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July 15, 2014
PRO referee Jair Marrufo is delighted to be recognized with what he has called a surprise assignment to the MLS All-Star game.
Ismail Elfath will complete the refereeing crew as the 4th official at Providence Park on Wednesday, August 6.
Having taken charge of nine MLS matches so far in 2014, Marrufo is feeling confident.
“I’m excited. It came as a surprise, but a good surprise,” the Texan told proreferees.com.
“I’m delighted that I’ve been rewarded for my hard work and I feel that it’s been going well for me in the first half of this season. I’m feeling good.
“The spotlight is obviously on me a little bit more now but I just want to continue the way I have been in the past few months in the build-up to the All-Star game.”
In Badea, Parker and Elfath, the 37-year-old will share the field with recognizable faces with whom he has worked with plenty of times over his career.
The officials could also be refereeing some familiar faces in Portland in the form of World Cup champions following Germany's 1-0 extra-time Final win against Argentina at the Maracana.
Six players of the successful German squad are currently employed by Bayern Munich; Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller, Bastain Schweinsteiger, Jerome Boateng and Mario Gotze, who scored the winning goal.
Marrufo addded: “It’s going to be a special game in a stadium with a great atmosphere.
“The history that a team like Bayern brings is amazing. There's also the fact they could bring a few World Cup winners and that will just add to the occasion.
“I officiated the MLS Cup back in 2006 and this will be my second All-Star match after the Manchester United game back in 2011, so I know how to prepare myself.
“Everybody is watching, everybody wants to see a good game. We’ll go there as a crew and hopefully play our part in a good, entertaining game, that helps to continue promoting soccer in North America to the rest of the world.”