MLS officiating is the biggest black eye for the league. It is honestly a joke.
I have a couple of friends from Europe who were visiting here and wanted to see
some "American" soccer. Their biggest complaint was poor officiating.
It is awful. MLS officials are like churchball officials compared to NBA
officials. MLS needs to seriously up its level of officiating if they want their
league to stay relevant.
While MLS officiating is particularly poor, it is a problem worldwide. Every
soccer league has its problems with officials.
Honestly I think the field is way to big for just one center official. 2 center
officials and 2 sidelines would clean up the game a lot. Also give us goal line
Paul Ward was put in a tough situation in this game. Chivas made it clear they
were going to be physical early in the match. Did anyone else notice that he was
originally going to give Mondaini a yellow card before he saw the extent of
Morales' injury?Just a few weeks ago the complaint was that the refs
were giving out too many red cards, I wonder if that was playing into Ward's
decisions. He should have given a straight red to the defender who pulled down
Saborio at the top of the box for denying a goal scoring opportunity. That
decision became a moot point when the defender was shown his second yellow for
lowering his shoulder into Saborio 10 minutes later. I have wondered
if that ejection is what lead to Javi's injury. I don't know that Mondaini would
have been defending that deep had they not been down a man. Even if Javi wasn't
hurt on that play it should have been a straight red for tackling from behind.
That's one change I would like to see, tackles from behind should be a straight