WATCH GOAL THAT ENDED UNION’S SEASON: WHY DID IT EVEN COUNT?

“We have an iPad on the bench,” Union head coach Jim Curtin later said. “Every player and coach that saw it said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s offside, it’s coming back.’ It’s also why we didn’t have a [substitution ready] immediately, it was so clear to everybody that was telling me.”

By Wendy Burke

Referee Ismail Elfath stunned everybody by signaling that the check was complete; the goal would stand; and Cincinnati would hold on to win, 1-0.

The reason, according to the officials, was “because [Murphy] was judged to be even with the second-to-last defender,” they told pool reporter Pat Brennan.

But that, at best, is a gross oversimplification. The actual reason is more complex.

MLS reviews offside decisions differently than some other top leagues, namely the English Premier League. It does not use Hawk-Eye technology and digitally drawn lines to assess with remarkable (and sometimes annoying) precision whether an attacker’s knee was ahead of or level with a defender’s toe. It instead asks the VARs to make a determination based on the available replays.

By viewing those replays alone, it is impossible to determine with 100%

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