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Grajeda named MLS Referee of the Year

Nov 27, 2013

Major League Soccer has announced the winners of their Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year awards.

Hilario Grajeda has been announced as the MLS Referee of the Year for 2013, with Kermit Quisenberry winning Assistant Referee award.

Grajeda made his MLS officiating debut in 2004 and picks up the accolade for the first time in his career after a busy season.

The 46-year-old officiated the MLS All Stars vs. AS Roma match in August and has been assigned as the center referee for December’s MLS Cup between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake.

The showpiece game will be Grajeda’s 24th in 2013. Ismail Elfath was second, while Baldomero Toledo, who has refereed 23 MLS matches this season, was voted third.

Quisenberry – who has been on the FIFA panel since 1994 - picks up the AR title for the second time in his career having won the inaugural award in 2008.

The 45-year-old was an assistant on 18 occasions this season in what was his 19th MLS campaign. Frank Anderson came second, while Bill Dittmar was third.

PRO General Manager, Peter Walton, said: “While this is a great achievement and honor for the two individual officials to be recognized by the MLS in such a way, I would also like to recognize the great efforts and performances of all PRO’s officials throughout a very pleasing season. Well done all.”

The awards were voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management.


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