Big story this afternoon in the soccer world is MLS Commissioner Don Garber's comments on wanting the league to use goal-line review technology as soon as possible. Garber made the comments Thursday while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors. MLS fans could see the technology is use as quickly as this summer, if approved.
"We're interested in being a test league and we hope that we could achieve that,'' MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Thursday while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors. ''I would be open to whatever it is that could be done to ensure that we have goal-line technology.''
The International Football Association Board meets July 2 and could approve Sony Corp.'s Hawk-Eye or GoalRef, owned by a German-Danish company. Following a series of erroneous calls in high-profile games ranging from the 2010 World Cup to this year's FA Cup, there could be more support for goal-line technology among tradition-bound soccer officials.
Hawk-Eye is a camera-based ball-tracking system used in tennis and cricket. GoalRef employs a magnetic field with a special ball. Both could be approved.
Each system sends a signal within a second of the ball crossing the line to the referee, who makes the final decision.
If approval is granted in July, Garber said, MLS could implement the technology at some point during this season, which began in March. The Premier League hopes to use it for its 2012-13 season, which starts in August.
''There's a lot more that we need to learn about it, understanding the process,'' Garber said. ''The bottom line here is that I would be open to using goal-line technology as soon as it is made available.''