Embarrassment for MLS as match is delayed because of pitch markings being incorrect.
The Japanese Convention Championship first leg on Tuesday night time between Montreal Affect and Toronto FC was delayed 30 minutes due the penalty space being mistaken measured.
The 18-yard field on the Olympic Stadium was really a 16-yard field till noticed by the eagle-eyed referee.
The match, which was initially set to kick off at eight:08 pm ET, was pushed again to eight:40 pm ET to permit the boundaries to be repainted.
“Clearly, it’s the primary time that it’s occurred to us,” Montreal Affect proprietor Joey Saputo informed ESPN’s Katie Witham. “We’ve been in conditions like this earlier than [at Olympic Stadium] the place now we have 61,00zero followers. We had the [CONCACAF] Champions League last right here.
“It’s the accountability of the referees to test it out. Sadly the referees obtained right here a bit bit late whether or not it was site visitors or site visitors across the stadium. So it’s unlucky, however now we have to take the accountability for it. It’s our fault and it’s unlucky that this has occurred.”
The sport, when it will definitely kicked off, was a thriller. Montreal raced right into a three-goal lead, however they have been pegged again within the second half when Toronto struck twice to emerge with a good Three-2 defeat. The second leg takes place in Toronto on Dec 1.
The victors will play the winners of the Western Convention play-off between Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids, with the Sounders holding a 2-1 mixture lead from the primary leg.