San Jose Earthquakes v Real Salt Lake


Final Summary

GB at 2015-04-06 00:33:02

I am sure that the referee will take a lot of learning points away from this game when he gets the chance to go through it in detail with his coach.


On a very positive note, I was impressed by Armando’s mobility and positioning, along with his general technical display in relation to his signals etc. But any referee can “look” good in a game, the skill comes in obviously getting the big decisions right. The first half was going along nicely for the officials until the end when I felt Armando needed to be much stringer and shown a red card for the illegal use of the elbow by Innocent Emeghara (SJE 11). Top referees need to be ready to expect the unexpected and deal with it appropriately when it comes along and it was a real pity that this one got away today and that left the referee with a mountain to climb in the second half to regain the confidence of the players.


I said at half time that the referee really needed to park that one incident and move on, well he may have, but by the way the players began to get really tetchy, they obviously were not going to let him forget it.


Putting it into perspective it was just one incident, but I do think it affected the way the rest of the game went for the man in the middle.


Armando really looked like a referee and displayed the right kind of confident body language in himself, but I had a slight lack of confidence looking in, as I was not convinced he had the game totally under control. I suppose to be fair he “got away with it” apart from that one major poor challenge, but I always had the feeling that the players were not afraid to take the law into their own hands at any time. The very reckless challenge by Fatai Alashe (SJE 27) being a case in point.


Final summary would be that the referee showed significant potential, but this one nearly got away from him. Having watched the Miami Open earlier, I would have to say that I felt Armando committed an “unforced error” at the end of the first half, which I would like to hope he will learn from for the future.



As for the teamwork – that was really top notch with the assistants both displaying some excellent flag work.


That’s it from me – good night until the next time.


full time

GB at 2015-04-06 00:09:19

My final summary will follow in a few minutes; meanwhile I hope you can join us again tomorrow for more Premier League action:


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full time

GB at 2015-04-06 00:08:50

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GB at 2015-04-06 00:08:16

Full Time

San Jose Earthquakes 0 v 1 Real Salt Lake

90 + 4

GB at 2015-04-06 00:07:40

the referee would have done better to get over there then as his presence was needed to defuse any potential flash point right at the end

90 + 3

GB at 2015-04-06 00:06:06

Yellow Card Fatai Alashe (SJE 27) for a VERY reckless challenge. There always looked like there was one more of those left in this game

90 + 2

GB at 2015-04-06 00:04:58

great spot there by AV that the ball took a deflection for a corner. this is where his fitness worked for him to be close enough to spot that


GB at 2015-04-06 00:02:53

Minimum of 5 minutes to be added

All the officials need to remain focussed now as they seem to have managed to keep the lid on this after all. Need to see it out now


GB at 2015-04-06 00:01:03

another example there of good communication and eye-contact between the officials for that throw-in near the half way line – take your time and get the decision right


GB at 2015-04-05 23:58:25

AV fitness has been one of his most positive attributes in this game as he has kept up with play from end to end with no problem at all


GB at 2015-04-05 23:56:05

Kenny Mansally (RSL 29) gets Yellow Card for time wasting. not the most classic cautioning technique I have ever seen

GB at 2015-04-05 23:54:12

going back to the 73rd minute Olmes Garcia (RSL 13) seems to have been Yellow Card by the referee


GB at 2015-04-05 23:51:46

That’s a first one for me – can you see that ever catching on in the EPL with notes sent on in writing for the players by from the manager?


GB at 2015-04-05 23:50:40

The referee definitely seems to have lost the confidence of the players. This could be a tough last 15 minutes for the officials


GB at 2015-04-05 23:46:41

If I could predict this then the referee should be able to see that tempers were raising. Have to say I am not sure who was cautioned then. I hope someone was, as that would be dreadful practice to take the yellow card out and not use it


GB at 2015-04-05 23:44:30

2 big ten minute slots left for the officials to see out


GB at 2015-04-05 23:43:37

Did you notice that the player had to re-enter the field of play from the touch-line after his treatment. Injured players are not permitted to re-enter from the goal-line


GB at 2015-04-05 23:41:23

Sorry to keep going on about it – but the signals by the assistants just get better and better!


GB at 2015-04-05 23:40:38

The referee will need to impose himself very positively soon if he is to get through this one without any more major talking points. He should be aware of how the players are interacting with each other and needs to be pro-active before there is another flash point


GB at 2015-04-05 23:38:37

The game is really getting to a stage when it could explode at any minute now and it will all obviously go back to that first half missed red card if it all kicks-off


GB at 2015-04-05 23:36:24

I am getting the feeling that the players are starting to think they can get away with challenging the referee now by the way they are talking to him. AV must ensure that his authority is not undermined


GB at 2015-04-05 23:34:18

Free kicks coming thick and fast now – AV obviously gauging the temperature of the game rising


GB at 2015-04-05 23:33:11

Yellow Card for Chris Wondolowski (SJE 8) for a reckless challenge. Just when I said the referee will need to step it up soon


GB at 2015-04-05 23:31:16

I do get the feeling that there is a bit of a fight left in this game yet so the referee will need to raise his profile if required


GB at 2015-04-05 23:29:37

Can’t say I agree with the commentators about the referee’s tolerance level (apart from the elephant in the room) he has managed to pick out the times the game needs to be stopped with strangling a pretty tame affair so far


GB at 2015-04-05 23:27:47

10 minutes into the second half now and AV has settled back into his confident style displayed in the first half


GB at 2015-04-05 23:25:15

AV’s technical performance has continued at a high level as the second half unfolds. He just needs to ensure his decision making is top quality as well from here on


GB at 2015-04-05 23:22:38

The influence that my old mate Paul Rejer has had on these Assistants with the quality of their flag signals is very evident today


GB at 2015-04-05 23:19:07

AV starting as he finished the first half with no surprises with his free kicks


GB at 2015-04-05 23:17:03

Second half under way – stay switched on now AV and do not get distracted by what happened at the end of the first half

half time

GB at 2015-04-05 23:15:20

I will not be at all surprised if that areal challenge by Innocent Emeghara (SJE11)  could be a candidate for the “Play of the Week” series on the official PRO Website

half time

GB at 2015-04-05 23:11:12

The Ref Show returns this week following the break from Premier League action due to the International weekend. I am really looking forward to hear the positive outweigh the negative in respect to EPL referees for a change.


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half time

GB at 2015-04-05 23:09:52

I have had a couple of experiences of officiating in North America myself as I travelled over for the USA Cup in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1994 (USA World Cup year) and again in 2004. I had some really great times at these tournaments which I would recommend any qualified referee either side of the pond to consider having a bash at. Apart from the scale of the event and the high standard of the women’s teams, the other lasting memory I have concerns the use of player’s photo identity cards which had to be surrendered to the referee before each game, and which were then held-onto by the referee if a player was sent off. This was such a simple and extremely effective way to stop illegible players competing in the next game in the tournament. Bearing in mind this system was being used over 30 years ago, I am still amazed that we do not have similar arrangements in place in our junior leagues in England by now to stop teams fielding players who are suspended or not officially signed-on.

half time summary

GB at 2015-04-05 23:09:14

Well that was a very interesting end to what had been a pretty routine game for the officials until a couple of aerial challenges changed everything at the end.


The first clash of heads was totally accidental. But then when Innocent Emeghara (SJE 11) jumped into his opponent with a leading elbow I was very surprised that the referee did not produce a red card for that offence. Armando had been doing really well up until that moment and had looked very calm and confident. So was it over confidence which let him down when the big decision came along, or was he affected by the way the players from both side surrounded him? That will be for his coach to investigate.


At this point he just needs to park that one incident and concentrate on another game in the second half .


The referee has looked so fit and comfortable it was such a pity that he missed the red card when he had such a great view of it.


Excellent teamwork being displayed so far.

90 + 4

GB at 2015-04-05 23:00:17

good time for the officials to re-group after that flash point which led to the first goal

Half Time

45 + 2

GB at 2015-04-05 22:58:25

The game has really come to life and the officials will be more involved in the second half I am sure


GB at 2015-04-05 22:57:10

minimum of 4 minutes to be added


GB at 2015-04-05 22:56:47

GOAL! Javier Morales (RSL 11)

San Jose Earthquakes 0 v 1 Real Salt Lake




GB at 2015-04-05 22:55:37

cometh the hour – the referee needs to be stronger for those Yellow Card Innocent Emeghara (SJE). he will be disappointed when he sees that again. Really should have been red


GB at 2015-04-05 22:52:48

that immediately looked dangerous to me when the challenge went in


GB at 2015-04-05 22:51:56

5 minutes to go plus a few extra of course but the officials need to start seriously thinking about closing this first session out without incident


GB at 2015-04-05 22:50:14

AV is all over the field of play. Did you see how he was prepared to squeeze into the penalty area as the ball approached the goal line?

GB at 2015-04-05 22:49:10

Good to see positive comments on Twitter about good performances in the EPL over the weekend – that makes a change!


GB at 2015-04-05 22:48:00

AV has made his thoughts very clear. In professional games the team responsible for the stretcher often receive instructions from the referee as to what signal he will use before the game


GB at 2015-04-05 22:45:53

That looked like a nasty clash. Referee very alert immediately and is happy to let the experts take their time and do their jobs with the injured players


GB at 2015-04-05 22:43:51

good to see AV being pro-active then before the corner came in to keep control of that grappling


GB at 2015-04-05 22:41:41

extra strong blast of the whistle there for free kick on edge of penalty area – that’s what assessors mean when they talk about making the whistle work for you


GB at 2015-04-05 22:39:43

referees and assistants at all levels would do well to study the quality of the signals being displayed by the officials so far in this game

GB at 2015-04-05 22:38:26

Tweet just in from Mark Halsey drinking a drop of red with Craig Bellamy – just what I want to see at this time of night NOT REALLY


GB at 2015-04-05 22:36:13

Just a “little” foul for a high foot – nothing in it, but once again safety first refereeing from our man in the middle


GB at 2015-04-05 22:35:08

I would not be surprised if this referee could do the FIFA fitness test running backwards! Rarely have I seen such positive backwards running for a long time. This is an art which is still important for referees but is not practiced enough for my liking these days


GB at 2015-04-05 22:32:38

2nd ten minute block under their belts and the officials will be content with the part they have played in the game so far


GB at 2015-04-05 22:31:33

AR1 CP was just half a yard behind the ball there as the players approached the goal line. It is important to make sure you are right on the line to make an accurate decision of ball in/out of play


GB at 2015-04-05 22:29:27

Great positioning there by the referee to see no penalty there. AV is never going to be too far away to make a call today, so he just needs to ensure he always has the best angle to make his judgements from


GB at 2015-04-05 22:27:52

AR2 AM getting his first routine off side call in there. That will settle his nerves!


GB at 2015-04-05 22:26:36

great example of eye-contact there between the officials as AR1 CP just checked with the referee before giving his throw-in signal when the ball crossed the touchline at the other end than his patrol path


GB at 2015-04-05 22:25:12

AV has let very little get past him so far, but the players seem to generally have trust in what he is managing the game so far


GB at 2015-04-05 22:23:34

good to see the referee checking if the player required treatment then BEFORE calling the trainer on. I always coach my referees to say to the player “Do you want to go off for treatment?” rather than “Do you want the trainer to come on” – that often stops them calling for the trainer when they are not required.


GB at 2015-04-05 22:21:00

10 minutes gone and AV has made his presence felt in this game already without being too fussy. He is also looking extremely fit and sharp


GB at 2015-04-05 22:19:16

A very theatrical “no chance” signal there from the referee – very effective though I must say. Nothing wrong with that communication technique.


GB at 2015-04-05 22:17:47

AV just making sure the players know he is in charge and obviously has a game plan to keep a tight grip of the proceedings in the early stages


GB at 2015-04-05 22:16:29

good advantage played and signalled there as Real broke out of defence


GB at 2015-04-05 22:15:30

You only get one chance to make a good first impression – well done Mr Villarreal


GB at 2015-04-05 22:14:31

I am liking the cut of this referee’s jib already – smart sharp body language and signals


GB at 2015-04-05 22:13:48

Nice easy 1st foul for AV – just give those to start on a safe footing


GB at 2015-04-05 22:12:49

great to see AR2 AM on the far side looking very alert with his crabbing action along the line already


GB at 2015-04-05 22:11:44

AR1: Corey Parker (CP) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2015-04-05 22:10:58

Real Salt Lake won the toss so it will be San Jose Earthquakes  to kick off.

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


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GB at 2015-04-05 22:04:33

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel


GB at 2015-04-05 22:02:35

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.


Last weekend’s PRO Play of the Week clip highlighted an incident of dissent by action in the Columbus Crew versus New York Red Bulls game in which the referee clearly demonstrated that he was aware of the requirement for MLS officials to display extra awareness to these types of behaviours this season.


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


GB at 2015-04-05 22:01:09

Anyone out there  who has been following RefCam for the 4 EPL games which YATR has covered so far over this Easter weekend, will know that our referee for this game has a lot to follow! I cannot remember a weekend when all the experts covering all 4 games have been blessed with such solid positive performances to report on, on so many levels. So let’s hope that means the omens are good for Mr Villarreal and his Crew as they prepare to get this match underway.


GB at 2015-04-05 22:00:38

Today’s Assistants:


AR1: Corey Parker officiated at his first MLS game in 2011 and he has “run the line” in 82 games at this level so far, including one game already for this season at Seattle. Mr Parker is another newcomer to the ranks of FIFA officials, having also achieved international status at the beginning of this year.


AR2: Apolinar Mariscal will no doubt be looking towards his colleagues and thinking about what he could achieve as he steps out into the limelight for only his 3rd ever regular MLS fixture, having made just 2 appearances in his debut season last year, in which he also officiated in 4 NWSL games.


4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal has taken on the responsibility of 4th official 72 times in the MLS since 2009 and has only taken charge of a game in the middle once, back in 2010


GB at 2015-04-05 22:00:14

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Armando Villarreal (AV)

AR1: Corey Parker (CP)

AR2: Apolinar Mariscal (AM)

4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal (4th AM)


This will be Armando’s first regular season MLS game for this campaign. He made his debut in the MLS in 2012 and has already got 48 games under his belt as a referee at this level.


I expect Mr Villarreal to be walking on air as he steps out to the middle today, proudly displaying his “new” FIFA badge in the MLS for the first time, having been awarded the honour of selection to the international panel in January this year. This may be his first MLS game this season, but since the beginning of this year he has already be in charge of 2 CONCACAF U-21 Championship games as well as a full FIFA World Cup qualification match between Bahamas and Bermuda 2 weeks ago.


Here are the referee’s statistics for the regular games he officiated in the MLS last season:

Games Fouls awarded Yellows Reds Yellows per game Reds per game
18 360 34 6 1.8 0.3


GB at 2015-04-05 21:57:45

Here are current standings for the Western Conference before this game:

Pos Club PLD W L D PTS
1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5 4 1 0 12
2 FC Dallas 5 3 1 1 10
3 Seattle Sounders FC 4 2 1 1 7
4 San Jose Earthquakes 4 2 2 0 6
5 Portland Timbers 4 1 1 3 6
6 Real Salt Lake 3 1 0 2 5
7 LA Galaxy 5 1 2 2 5
8 Sporting Kansas City 4 1 1 2 5
9 Houston Dynamo 5 1 2 2 5
10 Colorado Rapids 4 0 1 3 3

Looking back at the history of this match, last season’s fixtures saw the teams play out two tied games (3 – 3 & 1 – 1) at the Buck Shaw Stadium in San Jose, before RLS took the honours at Home in October to chinch their 7th-straight playoff berth with a 2 – 0 victory.


GB at 2015-04-05 21:52:15


As for the visitors, Head Coach Jeff Cassar, a former Major League Soccer goalkeeper, joined the Real Salt Lake technical staff in 2007 after his former teammate Jason Kreis assumed the head coaching duties. Cassar then took over from Kreis as Head Coach in December 2013. Similar to his opposite number today, Cassar has been involved in Major League Soccer since the league’s inception and spent 11 seasons as a shot stopper for various teams from 1996-2006, before retiring to become FC Dallas’s goalkeeper coach in January 2007.


RSL played their first MLS fixture in 2005 and soon established strong links with Real Madrid in 2006. This partnership is something the fans and owners of the club are really proud of and the crown on their badge also represents the royal connection with Madrid, along with the clubs’ colours figuring prominently with both teams.


Today’s Away team have a game in hand over the Quakes and will be hoping for a repeat of last week’s fixture which ended in dramatic fashion, with Jordan Allen snatching the winner at home against Toronto FC in the 89th minute, to give the Royals their first win of the season.




GB at 2015-04-05 21:50:27


Today’s hosts here at the Avaya Stadium have strong links with Tottenham Hotspur and their Head Coach Dominic Kinnear was born in Glasgow, before moving to California at age three. He is a former U.S. international and is one of four coaches in MLS history to win multiple MLS Cups.


Kinnear was part of Major League Soccer’s debut season in 1996, and his international career included 54 caps for the U.S. national team, with nine goals and two assists. He was captain of the national team for its match against his native Scotland in1992. After a stint as assistant Coach for the Earthquakes which began in 2001, he was named the club’s sixth head coach in 2004 and led the team to the MLS Cup Playoffs during his first season at the helm. One year later, he engineered one of the best regular seasons in MLS history and still holds the league record for fewest losses in a season which earned him MLS Coach of the Year.


The home team will be looking to turn things around and get back to winning ways this weekend after going down 1 – 2 last week and providing New England Revolutions with their first win of the season in the snow at the Gillette Stadium.




GB at 2015-04-05 21:48:18

Not long to go now before KO and welcome to this evening’s live RefCam coverage of the Western Conference MLS game between San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake. Feel free to interact with me during the game by joining in on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at