MLS Week #7 April 11-15

MLS Week #7 April 11-15

We had three offside decisions overturned by VAR this week, which is good in the sense that VAR worked as it should, but poor that VAR had to be used. We also had an incident in Chicago that demonstrates why the decision on the field is so important, and that we get it right, even more so.  Position and movement were key factors in all these decisions. 
On a positive note, we have a rookie vs veteran battle for Call of the Week. 

MLS Week #5 March 30-31

MLS Week #5 March 30-31

This week was a solid week for PRO assistant referees.  No KMI errors and some good assisting on penalty situations, misconduct, some scuffles, and even helping the VAR.   Of course there was the usual excellent offside decisions also. It's the type of week that helps you forget about the storms in March. 
This week we look at some good concentration on offside decision coming from deflections and rebounds.  A quick glance into the world of VAR and another What Should You Do? incident. 

MLS Week #4 March 24

MLS Week #4 March 24

Last season may have been a very good season, but that is in the past and PRO ARs must prove themselves again this season.  They must prove themselves every game.  Although errors will inevitably happen, work rate to stay in good position and concentration are the factors that can reduce them. 
This week we look at an offside error. that fortunately does not result in a goal.  We are using this error as an learning tool for all, so as to not have it happen again. 
Also this week a good "What Should You Do? poll for an offside decision that deals with line of vision and of course, the Call of the Week. 

MLS Week #3 March 17-18

MLS Week #3 March 17-18

We don't often talk about concentration, because it is pretty much expected at the top level.  Identify who last played the ball - defender or attacker - can be difficult sometimes and the help of the referee can be a deciding factor whether the flag goes up or not.   We had two situations this week where defenders made deliberate plays on the ball.

MLS Week #1 March 3-4

MLS Week #1  March 3-4

Sure there are some 380+ games to go in the season, but the first 10 are in the bag and they were tucked away nicely.  The first 20 assistant referees have laid down the level for those opening up their seasons in Matchday #2.  No KMI errors, some quality tight decisions and one very good instance of teamwork that results in a correct send-off. 
VAR "check completed" all offside decisions on goals including the correct denial of Seattle's goal vs LAFC.   We want your opinion on the second goal at LA Galaxy and of course, who deserves to win The (insert sponsor name here) Call of the Week.