The game in 100 words (or less): Let’s be real: I’m sick and tired of talking about MLS’s referee problem, but the league seems to have no desire to remove the men in the center of the game from the center of post-game discussions, if Sunday’s pair of national TV fixtures are any indication. The tiniest of missed foul calls can change games, but nailed-on red cards that don’t get called change games 100 percent of the time. It happened in the day’s early game, and it happened again four hours later as the New York Red Bulls came from behind to beat Orlando City SC, 3-2. (Until next week, Professional Referee Organization…) Anyway, with their second victory of the season (six losses, no draws), the Red Bulls have climbed out of the Eastern Conference cellar, moving ahead of New York City FC and the Chicago Fire on the first tiebreaker, total wins, while Orlando City fall from third, where they began the weekend, to fourth, thanks to Toronto FC’s victory on Saturday.
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Three Four Five moments that mattered
3′ — Larin goes unmarked in the box, finishes with ease — Everything looks oh so natural for Cyle Larin, doesn’t it? Sure, the “marking” from Karl Ouimette is pretty embarrassing here, but Larin regularly finds space, makes the right runs, times those runs and finishes like it’s nothing … just like this.
7′ — BWP scores his first of the sea…nope, offside — Bradley Wright-Phillips will score again, I’m totally sure of it. Just not in the seventh minute, when he was hilariously offside, but the assistant referee needed a bit of extra time to confirm he’d seen what he thought he’d seen.
63′ — Ouimette mauls Larin in the open field, Grajeda eats his whistle — Why, unless you’re being paid to do so, would you have dedicated 180 minutes of your Sunday to watching this, and this?
65′ — Grella curls it inside the far post for 1-1 — From “should have been a goal up and a man up,” to back on level terms barely two minutes later. This seems harsh and/or unfair on Orlando City.
69′ — BWP scores — Wright-Phillips eventually scored. This seems extremely harsh and/or unfair on Orlando City.
Man of the match: Sacha Kljestan
Goalscorers: Larin (3′), Grella (65′), Wright-Phillips (69′, 75′), Ouimette (83′ – OG)