@Sir Robin,So if an MLS ref proved himself to be the best ref in the
entire world, you are telling me it wouldn't be possible for him to get
asked to work in the Premier league? Wouldn't such an opportunity result
in more money and a chance to perform on a bigger stage? Yes, he may choose not
to go if he wants to live in the US. But to say that he can't go even if
he wanted to......that just doesn't make sense.It doesn't
take high level soccer expertise to understand what bad officiating is, and the
MLS has a huge problem with this. It's no different than watching a I-AA
or Div II football game.
@FatMan86A U.S. Soccer referee couldn't get called into the
Premier League, La Liga, etc. even if he was the best ref in the world.
Different federations have different refs.And last night's ref,
Mark Geiger, just got done reffing at the World Cup, where he became the first
American to center ref a game in the knockout rounds. So much for your minor
league baseball/division 2 comparison.
The referee's that FIFA provides to the MLS remind me of Minor League
baseball umpires, or Division II college football or basketball guys.
Occasionally you get a quality guy on his way up, but mostly you get guys that
have topped out and aren't going to get any better or go any further.
These aren't guys that are going to get the call to go to the Premier
League, La Liga, etc.
I think its funny that Deseret News never comments on missed penalties calls (Or
do the writers not know the rules of the game?) or the fact that Jamison Olave
should have been given a red card for what he did to Olmes Garcia. In all the
games I've seen with that ref he has always done horribly.