Oh Henry: Real Salt Lake, New York battle to 1-1 draw

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  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    July 31, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    @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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 31, 2014 11:39 a.m.


    A 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.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    July 31, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    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.

  • KSomsen Springville, UT
    July 31, 2014 9:04 a.m.

    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.