Sporting Kansas City v Chicago Fire


RH at 2015-05-04 00:23:58

Well for the first hour of this game the Referee did reasonably well, just one missed caution and the need to penetrate the penalty area to maintain the good viewing angles and proximity to play that he had established in midfield. But the clue in what was to come emerged just before half time  when Chicago’s Gehrig escaped a certain caution. In the second half Sporting’s  Dwyer then committed another reckless tackle and again escaped a caution. Worse was to follow as Sinovic already cautioned pulled the shirt of a Chicago player as he was moving towards the penalty area. More disappointment followed as Gehrig swung a wild boot at Sinovic, who arguably shouldn’t have still been on the field, as he passed, such was the injury sustained that he had to retire injured. Some respectability was restored with the late sending off of Accam for violent conduct, with the swinging of am arm in the face of an opponent, but given what had gone on before , players were staring to take liberties. So what went wrong on the hour mark, well the clue in my opinion may be the heat and competitive nature of the contest, Referee Jose Carlos Rivero lost focus and compromised his standards of the first half. My advice to him would be to gain more mental strength and focus especially when the heat is literally on and to work harder on a better recognition of offences. The Technical advice i offer is that point on penalty area penetration. He needs to carry the standards of his first half match control throughout the game right up to the final whistle. Both Assistants looked solid, apart from a hasty first half flag by Assistant Weisbrod, all offside decision making was sound. A word of recognition to for the Fourth Official Nima Saghafi who supported the Referee well with the Accam Red Card. All in all though plenty to reflect on here for the Referee

RH at 2015-05-04 00:02:10

We’ve got more MLS Regular Season games coming your way on Refcam,  on Sunday 10th May we’re covering the Toronto FC verses Houston Dynamo match, I’ll be your coach again on Sunday 17th May for the Orlando City verses La Galaxy game and our May coverage rounds off on Sunday 24th with the New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union game.


RH at 2015-05-04 00:01:51

Summary to follow shortly!

RH at 2015-05-04 00:01:33

Full Time

RH at 2015-05-04 00:00:36

4 minutes added time!

RH at 2015-05-04 00:00:20

Yellow CardNagamura rightly earning a caution for a deliberate reckless challenge, that’s better Referee!

RH at 2015-05-03 23:57:41

Red CardA Red card for Accam for deliberately throwing a straight arm across the face of Anibaba, right in front of Fourth Official Nima Saghaf, who must have instigated the sanctioni


RH at 2015-05-03 23:55:04

Again Assistant Weisbrod looking sharp with a good offside decision against Accam

RH at 2015-05-03 23:53:57

I spoke too soon about the sun going in didn’t i

RH at 2015-05-03 23:52:09

The Referee seems to be moving well again but seems to be keeping his cards close to his chest this half

RH at 2015-05-03 23:49:04

Good advantage played by the Referee on that last Chicago attack as Accam had his shirt tugged!

RH at 2015-05-03 23:47:32

As the sun had dropped both Assistants are operating in the shade, which will come as relief i’m sure to far Assistant Eric Weisbrod

RH at 2015-05-03 23:45:56

Well to underline my earlier comments on that ugly Gehrig tackle, Sinovic now leaving the field injured to be replaced. The Referee will need to reflect on his decision not to caution Gehrig in the final minute of the first half, if he had done so, would Gehrig have committed that second challenge? neither of which of course earned him a yellow card!

RH at 2015-05-03 23:42:51


Paulo Nagamura breaks the deadlock 1-0 Sporting!


RH at 2015-05-03 23:42:04

Gehrig taking a wild swing with his foot at Sinovic in what could only be described a reckless and amazingly does not earn a caution!

RH at 2015-05-03 23:37:21

With Chicago playing a 4-4-2 formation in this game its keeping Assisatnt Weisbrod sharp as the Fire play their striker in with passes down the inside channels with tight offside calls resulting!

RH at 2015-05-03 23:35:42

The Referee getting in the way of play in midfield, fortunately the advantage gained by Sporting failed to materialise as play broke down. I do get the impression that the heat and conditions have sapped the Referees focus a little

RH at 2015-05-03 23:32:20

The Referee whose only real error for the first hour was a missed first half caution, has now missed another caution by Dwyer and a second caution and Red card for Sinovic. Is our Referee’s concentration and focus being affected by this 30 degree plus heat?

RH at 2015-05-03 23:30:00

A clear shirt pull there as Chicago attacked, Sinovic clearly pulling the shirt of an opponent just outside of the penalty area, surly a second yellow card offence for Sinovic and a mandatory red card?

RH at 2015-05-03 23:27:44

It isn’t that the Referee isn’t well placed to view these midfield challenges, its all a matter of recognition of offence, which is disappointing as he was building such a good foundation of match control

RH at 2015-05-03 23:25:57

Did Chicago’s Adaílton take revenge on Dywer there following his earlier escaping of a yellow card, with that late challenge?

RH at 2015-05-03 23:23:55

Dom Dwyer committing what surely was a reckless challenge! Disappointing that the Referee chooses only to have words, poor recognition of offence there by the Referee

RH at 2015-05-03 23:19:15

Our Referee Jose Carlos Rivero continues to move well in midfield and maintain good proximity to play with his good footwork and minor positional adjustments

RH at 2015-05-03 23:16:02

A good offside decision by Eric Weisbrod against Chicago’s Maloney

RH at 2015-05-03 23:14:14

In recognizing the proactive approach of our Referee today and referring back to my blog last Sunday during the Red Bulls verses La Galaxy game I talked about a Stepped Approach to player manager management, this is what Keith Hackett has to say on this subject;

By half time in some games, where the referee sets his tolerance level so low, it is inevitable that a red card will be shown.

In a games that often contain no brutality and no major signs of dissent, the cards come flashing out. It is unnecessary and disappointing to witness.

I keep asking in such games . . . where is the stepped management process that I had encouraged referees to use?

  • The quiet word on the run alongside the player to ensure he is aware that you are watching him.
  • Stopping play and having a word – even slowing things down.
  • The public rebuke using the captain to support his message.
  • Then the yellow card.

I am not taking away the fact that on some incidents the referee has no choice other than to issue a mandatory yellow card.

Yellow cards used in the wrong way devalue their impact and, in a games that really have no malice, teams can soon down to ten men, sometimes it can be avoided

RH at 2015-05-03 23:11:59

We’ve got more MLS Regular Season games coming your way on Refcam,  on Sunday 10th May we’re covering the Toronto FC verses Houston Dynamo match, I’ll be your coach again on Sunday 17th May for the Orlando City verses La Galaxy game and our May coverage rounds off on Sunday 24th with the New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union game.

RH at 2015-05-03 23:11:32

The second half has started

RH at 2015-05-03 23:05:52

A solid first half performance for the Referee Jose Carlos Rivero , he has been proactive in his management of the game, the first caution went to Chicago’s Adaílton after he was publicly warned for previous rash challenges. The second caution to Sportings Sinovic was late and reckless and was a sound caution, so it was surprising that Chicago’s Gehrig didn’t join them for what looked to me a reckless challenge in the final couple of minutes of the half. Technically his movement looks comfortable and he has maintained a good proximity to midfield play, I would just like him to be quicker off the mark making dynamic sprints into the penalty area to maintain those credible view angles . Both Assistants look sound, just the one occasion when Assistant Weisbrod was too hasty with a flag during a Sporting attack, fortunately the Referee played good advantage

RH at 2015-05-03 22:56:37

Perhaps Chicago’s Gehrig lucky not have received a caution for a clumsy challenge as we reach Half Time

RH at 2015-05-03 22:54:47

1 minute added time!

RH at 2015-05-03 22:54:27

Good offside decision by Assistant Weisbrod against Sportings Dom Dwyer

RH at 2015-05-03 22:53:46

As we enter the closing stages of the first half, it must be said that the Referee has maintained good control so far and he has attempted to be proactive

RH at 2015-05-03 22:51:22

Worth noting that Assistant Hosking also flagged in support of that last caution, interesting that both Assistants have rightly offered support on the two cautions given that the offences concerned h appended in their vicinity

RH at 2015-05-03 22:48:48

Yellow CardSportings Sinovic earning a caution for a late reckless challenge


RH at 2015-05-03 22:46:43

Getting some reaction on-line regarding the number of substitutes warming up on the nearside touchline, on the left hand diagonal, it seems to be a feature of the modern day game, i saw it myself at a Football League in England yesterday, as long as they are moving!

RH at 2015-05-03 22:43:48

Sound offside decision by Assistant Jeff Hosking

RH at 2015-05-03 22:42:59

Yellow CardAdaílton dos Santos rightly earns a caution, on that occasion a good supporting flag by Assistant Weisbrod

RH at 2015-05-03 22:39:30

Well managed by the Referee despite being crowed out with Defenders who were no doubt looking to delay any quick free kick!

RH at 2015-05-03 22:38:33

Its our set piece with spray at the edge of the Chicago penalty area!

RH at 2015-05-03 22:36:14

Looking at the replay of that last Sporting attacking Assistant Weisbrod looked casual as he followed the ball to the goal-line, this is an opportunity to impress, he should have been more purposeful with his movement! i

RH at 2015-05-03 22:34:07

Although the Referee looks comfortable in his movement and maintains a good proximity to play in midfield, he is slow to react to attacking play as it moves at pace towards and into the penalty area, so far he doesn’t feature in many of the TV pictures as the teams attack on goal, he needs to correct this to gain good viewing range and angles of what could prove to be major decisions

RH at 2015-05-03 22:29:55

A bit of early friction there as Chicago’s Larentowicz challenges the Sporting goalkeeper, the Referee was in early to calm emotions, again good Refereeing

RH at 2015-05-03 22:29:25

A bit of early friction there as Chicago’s Larentowicz challenges the Sporting goalkeeper, the Referee was in early to calm emotions, again god Refereeing

RH at 2015-05-03 22:26:59

Good Refereeing as a public warning is made to Filho of Chicago, any more of that and he’ll receive a caution! This is the point i was making in last weeks game about a stepped approach to game management, well done!

RH at 2015-05-03 22:23:14

Referee Jose Carlos Rivero is maintaining a good proximity to play in midfield with small positional adjustments, the far side Assistant (Eric Weisbrod) needs to be aware of that

RH at 2015-05-03 22:20:40

For those of you want find out more about when Assistant Referees should be coming into the game, or for you  Referees who want to improve your Referee/Assistant co-operation visit our ‘you Are The Ref’ website and see the article posted on 11th March titled IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO MAKES THE CORRECT CALL, AS LONG AS SOMEBODY DOES!

You find this piece from Guy Beale and all Keith Hackett’s excellent work at;

RH at 2015-05-03 22:19:26

The Referee played an advantage from Eric Weisbrods flag there, looking at the Referees position i do’t feel the Assistant should have got involved!

RH at 2015-05-03 22:17:42

Sporting attacking at pace with that 4-3-3 formation, should keep Assistant Eric Weisbrod on his toes!

RH at 2015-05-03 22:15:40

That long throw from Sporting s  Matt Besler will require set piece positioning from the active officials similar to a corner kick when the throw in taken near to the goal line

RH at 2015-05-03 22:11:39

Important that our Referee Jose Carlos Rivero ‘gets his eye in early’ here, good match preparation is so important, we’ve seen many decision making errors early in games with poor recognition of offences

RH at 2015-05-03 22:09:39

Our match Referee Jose Carlos Rivero gets us underway!

RH at 2015-05-03 22:04:17

Our Referee today is Jose Carlos Rivero, he made his MLS debut in 2012 Refereeing this Fixture when it was played at Fire’s Toyota Park.  Last season he Refereed 17 MLS games, Carlos made his International debut when he took charge of a Juventus v New York Red Bulls game

Assistant Referee 1 is Jeff Hosking, he made his MLS debut in 2009, last season he officiated at 15 MLS games

Assistant Referee 2 is Eric Weisbrod, he made his MLS debut in 2014, last season he officiated at 9 MLS games

Fourth Official today is Nima Saghafi

RH at 2015-05-03 22:01:25

Our Match Referee today is Jose Carlos Rivero, his Assistant Referees are Jeff Hosking, the Fourth Official is Nima Saghafi

RH at 2015-05-03 21:57:48

Welcome to our coverage of this MLS Regular Season fixture from Sporting Park Kansas City, Where Sporting FC entertain Chicago Fire!