Memo to MLS: Instant Replay Needs to Come In

Lars HansonAnalyst IMay 18, 2009

CARSON, CA - APRIL 18:  Fredy Montero #17 of Seattle Sounders FC reacts after missing a scoring attempt early in the first half during the MLS match against Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center on April 18, 2009 in Carson, California. Chivas USA defeated Sounders FC 2-0. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

This picture of Fredy Montero says it all. The Sounders, in the last three weeks and beyond have had some bad officiating.

Now the Sounders recent results can not blame it all of bad refs but they did have some missed shots and opportunities that they passed up. But looking at it, the refs have really impacted the Sounders FC in recent weeks.

This week, when the Sounders FC faced FC Dallas something that MLB,NFL and NBA use would have come in to play. FC Dallas MF Andre Rocha scored a goal in extra "extra" time.

There was two problems with the goal. One Rocha looked, well not looked, Rocha was very offsides when he scored the goal. And Two, there was two minutes of added time. When the goal was scored the clock read 2:15, fifteen seconds after the game should have been ended for the half time.

Now I understand that the refs can never be exact but 15 seconds is too long.

That's why I think it has come time that the MLS adopt instant replay. It would allow the refs to have a second look at a goal that maybe the opposing coach thought that the player who scored the goal was offsides.

Each team would have two "challenges" per game. That way it's a fair amount, and it makes the game that much better, because a game that would result in a tie could be turned around into a win for the team that played completely clean.

SO that, for example the FC Dallas vs. Sounders FC game would have been won by the Sounders if there was instant replay, because the refs would have seen that Rocha was completely offsides and reversed the goal.

And in the event that the goal does not count, the team that had the ball (the team that had the goal reversed) would start with the ball at the midfield line just like after a goal.

So in that event FC Dallas would have started with the ball at midfield because  the goal was not legit.


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