Toronto FC v New England Revolution



GB at 2015-09-14 00:20:32

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GB at 2015-09-14 00:19:22

That was a master class of how to totally control a game using experience and confidence. Baldomero Toledo’s 9 years  as a FIFA Referee was very evident as he kept that very entertaining game moving and allowed the players to compete freely in the knowledge that they would be protected from any foul play.


Toledo is obviously very fit, but he showed that in a game like that, you do not need to be seen to be “running all over the place”. If you can read the game and box clever so you always give yourself a good viewing angle, you do not need to be an Olympic sprinter. His patrol was basically from the edge of one penalty area to the other, but I can’t remember him actually missing anything. He also showed the benefits which can be gained by running on through after you have given a decision so as to make it look like he was actually closer to the play than he really was sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good tactic when used well.


All-in-all, this was one of the best performances (in a game which needed refereeing), which I have seen in the MLS this season.


Both assistants only got involved when they were required to, with the stand-out piece of work coming from AR1: Ian Anderson which sold a caution with his actions and communication with the referee.


Well done to all the officials.


gb at 2015-09-14 00:00:31

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GB at 2015-09-13 23:59:48

Full Time


Toronto FC 1 – 3 New England Revolution


GB at 2015-09-13 23:56:50

minimum of 3 minutes to be added


GB at 2015-09-13 23:56:18

true to form the referee gave that free kick for a block in the centre without making a big fuss about it


GB at 2015-09-13 23:52:35

1st off-side in the game goes to AR2: Fabio Tovar – looked credible to me


GB at 2015-09-13 23:50:56

both teams have done well to keep the pace of this game up for over 80 minutes so far which has produced a really entertaining game


GB at 2015-09-13 23:47:13

Good example there of “not every hand ball is a caution”. Deliberate hand ball yes and free kick required but the position of the offence on the field of play did not require disciplinary action to be taken


GB at 2015-09-13 23:44:49

What I like about this referee is that there is nothing fussy about him. He gives with decisions without drawing unnecessary attention to himself and just gets on with it but can still vary the tone of his whistle when required


GB at 2015-09-13 23:41:01

Yellow Card Ahmed Kantari (TFC 41)

The referee has indicated that the yellow card was issued for persistently infringing the laws of the game


GB at 2015-09-13 23:39:35

If Robbie Findley (TFC 55) had handled the ball in an attempt to deceive the referee then he would have definitely needed to be dismissed


GB at 2015-09-13 23:37:31

GOAL! Kelyn Rowe (NER 11)


Toronto FC 1 – 3 New England Revolution


GB at 2015-09-13 23:36:11

This is a great advert for MLS football


GB at 2015-09-13 23:34:57

Now that could be the first time he has dropped his guard?

He has dealt with similar clashes more strongly that that so I hope he does not try to hard to keep 22 players on the field of play. That was only a caution but he has worked so hard that the players have expected everything he has done, he needs to keep up his consistency.


GB at 2015-09-13 23:31:41

Every time a decision comes along this referee has nailed it today – I cant see this one getting away from him today


GB at 2015-09-13 23:30:01

Great Yellow Cardfor Kelyn Rowe (NER 11)

Clear unsporting behaviour got what it deserved


GB at 2015-09-13 23:27:38

Great positioning again by the referee to deal with that foul on the edge of the New England Penalty Area correctly

Yellow Card for Andrew Farrell (NER 2) for a reckless challenge – he may have had a moan but he had no right to complain about that one


GB at 2015-09-13 23:25:32

There were two great examples of positioning by the referee in the last few minutes:

  1. In the build up to the Toronto goal he swung round in an arching path to make sure he could see the edge of the New England Penalty Area line.
  2. as there was a penalty call at the other end, he kept moving right in to make it look like he was closer to the challenge than he actually was when it happened


GB at 2015-09-13 23:22:20

Game on!

GOAL! Robbie Findley (TFC 55)

Toronto FC 1 – 2 New England Revolution



GB at 2015-09-13 23:21:00

That display by AR1: Ian Anderson shows the difference between the good assistants and the VERY Good assistants. Everything about how he dealt with that foul right by him showed confidence and authority


GB at 2015-09-13 23:18:31

AR1: Ian Anderson showed great teamwork there in giving the referee the extra inform action he required down the communications kit as well as a really strong agitation in order to sell a caution for that reckless challenge by Robbie Findley (TFC 55) Yellow Card


GB at 2015-09-13 23:14:50

That strong fair challenge right in front of the referee was another good example of the confidence this referee has to keep the game flowing as much as possible


GB at 2015-09-13 23:12:42

2nd half started like the 1st one – this could get exciting!


GB at 2015-09-13 23:11:21

The score might reflect current form but not the way the game has really gone.

New England get us underway again


GB at 2015-09-13 23:05:48

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GB at 2015-09-13 23:04:52

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GB at 2015-09-13 23:04:02

That looked like a great game to referee so far. A “zippy” wet surface, lots of attacking football, and just a little “niggle” without anything nasty.


Baldomero Toledo’s vast experience has shone through and he has managed to let the game really flow without letting his style affect his control what so ever. He has done this by stepping up his body language and presence only when he has needed to but ALWAYS when he has needed to.


Everything about this referee looks like he is fully concentrating and fully focused on his job at hand, and this is rubbing off on the players who are showing him the respect he deserves so far. Keep it up, is all I can say at this stage!


No big decisions for the assistants yet but they both look sharp apart from a slight sloppy flag by Fabio Tovar near the start when he tried to out guess what the referee had given instead of giving him-self time.


GB at 2015-09-13 22:55:40

Half Time


Toronto FC 0 – 2 New England Revolution


GB at 2015-09-13 22:54:45

one added minute


GB at 2015-09-13 22:54:20

Good example there of the referee squeezing the play right to the goal-line


GB at 2015-09-13 22:52:45

The referee was very close to that swinging arm from Michael Bradley (TFC 4) so we can only assume it did not make as much contact as it looked – in in fact any at all as the referee allowed play to continue


GB at 2015-09-13 22:48:19

GOAL! Diego Fagundez (NER 14)

Toronto FC 0 – 2 New England Revolution



GB at 2015-09-13 22:46:06

I have lost count already of how many advantages Baldomero has played in this game so far. Every one has worked for him and he has not needed to bring the play back


GB at 2015-09-13 22:44:44

Excellent awareness shown then by the referee who picked out that silly challenge by the New England defender and really blasted his whistle to say “I am not having that”!

Not worthy of a caution but the referee needed to be firm with that one and he was


GB at 2015-09-13 22:40:49

Baldomero really had to dig deep then as the play switched from one end to the other. All the experience in the world and ability to read the game cannot help when you need to get somewhere quickly!


GB at 2015-09-13 22:38:23

Yellow Card for Lee Nguyen (NER 24) for a reckless challenge


I did see that coming and the referee has shown the importance of being proactive rather than reactive. That first caution needs to be a good one and he showed his experience again by picking that one out and setting his tolerance level for all to see


GB at 2015-09-13 22:36:00

This is one of quickest games I have seen so far this season and it looks like it could get feisty. Our referee likes to keep a low profile whenever he can, but may well find he needs to raise it a bit as this one unfolds


GB at 2015-09-13 22:34:03

Baldomero’s vast experience displayed there as he picked out that the player blocking his opponent then moved in quickly to control the re-start


GB at 2015-09-13 22:31:27

The referee is right there again right on the spot as the Toronto player is tripped just outside of the penalty area


GB at 2015-09-13 22:30:04

First test for Baldomero to show his tolerance level with that foul in the centre which he assessed as just careless


GB at 2015-09-13 22:28:51

Another supper advantage leads to a shot on goal – great stuff!


GB at 2015-09-13 22:27:46

The experience of this referee is showing through already and his presence is allowing this game to really flow


GB at 2015-09-13 22:26:40

Baldomero’s pace is very deceptive. He does not seem to be really sprinting but he is reading the game so well he is able to make sound decisions. That advantage was a great example.


GB at 2015-09-13 22:23:01

AR1 showing a good turn of pace there as he hit to goal-line just as the ball goes out of play


GB at 2015-09-13 22:19:54

Once again BT is following up and had a great view of that careless challenge in order to sell his decision. No point with arguing with this referee when he is so close to play


at 2015-09-13 22:18:29

BT fully correct there with that free kick just outside of the Penalty Area. The Assistant looked a bit confused though and would have been better just waiting for a second or two before raising his flag after the referee had blown his whistle.


at 2015-09-13 22:16:21

The referee is keeping very close to the play at the moment but he needs to make sure he is not too close to where the players want to play


GB at 2015-09-13 22:14:48

That goal looked on the cards after a frenetic opening few minutes


GB at 2015-09-13 22:14:00

own GOAL! Damien Perquis (TFC 24)

Toronto FC 0 – 1 New England Revolution


GB at 2015-09-13 22:12:11

BT doing well with that throw-in near the half way line. He started to go early but then made eye contact with his assistant and between them they got the decision correct


GB at 2015-09-13 22:10:31

AR1: Ian Anderson (IA) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2015-09-13 22:09:38

New England Revolution won the toss so it will be Toronto FC  to kick off.


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


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GB at 2015-09-13 22:06:27


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 featured today’s referee and concentrated on the appropriate sanction which players can expect if they are guilty of time wasting or delaying the restart of play. You can see this latest training piece here PRO MLS Wk27 Play of the Week


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GB at 2015-09-13 22:02:14

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Baldomero Toledo (BT)

AR1: Joe Fletcher (JF)

AR2: James Conlee (JC)

4th Official: Chris Penso (CP)



Baldomero is in his 12th straight season as an MSL Referee and has over 200 games in the top flight in North America under his belt. This year he has received more assignments than any other referee on the list, so he is obviously having an excellent season.


Here are the referee’s statistics for his regular league games in the MLS so far this season:

Games Fouls awarded Yellows Reds Ave Yellow Ave Reds
18 415 64 6 3.56 0.33



The last time I did a RefCam game with Baldomero in the middle was a few weeks ago in the one-sided contest between LA Galaxy and New York City. That game did not exactly turn out to be fair test for the referee as it never really lived up to its expectations but all the officials put in a decent shift that day.


Rest of the Crew:


AR1: Joe Fletcher (JF)

Joe ran the line in his 1st MLS game back in 2007 which was the same year he was awarded his FIFA badge. This is his 10th assignment this year to add to his 64 games before this season. Joe is working with today’s referee for the first time in the MLS this season.


AR2: James Conlee (JC)

James has 12 games to his name in this year’s campaign, to add to his 94 assignments in the MLS since his first appearance in the top flight back in 2008. As with Joe, this will be the first time James has been selected for today’s Referee’s Crew in the MLS this season.


4th Official: Chris Penso (CP)

Chris is an established MSL Referee in his own right who made it into the top flight in 2011, and has nearly 80 games worth of experience in the middle. This is only the second time this season that Chris finds himself holding up the board.


Starting line-ups

GB at 2015-09-13 22:01:10

Toronto FC

Chris Konopka (TFC 1)

Justin Morrow (TFC 2)

Michael Bradley (TFC 4)

Sebastian Giovinco (TFC 10)

Jozy Altidore (TFC 17)

Marky Delgado (TFC 18)

Jonathan Osorio (TFC 21)

Josh Williams (TFC 23)

Damien Perquis (TFC 24)

Ahmed Kantari (TFC 41)

Robbie Findley (TFC 55)


Nick Hagglund (TFC 6)

Benoit Cheyrou (TFC 8)

Joe Bendik (TFC 12)

Jay Chapman (TFC 14)

Herculez Gomez (TFC 16)

Chris Mannella (TFC 20)

Luke Moore (TFC 27)


New England Revolution

Bobby Shuttleworth (NER 22)

Andrew Farrell (NER 2)

Jeremy Hall (NER 5)

Scott Caldwell (NER 6)

Chris Tierney (NER 8)

Charlie Davies (NER 9)

Teal Bunbury (NER 10)

Jermaine Jones (NER 13)

Diego Fagundez (NER 14)

Jose Goncalves (NER 23)

Lee Nguyen (NER 24)


Steve Neumann (NER 4)

Kelyn Rowe (NER 11)

Daigo Kobayashi (NER 16)

Juan Agudelo (NER 17)

Brad Knighton (NER 18)

London Woodberry (NER 28)

Kevin Alston (NER 30)



GB at 2015-09-13 21:51:22

The current form guide shows New England on a real roll at the moment have gone 6 games without a loss


Toronto FC




New England





GB at 2015-09-13 21:49:33

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

Eastern Conference

Pos Club Pld W L T Pts
1 New York Red Bulls 26 13 7 6 45
2 D.C. United 29 13 10 6 45
3 Columbus Crew SC 29 12 9 8 44
4 New England Revolution 27 11 9 7 40
5 Toronto FC 26 11 11 4 37
6 Montreal Impact 25 9 11 5 32
7 Philadelphia Union 29 8 15 6 30
8 Orlando City SC 28 7 13 8 29
9 New York City FC 28 7 14 7 28
10 Chicago Fire 28 7 15 6 27


Western Conference

Pos Club Pld W L T Pts
1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 28 15 10 3 48
2 FC Dallas 27 14 8 5 47
3 LA Galaxy 29 13 8 8 47
4 Seattle Sounders FC 29 13 13 3 42
5 Sporting Kansas City 26 11 7 8 41
6 Portland Timbers 28 11 9 8 41
7 San Jose Earthquakes 28 11 11 6 39
8 Houston Dynamo 28 9 11 8 35
9 Real Salt Lake 28 9 11 8 35
10 Colorado Rapids 28 8 10 10 34




at 2015-09-13 21:47:00

Toronto will be looking to use their Home advantage to make the most out of this game in hand they have over their visitors as with less than 10 games to go now in the regular season. A win today would seriously help their play-off ambitions as they look to put distance between themselves and 7th place.


New England on the other hand will be hoping to consolidate their record against their Canadian opponent’s today, which has seen them come out on top 4 times out of the past 5 meetings, with the other match being a draw.



GB at 2015-09-13 21:45:14

Welcome to this evening’s live RefCam coverage of the game between Toronto FC and New England Revolution at the BMO Field.

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