The referees made some serious errors on Saturday night in Colorado v Real Salt Lake match

There were several errors in the Colorado Rapids and the Real Salt Lake match. Unfortunatley they all went against the Rapids and all happened to involve Video Assistance Referee decisions.

Video Assistance Review, also known as VAR, in Major League Soccer was supposed to get ride of the controversy surrounding the calls. However, the way it was implemented has not worked out that way with referees going to look at video reviews too often.

The perfect example of it was last week when Ted Unkel used VAR to overturn a goal when he got in the way of a player saying their was a foul when there wasn’t. That play should never have gone to VAR, even the referee organization said so.

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Fox Soccer Channel in HD

I am getting into watching soccer and one of the things that I hate is that I have to watch the Fox Soccer Channel in standard definition despite the fact that they are broadcasting in High Definition.
I’m on Comcast and having to watching it in standard definition ruins the experience, especially if you are trying to watch the English Premier League games.

Common Comcast, please add the Fox Soccer Channel in HD.

Why Football “Soccer” is slow to catch on in the United States

Football, or soccer as it is called in the States, is slowing gaining speed in the United States. But the reason that it proceeding slowly can be tracked to the game today, the officiating.
The USA won this match and everyone in the world knows it, but it goes down as a draw because of some bad officiating. But there were some mysterious calls against the Yanks leading to the ultimate one when the USA had the go ahead goal taken away by some mysterious foul that the official refused to say who committed it.

The game deserves an explanation and FIFA needs to reign in their officials only placing their best officials in these games. The official from Mali was horrible and should be sent home never to officiate again. All you have to do is watch the game and see the horrible calls.

A non-call on an offsides against Slovenia that led to a goal, a handball called against Findley that hit off his shoulder and head that led to a yellow card and a disqualification for the next match, and several fouls that weren’t called on Slovenia. One should have been called on a foul against Altidore in the box for a penalty kick.

We can all hope that FIFA gets it act together for the remaining games. This is truly a great sport and a world sport, but we deserve world class officiating also. Once that happens, the sport will continue to grow and a break-neck speed in the United States.