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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [.