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2014 MLS Cup Playoffs - Assignments explained

Nov 4, 2014

PRO General Manager Peter Walton has outlined the various factors that are considered when assigning officials to MLS Cup Playoff games. 

Six games have already taken place in this year's postseason Playoff series and another four are being staged this weekend, with the second legs of the Conference Semifinals.

The crews for those games have already been selected and Walton says form is the key factor.

He told “We take a lot of various aspects into consideration when assigning our officials to Playoff games.

“First and foremost, the referees who are in form are looked at. Then we have to see who is available for the game as some officials are unavailable at this time of year for a variety of reasons.

“We also look at what clubs the referees have worked on this season, and if they have been exposed to the teams already this year. 

“Geography doesn't play a part. Primarily it's based on the referees that have been performing well.”

Armando Villarreal was one referee on top form at the end of the MLS regular season as he enjoyed a successful game at Sporting Park, overseeing Sporting Kansas City versus New York Red Bulls.

After that strong performance, he was chosen as the center official for the Eastern Conference Knockout Round game at Red Bull Arena between the two teams.

His next assignment is Sunday's Semifinal second leg between New England Revolution and Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium.

“Armando Villarreal refereed the last regular season meeting between Kansas City and New York the other week and people may turn their heads and say, 'why was he doing that game again?' 

“The reason is we thought he had a very good game that night, and both clubs would welcome him back for the Playoff game.”

ASSIGNMENTS: 2014 MLS Cup Playoff assignments

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