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Instant Replay: MLSsoccer.com analyzes the disallowed Porter goal

26 March 11:01 am

Instant Replay: MLSsoccer.com analyzes the disallowed Porter goal

By Sarah Lerner

In the 41st minute of the game against the Columbus Crew, with the score tied 1-1, D.C. United midfielder Kyle Porter tallied the go-ahead goal that was soon overturned due to teammate Lionard Pajoy’s passive offside position. MLSsoccer.com’s Nick Firchau examined the call and explains why Porter’s strike should have stood:

  1. Pajoy – in a passive offside position – runs toward the ball, but does NOT interfere with the play because he did not touch or actually play with the ball.
  2. Pajoy did NOT prevent any opponent from getting to the ball, nor did he obstruct a sight line.
  3. Pajoy did NOT make a gesture that deceived or distracted an opponent; simply moving toward the ball is not enough to do so.
  4. The Assistant Referee waving the flag to signal an offside does not stop the play; the Referee must blow his whistle, but Allen Chapman allowed play to continue (i.e. As the saying goes, play to the whistle).