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NWSL Championship Game assignment a privilege for Danielle Chesky

Sep 4, 2014

Danielle Chesky at the NWSL Championship match

U.S. Soccer official Danielle Chesky has described working the 2014 NWSL Championship Game between Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City as a privilege.

The 30-year-old was assigned to the end-of-season showcase as an assistant referee, alongside center official Margaret Domka and fellow AR Marlene Duffy, with Katja Koroleva fourth official. 

Chesky told “The NWSL Championship Game was a fantastic experience for me. It was a high-pressure game between two highly-skilled teams, a great atmosphere in a sold-out stadium, and a crew with international experience in multiple World Cups, the Olympics, and other competitions. 

“I worked with Marlene once before and it was amazing how much I grew from just that one experience. This was my first time working with Margaret and it was exciting to learn from her and her vast experience in these high-level games. 

“There is so much more to being a top-class official and this assignment was an opportunity for me to learn from them.

“It was competitive game and was a great one to get under my belt. I was privileged to receive the assignment and am looking forward to next year's season surrounding the World Cup in Canada.”

The title-decider, which was won 2-1 by Kansas City in front of over 4,000 fans at Seattle’s Starfire Sports Complex, rounded off what has been a good 2014 season for Chesky, who started officiating when she was 12 years of age.

As well as working eight NWSL regular season games, the Arlington County resident was assigned to the Women’s Open Division Amateur Championship in June and was given the opportunity to attend the Glasgow City Cup International Youth Tournament during August in Scotland, UK. 

“The Glasgow City Cup International Youth Tournament was fantastic, experiencing a different culture of the game as well as receiving top-notch feedback from officials within the Scottish Football Association. 

“The games, although at the youth level, challenged me to understand the different flash points, management challenges, and even the language. To have high level feedback from professional referees, current FIFAs and former FIFAs including PRO's Sandra Serafini, allowed me to better understand and learn from those challenges. 

“I've been able to incorporate those lessons into my game back here in the States and it has greatly improved my abilities all around the field. I'm very thankful to PRO for providing that opportunity.”

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