MLS Highlights Missed Calls In Red Bulls/LA Match

MLS, Major League Soccer
Two plays involving LA keeper Brian Rowe should have been ruled penalties, MLS officials said.
Two plays involving LA keeper Brian Rowe should have been ruled penalties, MLS officials said.
Two plays involving LA keeper Brian Rowe should have been ruled penalties, MLS officials said.

Major League Soccer’s Vice President of Competition said three key calls in the recent LA Galaxy/New York Red Bulls match that went against New York were incorrect.

Jeff Agoos told MLSSoccer.com that the league has expressed its concers about the missed calls with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), which is responsible for the identification and development of referees in the United States and Canada.

Throughout the match, referee Hilario Grajeda continued to draw the ire of Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch, who this season has expressed frustration over the officiating.

New York took umbrage with three plays in the match that finished a 2-2 draw. Two involved LA keeper Brian Rowe and collisions with Alex Muyl and Gonzalo Veron that appeared to be penalties. The third call involved a slide tackle by the Galaxy’s Jeff Larentowicz on New York’s Damien Perrinelle, which left Perrinelle with a meniscus injury that will sideline him for up to six weeks. No foul was called on the play, but the league’s Disciplinary Committee gave Larentowicz a one-match suspension.

Agoos noted the the forthcoming video review system would have allowed for the review of the calls in question. MLS is one of the first professional soccer/football leagues globally to take part in the development and testing of FIFA’s new video assistant referee (VAR).