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PRO officials in action at the Copa America Centenario

June 23, 2016


Image: Mark Geiger, Joe Fletcher and CJ Morgante pictured before BRA v HAI.

Eight officials from the PRO ranks are in action at the Copa America Centenario.

Mark Geiger, Jair Marrufo and Armando Villarreal are the three referees selected from PRO, while the ARs are Joe Fletcher, Peter Manikowski, Corey Rockwell, CJ Morgante and Corey Parker.

Read more: PRO officials assigned to Copa America Centenario

The officials were selected by each federation's referee committee after passing a FIFA fitness test. All the officials then attended technical trainings and theoretical sessions in Chicago before the tournament started.

When the tournament did start, Armando Villarreal was first up to receive an assignment, as fourth official for Peru's 1-0 Group B victory over Haiti on June 4.


Image: Armando Villarreal (center left official) pictured before HAI v PER.

Three PRO officials were then on duty on June 6, with Jair Marrufo and Corey Parker involved in Argentina's 2-1 win over Chile in Group D. Peter Manikowski, meanwhile, was the reserve assistant referee for the other Group D match-up; Panama 2-1 Bolivia. 

Then came a big game for three of PRO's officials on June 8, with Mark Geiger, Joe Fletcher and CJ Morgante being assigned to Brazil versus Haiti in Group B. Brazil took the honors in Orlando, winning 7-1, with the crew enjoying a successful match. 

The PRO representation was even stronger at Gillette Stadium on June 10 when border rivals Chile and Bolivia went head-to-head – Jair Marrufo was the referee, Corey Rockwell and Peter Manikowski the two ARs, and Armando Villarreal fourth official for a showdown that Chile won 2-1.


Image: Referee Jair Marrufo in action during CHI v BOL.

On June 13, Corey Parker ran the line for Uruguay's 3-0 victory over Jamaica at Levi's Stadium, while Joe Fletcher (AR) and Armando Villarreal (fourth official) were involved in Group C's Mexico 1-1 Venezuela in Houston, Texas. 


Image: AR Joe Fletcher on the line in MEX v VEN.

PRO duo Mark Geiger and CJ Morgante were in action in the quarterfinal stage, being assigned to Peru versus Colombia. Geiger was on the touchline as fourth official, while Morgante was the reserve AR, amd Colombia prevailed 4-2 in a penalty shootout following a goalless draw. 

Here's a look at the Copa America Centenario assignments received by PRO officials:

The latest assignments will appear here when they are announced.

June 17

Peru 0-0 Colombia - Col won 4-2 on penalties
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ariel Scime (ARG)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger (USA)
Reserve Assistant: CJ Morgante (USA)

June 13 

Mexico 1-1 Venezuela
Referee: Yadel Martinez (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Dario Gaona (PAR)
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal (USA)
Reserve Assistant: Hiran Dopico (CUB)

Uruguay 3-0 Jamaica
Referee: Wilson Lamouroux (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Reserve Assistant: Juan Carlos Mora (CRC)

June 10

Chile 2-1 Bolivia
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Corey Rockwell (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Manikowski (USA)
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal (USA)

Reserve Assistant: Christian Ramirez (HON)

June 8

Brazil 7-1 Haiti
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: CJ Morgante (USA)

Fourth Official: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Reserve Assistant: Jose Camargo (MEX)

June 6

Argentina 2-1 Chile
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Trinidad (URU)
Fourth Official: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Reserve Assistant: Corey Parker (USA)

Panama 2-1 Bolivia
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Mora (CRC)
Fourth Official: Wilson Lamouroux (COL)
Reserve Assistant: Peter Manikowski (USA)

June 4

Haiti 0-1 Peru
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal (USA)
Reserve Assistant: Hiran Dopico (CUB)

Click here to see the full list of assignments for the Copa America Centenario USA 2016


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