Sporting Kansas City v Seattle Sounders


Full Time Summary

GB at 2018-04-15 23:28:32

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The main points in this game from the officials perspective were:

  • VAR saves the day following a dreadful penalty call from AR2.
  • Drew Fisher earns his spurs by keeping a feisty encounter under control without resorting to throwing cards around all over the place (just 5 in the game).
  • Overall the game was competitive with both teams showing the type of commitment and passion which can be lacking in the MLS sometimes.

The big talking point in the second half was a penalty decision which was overturned by the referee after he reviewed the incident on the pitch-side monitor. AR2 Jeffery Greeson had looked anything but confident as he raised his flag to signal that a Sporting Kansas City player had deliberately handled the ball inside his own penalty area. It has to be said that he had a better view of the incident than the referee, but the ball was blasted at the defender from less than a yard away, then deflected off of his knee and onto his arm. Without the presence of VAR, that would have resulted in a penalty being awarded incorrectly.

In the first half the first caution of the game set the referee’s bench-mark for reckless play. The challenge may have been viewed as endangering the player’s safety on another day, but I will give Referee Drew Fisher credit for holding his nerve with that one. He would obviously have been aware that if the VAR Geoff Gamble though he had missed a clear Red Card offence, he could have suggested he have another look anyway.

Apart from those two incidents, the game was spattered with offences resulting from petulance and frustration from players of both teams. Fisher did well to keep his nerve and pick off the worse ones in order to maintain his control. This was never going to be an easy game due to the League positions and history between the clubs, so I thought Drew Fisher used his experience well in that game to keep the lid on this one at all times.

More RefCam to come

GB at 2018-04-15 23:10:19

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My final summary will follow very shortly.

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GB at 2018-04-15 23:07:05

A couple of late challenges to the referees authority right at the end as the tackles still go flying in fast and furious. Jimmy Medranda (SKC 94) picks up the last Yellow Card of the game which could have been for the foul or the amateur dramatics after it as he protested his innocence!

Full Time

Sporting Kansas City 2 v 2 Seattle Sounders


GB at 2018-04-15 23:00:18

In a niggly game like this the referee really needs to dig deep now and concentrate right to the end


GB at 2018-04-15 22:58:44

Minimum of 5 added minutes


GB at 2018-04-15 22:58:01

Good spot by the referee whose authority is challenged again as the Seattle player is accused of delaying the restart by not moving 9.15 matres away from the ball – lucky for him that the referee spotted that the free kick was not taken properly as the ball was moving!


GB at 2018-04-15 22:55:55

I don’t think I have ever seen a referee move out so close to his AR2 Jeffery Greeson as Fisher did then. I wonder if he has lost confidence in his wingman after that penalty call earlier in this half?


GB at 2018-04-15 22:54:05

Yellow Card for Osvaldo Alonso (SS 6) for unsporting behaviour as he cynically pushed his opponent over to break up a move in the centre. Fisher did well to flash the card quickly to match the contempt the player had shown for fair play then.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:51:37

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Blatant foul by Nouhou (SS 5)  and the referee seemed to be thinking about allowing a quick restart then. Those ar the ones which he needs to use to slow the game down, which he eventually did by using his spray and taking the sting out of the game. Much better tempo management.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:48:42

The referee is taking no chances at this stage and is opting to “give everything” when ever there is a 50/50 challenge at the moment.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:47:05

Referee Fisher is coping well as the game switched from end to end as he keeps pace with it in these closing stages


GB at 2018-04-15 22:45:36

GOAL! Graham Zusi (SKC 8)

SKC 2 v 2 Seattle


GB at 2018-04-15 22:42:12

 GOAL!Cristian Roldan (SS 7)

SKC 1 v 2 Seattle


GB at 2018-04-15 22:41:14

Good to see Fisher using the stepped approach and managing that little trip by the SKC player. That would have been a very soft yellow card up against some of the other challenges we have seen in this game.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:37:42

Another strong challenge and Referee is very close to sell his decision to stop play for free kick to SKC. Being that tight to play helps to sell these decisions as the temperature rises again.

I wonder if Fisher will learn from the end of the first half and try to slow the game down before tempers rise along with the tempo.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:35:19

That time I think Ike Opara (SKC 3) knew what he was doing as he nudged his opponent in the back for another free kick just outside of the SKC penalty area.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:32:34

this was always going to be a tough game, so Referee Fisher is doing well to keep the lid on it so far.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:29:51

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Fisher found himself in the way of the players then just before the penalty decision which looked to be because of an intervention by the AR, which I believe was not required. It did not look deliberate to me as the ball was deflected onto the SKC players arm.

Fisher goes to the screen and correctly decides that the act was not deliberate so no penalty. Good for VAR, now there is some concern and confusion over the restart. The referee plumps for a contested drop ball which was correct. The ball may have gone out for a corner but the play was stopped for the review of the “ball to hand” incident.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:23:20

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Roger Espinoza (SKC 17)  gets a yellow card Yellow Card for that very reckless challenge. That was one of those which will go down as a trip from behind but was closer to a kick from behind. I can see why the referee did not go red card and I can support that, but Fisher needs to read the signs from that level of frustration and aggression being shown out there.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:20:30

Very delayed flag from AR2 then


GB at 2018-04-15 22:18:55

Fisher seen moving deep into the penalty area to monitor all the holding and pushing at that corner.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:17:45

That might have just been a careless challenge as the SKC player blatantly pushed his opponent in the back, but the referee needs to stay alert to spoiling tactics like that which can wind the players up and cause problems later


GB at 2018-04-15 22:15:13

Good alertness by the referee to stop play as SKC player gets the ball in the face. Also good to see drop ball from place where is was when play was stopped not where the ball his the face.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:13:19

SKC get second half underway

GB at 2018-04-15 22:12:32

Half Time


Half time Summary

GB at 2018-04-15 22:11:35

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The game did not take long to live up to the feisty nature I expected with so much at stake for Seattle the tackles were soon flying in. Drew Fisher picked out a reckless challenge in the 34th minute to set his tolerance level and this may have been deemed worthy of a stiffer sanction on another day. Personally I was content with a yellow card for that tackle which the VAR obviously agreed with as well, as they did not advise Referee Fisher to take another look.

From that moment the temperature gradually started to go up right to the end of the first half. Fisher tried to assert his authority by remaining calm and another yellow card for Dissent this time, but he may have done better to put his foot on the ball and manage the tempo by slowing the game down.

The free kick which led to the Seattle goal looked to me that it should have been given the other way first. Half time came at a good time for the referee to refresh his tanks and come out firing on all cylinders in the second half as it would not take much for this game to really kick off if he is not careful now.


GB at 2018-04-15 22:01:08

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Nouhou (SS 5) seemed very fortunate for me to end up with a free kick just outside of the SKC penalty area as he seemed to commit a foul first. Fisher played that challenge on and from the second attempt from the free kick, Will Bruin (SS 17) finds the GOAL! to open Seattle’s account for the season.

SKC 1 v 1 Seattle



GB at 2018-04-15 21:57:20

minimum of 2 added minutes


GB at 2018-04-15 21:56:29

Cristian Roldan (SS 7)  picks up a yellow card Yellow Card for dissent as the referee trys to establish his control as the temperature of the game suddenly rises as Seattle show their frustrations about the way they are playing as well as the way the game is going!


GB at 2018-04-15 21:54:15

Fisher responds well to the pressure from the Seattle players for a yellow card for that careless challenge in the centre circle. He remained calm and was not influenced.


GB at 2018-04-15 21:50:16

Drew Fisher gets of the mark quickly when he needs to change direction which is important for all referees to keep up with play.


GB at 2018-04-15 21:47:37

That overhead kick posed no danger to another player so the referee was correct to keep the play going


GB at 2018-04-15 21:46:09

Nouhou (SS 5) is penalised for a foul challenge inside the Kansas penalty area and Ilie Sanchez (SKC 6) slots the penalty home GOAL!


GB at 2018-04-15 21:40:14

Just one yellow card Yellow Cardshown to Jordan McCrary (SS 30) by Referee Drew Fisher in the 24th minute for unsporting behaviour


GB at 2018-04-15 21:24:34

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GB at 2018-04-15 21:11:59

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GB at 2018-04-15 21:04:42

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GB at 2018-04-15 21:00:03

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GB at 2018-04-15 20:57:22

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Today’s officials are:

Referee: Drew Fisher

AR1: Corey Rockwell (Technical Area)

AR2: Jeffrey Greeson

4th Official:  Dave Gantar

VAR: Geoff Gamble

Canadian FIFA Referee since 2015, Drew Fisher gets the honour of keeping the lid screwed down tightly in this one today!

He made his debut in the MLS in 2012 and has since established himself as a reliable official capable of managing everything he is faced with at this level, with 81 regular season matches to his name. With 3 World Cup qualifier matches also under his belt in the run up to this summer’s finals, this appointment should be bread and butter to this whistler, providing he starts strong in what could be a very feisty affair.


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
3 69 8 0 2.67 0

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2018-04-15 20:55:59

Sporting Kansas City

29   Tim Melia (SKC 29)

3     Ike Opara (SKC 3)

5     Matt Besler (SKC 5)

6     Ilie Sanchez (SKC 6)

7     Johnny Russell (SKC 7)

8     Graham Zusi (SKC 8)

10   Yohan Croizet (SKC 10)

14   Khiry Shelton (SKC 14)

17   Roger Espinoza (SKC 17)

20   Daniel Salloi (SKC 20)

94   Jimmy Medranda (SKC 94)


1     Adrian Zendejas (SKC 1)

11   Diego Rubio (SKC 11)

12   Gerso Fernandes (SKC 12)

15   Seth Sinovic (SKC 15)

19   Cristian Lobato (SKC 19)

22   Emiliano Amor (SKC 22)

26   Jaylin Lindsey (SKC 26)

Seattle Sounders

24   Stefan Frei (SS 24)

4     Gustav Svensson (SS 4)

5     Nouhou (SS 5)

7     Cristian Roldan (SS 7)

10   Nicolás Lodeiro (SS 10)

14   Chad Marshall (SS 14)

16   Alex Roldan (SS )16

17   Will Bruin (SS 17)

29   Román Torres (SS 29)

30   Jordan McCrary (SS 30)

70   Handwalla Bwana (SS 70)


6     Osvaldo Alonso (SS 6)

15   Tony Alfaro (SS )15

21   Jordy Delem (SS 21)

22   Magnus Wolff Eikrem (SS 22)

23   Henry Wingo (SS 23)

27   Lamar Neagle (SS 27)

35   Bryan Meredith (SS 35)


GB at 2018-04-15 20:46:24

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We could have an intriguing encounter in the offing today as MLS Cup finalists for the last two seasons find themselves at the bottom of the table against this season’s high flyers at the top of the shop.

The stats may be skewed a bit by the fact that Kansas City have played 3 more games, but the fact remains that Seattle have yet to register a single point from their opening 3 fixtures.

Sounders fans may have been pinning their hopes on the return of Dempsey, following his recent red card picked up vs FC Dallas, to kick start their season, but he has not even been selected for the substitute’s bench for this game. I expect this one to be tough, fast and furious, so sit back, buckle up and hold on!

The previous 5 meetings have resulted in 3 wins for Kansas and 2 for the Seattle. The current form of both clubs tells a completely different story though:

Sporting Kansas City L W W D W W
Seattle Sounders W W L L L L

Western Conference

Pos Club Pld W L T Pts
1 Sporting Kansas City 6 4 1 1 13
2 LA Galaxy 6 3 2 1 10
3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 7 3 3 1 10
4 Los Angeles Football Club 5 3 2 0 9
5 FC Dallas 5 2 0 3 9
6 Colorado Rapids 5 2 1 2 8
7 Real Salt Lake 6 2 3 1 7
8 Minnesota United FC 6 2 4 0 6
9 Houston Dynamo 5 1 2 2 5
10 San Jose Earthquakes 5 1 2 2 5
11 Portland Timbers 6 1 3 2 5
12 Seattle Sounders FC 3 0 3 0 0



GB at 2018-04-15 20:41:15

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