rd season in the MLS underway today against a team which they have a pretty good record against in Regular Season games since they both joined the MLS in 2015.

Two years ago RefCam covered this game when the teams met for the first time at this level which ended in a tight 1-1 draw with 6 yellow cards and 1 red, issued by Referee Alan Kelly. Both teams have settled in well to the MLS now, with the biggest change being for Orlando who host this encounter in their brand new Purple Paradise – Orlando City Stadium which has been sold out for today’s game.

Orlando have failed to make the Play Offs in their first two attempts, so expectations will be high today for them to hit the ground running in this campaign.

New York City on the other hand will be hoping to repeat their strong showing last season which saw them finish 2nd in the Eastern Conference and make it all the way to the Play Off Semi Final, where there wheels fell off badly, crashing out 7-0 on aggregate t Toronto (who went on to lose the final).

Both teams have strengthened their squads during the close season, so a bumper crowd should be in for a treat today as the newcomers try to impress their new Coaches.

GB at 2017-03-05 23:00:34


Welcome to this RefCam coverage of the Major League Soccer game between Orlando City v New York City.

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