PRO announces referee assignments for MLS opening weekend

Hilario Grajda,George Gansner,Paul Scott,Mark Declouet.

Photo by Jose L. Argueta/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

Eleven days are all that separate us from the start of the 2014 MLS season, and now we know who will be officiating the opening matches.

Professional Referee Organization (PRO) announced on Tuesday the referee crews in charge of the opening eight matches of the MLS campaign. Veteran official Mark Geiger has been appointed the man in charge of the season opener between the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field, and Hilario Grajeda has been assigned the mouth-watering Portland Timbers-Philadelphia Union clash at Providence Park.

Some of the officials in charge of matches include Ismail Elfath (Houston Dynamo-New England Revolution), Silviu Petrescu (LA Galaxy-Real Salt Lake) and Edvin Jurisevic (FC Dallas-Montreal Impact).

Here is the complete list of the officiating crews for MLS’s opening weekend:

03/08/2014

Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution
BBVA Compass Stadium (8:30 p.m. ET)
REFEREE: ISMAIL ELFATH
AR1: George Gansner
AR2: Mark Cahen
4TH: Jair Marrufo

Vancouver Whitecaps vs New York Red Bulls
BC Place (7:30 p.m. ET)
REFEREE: ALLEN CHAPMAN
AR1: Adam Garner
AR2: Jeremy Hanson
4TH: Younes Marrakchi

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City
CenturyLink Field (3:00 p.m. ET)
REFEREE: MARK GEIGER
AR1: Sean Hurd
AR2: Frank Anderson
4TH: Tyler Ploeger

Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union
Providence Park (10:30 p.m. ET)
REFEREE: HILARIO GRAJEDA
AR1: Ian Anderson
AR2: Baboucarr Jallow
4TH: Baldomero Toledo

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew
RFK Stadium (7:00 p.m. ET)
REFEREE: DREW FISCHER
AR1: Adam Wienckowski
AR2: Gregory Barkey
4TH: Robert Sibiga

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
StubHub Center (10:30 p.m. ET)
REFEREE: SILVIU PETRESCU
AR1: Daniel Belleau
AR2: Phil Briere
4TH: Mathieu Bourdeau

FC Dallas vs. Montreal Impact
Toyota Stadium (8:30 p.m. ET)
REFEREE: EDVIN JURISEVIC
AR1: Corey Rockwell
AR2: CJ Morgante
4TH: Mark Kadlecik

03/09/2014

Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire
StubHub Center (3:00 p.m. ET)
REFEREEE: JUAN GUZMAN
AR1: Peter Manikowski
AR2: Mike Rottersman
4TH: Kevin Stott

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What do you think of PRO’s referee assignments for opening weekend? Happy with who was appointed for your club’s game? Cursing your club’s luck?

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8 Responses to PRO announces referee assignments for MLS opening weekend

  1. Travis says:

    I don’t see Ricardo Salazar anywhere on there, is he finally gone? The man just isn’t good

    • bb says:

      funny, I opened this story specifically to look and see if he was refereeing. In fact, he’s the only MLS referee name that I know. And when you know a referee’s name, that’s usually not a good sign…

  2. soccerroo says:

    I thought they were going to be on Strike? What happened with that?

  3. Alex g says:

    does not necessarily mean the Professional Soccer Referee Association will go on strike but does signify membership unity ahead of two negotiating sessions in the next 10 days.

  4. soccerhorn says:

    What does? What “signifies unity?” The fact that games assignments have been announced?

  5. soccerhorn says:

    It would be great if there was a reliable news source on referees. If anyone can recommend one, I’m all ears. And please don’t refer anyone to the PRO referee website – they’re as opaque as Fifa.