USL Overturns Video Reviewed Red Card

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

USL Disciplinary Committee has over turned FC Cincinnati’s Mitch Hildebrandt’s video reviewed red card from Sunday’s game against New York Red Bull II.

“Following an appeal by FC Cincinnati,” stated the league’s press release. “Goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt’s red card from Sunday’s game against New York Red Bull II has been rescinded, making him eligible for his team’s game against the Charlotte Independence on Wednesday night.”

The play in question occurred in the 10th minute after Hildebrandt made a save off of Derrick Etienne’s shot but took down the next shooter inside the box. There was considerable confusion following the call as the play was reviewed and referee Alan Chapman subsequently handed out the red card.

This is yet another milestone in the video review process – particularly for leagues like USL and MLS – as league officials have the ability to overturn calls made using the VAR after the fact. VAR testing has been underway for two games at Red Bull Arena and will continue for the remainder of the USL regular season at New York Red Bull II home games.