Portland Timbers v Toronto FC



GB at 2016-05-01 23:12:13

That was the proverbial game of two halves for the referee as far as I was concerned. Better second term, but still a few issues which did not instil complete confidence in Baldomero Toledo again for me tonight I am afraid. I detailed the 3 errors which stood out for me in the first half in my half time summary:

  • Missed red card
  • Missed penalty
  • Missed yellow card

The second half did not contain any such blatant contentious incidents, but there was still a bit there for those who follow the official’s performance intently, to raise the odd question about. Until the first two yellow cards came along in the 56th and 62nd minutes, I thought the referee was in danger of letting the game get away from him because he seemed to be happy to keep a low profile. From that point on, his control was reigned back in.

Positioning wise, Baldomero does appear one-passed at times which seemed to lead him to getting caught in the play too many times in this game.

Finally, I mentioned this referee’s habit of putting his whistle to his mouth and not blowing it. At this level I would expect that it would be possible for some stats to be made of how many times this happened, which was too many for me. Once in a game is actually too many in my opinion, as it looks like the referee is indecisive or has changed his mind.

I was hoping for more from Baldomero tonight following the last time I watched him a few weeks ago, but sadly this was not it for me.

As for the assistants, AR1: Adam Garner had a much better second half, but AR2: Jeremy Hanson on the other hand continued as he set out in the first half and failed to intervene at times when the referee could have done with his help. This led to the overall teamwork not exactly reaching text-book standard either.

Onwards and ups for all ……………

So that’s good night from me until tomorrow.

More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-05-01 22:51:39

My final summary will follow very shortly.

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GB at 2016-05-01 22:50:23

Full Time

Portland Timbers 2 v 1 Toronto FC


GB at 2016-05-01 22:48:07

Portland keeper certainly my man of the match after all these important saves tonight!


GB at 2016-05-01 22:46:33

minimum of 3 minutes of added time


GB at 2016-05-01 22:41:43

That’s is three challenges by Dairon Asprilla (PT 11) within 2 minutes, two were penalised including a yellow card, but the other got away. To be fair to the referee it looked as if he had a word as the player moved away, but that was the time for the big public warning with the captain to set up (or prevent), a second yellow coming the player’s way.


GB at 2016-05-01 22:39:13

Yellow Card Dairon Asprilla (PT 11) – reckless challenge, that was certainly more assertive by the referee


GB at 2016-05-01 22:36:13

Time and again this referee continues to find himself getting sucked into the places where the players want to play football. Positioning has not been his strong point in this game


GB at 2016-05-01 22:33:52

There was another clear example of the referee putting his whistle to his mouth again after the ball hit the wall following that last free kick – which made it look like he was going to give hand ball, but then changed his mind.


GB at 2016-05-01 22:31:50

WOW – what a GOAL! by from the free kick Diego Valeri (PT 8)

Portland Timbers 2 v 1 Toronto FC


GB at 2016-05-01 22:29:31

Once again we have an off-the-ball incident right in front of Jeremy Hanson and there seems to be only subliminal teamwork going on between him and the referee. I don’t think there was much in that one, but I wish the officials would get their heads together some times to make it clear that they are all working as a team.


GB at 2016-05-01 22:26:30

I have noticed this referee has a habit of putting his whistle to his mouth and not blowing it in the past. That is really not best practice as in leads the players to accuse the referee of being indecisive.


GB at 2016-05-01 22:23:50

I think those two yellow cards came at a really important time for the referee in this game as he needed to assert his authority in this game and did so just in time. Things have really settled down since then


GB at 2016-05-01 22:19:39

Yellow CardLiam Ridgewell (PT 24) – the other 24 on the field of play gets his own yellow card for unsporting behaviour – this is a much better spell for the referee at the moment


GB at 2016-05-01 22:17:56

The referee was well placed to see that foul on the edge of the Portland penalty area. That is precisely where the referee needs to be to judge where offences take place inside or outside in those cercumstances


GB at 2016-05-01 22:15:01

Tight call for off-side for Adam Garner, which is correct


GB at 2016-05-01 22:14:00

first Yellow Cardof the game (at last) for Damien Perquis (T 24) for unsporting behaviour


GB at 2016-05-01 22:12:16

Excellent TV shot of AR1: Adam Garner sprinting along the touch-line in that last Portland’s attack – good to see one of the official exerting some energy out there


GB at 2016-05-01 22:07:25

Good to see the referee going in for some pro-active advice to stop holding and pushing at that last corner


GB at 2016-05-01 22:06:25

When the referee looks back at this game with his coach, I expect him to be pointing out that he really should not be dogging out of the way of the players so much in the centre channel he needs to get out wider to keep out of the way.


GB at 2016-05-01 22:04:35

It looks like the players seem quite happy to commit whatever challenges they want as they are confident that the referee will not be reaching for his notebook tonight


GB at 2016-05-01 22:02:51

That sums up this referee’s attitude with a pat on the back of the player as he gives him a talking to – don’t worry about it old boy …..


GB at 2016-05-01 22:01:05

Toronto get the second half underway

GB at 2016-05-01 22:00:17

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GB at 2016-05-01 21:59:47

I think the opportunity for some half time energy drinks could not have come at a better time for tonight’s referee.

I have just witnessed three big calls all get away from Baldomero Toledo in the first half:

  • 21st minute a two footed tackle does not only not lead to the player being dismissed for a reckless challenge with excessive force which endangered an opponent’s safety, but even though the offence took place right in front of both AR2: Jeremy Hanson and the referee – not even a free kick was given. Unbelievable at this level.
  • 22nd minute, the most blatant of trips inside the Portland penalty area you may ever see, does not result in a PK to Toronto. Once again I was amazed the referee did not see this as an offence from his position.
  • 28th minute, a clear reckless challenge when a player gets kicked on his shins right in front of the referee again, goes unpunished.

I find it very difficult to defend these mistakes at this level. The only thing I can put it down to is that the referee seems to be intent on keeping such a low profile, he is letting some clear offences which require him to take action on, to slip past unpunished.

AR2: Jeremy Hanson, seems to have missed a few opportunities to assist the referee in the first half and the referee seems to be really pushing over towards him a lot, maybe there is a lack of confidence between the officials?

AR1: Adam Garner, also got off to a poor start by not flagging for a foul right in front of him when the referee gave it from much further away – I wonder if that came down to pre-match instructions being followed?

All in all, the teamwork has not been of the highest standard I have seen in the MLS in that first half.


GB at 2016-05-01 21:46:02

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GB at 2016-05-01 21:45:16

Half Time

Portland Timbers 1 v 1 Toronto FC


GB at 2016-05-01 21:44:11

just one added minute to play


GB at 2016-05-01 21:43:26

It is noticeable how close the referee is consistently squeezing the play over towards AR2: Jeremy Hanson on the far side – may be those two pushes in the back which he did not give has something to do with why that is!?


GB at 2016-05-01 21:40:52

GOAL! scored by Will Johnson (T 7) who IMO should not still be on the field of play following his earlier two footed challenge.

Portland Timbers 1 v 0 Toronto FC


GB at 2016-05-01 21:38:55

The referee was well placed again to make his decision for not “deliberate” hand ball in the Portland penalty area


GB at 2016-05-01 21:37:22

This gets sloppier and sloppier! Then we had a whistle after-thought and the players kept playing without stopping to take the free kick and the referee just said “carry on”. I don’t think I can remember a game when I has seen so many strange decisions at this level.


GB at 2016-05-01 21:34:44

The referee seems to be trying to keep a really low profile in this game as demonstrated then where he gave a short whistle and just jogged on by without signally for the free kick. Thats OK to a degree, but when you try too hard to stay out of the game by literally “not giving the big calls”, you risk losing control of the game – let alone the respect of the players – as another trip from behind get past without a yellow card.


GB at 2016-05-01 21:28:53

Oh dear, I don’t understand what I am seeing in this game. Baldomero gives a correct free kick on the edge of the Toronto penalty area following a reckless challenge which could have potentially seriously injured the player as he kicked him in the shins, and yet no yellow card was issued?


GB at 2016-05-01 21:26:34

The referee was well placed to play advantage for Portland then and signalled clearly


GB at 2016-05-01 21:24:56

Now the referee has missed a nailed on penalty for Toronto. Come on Baldomero – what is going on?

The Toronto player was clearly tripped to the ground and once again the referee had a great view


GB at 2016-05-01 21:22:55

What made that red card offence which got away even worse, was the fact that neither official even gave a foul!


GB at 2016-05-01 21:21:58

That looked like a horrendous challenge with both feet off the ground which injured the Portland player. Both Jeremy Hanson and the referee had unobstructed views of that and it should have been a red card for Will Johnson (T 7)


GB at 2016-05-01 21:19:14

Jeremy Hanson had a tight “not off-side” call to make in the build up to the first goal, which he got spot on!


GB at 2016-05-01 21:18:02

Another strong word of warning from the referee keeps his tinder dry following another careless challenge


GB at 2016-05-01 21:16:59

GOAL!  Fanendo Adi (PT 9)

Portland Timbers 1 v 0 Toronto FC


GB at 2016-05-01 21:15:09

Baldomero Toledo often uses his experience and reading of the game to keep him generally within a credible distance of the ball, but this does lead him to look “one-paced” as the play develops down the center


GB at 2016-05-01 21:13:03

That was the first opportunity for the referee to stamp his authority on the game, and he choose to just give a public warning to the Portland player – having set his tolerance level with that one, he will need to be consistent from here on


GB at 2016-05-01 21:10:12

Baldomero Toledo gave the player the signal to re-start the game with a thumbs-up then. OK may be for quick free kicks, but after setting them up like that it is best practice to signal with the whistle so that both teams are aware play is about to start. There were some high profile incidents in the Premier League in England over the years where referees tried to be too clever and allowed “quick” free kicks which led to disputed goals, so the order of the day now is not to take chances – always blow the whistle


GB at 2016-05-01 21:04:48

The teamwork was poor then. AG should really have come in for that free kick straight under his nose. When the referee gives the offence from so far away it looks sloppy. By bolting on a flag well after the whistle had gone, that just made the whole thing look worse – not worth going up that late


GB at 2016-05-01 21:02:39

Note the way BT usually tries to get adjacent to the position for the ball to be returned for throw-ins – always helps the players when you get the chance to do this


GB at 2016-05-01 21:00:54

First off-side for JH to call – just before the referee would have given a free kick I am sure

GB at 2016-05-01 20:59:40

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


GB at 2016-05-01 20:58:58

Toronto FC 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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Play of the Week

GB at 2016-05-01 20:52:53

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 concerns a brilliant sequence of events when Referee Kevin Stott has three crucial calls to make in a matter of seconds AND GETS THEM ALL RIGHT! –  Play of the Week 8: Offside and DOGSO

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GB at 2016-05-01 20:51:42

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Baldomero Toledo (BT)

AR1: Adam Garner (AG)

AR2: Jeremy Hanson (JH)

4th Official: Baboucarr Jallow (BJ)

Baldomero Toledo
Baldomero Toledo takes charge in MLS Week 1

Baldomero Toledo returns this week for his first game since his uncharacteristic blunder at the end of the Orlando v NE Revolution game two weeks ago, when he gave what I described at the time as “one of the worst hand ball decisions I have seen for a very long time”, and awarded an injury time penalty to NE Revolution, for the “offence” which he had originally signalled had taken place outside of the penalty area.

But that is enough said about that, which is ancient history now, and as one former Premier League Referee once said to me as we discussed an error in a previous game, “The only thing history is good for,… is learning from”. As I have said before, the top referees have the ability to quickly move on from their previous decisions, be they in a particular game or a previous game, you can rest assured that an official who keeps thinking of the last decision they made, will not be focussed on the next one!


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
4 99 14 1 3.5 0.25


Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2016-05-01 20:48:55

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers

Jake Gleeson (PT 90)

Darlington Nagbe (PT 6)

Nat Borchers (PT 7)

Diego Valeri (PT 8)

Fanendo Adi (PT 9)

Chris Klute (PT 15)

Zarek Valentin (PT 16)

Diego Chara (PT 21)

Darren Mattocks

Liam Ridgewell (PT 24)

Lucas Melano (PT 26)


Jermaine Taylor (PT 4)

Dairon Asprilla (PT 11)

Jack Jewsbury (PT 13)

Ben Zemanski (PT14 )

Jack Jewsbury (PT 23)

Wade Hamilton (PT 33)

Jack McInerney (PT 99)


Toronto FC


Clint Irwin (T 1)

Justin Morrow (T 2)

Drew Moor (T 3)

Michael Bradley (T 4)

Will Johnson (T 7)

Tsubasa Endoh (T 9)

Sebastian Giovinco (T 10)

Jozy Altidore (T 17)

Marky Delgado (T 18)

Damien Perquis (T 25)

Steven Beitashour (T 33)


Mo Babouli (T 11)

Jay Chapman (T 14)

Eriq Zavaleta (T 15)

Daniel Lovitz (T 19)

Josh Williams (T 23)

Mark Bloom (T 28)

Quillan Roberts (T 40)


GB at 2016-05-01 20:45:17

Today we have one of those fixtures which I had difficulty getting my head around last year, as two teams from different Leagues do battle in a regular season encounter.

As can be seen from the Eastern and Western Conference tables respectfully below, Toronto seem to have made the better start than last season’s MLS Cup final winners, in their respective Leagues.

Eastern Conference Table

Pos Club Pld W L T Pts
1 Montreal Impact 9 4 3 2 14
2 Philadelphia Union 8 4 3 1 13
3 Toronto FC 7 3 2 2 11
4 Orlando City SC 8 2 2 4 10
5 D.C. United 9 2 3 4 10
6 New York City FC 9 2 3 4 10
7 New England Revolution 10 1 2 7 10
8 New York Red Bulls 9 3 6 0 9
9 Columbus Crew SC 8 2 4 2 9
10 Chicago Fire 7 1 2 4 7


Western Conference Table

Pos Club Pld W L T Pts
1 Colorado Rapids 9 5 2 2 17
2 Real Salt Lake 8 5 1 2 17
3 FC Dallas 7 5 3 2 17
4 San Jose Earthquakes 7 4 2 3 15
5 LA Galaxy 8 4 1 2 14
6 Sporting Kansas City 9 4 4 1 13
7 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 9 3 5 2 11
8 Seattle Sounders FC 8 3 4 1 10
9 Portland Timbers 7 2 3 3 9
10 Houston Dynamo 7 1 5 2 5


Current Form

Portland Timbers L D L D L W
Toronto FC D L L D W W


I have become familiar with the MLS format since You Are The Ref has embraced the professional game in the USA, but I still can’t help thinking that whether a team is drawn, home or away against an in-form team from the other Conference, this could skew in the final placings? Here we have a classic example today, when Toronto could make history as the visiting team has never won in the all-time series between these clubs.


GB at 2016-05-01 20:43:21



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