Portland Timbers v Columbus Crew



GB at 2016-03-07 01:06:47

Well it always looked even before the the kick off that this game had been entrusted to a safe pair of hands, and that’s how it panned out.

The referee never really looked under any serious pressure and every time the players got close to his line in the sand, or crossed over it, there were no surprises in the response they received from the referee.

This was a very competent performance which should ensure that no one will even remember who the man in the middle was today – which is just how referees like it to be.

Apart from one erroneous off-side in the first half, there was a sound level of teamwork displayed in this game with both assistants coming in to support the referee when required.

All-in-all, Baldomero Toledo can be well satisfied with that one and has set the bar high for his colleagues to follow him on RefCam for the rest of the season!

More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-03-07 00:58:19

My final summary will follow very shortly.


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


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Wednesday 9th March KO 7.45 Chelsea v PSG (Champions League)


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Saturday 12th March 12.45 pm Norwich City v Manchester City (Premier League)


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GB at 2016-03-07 00:57:45

Interesting to see a few added seconds played there at the end as the ball was in on the edge of the penalty area, unlike what happened in a Football League game in England yesterday when the referee blew the whistle for the end of the game as the ball was shot into the goal. If you have seen the clips of that or were at the game, please let us know what you though of that decision by the referee.


GB at 2016-03-07 00:54:44

Full Time

Portland Timbers 2 v 1 Columbus Crew


GB at 2016-03-07 00:51:49

Minimum of 3 added minutes to be played


GB at 2016-03-07 00:51:01

good to see the referee going right out wide as the players started to keep the ball in the corner


GB at 2016-03-07 00:49:53

Good work by AG then not taking any chances as the player blatantly pushed his opponent. Good teamwork again as the extra agitation of the flag sold the Yellow Cardfor Fanendo Adi (PT 9)


GB at 2016-03-07 00:47:57

The game has been devoid of any real key match decisions so far so the officials need to keep it that way if they can by remaining totally focussed and concentration right to the end.


GB at 2016-03-07 00:45:36

This game is really turning into a great advert for MLS football


GB at 2016-03-07 00:42:58

Yellow Card for Alvas Powell (PT 2)

Very good decision by the referee who kept his trailing eye on that late reckless challenge and very quickly stepped in with the correct disciplinary sanction


GB at 2016-03-07 00:40:42

GOAL!  Fanendo Adi (PT 9)

Portland Timbers2 v 1 Columbus Crew


GB at 2016-03-07 00:38:29

This game is now beginning to show the degree of passion and aggression which I saw in the Final last year so the officials may need to raise their profile in the closing stages


GB at 2016-03-07 00:35:05

There was a case of the ball flying over the referee’s head so he was not side-on to the two players challenging for it when it dropped between them


GB at 2016-03-07 00:32:27

There really is so little to choose between these two teams I think we could be in for a very hectic last 20 minutes


GB at 2016-03-07 00:31:16

GOAL! Federico Higuain (CC 10)

Fantastic goal from an overhead kick.

We had one of those at the start of the EPL season which the referee (who was inexperienced), ruled out for dangerous play. No problem with that one.

Portland Timbers1 v 1 Columbus Crew


GB at 2016-03-07 00:27:28

good advantage played by the referee then in an attacking situation for the Crew – clear signal helped communicate to everyone what decision had been made


GB at 2016-03-07 00:25:30

The referee was well placed to judge that challenge in the Portland penalty area and was not impressed at all!


GB at 2016-03-07 00:23:54

A goal from Columbus could really set this one off


GB at 2016-03-07 00:23:14

The pace of the game is clearly rising now so the officials will need to recognise this and go up with it


GB at 2016-03-07 00:21:01

The referee was close enough to see the hand in the face then and I would have been inclined to say JUST GIVE IT. It was not a serious offence, but it was an offence none the less so the expectation was for a foul to be awarded to Portland


GB at 2016-03-07 00:17:20

The one piece of coaching advice I could offer the referee so far is to be quicker in getting into position for restarts from the goalkeeper either releasing the ball from his hands or from goal kicks. This would ensure he gets into a more side-on position for the dropping ball challenges.


GB at 2016-03-07 00:13:25

This really is a busy day for MK, but for me he has been consistent. As an assistant you would not expect to give more than 2 or 3 free kicks in the game normally, but that is not to say you should not be ready to continue flagging every time an offence happens right in front of you. This is what has happened in this game, all 4 fousd MK has signalled for have occurred a credible distance away from him


GB at 2016-03-07 00:08:39

MK starts the second half as he comes in again with a credible intervention which also leads to a Yellow Card for Jermaine Taylor (PT 4)

That was exactly what I meant about hitting the ground running at the start of the second half


GB at 2016-03-07 00:06:29

Columbus Crew get the second half underway


GB at 2016-03-07 00:00:47

Baldomero Toledo has so far bossed this game in a very calm and controlled manner. He has used his experience well to manage the players without becoming the centre of attention and has cemented his authority by ensuring that the two clear reckless challenges in the game have been appropriately dealt with.

There is nothing fancy about this referee’s style and his body language is clear and assertive when he wants to lay the law down to the players with a strong verbal warning.

His movement is very deceptive as I have said in my blog as he is a great example of how to move around the field of play with ease rather than looking like a headless chicken. The main way he does this is by his reading of the game.

As for his assistants, I should start by apologising for the confusion as to who is who! As I said at the start, AR1: Adam Garner (AG) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas, which is actually nearest to the camera. That also means that he was the assistant who gave the first poor off-side flag in the game.

On the other line however, AR2: Mike Kampmeinert (MK) has made some really good interventions both for foul play and off-side decisions and has also looked very technically neat and tidy as he crabs along the touchline.

I think this game has some more bite in it yet so I trust the officials will come out again and hit the ground running.


GB at 2016-03-06 23:49:32

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The big news had to be the International Football Association Board’s Annual General Meeting in Cardiff and in this piece Keith Hackett looks ahead at some major talking points on the agenda.

We also posted an extra edition of the Ref Show this week covering the same subject and will have Mark Lawrenson joining Keith Hackett on tomorrow’s show to dissect the major changes agreed to the Laws of the Game, which will be implemented before the European Championship Finals. The other big issue agreed to move forward with for the future can be read about here: Video referees: IFAB’s details on their introduction

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GB at 2016-03-06 23:49:00

Full Time

Portland Timbers 1 v 0 Columbus Crew


GB at 2016-03-06 23:48:18

Minimum of 1 added minute to be played


GB at 2016-03-06 23:47:45

no surprises then with that Yellow Card for Wil Trapp (CC 20)


GB at 2016-03-06 23:44:44

His style has been very “safe” and the players have generally responded well to his tolerance level in this game


GB at 2016-03-06 23:43:39

The referee is maintaining his control of this game by giving the fouls the players are expecting


GB at 2016-03-06 23:42:02

That hand ball decision must have been made by Adam Garner on this near-side line as the referee took his time to stop the play and certainly did not have a good viewing angle to give it. It also did not look particularly “deliberate” to me


GB at 2016-03-06 23:39:53

Good flag again by Mike Kampmeinert on the far side. Those are the type of offences assistant referees need to give right under their noses. Great support from the referee as well and the player was left in no doubt as to what the referee though about his conduct


GB at 2016-03-06 23:37:33

Baldomero was quick to close the play over towards his assistant in the build up to that last Portland attack


GB at 2016-03-06 23:33:05

Now you see what I mean about how deceptive this referee’s fitness is – he seems to have so many gears when he needs them as he really sprinted then to keep up with play with ease


GB at 2016-03-06 23:31:23

The referee is sensibly warning the players not to raise their hands in the wall again as they are inside of the penalty area


GB at 2016-03-06 23:30:23

Now that is how to give a very positive direction signal for a free kick!


GB at 2016-03-06 23:29:41

Yellow Card for Tony Tchani (CC 6) for that cynical offence which broke up a promising move for Portland. The flag work by Adam Garner was very good and added merit to the yellow card – good teamwork


GB at 2016-03-06 23:26:17

GOAL! Diego Valeri (PT 8)

Portland Timbers 1 v 0 Columbus Crew

Excellent free kick


GB at 2016-03-06 23:25:15

The Portland offensive play looked to have been impeded then which lead to the dangerous free kick which the referee is managing


GB at 2016-03-06 23:23:58

The referee continues to move from one end to the other comfortably with ever looking like he is really putting in a dynamic sprinting action


GB at 2016-03-06 23:20:57

Off-side flag very quickly given by AR1: Adam Garner (AG)  which helped to sell the correct decision

GB at 2016-03-06 23:19:05

Apologies to AR1: Adam Garner (AG)  as it is him demonstrating the good crabbing technique on the far side


GB at 2016-03-06 23:17:29

Fanendo Adi (PT 9) could be seen there making friends with the referee again. Good use of the dead ball time by the referee to communicate with the players


GB at 2016-03-06 23:16:26

good movement along the touchline then demonstrated by Mike Kampmeinert as he hit the goal-line the same time as the player and the ball


GB at 2016-03-06 23:14:34

That was clearly a very poor of-side decision given then by Mike Kampmeinert


GB at 2016-03-06 23:13:13

Good opportunity there for the referee to let everyone know that this is not the game to question any of his decisions. So important not to let that first chance to stamp your authority slip by


GB at 2016-03-06 23:11:54

That was better as the referee showing that he is confident enough to press inside of the penalty area. Also note the way he polices the edge of the penalty area line on his diagonal


GB at 2016-03-06 23:10:11

The referee moved to the far post at the taking of that first corner, but with so many players grouped inside the goal area, he might have considered getting in closer to the action?


GB at 2016-03-06 23:08:46

AR2: Mike Kampmeinert could be seen demonstrating a very good crabbing technique along the far touch line


GB at 2016-03-06 23:05:56

Having watched this referee a few times I am now familiar with his running style – he looks to be really conserving his energy, but he can really move when he needs to


GB at 2016-03-06 23:04:22

Nice easy start for our referee today following that blatant push in the back which was spotted from not quite side-on

GB at 2016-03-06 23:03:01

AR1: Adam Garner (AG) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2016-03-06 23:02:30

 Columbus Crew won the toss so it will be Portland Timbers to kick off.

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

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The first International Training Course from YATR for 2016

GB at 2016-03-06 22:59:11


Just before the first MLS game on RefCam kicks off this season, the You-Are-The-Ref Team would like to extend a very special welcome to the Group of referees from America, who I know are tuned in. These colleagues have been with us since Thursday for an International Development Programme in Manchester, England, which is being held at the superb Etihad Campus/Stadium, the home to the Manchester City Academy. This event marks the latest major leap in our goal to deliver on our mission statement “…… to play our part in seeing referees develop and their skills grow, leading to performances that enhance the world game.”

So to our new trailblazers from the USA, I trust you have enjoyed the whole learning experience from the extensive training programme laid on for you so far, and I wish you all a very safe journey back home on Tuesday – until we meet again!


GB at 2016-03-06 22:53:06

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. PRO Coaching Clips

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 Info@you-are-the-ref.com


GB at 2016-03-06 22:52:06

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Baldomero Toledo (BT)

AR1: Adam Garner (AG)

AR2: Mike Kampmeinert (MK)

4th Official: Juan Guzman (JG)

Baldomero Toledo

It should come as no surprise to anyone that PRO have wisely opted to bring out one of their big guns to take charge of this particular curtain raiser for the new season. The vastly experienced Baldomero Toledo is the joint longest serving USA FIFA Referee on the full time PRO Referees list, along with Jair MARRUFO, having both been elevated to the international panel in 2007.

Now in his 13th straight season as an MSL Referee, Baldomero has over 200 games in the top flight in North America under his belt. Last season he finished joint top for the amount of assignments received, and was a consistent high performer in the Group.

This will be the third time I have blogged a game for RefCam with this referee in charge and I have to say that he has been faultless on each occasion I have watched him in the past, so I am expecting more of the same today!

In fact, last time I watched him I summarised that I had witnessed a master class of how to totally control a game using experience and confidence. Baldomero Toledo’s 9 years as a FIFA Referee was very evident as he kept a very entertaining game moving and allowed the players to compete freely in the knowledge that they would be protected from any foul play.


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

Games Fouls awarded Yellows Reds Ave Yellow Ave Reds
22 514 79 6 3.59 0.27


Making up the Crew today we have AR1 Adam Garner who has amassed over 100 Regular Season MLS games since 2004 and has been a FIFA official since 2014. And running the straight and narrow on the other side, we have AR2 Mike Kampmeinert who has 71 MSL games under his belt since 2011.


The task of keeping order in the technical areas as well as assisting the referee to control the match in accordance with the Laws of the Game falls to Juan Guzman.


GB at 2016-03-06 22:47:42

As a match official on any national list, there are always two appointment dates which you want to be included in the most – they are the first and last days of the season! The best thing about the opening day of the season for a referee who is aiming for promotion, is that there is no one above you in the merit list when the first whistle is blown. I always tell the referees I am coaching that from here on, it is up to them to make sure it stays that way!

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2016-03-06 22:44:41

Portland Timbers

4-3-3Portland Timbers

Adam Kwarasey (PT 12)

Alvas Powell (PT 2)

Jermaine Taylor (PT 4)

Darlington Nagbe (PT 6)

Nat Borchers (PT 7)

Diego Valeri (PT 8)

Fanendo Adi (PT 9)

Dairon Asprilla (PT 11)

Diego Chara (PT 21)

Liam Ridgewell (PT 24)

Lucas Melano (PT 26)


Ned Grabavoy (PT 10)

Jack Jewsbury (PT 13)

Ben Zemanski (PT14 )

Zarek Valentin (PT 16)

Neco Brett (PT 25)

Jake Gleeson (PT 90)

Jack McInerney (PT 99)


Columbus Crew


Columbus Crew

Steve Clark (CC 1)

Michael Parkhurst (CC 4)

Tony Tchani (CC 6)

Federico Higuain (CC 10)

Ethan Finlay (CC 13)

Waylon Francis (CC 14)

Hector Jimenez (CC 16)

Wil Trapp (CC 20)

Gaston Sauro (CC 22)

Kei Kamara (CC 23)

Harrison Afful (CC 25)


Corey Ashe (CC 3)

Mohammed Saeid (CC 8)

Justin Meram (CC 9)

Cedrick Mabwati (CC 11)

Conor Casey (CC 27)

Amro Tarek (CC 33)

Brad Stuver (CC 41)


GB at 2016-03-06 22:39:58

So here we are again at almost the precise point where we finished last season, with the two teams on show tonight being the same two that slugged out the MLS Cup Final three months ago. The only difference today being that Portland have the Home advantage here at Providence Park (which they managed OK without in December anyway).

These two teams obviously know each other very well and prior to last year’s final, the all-time series stats had been split exactly down the middle for regular season battles. In six matches, each club had won two (with two draws), and each had scored six goals.

With the last MLS Cup victory under their belt, Portland hold the bragging rights at the moment.

Previous Meetings:

May 2011 Portland Timbers 1-0 Columbus Crew
July 2011 Columbus Crew 1-0 Portland Timbers
May 2012 Portland Timbers 0-0 Columbus Crew
July 2013 Columbus Crew 1-0 Portland Timbers
May 2014 Portland Timbers 3-3 Columbus Crew
September 2015 Columbus Crew 1-2 Portland Timbers
December 2015 Columbus Crew 1-2 Portland Timbers


The opening game of the season does not always provide a realistic bench mark for what is to come, but I have no doubt that The Crew will be fired up to reap revenge for the 2 – 1 defeat in the final. That game contained the type of passion and energy in the tackles and challenges that supporters of the EPL are used to, so I hope today’s encounter can continue to reflect that degree of fully blooded commitment which will lead to an exciting game.


GB at 2016-03-06 22:33:07


Welcome to this first RefCam coverage of the new Major League Soccer season for the game between Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew.

Feel free to interact with me at any time during the game by joining in on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at info@you-are-the-ref.com  and be sure to let me know if following us from across the pond!

This game already has a lot to live up to following the Chicago Fire 3 v 4 New York City game shown earlier on TV in the UK which has got the MLS off to a remarkable start!

Kick Off is expected in about 30 minutes.