The first official MLS Video Review took place on Saturday as the league’s new VAR system made its debut. The incident took place in the game between Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas, with the visitors seeing a goal ruled out in the 79th minute after the play was reviewed.
Ricardo Salazar was the referee who signalled to initiate the first official MLS Video Review in league history. The incident came after FC Dallas scored in the 79th minute, with Philadelphia Union leading 3-0 at the time the ball crossed the line.
Maximiliano Urruti tapped into an empty net to score the Dallas goal. But Cristian Colman fouled John McCarthy in the build-up to the goal. The officials failed to spot that incident originally. So Salazar consulted his VAR, Hilario Grajeda.
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Colman tried to take the ball past McCarthy after being put through on goal. But the Paraguayan forward kicked the ‘keeper in the groin after failing to get past him. That prevented the goalkeeper from recovering quickly enough to stop Urruti from scoring the rebound.
The FC Dallas players ran away celebrating, before Salazar began speaking to his Video Assistant Referee about a potential Video Review. He eventually signalled for the first MLS Video Review, before watching the incident back on a TV monitor.
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Salazar ruled the goal out and Philadelphia kept their 3-0 lead intact. FC Dallas did eventually get on the board, with Michael Barrios scoring in stoppage time, with the game ending 3-1.
At the tenth time of trying, Philadelphia Union finally picked up a victory over FC Dallas. A CJ Sapong double either side of Ilsinho goal saw the hosts make it four-straight wins at Talen Energy Stadium. They are now just three points outside the playoff spots in the East with 11 games to play.
FC Dallas have lost back-to-back games for just the second time this season. They need to bounce back quickly with a whole host of teams queuing up behind them in the Western Conference.