A non-call in the 63rd minute of the New York Red Bulls‘ 3-2 win on Sunday night drew the ire of Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath, who thought that his forward Cyle Larin was blatantly fouled.
Moments later, the Red Bulls would equalize, the first of three goals in a 10-minute span.
Now there’s photo evidence that even if Red Bulls central defender Karl Ouimette had committed a foul on the play – a foul that likely would’ve been a red card and reduced New York to 10-men – Larin was offsides. So even if Ouimette had been whistled for a foul, it was on a play where Larin was offsides before the alleged foul took place.
It was the first bit of fortune to fall for the Red Bulls this year, who have had several tough calls go against them to start the season. With Sunday’s win they are now 2-6.
The photo below shows that Larin is offsides at the moment he is played into the penalty area, moments before the tackle from Ouimette:
“I think the biggest decision of the night was Cyle Larin fouled,” Heath said after the match. “If he was, is it a red card? Yes, it is. It could have been a big turning point in the game.”
“I’m not saying that they didn’t deserve to win the game because they did,” he continued.
“It was disappointing because I thought we were on the counter attack. I thought we were dangerous all evening, and I always felt we were one pass away from getting in on two or three occasions, but it wasn’t to be.”