2020 MLS Week 12 Referee Discussion

Geralt of Sanctuary

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Apr 24, 2020

Avaya Stadium has struggled with the grass quality since it was built. Which is odd, because there's no reason they shouldn't be able to grow good grass there. That said, the field was FAR from unplayable, and the players didn't really seem to have any trouble with it.

Anyway, notable VAR decision to give San Jose its goal. I think they got it right, but I'm not 100% sure it's "clear and obvious", given the camera angle. We all know that just seeing green between the ball and the goal line isn't definitive when you're dealing with a spherical ball.

If MLS isn't going to use goal line tech, they really should have cameras on the goal line for making goal line decisions.

Also, interesting mechanics on the VAR review--Chilowicz ran over to the monitor, looked at it for literally about one second, and then left to signal for the goal. I'm sure he was mostly just trusting his VAR, but it looked a little silly, given it really is a pretty close call.