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MLS Cup 2015: PRO announce refereeing crew for final

December 1, 2015

The 2015 MLS Cup will see Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers go head-to-head at MAPFRE Stadium, and PRO's Jair Marrufo will referee the game after the Organization named him as the center official for Sunday's showdown (4pm EDT)

Marrufo will be assisted at a sold-out stadium by Peter Manikowski (AR1) and Corey Parker (AR2). Chris Penso will be on fourth official duties, while James Conlee is the fifth official.

PRO General Manager Peter Walton told proreferees.com: "We have witnessed some very good officiating performances both in the regular season and throughout these Playoff games. 

"The crew chosen for the final 2015 MLS game exemplifies the high standards that PRO officials strive for and I look forward to a game, well managed with the discussion points all focused on the game and players."

The assignment comes after Marrufo – the 2008 MLS Referee of the Year - blew the whistle in 19 MLS regular season games, in which he awarded 421 fouls, brandished 53 yellow cards and three reds.

His postseason involvement so far this year came in the Western Conference Knockout Round, when he took charge of Seattle Sounders versus LA Galaxy at CenturyLink Field. 

Manikowski and Parker, the two ARs, have also been involved in the MLS Cup Playoffs this season, both running the line in the Western Conference Knockout Round game between Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City, as well as being assigned to a Conference Semifinal second leg.

The duo have ran the line in a combined 33 MLS regular season games in 2015, and both were shortlisted for the MLS AR of the Year award, which was won by Parker.

Read more: MLS Assistant Referee of the Year Corey Parker reflects on 'remarkable' season

Penso's MLS Cup assignment as fourth official comes after he was on the touchline for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, as fourth to referee Ted Unkel.

12/06/2015 – MLS Cup 2015

Columbus Crew v Portland Timbers
MAPFRE Stadium (4pm EDT)
REF: JAIR MARRUFO
AR1: Peter Manikowski
AR2: Corey Parker
4TH: Chris Penso
5TH: James Conlee


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