PRO announces initial MLS playoff assignments

PRO announces initial MLS playoff assignments

MLS Playoffs

PRO announces initial MLS playoff assignments

Ricard Salazar, Fabian Espindola, Tim Cahill

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The schedule for the first two rounds of the MLS playoffs is largely complete, and so too are the referee assignments.

Professional Referee Organization (PRO) released on Tuesday the list of the officiating crews that will be in charge of this week’s postseason games. Among the men to be in the middle are seasoned veterans Silviu Petrescu and Mark Geiger. Petrescu will be in charge of the Seattle Sounders-Colorado Rapids play-in game at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday and Geiger will officiate the Houston Dynamo-Montreal Impact clash at BBVA Compass Stadium a day later.

The other officials to be appointed games thus far are Baldomero Toledo (Portland Timbers vs. Sounders/Rapids), Ismail Elfath (New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City), Ricardo Salazar (New York Red Bulls vs. Dynamo/Impact) and Kevin Stott (LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake).

Here is the full list of the officiating crews for the first batch of MLS playoff matches:

10/30/2013

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids
CenturyLink Field (10:30pm ET)
REFEREE: SILVIU PETRESCU
ASST 1: Daniel Belleau
ASST 2: Peter Manikowski
4TH: Allen Chapman

10/31/2013

Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact
BBVA Compass Stadium (8:30pm ET)
REFEREE: MARK GEIGER
ASST 1: C J Morgante
ASST 2: Brian Dunn
4TH: Armando Villareal

11/02/2013

[TBD] vs. Portland Timbers
[TBD] (10:00pm ET)
REFEREE: BALDOMERO TOLEDO
ASST 1: Craig Lowry
ASST 2: Mike Rottersman
4TH: Drew Fischer

New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City
Gillette Stadium (8:00pm ET)
REFEREE: ISMAIL ELFATH
ASST 1: George Gansner
ASST 2: Corey E Rockwell
4TH: Jorge Gonzalez

11/03/2013

[TBD] vs. New York Red Bulls
[TBD] (3:30pm ET)
REFEREE: RICARDO SALAZAR
ASST 1: Ian Anderson
ASST 2: Corey Parker
4TH: [TBD]

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
Stubhub Center (9:00pm ET)
REFEREE: KEVIN SCOTT
ASST 1: Kermit Quisenberry
ASST 2: Fabio Tovar
4th: Juan Guzman

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