Sporting Kansas City v FC Dallas



GB at 2016-06-20 00:29:51

Here are the main talking points in this game:

  • The lack of goal-line technology resulted in a clear goal not being given to Dallas in the 16th minute
  • Seconds later the same assistant who failed to spot the ball crossing the goal-line then gives a poor off-side call when he got confused because the goalkeeper had rushed out in front of a defender. The ball ended up the SKC net again, but was ruled out by mistake
  • A penalty kick should have been given to Dallas in the 23rd minute
  • Excellent “not off-side” call in the build up to the first goal
  • A correct PK was given to SKC at the end of the first half for the slightest of trips spotted by the referee from a great position

This was probably one of the most controversial games I have commentated on in the MLS due to that mistake of a goal not being given in the first half. I felt that the referee managed to “park” that mistake in the first half, even if he must have known that there was a chance that a mistake may have been made. In the second half, however, I got the impression that this incident may have been playing on the official’s mind. Gone was his calm cool body language and now he looked a bit flustered and not as confident. That led to a few sloppy applications of law, like not insisting that players were the regulation 10 yards from the ball at the taking of free kicks, and restarts allowed with a moving ball. It is only my opinion of course, but I wondered if he was thinking back to the first half incident which I am sure all the officials would have been made aware of at half time. It may have been hot out there, but I did feel that Jorge went off the boil at times in the second half. At the end of the day, the officials must stand and fall by getting the big decisions right, and they do not get any bigger that not giving a goal when you should have!

All the action was in the first half and it will be that major error in not giving a goal to Dallas when the score was  0 – 0 which will get all the headlines and the need for technology to be brought in at this level as soon as possible will no doubt be screamed from the roof tops again.

The Assistants had very different games as well, with Sean Hurd AR2 being the one who missed the ball over the goal-line at his end then almost immediately gave a poor off-side call when the goalkeeper became the second last defender instead of the last defender. The ball ended in the net for a goal to Dallas again, and again it was cancelled out!

At the other end, AR1 made a great call in not signalling for off side in a very tight call for SKC first goal.

This can be a cruel profession to be in, but all the officials can do now is regroup for their next games and move on from some poor decisions in this one.

More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-06-20 00:07:42

My final summary will follow very shortly.

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GB at 2016-06-20 00:05:52

Full Time

Sporting Kansas City 2 v 0 FC Dallas


GB at 2016-06-20 00:03:28

4 added minutes to be played


GB at 2016-06-20 00:02:18

Another example of sloppy application of law then as the goal-kick was taken with the ball clearly moving. This may not have been clear before the re-write of the laws but is certainly is now and the new law changes are in force


GB at 2016-06-19 23:58:34

There was an example of where the referee looked a little undecided as the challenges went in. He seems to be showing signs that he is thinking about earlier events in this game


GB at 2016-06-19 23:56:32

Play underway again after another water break


GB at 2016-06-19 23:54:55

Yellow Card Tim Melia (SKC 29) for time wasting. Good to see the referee being consistent in that caution for the keeper for another clear case of time wasting, but not sure his aggressive explanation body language was as wise


GB at 2016-06-19 23:51:38

Better attention to detail there from the referee as he insists a free kick is retaken for a moving ball


GB at 2016-06-19 23:48:48

Yellow Card for Dom Dwyer (SKC 14) for time wasting as he left the pitch for a substitution


GB at 2016-06-19 23:46:32

Good teamwork by the officials there with that last throw-in as they had a good conversation before giving a direction together rather than crossing. Taking your time with tight decisions near the half way line is always best practice if there is any doubt


GB at 2016-06-19 23:42:56

The Dallas player would have done much better to stay on his feet that time rather than look for a penalty. Good call by the referee that time


GB at 2016-06-19 23:40:33

That was much better with that next free kick – good use of the spray


GB at 2016-06-19 23:39:44

The referee really let himself down there by not insisting that the defender retreated ten yards at that free kick. When little things like that are not insisted upon that can lead to the players taking liberty


GB at 2016-06-19 23:34:02

The referee is conserving his energy sensibly in this heat but still maintains a credible distance from the ball


GB at 2016-06-19 23:29:53

The referee will no doubt be happy that the game is going through a quiet period at the moment where he is not the centre of attention for a few minutes


GB at 2016-06-19 23:23:48

50/50 contact there between SKC player and the Dallas goalkeeper. That had to be the Assistant’s call and I think he got that one right – no foul


GB at 2016-06-19 23:19:50

The referee gets a much quicker opportunity to give his first free kick in the second half. And now we still get multi blasts again. I still maintain all these peeps of the whistle just bring attention to the referee. In a game like this with the controversial calls in the first half, that is the last thing he needs today.


GB at 2016-06-19 23:15:37

the second half is under way


GB at 2016-06-19 23:09:12

Well there were certainly a few major talking points in that first half:

The ball crossed the goal-line into the SKC goal from a back pass and was not spotted by any of the officials.

Off-side was called against Dallas seconds later when they were clearly through on goal.

A few minutes later, and a perfectly legitimate claim for a penalty by Dallas when Tesho Akindele (FCD 13) was pulled down in the box was not given by the referee.

This was followed by a cleverly worked free kick move whereby Lawrence Olum (SKC 16) quickly got himself back onside before the ball was kicked, and Assistant Referee James Conlee make a brilliant call in allowing play to continue when the SKC player knocked the ball into the goal.

If that wasn’t enough incidents, then we had a PK seconds later when Benny Feilhaber (SKC 10) went to ground in the Dallas Penalty Area following the slightest of touches. That said, it looked like a trip to me!

In fairness, Jorge Gonzalez seems to be fully in control of this game and has the respect of the players, but there is no hiding from the facts that between them, the officials decisions have resulted in Dallas not having at least one goal on the board when they should have.

If there was ever a game which demonstrated the need for video technology, then this has been it so far!


GB at 2016-06-19 23:00:46

The European Championships are obviously the focus of attention in Europe at the moment and our website continues to champion the generally very good standard of officiating witnessed so far. Here are a few links to some of the articles published recently which reflect how our experts have reviewed the performances of the officials so far:

Review of England v Wales

Recognition of skilful appointing in the Tournament so far

Review of Belgium v Italy

The latest piece from our headline blogger argues that video referees still can’t come soon enough following the latest high profile refereeing error which cost Brazil a place in the later stages of the Copa América. Definitely something we could have done with in the first half of this game too!

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GB at 2016-06-19 22:59:25

Half Time

Sporting Kansas City 2 v 0 FC Dallas

GB at 2016-06-19 22:58:19

4 added minutes


GB at 2016-06-19 22:57:48

Clear penalty this time very quickly and positively given by the referee. Commentators in England may be questioning any contact but it certainly looked to me as if the SKC player was tripped.

GOAL!  Benny Feilhaber (SKC 10)

Sporting Kansas City 2 v 0 FC Dallas


GB at 2016-06-19 22:54:30

GOAL!  Lawrence Olum (SKC 16)

Sporting Kansas City 1 v 0 FC Dallas


GB at 2016-06-19 22:52:45

Clear foul by Walker Zimmerman (FCD 25) that time leads to a free kick in a dangerous position, and here goes than multi blast of the whistle again


GB at 2016-06-19 22:51:39

No hand ball for me there – the ball may have flicked up and hit Walker Zimmerman (FCD 25) on the arm, but it was never a deliberate act


GB at 2016-06-19 22:50:15

There is very little to criticise about the way the referee has handled this game so far, it is just such a pity that the big calls have not been correct


GB at 2016-06-19 22:46:08

Good to see the referee standing perpendicular to where the ball should be thrown in. The more times this is done the easier it becomes to manage throw-in positions


GB at 2016-06-19 22:44:51

The 3 minutes for that break will obviously be added on by the referee


GB at 2016-06-19 22:44:00

The game is back underway again


GB at 2016-06-19 22:41:51

The temperature may have an influence in this game as the teams enjoy a water break. This was something actually covered in the re-write of the laws of the game. I wonder if the officials are now discussing that missed ball over the goal line?


GB at 2016-06-19 22:38:38

The last time I watched this referee I pointed out that his constant “peeping” of his whistle when a single blast would be sufficient brought extra attention to himself. I admit there has been very little to blow for in this game (or may be there has but it has not happened?), but I have to say the whistle technique has been much better in this game until that last challenge which definitely deserved the Yellow Card for Lawrence Olum (SKC 16) for unsporting behaviour.


GB at 2016-06-19 22:35:36

Another big call to discuss in the first half. The Dallas player surely had a case for a PK then? There was definitely contact which caused Tesho Akindele (FCD 13) to be brought down inside of the penalty area. Would that have been given outside I wonder?


GB at 2016-06-19 22:31:49

To be fair to the Assistant, the best advice is “never to guess” if you are not sure the ball has crossed the line, but he seemed to have a good enough angle on that one to make the right call, even if he was not completely up with the ball.


GB at 2016-06-19 22:29:53

In the very next move inside a minute, Assistant Referee Sean Hurd then made another mistake when he gave an off-side call to break up the attack, when he seemed to get confused by the fact that the goalkeeper was not the second rearmost defender. Another wrong call which chalked off another goal for Dallas.


GB at 2016-06-19 22:27:23

Big call then for the officials as the ball looked to cross the SKC goal-line between the posts. First sight looked like the Assistant Referee was not completely in line as the ball entered the goal. The replay showed it was a very poor decision as the ball crossed the goal-line by about a yard.

With not goal-line technology today, Kansa were very lucky there.


GB at 2016-06-19 22:23:21

Now the referee gets a better chance to give a meaningful free kick and does well to move in.


GB at 2016-06-19 22:21:44

Very positive and sharp signals from the referee so far. In a game with very little else going on it always helps for a referee to look sharp and alert rather that too casual. This helps for when the next big call comes from nowhere.


GB at 2016-06-19 22:19:18

The first free kick is always very important in every game as it sets the referee’s tolerance level. This one came in the 8th minute and was for a very minor bit of contact. Then the second ones follows very quickly for a high foot.


GB at 2016-06-19 22:17:06

The referee is doing well so far to be consistent in letting a few challenges pan out and not be duped into giving a soft first free kick


GB at 2016-06-19 22:15:50

5 minutes gone and not a hint of any foul play yet – I always took that as a sign that this could be a game to let flow as much as possible


GB at 2016-06-19 22:14:24

Good eye-contact noted then between referee and AR2 on the far side at that second throw-in. Always good to see officials not forgetting the basics even though they are” miked up”


GB at 2016-06-19 22:12:45

Assistant Sean Hurd showing best practice then by coming to a complete stop before signalling for his first throw-in

GB at 2016-06-19 22:10:45

AR1: James Conlee (JC) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2016-06-19 22:10:09

Sporting Kansas City  won the toss so it will be FC Dallas 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 2016-06-19 22:06:15

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 covers a detailed analysis of a poor off-side call in the LA Galaxy v Sporting Kansas City game last week and includes some excellent educational advice to Assistant Referees on how to avoid these types of mistakes – Play of the Week 14: Offside position

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 2016-06-19 22:04:53

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez (JG)

AR1: James Conlee (JC)

AR2: Sean Hurd (SH)

4th Official: Fotis Bazakos (FB)


Jorge has been refereeing on the MLS since 2006 and had completed 124 games in the middle by the end of last season. The last time I watched this referee was in the New York City v Orlando City game back in May when I was impressed by the way he started the game in a very positive manner and quickly built up an understanding with the players which ensured they knew precisely what they could get away with and what would not be acceptable. This is a very important characteristic for a referee in stamping their authority on the game early in the proceedings whilst still allowing the game to flow and develop its individual tempo. I will therefore be interested to see if he hits the ground running again in this one.

This Crew has never worked together in the MSL Regular Season in the past two years, and in fact the last time any of them were on the same game was back in July last season when James Conlee ran the line to Jorge in Toronto. I have noticed over the past couple of years that it is not very often that the officials in the MLS work together on a regular basis, and this obviously has a lot to do with the distances involved when making appointments. That said, the benefits of a Crew working together regularly are well documented, along with the problems caused when there is less than total harmony between the officials can be very evident at times.

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
6 173 28 1 4.67 0.17

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2016-06-19 21:56:03

Sporting Kansas City


Tim Melia (SKC 29)

Ike Opara (SKC 3)

Benny Feilhaber (SKC 10)

Dom Dwyer (SKC 14)

Lawrence Olum (SKC 16)

Saad Abdul-Salaam (SKC 17)

Connor Hallisey (SKC 22)

Roger Espinoza (SKC 27)

Jacob Peterson (SKC 37)

Soni Mustivar (SKC 93)

Jimmy Medranda (SKC 94)


Kevin Ellis (SKC 4)

Chance Myers (SKC 7)

Diego Rubio (SKC 9)

Seth Sinovic (SKC 15)

Justin Mapp (SKC 21)

Alec Kann (SKC 25)

Jordi Quintilla (SKC 96)

FC Dallas

FC Dallas

Chris Seitz (FCD 18)

Victor Ulloa (FCD 8)

Fabian Castillo (FCD 11)

Tesho Akindele (FCD 13)

Atiba Harris (FCD 14)

Michael Barrios (FCD 21)

Kellyn Acosta (FCD 23)

Matt Hedges (FCD 24)

Walker Zimmerman (FCD 25)

Maynor Figueroa (FCD 31)

Maximiliano Urruti (FCD 37)


Jesse Gonzalez (FCD 1)

Carlos Gruezo (FCD 7)

Mauro Diaz (FCD 10)

Juan Esteban Ortiz (FCD 20)

Carlos Lizarazo (FCD 22)

Colin Bonner (FCD 28)

Agustin Jara (FCD 34)


GB at 2016-06-19 21:52:14

FC Dallas rock up today as the inform team, unbeaten in their last 5 games. Sporting Kansas City on the other hand have only managed to scrape 4 points together from their last 6 games.

Last season the home team notched up two convincing victories against todays opposition on their own cabbage patch, but Dallas have already chalked up the first win of this term with a 2 – 1 victory in April. Passions are sure to be running high in this one as Sporting Kansas will be desperate to impress their home fans who have had precious little to cheer about lately!

Western Conference Table

Pos Club Pld W L T Pts
1 Colorado Rapids 15 9 2 4 31
2 FC Dallas 16 8 4 4 28
3 Real Salt Lake 14 7 4 3 24
4 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 16 6 7 3 21
5 LA Galaxy 14 5 3 6 21
6 San Jose Earthquakes 15 5 4 6 21
7 Portland Timbers 16 5 6 5 20
8 Sporting Kansas City 16 5 8 3 18
9 Seattle Sounders FC 13 5 7 1 16
10 Houston Dynamo 15 3 7 5 14

 Recent form

Sporting Kansas City L L W L L D
FC Dallas L W W W D D


GB at 2016-06-19 21:48:53



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