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Is VAR a breakthrough or bad move for MLS?

Share your opinion in today’s open thread.

MLS: FC Dallas at Philadelphia Union
On Saturday night, referee Ricardo Salazar (right) used Video Assistant Referee to overturn an FC Dallas goal. The decision marked the first-ever MLS goal disallowed by VAR.
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Major League Soccer has officially joined the instant replay movement.

On Saturday afternoon, referee Ricardo Salazar and Video Assistant Referee Hilario Grajeda made MLS history by overturning the first-ever goal with VAR technology.

It all started when FC Dallas forward Cristian Colman collided with Union goalkeeper John McCarthy while chasing a through ball. Maxi Urruti cleaned up the play by putting a shot into the back of the net, but Grajeda wanted to take a second look. After a two-minute delay, Salazar disallowed the goal, citing a foul on Colman.

Union fans rejoiced as the first beneficiaries of VAR. But Dallas fans disagreed with the call, a reaction Revolution supporters know well.

During New England’s match against the Chicago Fire, David Accam crashed into Andrew Farrell as Chicago pushed toward goal. Referee Silviu Petrescu let play continue, and Juninho scored on a roaring shot 20 seconds later. Because Accam’s foul did not occur “in the attacking phase of play,” no video review took place.

All of this raises an important question: is VAR worth it?

Share your opinion in today’s open thread.