Eric Boria has become the PRO2 Lead Assistant Referee Coach after retiring from the field at the end of last season.
The former AR ended his career in 2021 with an MLS regular-season tally of 175 games – a decade on from the year that saw him appointed for tournament finals at both domestic (U.S. Open Cup) and international level (Pan American Games).
He then officiated in Olympic Qualifiers, two Concacaf Gold Cups, a FIFA U-17 World Cup, and served as a reserve assistant referee at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, later retiring from the international panel after six seasons. He also worked the inaugural season of the Hero Indian Super League in 2014.
Boria made his MLS debut in 2008 and his new role will see him focusing on the development of current USL and NWSL assistant referees.
Alex Prus, Director of PRO2 Match Officials, said: “I am pleased to welcome Eric Boria as the PRO2 Lead Assistant Referee Coach.
“Eric’s new role will bring further depth to the PRO2 operation, which not only creates extra support for assistant referees, but has a positive knock-on effect on all development-level officials and their quality of learning.
“He has been an exceptional servant to North American soccer officiating throughout his career – in the US and around the world – and the PRO2 assistant referees will be excited to work with him given all that he has accomplished in the game.”
Boria said: “I look forward to helping PRO2 Assistant Referees develop their skills and achieve their respective potentials in our leagues.”