Portland Timbers v Sporting Kansas City


More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-08-07 23:24:18

That’s it from me for tonight, but I hope you cane stay tuned for more RefCam as the Premier League in England gets under way next weekend.


GB at 2016-08-07 23:22:56

Here are the main talking points in respect to the officials in this game:

  • Two Red Card offences were correctly identified by the referee in the first half
  • The referee clearly tried to assert his authority on the game, but did not seem to be making much of an impact at times.
  • Full control was eventually achieved in the later stages.

This was a game in which the tempo started high and continued at that level for most of the first half, despite the referee correctly showing a strong strength of character by using the ultimate sanction twice in the first 40 minutes. The foul count continued to rise in the second half and the referee did not seem to be able to get through to the players that this was not the game for them to “push their luck”. That said, the challenges kept coming and I would have liked to see the referee really raising his profile and using his body language and presence a little earlier in the second half. Eventually he seemed to do just that, which assured the game was brought to a satisfactory conclusion without coming to the boil again.

Positioning wise I felt that Baldomero used his experience well to anticipate where the play was going, but I am afraid he still fails to float my boat when it comes to his fitness, which falls short of some of his colleagues and leaves him one paced for the majority of the game.

Overall, I felt that this was a sound team performance all round and all 4 officials can justifiably feel satisfied with their contributions to an entertaining contest in the end.

More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-08-07 23:04:30

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

RefCam returns for you enjoyment and education next Saturday as the English Premier League season kicks off with Manchester City v Sunderland 13th Aug, 5:30PM

And here is a taste of what else we have already have lined up for the next two weeks:

Manchester City v Sunderland 13th Aug, 5:30PM

Arsenal v Liverpool 14th Aug, 4:00PM

Chelsea v West Ham United 15th Aug, 8:00PM

Leicester City v Arsenal 20th Aug, 5:30PM

Sunderland v Middlesbrough 21st Aug, 1:30PM

Then it will be back to the MLS later the same day for DC United v NY Red Bulls 21st Aug, 8:00PM

A full list of forthcoming RefCam games is always available at:  http://you-are-the-ref.com/ref-cam/


GB at 2016-08-07 23:02:49

Full Time

Portland Timbers 3 v 0 Sporting Kansas City


GB at 2016-08-07 23:01:11

GOAL! Fanendo Adi (PT 9)

Portland Timbers 3 v 0 Sporting Kansas City

I must say that would have been a mandatory caution for excessive goal celebration in the EPL as soon as a player jumps over the boundary boards!


GB at 2016-08-07 22:58:39

Minimum of 4 added minutes


GB at 2016-08-07 22:58:06

Kathryn Nesbitt stood right back behind the defender taking that last throw-in. I would prefered to see an assistant on the line looking at the position of the player’s feet.


GB at 2016-08-07 22:55:11

GOAL! Jack Jewsbury (PT 13)

Great to see the referee right inside the penalty area again as the goal is scored!


GB at 2016-08-07 22:53:56

Positioning goes out of the window now as the referee allows himself to get “sucked over” towards the far side assistant as that is where the ball is. Better to be closer to the play at this stage so the game is not decided by a poor decision.


GB at 2016-08-07 22:50:58

Now that better as the referee is asserting his authority in these closing stages in order to keep the lid on the game right to the end


GB at 2016-08-07 22:48:48

Once again this referee is doing really well to follow the ball into the penalty area on his side of the field of play when he needs to make the calls


GB at 2016-08-07 22:44:36

There was a case of inconsistency which irritates the players – a free kick awarded for had ball when the ball struck the shoulder, then the player kicks the ball away in frustration and the referee takes no action. There is a school of thought that would say you should not go looking for “cheap” cautions in a game like this, but there are some things which you cannot manage (or ignore). And a player kicking the ball away when they are 1 – nil up is one of them.


GB at 2016-08-07 22:39:05

That’s more like it – quick positive blast of the whistle for that push in the back.


GB at 2016-08-07 22:36:56

That was a good example of keeping your eyes on the players as the referee spotted a player down in the penalty area following that last corner.


GB at 2016-08-07 22:34:57

Excellent penetration into the penalty area demonstrated by the referee then


GB at 2016-08-07 22:33:58

GOAL! Diego Valeri (PT 8)

Just what the game required!

Portland Timbers  1 v 0 Sporting Kansas City


GB at 2016-08-07 22:32:19

There is no doubt in the past 10 minutes that the players have finally realised that the best think to do is play football and stop kicking each other! The tempo may have dropped a bit, but at least there is a fair chance they will all still be on the pitch at the end!


GB at 2016-08-07 22:29:59

When everyone from each teams claims a corner or a goal-kick, the sensible way out is always to go “defence”, which the officials did on that occasion. Safe refereeing!


GB at 2016-08-07 22:27:40

The referee is using his experience well again in this second half to anticipate where the play is going to compensate for his lack of a dynamic sprint. So far this tactics is generally proving very effective.


GB at 2016-08-07 22:22:06

Going back to those early exchanges in this half before the second caution, a referee needs to hit the ground running from the kick off in games like this and really use his body language to assert his authority as well. If you do not change anything about your your demeanour, then the challenges will keep on flying in. Even just blowing the whistle harder can help raise your profile.


GB at 2016-08-07 22:19:05

That seemed like a tight call for off-side by the assistant was perfectly correct in not flagging – not so sure it was no a corner though!


GB at 2016-08-07 22:17:40

Yellow Card Roger Espinoza (SKC 27) for unsporting behaviour.

Now I have to say that this is not the start which the referee needed in the second half. Yes he has been strong with that yellow card, but there were two other foul challenges in the opening few minutes which he just did not raise his profile with.


GB at 2016-08-07 22:13:42

Having seen so many games last week in the Youdan Trophy, it is strange to see a kick off going forwards now!


GB at 2016-08-07 22:12:47

Second half gets under way


GB at 2016-08-07 22:08:03

Well this is certainly the feistiest game I have commented on in the MLS in the past two seasons, but the statistics show that there have only been 6 fouls committed by each side. That does not tell the story though, as there has also been two nailed on red cards! The referee was less than 10 yards away to spot Diego Chara (PT 21) raising his elbow and striking his opponent on the side of his head for the first one. And although he was not quite so close to the second one, he had a credible angle and could call on the opinion of two of his crew as to the seriousness of the challenge.

It has to be said that the game always seemed to have an “edge” to it, and the players just did not seem to respond to the referee’s tactics, which clearly said he was unlikely to be weak in this game.

I mentioned in my pre-match that referees would do well to do his homework when the same teams meet back to back within a week, so I can’t help thinking it must have been a tough one last week as well.

I believe the referee has done as much as he could to try to keep the lid on this one, but the players have made it very hard for him. It remains to be seen if all the hard work was done in the first half …..


GB at 2016-08-07 21:58:20

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GB at 2016-08-07 21:57:05

Half Time

Portland Timbers 0 v 0 Sporting Kansas City


GB at 2016-08-07 21:55:00

Excellent positive throw-in signal displayed there by AR1 as we enter a minimum of 2 added minutes


GB at 2016-08-07 21:52:31

The referee did well to give himself some thinking time over that second Red card and was probably getting an opinion from both the 4th official and AR1 Apolinar Mariscal on that line. Nothing wrong with that, and the right decision in the end.


GB at 2016-08-07 21:50:30

Red Card Soni Mustivar (SKC 93) for serious foul play – Spot on Mt Toledo!

The player was off the ground and had not control of his motion as he clearly endangered his opponents safety.


GB at 2016-08-07 21:48:34

5 corners in a row and the referee never changed his position once. Always worth just moving a little, so the players do not take advantage of knowing where the referee is standing each time.


GB at 2016-08-07 21:46:45

That was a big call for the referee. To start with he used the old classic tactic of keeping on running into the penalty area after the initial contact to make it look like he was closer than he was. I must agree that there was no offence by the defender, but I would not have been surprised if the attacker had received a yellow card for simulation. He seemed to try to make contact with the attacking player rather than the other way around.


GB at 2016-08-07 21:42:55

There still seems to be a little of niggle out there, with players happy to have a little push an shove off the ball. The one thing the referee has not tried yet is the classic “tempo management” tactic of slowing the pace at restarts. Sometimes this can take the fizz out of a game like this and keep the rest of the players on the park!


GB at 2016-08-07 21:38:51

The problem with that tactic can be the skill level of the players as if they don’t do what you expect them to do you can get caught out miles away following a quick break


GB at 2016-08-07 21:38:46

The problem with that tactic can be the skill level of the players as if they don’t do what you expect them to do you can get caught out miles away following a quick break


GB at 2016-08-07 21:37:22

When you haven’t got the athletic movement of some of the top class referees have these days, it is important to compensate by reading the game, which Baldomero is demonstrating in this game to ensure he does not get caught out to far away from the play.


GB at 2016-08-07 21:34:48

The referee is looking very calm and collected as he goes about his business in this one and if the players cant read the signs that he is not about to stand for any foul play in this one so far, then they only have themselves to blame.


GB at 2016-08-07 21:30:21

Yellow CardSeth Sinovic (SKC 15) for unsporting behaviour as the referee tries once again to send out the signs that he is not prepared to allow this game to get out of control. Well done for that!


GB at 2016-08-07 21:26:39

The referee is really trying his best to get a grip on this game, but the players have yet to respond positively to his game plan and seem content to push their luck as far as they can


GB at 2016-08-07 21:24:25

Just in case you were wondering, the new law changes are not being used in the MLS as they came into force after the season started – one of the changes confirmed that contact to the face must lead to a red card unless very minor – that send off would have always been violent conduct


GB at 2016-08-07 21:22:15

Red Cardfor Fanendo Adi (PT 9) for violet conduct

The referee could not have been any closer to that one and needed to be strong!



GB at 2016-08-07 21:19:09

This referee’s movement reminds me of Martin Bodenham – I recall how cross he used to get when the assessor used to call him “one paced” after the game. That would be a good description of Mr Toledo’s movement as well.


GB at 2016-08-07 21:16:39

The referee is certainly making his impact on the game in these early stages with numerous free kicks aimed at confirming his tolerance level


GB at 2016-08-07 21:13:36

Excellent 9.15 metres for that second free kick. Always good to get your first wall back the required distance. Only one chance to make a good first impression!


GB at 2016-08-07 21:12:28

Nice to see the referee starting the game with a smile on his face as he communicates with the player after that first free kick – lets hope he is still milling at the end!


GB at 2016-08-07 21:11:10

Very strange to see a Home team playing in their Away kit?


GB at 2016-08-07 21:09:49

Portland Timbers  won the toss so it will be Sporting Kansas City to kick off.

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

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Play of the Week

GB at 2016-08-07 21:04:57

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.

The most recent educational piece cover Teamwork and co-operation between Referee and Assistants for the second edition I a row. In this one, the importance of eye-contact by the Assistant Referee, with the Referee, before giving a signal is demonstrated in the FC Dallas versus Vancouver Whitecaps game –  Play of the Week 21: Teamwork and co-operation II

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 2016-08-07 21:03:50

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Baldomero Toledo (BT)

AR1: Apolinar Mariscal (AM)

AR2: Kathryn Nesbitt (KN)

4th Official: Baboucarr Jallow (BJ)

Baldomero Toledo

Baldomero Toledo comes back to centre stage for his 12th MLS game of the season today, after his recent high profile involvement in the “friendly” match between Chelsea and Liverpool. The game which was played on USA soil saw Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas sent off in the second-half of a highly-charged contest. Toledo has never been one to take prisoners and his dishing out of the ultimate sanction to the Spaniard certainly got my seal of approval in a game which also saw him dish out 6 yellows.

This will be the first time I have seen Baldomero since the Orlando City SC v New England Revolution game which ended in mayhem due to a poor penalty decision. Let’s hope our referee has well and truly “parked” that incident and is ready to come out and put the record straight for RefCam followers today.

This is the first time this season that this crew has worked together in a regular MLS game.

Here are the referee’s statistics for his MLS regular season games so far this year:

Games Fouls awarded Yellows Reds Ave Yellow Ave Reds
11 259 32 2 2.91 0.18


Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2016-08-07 21:00:18

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

90     Jake Gleeson (PT 90)

2       Alvas Powell (PT 2)

4       Jermaine Taylor (PT 4)

5       Vytautas Andriuskevicius (PT 5)

6       Darlington Nagbe (PT 6)

8       Diego Valeri (PT 8)

9       Fanendo Adi (PT 9)

13     Jack Jewsbury (PT 13)

18     Amobi Okugo PT 18)

21     Diego Chara (PT 21)

99     Jack McInerney (PT 99)


1       Chris Konopka PT 1)

10     Ned Grabavoy (PT 10)

15     Chris Klute (PT 15)

20     Taylor Peay (PT 20)

23     Jack Barmby (PT 23)

26     Lucas Melano (PT 26)


Sporting Kansas City


25     Alec Kann (SKC 25)

3       Ike Opara (SKC 3)

10     Benny Feilhaber (SKC 10)

14     Dom Dwyer (SKC 14)

15     Seth Sinovic (SKC 15)

16     Lawrence Olum (SKC 16)

17     Saad Abdul-Salaam (SKC 17)

22     Connor Hallisey (SKC 22)

27     Roger Espinoza (SKC 27)

37     Jacob Peterson (SKC 37)

93     Soni Mustivar (SKC 93)


1       Jon Kempin (SKC 1)

4       Kevin Ellis (SKC 4)

7       Chance Myers (SKC 7)

8       Graham Zusi (SKC 8)

9       Diego Rubio (SKC 9)

12     Nuno Andre Coelho (SKC 12)

23     Bernardo Añor (SKC 23)


GB at 2016-08-07 20:57:58

These two teams met last week in the reverse fixture which saw Sporting KC take the spoils 1 – 0 on their home ground. That result was the second straight defeat for the Timbers, marking their first consecutive losses since they dropped three in a row in May this year. It also continued a great run at Home for Sporting, who have now won 5 in a row at Children’s Mercy Park.

When teams play against each other within such a short space of time, it is always prudent of the referee to do some extra homework and preparation, just to make sure that there is nothing “left over” from the previous game which could cause him a problem.

Western Conference Table

Pos Club Pld W L T Pts
1 FC Dallas 24 13 6 5 44
2 Colorado Rapids 22 11 3 8 41
3 Real Salt Lake 24 10 7 7 37
4 LA Galaxy 21 9 3 9 36
5 Sporting Kansas City 24 10 10 4 34
6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 24 8 10 6 30
7 Portland Timbers 23 7 8 8 29
8 San Jose Earthquakes 22 6 6 10 28
9 Seattle Sounders FC 21 6 12 3 21
10 Houston Dynamo 22 4 10 8 20


(9 meetings): Timbers 2 wins, 6 goals – Sporting KC 5 wins, 10 goals — Ties 2
AT PORTLAND (5 meetings): Timbers 1 win, 2 goals — Sporting KC 3 wins, 4 goals — Ties 1


GB at 2016-08-07 20:56:09


Welcome to this RefCam coverage of the Major League Soccer game between Portland Timbers v Sporting Kansas City.

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