FINAL SCORE: 2 – 1
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:59:50
Thanks for watching and we’ll look forward to your company next time here at You Are The Ref …
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:57:31
Whereas there was loads to admire from referee Alan Kelly throughout the whole game, I can’t help thinking that 89 minutes of solid refereeing was overshadowed by his decision not to caution the goalkeeper just before half-time. 30 seconds of madness ……
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:56:42
It’s all over and a victory for Seattle by 2-1 – but did Portland deserve to lose ?
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:55:17
This could be interesting …..
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:51:54
Just 3 minutes additional time …
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:44:33
Dual change by Portland in an effort to change the game – 7 minutes to go …
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:42:58
Spot on stamina levels by Referee Kelly, well placed to judge no penal offence close to the touchline.
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:41:27
Good indication by the nearside Assistant for the penal offence committed by Evans, he needs to be wary re dissent as he already has a yellow card …
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:38:33
focus, focus, focus …..
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:32:53
20 minutes to go – this game is far from over ….
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:31:01
for Valeri for his high challenge, good ‘safe’ refereeing by Alan Kelly
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:29:10
A good solid offside decision by the near side Assistant who has had very little involvement so far – well done Corey Parker
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:24:30
Now we have a ‘proper’ derby game, time for some additional disciplinary action Mr. Referee, just to keep a tight rein on proceedings …
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:23:01
Fisher receives a yellow for a show of dissent, I didn’t like the way he disrespected the referee by refusing to turn around to view the card …..
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:20:08
one back for Portland through Jewsbury, richly deserved …
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:15:44
Once again stellar positioning by the referee on his diagonal to make an accurate penal offence call for an offence on Torres
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:11:24
Portland has certainly dominated the first 5 minutes of the 2nd half – keep focused Mr. Referee, even though it’s one way traffic
RCT at 2015-08-30 23:05:12
So, a key 10 minutes for the Referee Alan Kelly, will he have been reflecting on his failure to dismiss at the end of the first half ?
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:57:01
Great twitter comments coming in from two of our expert team here at You Are The Ref, former FIFA officials Mark Halsey and Guy Beale …
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:55:13
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:54:48
Shame for referee Alan Kelly, he had not done much wrong up to the 42nd minute, but his game so far will be remembered for his failure to dismiss the Portland GK Kwarasey ….
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:52:39
No lesser figure than Alexi Lalas on twitter agrees with our thoughts that Portland’s keeper Kwarasey is lucky to still be on the field of play. Clear penal offence, no covering defenders – why no red card ?
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:48:05
Frustration by Ridgewell – he got what he deserved ….
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:47:10
for Seattle, but surely the Portland GK has to be dismissed for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity.
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:44:47
Penalty kick – agree – is that a DOGSO ?
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:41:50
The referee continues to ‘squeeze play’ to great effect, moving closer to the ball deep into this quarter ….
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:39:59
Good twitter debate from @MMAShane and @IAmTheSecretRef, thanks for your tweets, keep them coming ….
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:37:29
The referee continues to show good fitness levels, he needs to do on this surface where the ball pings around like an oversize Futsal game !
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:32:39
Interesting, no offsides as yet. Because of the speed of the playing surface, defenders drop deep and the dynamics of the game changes, focus and concentration required by the Assistant Referees
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:31:49
Commendable positional sense by Alan Kelly, ideally placed to correctly award a corner-kick to Portland.
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:29:37
That will have assisted the referee’s overall match control, he took the opportunity to assert his authority at exactly the right time
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:28:30
… fully justified to Seattle’s Evans for the cynical pull ….
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:24:28
Ok, so it’s not exactly Liverpool v Everton or even Celtic v Rangers, but the ‘feel’ of the game is certainly one of a keenly contested local derby
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:22:55
Although I think it might be time for a card if the tempo of the game remains intense …
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:22:00
This is a good open game, the referee is allowing the players to express themselves and largely keeping out of proceedings, which is good to see …
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:18:07
The referee’s well timed and appropriate public rebuke to Portland’s #13 Jack Jewsbury was good practice in terms of match control
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:13:00
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:12:26
This observer believes that an early whistle prior to Martens shooting at goal would have been correct in law
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:10:40
Martens scores, but did he pull illegally at Powell in the build up ?
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:08:39
The game is somewhat different on the AstroTurf, the ball seems to zip around and there is more opportunity for penal offences as defenders mistime challenges …
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:05:38
Good early detection of a penal offence by Villafana …
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:03:44
here we go …….
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:03:25
Portland #24 Liam Ridgewell will also be familiar to UK football watches, with Rod Wallace on the bench …
RCT at 2015-08-30 22:00:36
Also, look out for the Portland #6, the wonderfully named Darlington Nagbe … for our UK based friends in the North East, I wonder if he has a brother called Hartlepool ?
RCT at 2015-08-30 21:58:12
The team of match officials this evening are referee Alan Kelly (not the ex Sheffield United goalkeeper I hasten to add), Corey Paarker will operate on the technical area line, with Eric Weisbrod on the far side. Fourth Official duties lie with Allen Chapman.
RCT at 2015-08-30 21:55:27
Whilst waiting for the game, read Keith Hackett’s views on Mark Clatenburg on our website, why isn’t he receiving the higher profile games ? http://t.co/kXNixsNTSa
RCT at 2015-08-30 21:48:13
Also should Neil Swarbrick have dismissed Leicester City’s Robert Huth for raising his hands?
RCT at 2015-08-30 21:46:02
RCT at 2015-08-30 21:45:03
so, a few talking points from this weekend, Andre Marriner’s dismissal of Mitrovic being the main one – do you agree with our view that the dismissal was justified …..
RCT at 2015-08-30 21:41:28
Obefemi Martins, formally of Newcastle United, lines up for Seattle, former Fulham favorite Clint Dempsey misses out …
RCT at 2015-08-30 21:38:14
Seattle are on a poor run, they have lost 6 out of their last 7 games, Portland on the other hand are unbeaten in 4
RCT at 2015-08-30 21:35:12
Welcome to our coverage of tonight’s MLS game from Century Link Field, Seattle, Washington