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2011 Referee Week in Review - Week 32

Referee Week in Review – Week 32

The Situation: D.C. United and the Portland Timbers are tied 1-1 in the 89th minute.

The Play: Late in regulation time, an attacking player pounces on a loose ball in the area and goes past the goalkeeper. With the goalkeeper in pursuit, the player crosses the ball into the goal area and his teammate heads in the apparent go-ahead goal.

The Decision: The goal is disallowed as the scorer is judged to be offside.

My Take: The video clearly shows that there are not two defenders between the attacking player who scores the goal and the opponent’s goal line when the ball is played. While the goalkeeper is normally the last defender, in this case he is clearly not in that position, and there is only one player between the attacker and the goal. The assistant referee does an outstanding job of being in the right position to view the play and correctly apply the law.

The Laws of the Game: As