MLS Cup 2015 was decided -- the deciding second goal was scored by Portland -- after a ball played out of bounds by Portland. The Crew's Tony Tchani
assumed the ball was out and dribbled to
play it back it when Portland's Darlington Nagbe
took the ball and started the play that led to the Timbers' second goal in their 2-1 win.
Here is the exchange between the pool
reporter and referee Jair Marrufo
: In the lead-up to Portland’s second goal, should play have been stopped when Diego Chara passed the ball out of bounds to Alvas Powell
on the sideline?
“If the ball had clearly crossed the line, a throw-in should have been given. However, the assistant referee did not see the ball leave the field of
play.” Did the assistant referee communicate to you whether he saw the ball go out while on the field or in the locker room at halftime?
“No.” Was a whistle blown at the time?