~~ While this is a case of ‘too little, too late’ for the LA Galaxy with two points lost on the road against FC Dallas, the idea of PRO acknowledging mistakes made both verbally and visually is a huge step forward for the players and the referee’s… The players and the fans have been asking for a way to have mistakes publicly acknowledged in the same forum as players are with the Disciplinary Committee for a long time and the creation of PRO (along with a digital / social media forum to go with it) is a massive step in the right direction in terms of accountability.
Two of the incidents took place at FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles Galaxy and the other during Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls.
PRO Training & Development Manager Paul Rejer focuses on offsides from free-kicks, exceptional calls from moving play and how important it is for ARs to be level with the second last defender and keep their concentration at all times.
Rejer explained: “Blas Perez of Dallas was in an offside position when the first free-kick was taken, the AR Kevin Duliba should have been aware of this as offside is his number one priority and focus.
“As soon as the kicker plays the ball, the AR should focus on the offside player. Then, as in this case, as soon as he plays the ball he is interfering with play. Therefore, the goal should have been disallowed.
“Later in the game, George John of Dallas is in an offside position from a free-kick. When the delivery came over he made a challenge for the ball and, at this point, the AR should have raised his flag for offside – this time for interfering with an opponent.
“Using the very same process he should have been aware of the offside player from the outset and concentrated on him and raised the flag when he became active.”