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View from the East: Delays and VAR

VAR is not my favorite thing in the world right now.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It was a cloudy and humid night in Frisco on Saturday night. Wish it stayed that way though as our yearly rain delay decided to make its’ appearance at this game. A storm wasn’t the only thing that would frustrate the crowd during the match however as the video assistance referee struck for the second week in a row! Our lone construction worker was there once again, presumably just as disappointed to see Colorado slink away with a point thanks to the heroics of the USMNT goalkeeper (and VAR help of course). First though, came the goal near the end of the first half...

Bad VAR!

Majority of people had to have been in favor of VAR when it was to be implemented and before hand too. I mean, who wouldn’t have wanted the ref to get more help in order to actually get things right for once? Then last week happened, and now this week?! There was so much confusion in the crowd when the ref waved away a seemingly good goal that was sorely needed. It wasn’t until the storm delay that we were able to get a clear video of why the goal was taken away. At the moment though, VAR was not in the top 5 things about soccer for anyone in that stadium. Save for the 1 or 2 Rapid fans actually in attendance that night. No one knew why the goal was called off at the time. Even now knowing why, it’s still extremely harsh and can’t help but shake my head about it.

Good crowd!

Before the delay there was an awesome crowd out with both the east side and west side filling up pretty nicely. It’s great to see the fans still coming out in numbers despite the recent slump of the team. Unfortunately, mother nature was still angry about the VAR call and the Acosta yellow card call and decided to try and end the game with a torrential downpour.

It was about an hour and a half delay with the stadium PA playing all rain, thunder and lightning related music that it normally does during rain delays.Most of the fans that were in attendance cleared out of the stadium, not really wanting to watch the last 8 or so minutes of the match. Couldn’t blame them for leaving though. The ones who stayed had to hide out in the bathrooms until the storm finally passed, only for the rest of the game to continue to be FC Dallas dominating at everything other than putting the ball into the actual net.

Fan quote of the night: “Even the sky is mad at that BS call.” Most of us were still fuming, airing out our frustrations while in the entrance of the men’s bathroom.

Your thoughts on the VAR call this match? Did you stay to watch the rest of the match? If so, where were you hiding out? Let me know in the comments below!