USSF Calls Out MLS Refs Again

USSF Calls Out MLS Refs Again

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 5, 2009
  • 8 Comments
  • Poor Officiating

Ever wonder about that bad PK call last week? Okay I know that is too general since there was a couple bad PK calls last week but the USSF called out the sideline ref at last week’s New England/DC game.

“There is minimal contact. The contact is doubtful, soft and trifling. It does not prevent the attacker from playing the ball nor does it cause him to misplay the ball. The attacker is falling backward on his own volition. The minimal contact by the defender does not contribute to the attacker’s fall. This is a 50/50 call that must be left to the referee, who is positioned much closer. The assistant referee is not in ‘rhythm’ with the referee’s decisions as they have developed throughout the match. In other words, the decision is not clear enough to differ from the management style exhibited by the referee to that point in the match. Although not the best line of vision, the referee does have a decent perspective and is much closer to the situation than the AR. Given the unclear nature of the contact, the challenge should be considered ‘beyond the AR’s area of control.’ “

No mention of the PK call during the Chicago/Chivas game.

  • John David Anderson

    Is it heresy to suggest we implement another official that can review the video replay?<br />
    <br />
    Honestly, people will have a really hard time loving soccer (in the U.S.) when you can see how obviously bad a call was from the Jumbotron not 15 seconds from play restarting, or a PK finishing.<br />
    <br />
    In addition to better officiating, why not adjust the process?

  • Hank

    Namoff had a hold of Twellman's arm… at what point did that become allowed? <br />
    <br />
    What I find funny is this comes from USSF – and who is President of USSF – Sunil Gulati – who is also president of Kraft Soccer, the owners of the New England Revolution.

  • Bill

    Why not add &quot;FIFA makes us call them assistant referees, but they will always be linemen to us&quot;. &quot;Beyond the area of control&quot;? If one wonders why MLS can't get good refs, look no further. USSF doesn't know what they are talking about.<br />
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    If the AR perceives he saw a foul, he should raise his flag. Period. The referee can overrule it based on what he saw. Period. Instead we see red cards given without the nearest AR even raising his flag. Each time that happens, USSF should be very concerned, and potentially suspend an official. Instead they make up some silly notion about &quot;area of control&quot;.

  • Jason

    This is the third time the USSF has had to make a statement in regards to games involving DC United. All three were mistakes that cost DC points. At what point do DC fans get to start making conspiracy theories about MLS officiating? 5 games? 8 games? I just find it uncanny that DC could be the victim of bad officiating so many times in just over a third of a season.

  • John David Anderson

    Is it heresy to suggest we implement another official that can review the video replay?

    Honestly, people will have a really hard time loving soccer (in the U.S.) when you can see how obviously bad a call was from the Jumbotron not 15 seconds from play restarting, or a PK finishing.

    In addition to better officiating, why not adjust the process?

  • Hank

    Namoff had a hold of Twellman’s arm… at what point did that become allowed?

    What I find funny is this comes from USSF – and who is President of USSF – Sunil Gulati – who is also president of Kraft Soccer, the owners of the New England Revolution.

  • Bill

    Why not add “FIFA makes us call them assistant referees, but they will always be linemen to us”. “Beyond the area of control”? If one wonders why MLS can’t get good refs, look no further. USSF doesn’t know what they are talking about.

    If the AR perceives he saw a foul, he should raise his flag. Period. The referee can overrule it based on what he saw. Period. Instead we see red cards given without the nearest AR even raising his flag. Each time that happens, USSF should be very concerned, and potentially suspend an official. Instead they make up some silly notion about “area of control”.

  • Jason

    This is the third time the USSF has had to make a statement in regards to games involving DC United. All three were mistakes that cost DC points. At what point do DC fans get to start making conspiracy theories about MLS officiating? 5 games? 8 games? I just find it uncanny that DC could be the victim of bad officiating so many times in just over a third of a season.