In the 45', just before halftime with the score 1—2, referee Jason Anno awards a controversial goal to NY Red Bulls (white) to level the score. Here are the freeze frames:
Referee Jason Anno whistles here for handball, just as Tim Cahill shoots from the rebound
Portland players (green) question referee Anno's decision. But Anno is adamant that the goal stands.
The videoclips can also be seen from:
Highlights: NY v POR (about 04:00 in)
Cahill strikes home controversial equalizer
Even the commentators believed the goal would not stand because of the whistle being blown before the ball entered the goal. Here's how the MLS Match Center described the play:
The Red Bulls then equalized through Tim Cahill just before halftime on a controversial play. Dax McCarty hit a shot that deflected off of defender David Horst’s outstretched arms and center official Jason Anno blew his whistle and signaled for a penalty kick before changing his call after seeing Cahill bury the rebounded effort.
Some questions posed:
1) What are the reasons for referee Jason Anno to award the goal? He clearly knew he whistled for an infringement (i.e. handball), so what was going through his mind?
2) What should the AR and/or 4th Official have done?
3) What are the possible restarts?