Major League Soccer

MLS Ticker: Vermes unsure of Zusi position, Chara sent off by VAR, and more

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U.S. Men's National Team winger Graham Zusi has been surprisingly used at right back over the team's past few matches, and now he may face a change with his league team, Sporting Kansas City, as well.

Speaking at a Fan Forum on Thursday, Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes and president Jake Reid commented on several topics, most notably the position of Zusi.

Professional Refereeing Organiztion accused of unfair labor practices

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The Professional Refereeing Organization — more commonly known as PRO— has come under fire many times for debatabledecisions on the field, but now the referees union that handles the dealings of officials from the United States and Canada are bringing another issue into question.

According to ESPN FC, the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) filed a claim with the National Labor Relations Board back in April after PRO "engaged in unlawful direct dealing.

The SBI View: Instant replay not the solution to MLS's referee problems

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The first quarter of the MLS season is nearly over, and a major talking point throughout, deservedly, has been poor officiating. Referees have made calls that havebeen so controversial or poor that familiar cries for the implementation of instant replay have resurfaced across the league.

Video: Ever wonder what it's like to be a referee?

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Being a soccer referee is a tough job. It takes a mental and physical toll to keep up with 22 athletes on the pitch while also trying to make sound judgments.

Referees often take a verbal beating, and on rare occasions, even face physical confrontation, but in a profession where subjectivity needs to as objective as possible, there's really no winning to being an official sometimes.

FC Dallas loses more than just a lead in Portland

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For all the good FC Dallas had built for itself in the first 70 minutes of it's midweek game in Portland, blowing the lead and leaving with only a point is not the worst thing the team lost. FC Dallas is looking at a string of suspensions that could last multiple games for both Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo adding woe for a team already short on players.

Major League Soccer: Referee Labor Pains

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But, who will call the massive handball? (image: By Ralph Chaplin [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

OTF's Alex White practices his Lamaze breathing to deliver the goods on the MLS referee lockout...

The referee is the one person on the field everyone loves to hate, and I don't envy him.

North American soccer referees are trying to form a union

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A press release came across my desk this week that caught me off guard. Apparently there is a bit of labor strife in the soccer referee world at the professional level. Something I was not aware of, admittedly I am not a labor expert nor involved in high level referee issues.

MLS and USSF, along with other professional leagues in the US and Canada, use a company called the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) to crew their matches.

The Lowry Lowdown: On Referees, Bad Calls and Mistakes

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David Junior Lopes #3 of the Los Angeles Galaxy receives a yellow card from referee Silviu Petrescu (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

It's happened before and it will happen again. Bad calls, missed calls and mistakes on the part of referees are as much a part of the game of soccer as is the ball being round.

U.S. Soccer and MLS to Announce Newly Organized Professional Referee Organization (PRO)

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In a move to improve the quality of professional refereeing in the U.S. and Canada, the United States Soccer Federation along with Major League Soccer and in concert with the Canadian Soccer Association, will announce next week the formation of the Professional Referee Organization or PRO. PRO will be financially independent of any of the [.

Philadelphia Union

Perspective, red cards, Panama Papers, more

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Union perspective. Power rankings. Red cards. Panama Papers fallout. More news.

Ready for RSL, Philly Gold Cup, more news

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Union's first road game of 2015 on Saturday. Reaction to Philly Gold Cup final announcement. Much more.

Notes from Hack’s presser, MLS ref lockout over, Cherundolo retires, Garber on Qatar WC, more

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Bullet points from Wednesday's weekly Union press conference. Referee lockout ends. Steve Cherundolo retires. Garber calls Qatar 2022 "a monumental disaster." More news.

Tonight’s game against NYRB will be streamed, Hack looking at “many” CB options, more

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Tonight's game against New York will be streamed on Red Bulls site. Hack confirms talks with Bolton CB Zat Knight, discusses options and training camp progress. More news.

The Rest

Howard Webb named PRO General Manager

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One of the game's most recognizable officials is set to expand his role with the Professional RefereeOrganization.

PRO, the organization that oversees officiating in the U.S., announced on Thursday that Howard Webb has been named as the new General Manager. The longtime English official has been with PRO as aVideo Review Operations Manager and will replace the outgoing Peter Walton.