VAR, the new video review system MLS introduced this weekend, overturned only two calls in the first 11 games, but one was a game-changer. Instead of the LA Galaxy going ahead 2-1 at Portland,
Gyasi Zardes' goal was overturned for a handball, and the Timbers went on
to win 3-1.
After the review, referee Drew Fischer disallowed the Zardes goal in the 10th minute. The Timbers went back ahead on Diego Valeri's goal in the 33rd
minute. They appealed for a review of a possible penalty kick on a foul by Dave Romney on Fanendo Adi in the box in the 41st minute, but no review was done.
importance of VAR correcting Fischer's call on the Galaxy go-ahead goal, Portland coach Caleb Porter said, “I don’t know because we didn’t get the benefit of it on the second
one. But I think it helped. In that moment, going down 2-1 versus staying at 1-1, that was a key moment in the match. But I thought also another key moment would have been if we went up 3-1. "
Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said the Timbers were the better team in the first half, but admitted the goal reversal changed the game.
"The goal that gets disallowed -- I mean
it’s the correct reasoning," he said, "but it’s a goal that we should have just headed in.”
WINLESS 7 D.C.
United (6 losses, 1 tie) 7 LA Galaxy (6 losses, 1 tie)
VAR MILESTONE. The first goal to be overturned was Maxi
Urruti's goal for FC Dallas. After review, it was ruled FC Dallas forward Cristian Colman fouled Union goalkeeper John McCarthy on the play leading up to the goal. The Union won,
3-1, for its first victory over FC Dallas in its eight seasons in MLS.
VAR was also introduced, not without considerable controversy, in Germany and the Netherlands for the season-opening Super Cups.
TECHNICAL BREAKDOWN. The limitations of VAR became apparent in the German Super Group match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund when Bayern's first-half equalizer was
allowed to stand despite concerns that Joshua Kimmich was offside when he passed the ball to goalscorer Robert Lewandowski.
The calibrated lines that VAR normally has to
review offside decisions were unavailable in the first half due to technical problems, the German federation and league confirmed. They added that a review of all televised images determined the
decision to confirm the goal was correct and unaffected by the technical snafu.
TWO-GOAL SWING. Feyenoord beat Vitesse in the
Dutch Super Cup in a shootout despite a bizarre turn of events, having a goal ruled out after it was determined it had committed a foul for a penalty kick at the other end. So instead of leading, 2-0,
the score was tied, 1-1, on Alex Buttner's penalty kick.