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    • VIDEO: David Villa given first red card via MLS’s video replay
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      VIDEO: David Villa given first red card via MLS’s video replay

      David Villa became the first MLS player to be sent off following the use of video replay during New York City FC’s preseason game against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Villa, the reigning league MVP, was initially shown a yellow card by referee Nima Saghafi for a slap to the face of Dynamo defender A.J. DeLaGarza (the incident begins at the 36:50 mark of the above video). Following a review of video evidence (Video Assistant Referee — VAR), which MLS has implemented on a trial basis this preseason, Saghafi correctly changed Villa’s booking to a straight red card. The biggest stumbling block for video replay in soccer is, undoubtedly, the length of time each video-assisted decision would require