July 22, 2015

Ricardo Montero and Mark Geiger in charge of Gold Cup 2015 Semifinals

CONCACAF has revealed the appointments for Gold Cup 2015 semifinals. A full team of officials from Costa Rica, headed by Ricardo Montero, will be in the middle for USA - Jamaica, while US Mark Geiger from Beachwood will officiate the clash  between Panama and Mexico. Both matches will be played at Georgia Dome, Atlanta.
23.07.2015, 00:00 CET (Atlanta)
USA - Jamaica
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
Fourth Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)

23.07.2015, 03:00 CET (Atlanta)
Panama - Mexico
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Philippe Briere (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Belleau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Joel Aguilar (SLV)

80 Comments:

  1. Predictions for the final, in that order: Quesada, Rodriguez or Aguilar.

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    1. These names, or perhaps Lopez. Do you think that after the penalty call it is impossible for him to get this match, even though the call was very likely made by Boria?

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    2. As far as I know Quesada was already sent home.

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    3. Anonymous23/7/15 04:37

      Lopez is also home. If Mexico is out, Ramos might be a good candidate for the final.

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    4. Without USA even Geiger is possible. Campbell did semifinal and final in the same edition if my memory does not betray me.
      Garcia would be a logical choice if the 1-0 for Panama stays

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    5. Anonymous23/7/15 06:36

      No Mexican referee and no Geiger after his bad performance in the semi-final. Either Aguilar gets a third final or a Costa Rica referee.

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  2. Anonymous22/7/15 22:28

    A third consecutive final for Aguilar???

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  3. Jim Herald23/7/15 02:52

    Montero has an all Costa Rica team. Geiger has 2 Canadians and a Salvadoran. I'm in Atlanta and like to see US officials. Does this mean anything, like we're not as good? A touch of paranoia here.

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    1. Belleau and Briere work for PRO as well, so they work with Geiger as often as any of the Americans. Remember that Fletcher (CAN) was on Geiger's team for the WC. There are no set trios in this Gold Cup, so any combination is possible (within language borders, I assume).

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  4. Anonymous23/7/15 05:04

    what a complete disaster the performance of geiger's team

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    1. Anonymous23/7/15 13:43

      Mark Geiger must be investigated. The same for Joel Aguilar (SLV).

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    2. Investigate all you like, but neither are corrupt. Simple mistake by Geiger and nothing more.

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    3. Anonymous23/7/15 20:52

      Manuel, fortunately for us and the futbol world. Loretta Lynch and the US Dept. of Justice are the ones who will unmask all those who are a cancer to the sport we love. Heads will roll and big names will fall. And I hope and pray that this includes referee's who have been manipulated by the rich and powerful. All it takes is for one to fall and that person will sing like a bird.

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    4. Anonymous23/7/15 20:54

      I would not be surprised if there is "dirt" on Aguilar. Afterall he is from El Salvador. Does anybody need to be reminded of what happened to their national team?

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    5. I agree that bribery is an issue and CONCACAF is a mess, but we shouldn't rush to claim bribery every time a referee makes a bad call. Sometimes it's just human error

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  5. Worst performance possible for Geiger. Red Card could be accepted, although it was a total farce. Now a ghost penalty for Mexico and more than ten minutes of break in play. I'm sorry, but that is not acceptable.

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    1. Anonymous23/7/15 06:39

      It is not the first time... He had similar problems with a handball last year in the MLS play-offs.

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    2. Anonymous24/7/15 20:18

      There was no such thing as a ghost penalty for Mexico.

      After all the replays, no one can still possibly state that the PK was wrongly awarded.

      Simple as that.

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  6. why did Concacaf choose a referee from one of the semifinalist's country. don't understand- this is not the norm.

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    1. Anonymous23/7/15 06:38

      Because they do not have better referees...

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    2. Anonymous23/7/15 07:38

      It doesn't matter who the man in the middle is, when the orders from higher up determine the outcome.
      It could have been Aguilar, Marruffo, Gantar, ect........
      Panama was never ever ever ever gonna win.
      CONCACAF did not want a half empty stadium for the final.

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  7. Anonymous23/7/15 07:14

    Today the entire futbol world cries.
    Alot of you here refuse to believe that FIFA referee's cannot be manipulated. But with all that is being discovered about FIFA, I without a doubt believe that these men are just pawns for money.

    It is futile for me to even comment on the match. For we have all seen that Panama was never going to win tonight's match. They quite simply got CONCACAF'd and money prevailed yet again.

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  8. Anonymous23/7/15 07:28

    Coffi Codjia's career was effectively ruined and ended by a mistake in a African Cup of Nations semi final. What Geiger did tonight is, was, and will always be much worse. If he has an ounce of self respect he would turn in his badge and whistle tomorrow. Greats like Rossetti and Poll have done just that after disastrous performances.

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    1. Anonymous23/7/15 08:07

      at least his international career will be over, i assume. geiger will continue with mls as long as peter walton is at pro.

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    2. Anonymous23/7/15 08:49

      The US and Canada have wasted all this money on Peter Walton and his farce that is PRO. And I honestly think that the current level of officiating in MLS is the worse that the league has ever had.

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    3. Geiger's international career won't be over. CAF referees are a bad example because CAF is notorious for harsh discipline for bad calls. Think about the names that continued after bad calls: Nishimura got another chance (and blew it), Webb kept reffing after missing a karate kick in a WC final. Coulibaly is still refereeing after denying the U.S. a late WC goal. If these performances continue, Geiger is done. But right now he is still arguably CONCACAF's top referee.

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    4. IF his international career did end I think young US referee Armando Villarreal could skyrocket up the ranks into becoming one of our top referees. Seeing him in the MLS, he is very good.

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  9. Anonymous23/7/15 07:31

    Peter Walton and PRO, are you happy now? Two of your disciples have taken it upon themselves to hand carry Mexico into the final. You Peter Walton and your so called referee's are the reason I cannot watch any MLS match.

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  10. Anonymous23/7/15 07:34

    Every night I go to sleep, I hope and pray that the US Dept. of Justice is able to unmask all of these people who ruin the sport we all love. And I hope that it includes referee's that have played their part in the corruption that plagues our sport.

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    1. Geiger isn't corrupt. He made a bad call. Referees are human and aren't perfect.

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    2. Anonymous23/7/15 19:35

      Can you prove to me and the rest of world that referee's cannot be manipulated? With the shocking level of corruption that is being exposed. Why should we believe that referee's are above it? Do they take oath to protect the game? Or what makes them impervious to outside influences? Their Badge? BS! The amount of money that is involved in modern futbol make these men in the middle simple pawns for the rich and powerful.

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    3. Can you prove that Geiger took a bribe? I think we should consider this a mistake until then.

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    4. Anonymous23/7/15 23:42

      Me personally, I don't have to prove it. Thankfully Loretta Lynch and the US Dept. of Justice are on the case. And I can't wait till heads start rolling and people start singing.

      Furthermore, it doesn't necessarily take a "bribe" to influence a referee. Simple pressure or orders from higher ups to ensure that a certain advances may be enough.

      A Panama vs Jamaica final was not desirable by CONCACAF. So we get what we got last night. Now Mexico will beat Jamaica(bet on it) and CONCACAF will get there much desired US vs Mexico playoff match for the Confed Cup in Russia. In other words, "business as usual" and Panama got CONCACAF'd much like Costa Rica did too.

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    5. Right and if evidence comes out we will see if Geiger is implicated. Until then it's unfair to judge Geiger as somewhat corrupt without any facts.

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  11. Anonymous23/7/15 09:14

    So Mexico got this penalty in the 89th minute being down 1-0. I hope no one here defends this like the last penalty they got.

    http://streamable.com/18xi

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    1. This PK was a no-brainer. The defender deliberately fell on ball to shield it. His arm made contact with ball. Deliberate fall = Deliberate handling.

      2nd PK was equally a no-brainer.

      By now, however, game had already been decided. Geiger's match critical incorrect decision came 50' earlier when he sent off Panamanian player. MLS and USSF etc., etc., have continually stressed for contact above shoulders: Arm = Tool = Caution. Arm = Weapon = Send Off. UEFA education videos use similar criteria.

      Panamanian NEVER, EVER should have seen red. He reached out with arm to stave off Mexican player. He did not swing anything. He did not cock elbow. He did not come with a very high rate of speed.

      Once this is screwed up, game blows up. Anyone remember Howard Webb WC 2010?

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    2. I watched play of "red card" again. A Mexican player with a perfect view, shows Geiger a "card" with a gesture. 99.9% of the time a player doing this is looking for a Caution.

      What do opponents do when they "see" a red? They retaliate, immediately confront player, or immediately confront referee.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHLWcGKOI2k 0:50 of video

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  12. Panama FA demands the whole CONCACAF Referees Committee to be removed.

    http://www.fepafut.com/noticias_detail.asp?id=4314

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    1. Anonymous23/7/15 20:47

      Unfortunately they (Panama) are mere minnows and their calls will fall on deaf ears. And business will continue as usual with the "heavyweights" always getting favors in order to ensure full stadia.

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  13. Anonymous23/7/15 12:41

    Joel Aguilar is now the only credible option for the final.

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  14. Anonymous23/7/15 13:02

    https://twitter.com/chiquimarcomx
    Marco A. Rodríguez ‏@ChiquimarcoMx
    CONCACAF requiere una profunda reestructuración de su comité de árbitros .

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  15. Shocking penalty and I tend to sign what Rodriguez wrote and what Panama's FA has demanded.

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  16. Anonymous23/7/15 14:35

    With the video given by Anonymous at 9:14, I agree with you and think the penalty was not the good decision.

    But look at this video taken with the opposite view and I understand Geiger's decision. The defender knows where is the ball and his movement is in direction of the ball.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2yz2k0_concacaf-voleurs-le-panama-crie-a-la-corruption-a-tort_news?start=29

    I think this is a defendable decision

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    1. Anonymous23/7/15 14:42

      And the red card? second penalty?

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    2. the video shows Geiger is a disciple of Peter Walton and Paul Rejer who said "referees should stand their ground when been chased". Geiger is seen demonstrating that after the final whistle.

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  17. I have to say, I am shocked and disappointed at all these comments on this blog. I've been a regular reader for a year now, but the lack of support for Geiger is losing me. Some of the comments below are pretty scathing (Geiger is corrupt, Geiger should never ref another game, all US referees are corrupt). Geiger obviously made a bad call. He thought he something that wasn't there. Other than that, he had a great performance. The red was correct since it looked like Tejada had every intention of throwing a forearm. I also have no complaints on the second penalty. On the controversial penalty, I can see what Geiger was thinking. From his angle, it might have looked like the panama player's hand was touching the ball (it almost did IMO).

    To wrap up, Geiger made a big mistake at a bad time, which happens to every ref. Nobody's perfect. This should not drop him from the FIFA list or keep his from officiating at the WC 2018. Geiger is a human who can occasionally make mistakes, and should be treated like one on this blog.

    Thanks,
    Manuel

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    1. I agree with most of your words.

      He shouldn't be put in that position in the first place. He may be in the top 3 of CONCACAF but that's not a reason to put so much pressure on the referee especially when USA is on the other SF. As far as I recall, UEFA never did that in a major tournament. Bad appointment IMO.

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    2. Agreed Edward. They could have appointed Gantar or Agiular for the semi and used Geiger for either the third place match or the final.

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    3. Anonymous23/7/15 19:31

      Can you prove to me and the rest of world that referee's cannot be manipulated? With the shocking level of corruption that is being exposed. Why should we believe that referee's are above it? Do they take oath to protect the game? Or what makes them impervious to outside influences? Their Badge? BS! The amount of money that is involved in modern futbol make these men in the middle simple pawns for the rich and powerful.

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    4. Anonymous23/7/15 19:33

      How convenient of you to leave out Vela's violent conduct. But Vela gets away with only yellow? He saw, he must have saw it to give yellow. Is it not violent conduct also? Consistency!!! Geiger had none.

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    5. Anonymous23/7/15 21:15

      Anonymous @ 7:31

      Yes what you said is possible but highly unlikely. Geiger has refereed at the world cup and can go to another one in 2018. I'm pretty sure he won't throw away all his hard work he has done the last 20+ years just for some quick cash.

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    6. Anonymous23/7/15 23:34

      Anonymous @ 9:15

      If it is happening, who would know? Who is going to tell? Money and influence are very powerful weapons. Referee's do the dirty work and thus ensure further assignments at major tournaments.
      Did you ever expect to see the magnitude of corruption at FIFA that is being exposed? These men bear the very same letters on their little badges as the sporting organization that is being investigated.
      With so much money involved in the sport, players and referee's are the easiest targets to fix matches. Because they both can directly influence the outcome of matches.

      Let Loretta Lynch and the US Dept of Justice continue to do their job. After all they have already confiscated computers and files from the CONCACAF offices. Yes the very same CONCACAF that employed such fine human beings as Chuck Blazer, Jefferey Webb, and Jack Warner.

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    8. I do hope anyone involved in match fixing is punished, I just think we can't rush to judgement on Geiger.

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    9. Anonymous24/7/15 00:03

      Mr. Mark Geiger is one of those referees who are completely without a sense/feel for the football/soccer game. Before Brazil's much-praised, in the Brazil was forced, but by a "thin" and "pale" in the field, without courage. Geiger isn't corrupt. He's not good enough for the TOP level games. In the KO stage in the Brazil to match France vs. Nigeria got a disappointing assessment after hes not showed two clear RC's and not awarded a penalty-kick.

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    10. Yeah that is the issue with Geiger. He has been excellent in important group stage matches but falls short in the high pressure knockout stage matches. He seems to be a really nice guy from interviews I've watched with him and without a doubt he is the best American referee, but he just isn't quite as good as the world's best.

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    11. Anonymous24/7/15 08:30

      It's because North American football in whole is a joke. There is not enough room for development/not enough games to improve. Also, CONCACAF take referees when they are 30 years old.... FIFA wants referees when they are young. These two do not mix well and hence, referees from CONCACAF are usually not very good.

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    12. Agreed. CONCACAF's referees are generally weak. I think Garcia and Aguilar are the best they have right now. Geiger shows signs of being top sometimes but really struggles in big matches.

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    13. MLS Soccer (which is where most of these guys get their experience) is a complete joke. Football "have nots" and "have beens" are put on the same field together and a referee crew is expected to deal with that. I see more dirty tackles and challenges in that League weekly than I do in most of the rest of the world combined -- often without the referee able to punish it properly because that's "entertainment".

      Faced with a similar situation in an international match, referee is now faced with a decision at every challenge -- "Should I?" or "Shouldn't I?" He does not have the experience to make the correct decision because his regular employers do not want him to make the correct decision in his weekly matches.

      Geiger may now have a villa in Mexico, but I hardly doubt it. He does not have the right kind of experience to make "natural" decisions. The red was wrong (player led with arm -- did not "swing it". The PK's were correct, but by then the game was already over and the indecisions/wrong decisions along the way had already eroded Geiger's credibility.

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  18. Anonymous23/7/15 16:27

    Thank you Manuel. I know when referee decisions get crazy in the media I can always come here for sound level-headed analysis.

    Poor decision from Geiger, I was surprised honestly, though he has made brave decisions like this before (Brave does not equal correct mind you). A brave decision I think that was correct was the red card to Tejada, IMO intentional elbows like this don't belong in the game, and Geiger enforces these. So in a way you get both sides of the coin in this same game.

    Also agreed on the assignments, I don't know why CONCACAF doesn't go with the 3 team system, and putting a US referee when they are in the other Semifinal is just asking for credibility questions and as you said putting unneeded pressure on the Referee.

    Thanks again,
    Frank

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  19. Anonymous23/7/15 16:36

    Also, I wanted to bring up the handball decision on Guzan in the US vs. Jamaica match. Correct decision, no doubt.

    But I think one has to ask, do we believe that this happens way more than it is called? and do most referees consider this a trifling? Further, does this set a precedent to see this called more often?

    Frank

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  20. Anonymous23/7/15 17:41

    In my opinion, the Panaminian defender #5 receives a faul from Mexican attacker #21 before the Panaminian player loses balance and touches the ball with his hands

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  21. Anonymous23/7/15 22:43

    I wouldn't underestimate appointment for third place match. Who will officiate Panama's national team after all that stuff?

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    1. Gantar comes to mind. Could see Bonilla as well.

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  22. To everyone claiming bribery:
    I get that it looks bad, but having watched Geiger in the MLS the claims just don't fit. He style is very tight on handballs, which explains but doesn't justify the penalty call, and more lenient on reckless plays. The only call that is outside his regular style was the Tejada red. I think it looked like an elbow to the face from his angle which is a clear red for most referees.

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    1. Anonymous24/7/15 01:58

      Excuse makers, apologists, and enablers like you are the reason why the sport we love is so corrupt. You'll twist, squirm, and snake your way to try and justify anything and everything.

      If there was more accountability and more severe punishments, our sport would be much better off. But people like you who willfully choose to be blind to the things that are right there in your face, are cancerous to futbol.

      After having read all of you comments, you come off as one of those snobbish business men who are being actively pursued by the US Dept of Justice.

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    2. Thanks for your glowing opinion on my character. Got a kick out of the snobby business man idea. You are missing my point. I'm not defending Geiger's call. I understand that FIFA is corrupt and I admire the DOJ and Loretta Lynch for what they are doing to rid the game of the shadow of corruption. However, despite how bad Geiger's performance was, I don't think it's fair to say bad call equals corruption. Let's reserve judgement until there is evidence.

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    3. Anonymous24/7/15 07:06

      If it was one bad call, I'd agree. However a series of calls over two games, that favor the same team? No way, no how.
      Let us not forget that Boria and Geiger are both part of PRO. Hmmmmm...................

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    4. You bring up a good point that both officials work for PRO. I heard the match is being investigated. Until there is evidence released I think we should try to hold out on our opinions. I don't want a repeat of the WC last year when many people were convinced Peter O'Leary was involved in match fixing. Investigations showed there was no evidence of match fixing, but the investigation appeared to have an effect on O'Leary, who retired this March. Let's wait and see before making judgements.

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    5. The match would be investigated for the actions of spectators, players, substitutes, and team managers during the various confrontations. Probably not for Geiger's decisions.

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  23. Anonymous24/7/15 00:51

    Why is nobody addressing the Vela elbow early in the match? How very convenient of ya all.
    Gieger most deffinitely saw it, because he cautioned Vela. But why only yellow for that? Is that not violent conduct?

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  24. Deep orange for me. Since he sent Tejada off I would have like to see red

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    1. Anonymous24/7/15 09:37

      Orange? My book carries a yellow and a red card. Ain't no orange there. Pick one, because Geiger picked the wrong one.

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    2. Sorry, but orange is actually a commonly used term. It means it could go either way depending on the referee. If I had to pick I think Geiger should have shown red, given the Tejada red earlier (also borderline).

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  25. Update on Geiger's future: Looks like he will continue to referee in the MLS. No huge surprise. Will be interesting to see whether he stays as an international referee. If he's out, Marrufo would be the top US ref.

    http://www.espnfc.us/concacaf-gold-cup/story/2534223/panama-mexico-referee-mark-geiger-backed-by-pro

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    1. Anonymous24/7/15 07:01

      Agreed!
      No big surprise that the hack Peter Walton and his farce that is PRO are backing the pride of PRO, Mark Geiger.
      I personally love seeing Peter Walton on ESPN trying to justify all wrongdoings that his ref commit every week of the season.
      Recently he was adamant that a red card shown to Cyril Larin by Fotis Bazakos was correct. Well the league and the disciplinary committee disagreed and rescinded the red card.
      Eat crow Peter Walton, your words don't mean jack, much like you defending Geiger.

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    2. A coach will defend a player's actions, no matter how egregious. A referee coach (Walton is little more) will defend his referee's actions.

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  26. http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/concacaf-says-referee-admits-errors-in-gold-cup-sf/

    When it comes to light, here is what will be revealed (IMO). Tejada should not have been sent off. Neither PK's were errors. However, Panama should have been awarded a free kick for initial foul by Mexican attacker.

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    1. For me the 1st PK doesn't exist. If the referee had given the attacker's foul, then the incident would have never happened.

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    2. I seriously cannot understand how one can defend the 1st penalty. Common sense = 0, and a technically incorrect decision.

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