Orlando City-NYCFC: Allen Chapman and rest of refereeing crew won't work remainder of MLS playoffs

Saturday's Orlando City-NYCFC match went to a shootout, where the Lions won, but not before their star keeper, Peruvian Pedro Gallese, was red carded and what appeared to be a game-winning save nullified.

Two calls by the crew headed by Allen Chapman, the referee in MLS Cup 2017 and 2019, were correct.

Chapman was correct to order a replay of Taty Castellanos' attempt in the fifth round, and he was correct to give a yellow card, the second of the game to Gallese, because the MLS playoffs are being played under the 2019-20 rules of the game, not the 2020-21 rules, under which Gallese would have only been given a warning and not sent off.

But Chapman was incorrect in allowing Orlando City backup keeper Brian Rowe on the field to replace Gallese in goal and set up to face Castellanos. One of the nine Orlando City players in the game had to be picked.

After 11 minutes of confusion, Argentine defender Rodrigo Schlegel entered the goal and made the decisive save on his third attempt, in the seventh round, stopping a shot fired by NYCFC's Gudmundur Thorarinsson.

More confusion followed, though, as more than two minutes elapsed before Benji Michel stepped up and scored to win the game for Orlando City.

Rules analyst Joe Machnik confirmed on the FS1 broadcast of Sunday's Sporting KC-San Jose game that PRO's Howard Webb had informed him that none of this referee crew will be assigned to a future MLS playoff game this season.

6 comments about "Orlando City-NYCFC: Allen Chapman and rest of refereeing crew won't work remainder of MLS playoffs".
  1. beautiful game, November 23, 2020 at 9:07 a.m.

    MLS punishes a referee for not following league shoot-out rule, but does nothing about dereliction of duty in enforcing LOTG.

  2. Doug Broadie, November 23, 2020 at 1:34 p.m.

    I agree beautiful game.  I said at the start of the game that he isn't controlling the game.  The player who was sent off, should have been sent off earlier where he loaded up to take out a player setting up for a head ball.  Concusion protocol had to be adminstered.  VAR should have let them know that it was a RED card offense.
    Bad crew.  Good riddence.

  3. beautiful game replied, November 23, 2020 at 3:04 p.m.

    The suspension is for the 2020 play-offs. This referee crew is getting a slap on the wrist. They will be back next season according to the biggest whistle swallower Howard Webb who was selected to be "Director" of MLS referees and we know his inconsistent track record over the years since.   

  4. humble 1 replied, November 24, 2020 at 12:03 p.m.

    Agree, I am not currently actively watching MLS but when I stopped it was because in part because the enforcement of rules of the game was so p*ss poor.  MLS's franchise/playoff model is just not doing it for me.  Don't you feel like they 'allow'/'permit'/'encourage' the games to be played loose because they try and 'manufacture' the playoff feel?  I think/hope they will continue to flounder until the grass roots leagues with Pro/Rel grow up and put them out of their misery.  This will be a problem for USL too, another franchise model.  It was a complete muck-up - no surprise coming from a bunch of american football guys trying to run a soccer league that is not really a soccer franchise club for rich guys. 

  5. R2 Dad, November 23, 2020 at 7:22 p.m.

    Given the MLS tendency to lenient implementation of LOTG for playoff and final matches, this should come as no surprise. I did not see the keeper event DB mentions above, but the default position for keepers in general has always been to treat the keeper differently from field players so 50/50 balls are free game as long as studs are not shown. It is easier to blame the crew than for Webb to challenge accepted wisdom. This is EXACTLY what I would expect PRO/MLS to do in this situation, but it still doesn't address What The Game Expects.

  6. Mark Landefeld, November 24, 2020 at 10:24 a.m.

    So with a four-month shutdown, nobody in MLS thought it might be a good idea to implement IFAB changes on the restart?  Everybody could have become acquainted during "MLS is Back" with training accomplished while in the bubble. 

    I have some sympathy for a FIFA badge wearer who is responsible for knowing current LOTG standards and then is held accountable for the prior year procedure. 

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