Jul 1, 2013, 1:10 PM EST
Goal-line technology is expensive, and it really does not come into important effect very often.
Then again, it’s like insurance: when you need it, you really, desperately need it.
It’s hard to get upset with MLS for not deploying goal-line technology this year. After all, how many leagues around the world are using the new systems to instantly detect, with 100 percent accuracy, whether a ball has fully crossed the goal line? The answer: none. Not just now, anyway. (The English Premier League’s new system will be up and running when the 2013-14 season begins in August.)
(ProSoccerTalk was the first to tell you, way back in February, that MLS would pass for this year on installing and utilizing the new high-tech systems for 2013.)
Still, it’s important to remember why this will be such a pressing necessity at some point.
So, it hardly happens weekly, but it these tough calls certainly do recur.
If you haven’t seen the latest, shining example of how implementation of this thing is a “when” and not an “if,” here it is from PPL Park outside Philadelphia on Saturday.
FC Dallas’ Blas Perez appeared to score, but was denied the late equalizer when officials failed to spot the goal – a very close call in all fairness. In this case, Perez was able to score again right at the final whistle as Dallas rallied for a 2-2 draw. Still …
You can see it for yourself here. NBC’s Arlo White and Kyle Martino are on the call:
- What could Chad Marshall bring to the Seattle Sounder defense? We’ll find out in 2014 0
- NWSL: Houston becomes second MLS franchise to place team in women’s professional league 0
- MLS Re-Entry Draft: As predicted, Portland find a way to get Steve Zakuani 4
- Early approval: Klinsmann extends contract, will serve as U.S. head coach, technical director through 2018 3
- MLS announces Bayern Munich as opponent for 2014 All-Star Game in Portland 4
- WATCH: Can Tottenham stop Luis Suarez and can City beat Arsenal? 0
- 2014 World Cup Draw: Recapping the event (43)
- 2014 World Cup Draw: USA in Group of Death with Germany, Portugal, Ghana – Schedule, times, venues (34)
- Now that we know the U.S. opponents, which 23 players should Jurgen Klinsmann bring to Brazil? (21)
- Sporting Kansas City crowned 2013 MLS champions after 10 rounds of penalty kicks (16)
- U.S. national team discussion: The Alejandro Bedoya conundrum (14)
- Giovani: "We Were Over Criticized"
- Watch Out Netherlands! Chile-Clan Ain't Nothin' to Mess With!
- Messi on Safe Track to Full Recovery
- The Argentinian Armada, Favorites for Brazil 2014
- Brazil 2014: A Look At South America
- Arena de Amazonia: Host of USA vs CR7
- USA Will Advance in Brazil
- You Can't Beat German Sachlichkeit
- Aurelien Collin: I Think France is Very Very Happy
- Group B: No Walk In The Park