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June 2017

Eight PRO officials assigned to 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

May 2017

Referee Kevin Stott reflects on refereeing 300 MLS games

Healthy season the focus for Sorin Stoica

NASO survey: Make officiating history by taking the NASO survey

PRO officials to support Huntington’s Disease awareness month

April 2017

Four PRO officials selected for FIFA Confederations Cup

Drew Fischer on travel, training, and the FIFA World Cup

PRO trio attend UEFA CORE program in Switzerland

Generation adidas Cup a big step in VAR training - Howard Webb

United States, Canada and Mexico to submit World Cup bid

Development Group officials enjoy ground-breaking preseason training camp

March 2017

The IFAB: Video Assistant Referee testing so far

Kathryn Nesbitt: Algarve Cup to MLS – Women's World Cup next?

Video Assistant Referee testing to expand in USL during 2017

Eric Boria: Retired from FIFA, but as focused as ever

Karen Abt reflects on 'true privilege' of SheBelieves Cup

New season, new club, more opportunities – Fotis Bazakos

ESPN FC's MLS player survey – has refereeing got better or worse?

An intense offseason – Jose Carlos Rivero hopes hard work pays off The lowdown - my weekend with the NWSL referees

PRO's points of focus for the 2017 season

February 2017

James Conlee: Sideline to support staff

NWSL announces 2017 home openers

New season, new laws – a look at some major changes

Achievements recognized in 2016 – more to come this year? 

PRO to continue association with the Elite Clubs National League

Eduardo Mariscal achieves lifetime goal with appointment to FIFA panel

NASL releases 2017 schedule

Howard Webb hired as PRO's Manager of Video Assistant Referee Operations

Successful training camp signals the start of preseason

MLS and PRO to continue VAR testing during preseason

PRO roster announced for 2017

January 2017

Social media: Preseason training camp - January 2017

USL unveils 2017 home openers

CONCACAF honor and Canadian pride - Joe Fletcher on recent recognition

D.C. United receive PRO's Ernie Branco Liaison Award

Rubiel Vazquez - Holidays, MLS Combine and the 2017 season

Joe Fletcher recognized in annual CONCACAF awards

PRO officials selected for 2017 CONCACAF U20 Championship

MLS releases 2017 regular season schedule

USL announces 2017 Conference alignment and kickoff date

Chris Strickland reflects on 24-year career - “I wouldn’t trade it for anything”

PRO officials appointed to FIFA panel - 2017

December 2016

MLS 2017 to kick-off on March 3; home openers announced

Danny Thornberry enjoys a dream 2016 on the PRO roster

Six officials formally announce their retirements

Cool heads key in MLS Cup - Alan Kelly pleased with crew’s performance

Gallery: MLS Cup 2016

Corey Rockwell: "We had something special going on"

MLS Cup 101: Toronto v Seattle - everything you need to know

November 2016

2016 MLS Cup crew announced

Koroleva, Nesbitt and Quan fly the flag at the U17 Women’s World Cup

Brenda Wright takes up Development Group Assigning Assistant role

Statement: Video Assistant Referee (VAR) project executive

Erich Simmons and Alan Black accept Regional Development Assistant roles

Officials attend CONCACAF Elite AR Course - Joe Fletcher's thoughts

NASL Championship referee Allen Chapman on a historic year

MLS AR of the Year Frank Anderson: “We're only as good as our next call”

Delirium to delight - MLS Referee of the Year Alan Kelly reflects

2016 NASL Championship Final crew announced

Alan Kelly and Frank Anderson - MLS Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year

“Amazing experience” – Robert Sibiga reflects on his MLS Cup Playoffs debut

PRO officials in the running for MLS year-end awards

Brian Dunn targeting a full house following USL Cup Final assignment

October 2016

MLS Cup Playoffs: It's time, and PRO's official are ready

PRO's Paul Rejer excited by video technology

MLS Week 33: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

2016 USL Cup Final crew announced

Christina Unkel and Felisha Mariscal – pregnancy and parenthood under PRO

Referee Matthew Franz reflects on 'special' NWSL Championship

MLS Week 32: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

Faith, family and friends – Nick Uranga praises support ahead of NWSL Championship

Referee Jaime Herrera hangs up his whistle

2016 NWSL Championship crew announced

September 2016

MLS Week 30: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

Behind the scenes: Video Assistant Referee testing in USL

MLS Week 29: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

MLS Week 28: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

Baldomero Toledo prepared for next accomplishment - U.S. Open Cup

MLS Week 27: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

MLS Week 26: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

August 2016

Glasgow City Cup blog 2016 - Kali Langevin and Abby Van Note

MLS Week 25: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

"What a week, what a lucky man" – Chris Penso's double celebration

MLS Week 24: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

PRO officials make history with use of video replay technology in USL

How MLS measures and manages extreme heat conditions at matches

MLS approved for VAR testing in select USL matches

MLS Week 23: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

Liaison Eric Beck brings a lifetime of soccer knowledge to matchday referee experience

MLS Week 22: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

PRO's Sandra Serafini explains the assessment system

July 2016

MLS Week 21: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

PRO Statement

Matthew Nelson delighted to receive highest honor of career with MLS All-Star assignment

PRO officials get a taste of first-ever 'live' VAR experiments

MLS Week 20: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

Chris Penso: "I may have ran and jumped around in celebration..."

IFAB workshop on video assistant referee experiments to be hosted by MLS

MLS Week 19: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

PRO joins forces with TeamXStream to enhance training and development

MLS Week 18: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

BBC World Service: The Conversation, featuring PRO's Sandra Serafini

MLS Week 17: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

June 2016

PRO announce crew for 2016 MLS All-Star game

MLS Week 16: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

MLS Week 15: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

PRO officials in action at the Copa America Centenario

Jaime Herrera: "It was a very, very special debut"

PRO to test video assistance for referees in MLS and USL

Referees gather in Chicago ahead of Copa America Centenario

May 2016

PRO officials assigned to Copa America Centenario

MLS Week 13: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

Superstitions and pre-game rituals – Jose Carlos Rivero

MLS Week 12: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

Sorin Stoica eager to rediscover form after return from injury

MLS Week 11: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

MLS Week 10: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

April 2016

MLS Week 9: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

Mathieu Bourdeau: Working hard for more opportunities with PRO

MLS Week 8: A closer look at the assigned officials

NWSL officials primed for new campaign following preseason camp

MLS Week 7: A closer look at the assigned officials

MLS Week 6: A closer look at the assigned officials

Police officer to MLS referee – Sorin Stoica's story (part two)

March 2016

MLS Week 5: A closer look at the assigned officials

A red card, two penalties, and a memorable MLS debut for Nima Saghafi

PRO holds first Referee Development Academy

MLS Week 4: A closer look at the assigned officials

Karen Abt and Deleana Quan enjoy successful CONCACAF U17 Championships

MLS Week 3: A closer look at the assigned officials

Police officer to MLS referee – Sorin Stoica's story (part one)

MLS Week 2: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials 

Hilario Grajeda excited for action ahead of MLS return 

Julio Cesar Davila receives PRO's Ernie Branco Liaison Award 

MLS Week 1: A closer look at the assigned PRO officials

Logan Brown ready to open 'new chapter' with PRO

February 2016

Assistant referee Eric Weisbrod hungry for more in 2016

TAG Heuer announced as official timekeeper of PRO

2016 PRO roster announced

PRO renew agreement with Match Analysis to assess performance of officials

PRO kick-off 2016 with successful preseason training camp

January 2016

PRO prepares for first preseason camp of 2016

PRO representatives assigned to CONCACAF Olympic Games qualifiers

Family, full-time, FIFA – Ted Unkel reflects on a busy few months

PRO officials appointed to FIFA panel - 2016

Greg Barkey 'striving for the best' in new role as Manager of Assistant Referees

December 2015

'Success with no regrets' - Bill Dittmar calls time on 20-year officiating career

Whom you know: Getting to know PRO's Paul Rejer

Toronto Sun: MLS commissioner Don Garber discusses refereeing standards and attitudes

Jair Marrufo ready to 'bring his all' to MLS Cup 2015

November 2015

Ethan Steinman delighted after release of behind the scenes film with PRO

Alan Kelly honored to experience first final in North America

George Gansner turns attentions to family after announcing retirement 

MLS Assistant Referee of the Year Corey Parker reflects on 'remarkable' season

Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho enjoying the moment ahead of NASL Championship game

Alan Kelly praises PRO colleagues after being voted MLS Referee of the Year

2015 NASL Championship Final crew announced

Alan Kelly and Corey Parker - MLS Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year

October 2015

USL Championship referee Nima Saghafi thankful for experience across the leagues

VIDEO: Ever wondered what it's like to be a referee?

Katja Koroleva looks ahead to international honors after domestic success

PRO's Dave Gantar to referee in the 2015 Hero Indian Super League

Jennifer Garner excited for NWSL future after Championship game

Ted Unkel speaks of 'immense pride' after refereeing U.S. Open Cup Final

September 2015

2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final crew announced

Amanda Ross excited by NWSL Championship Game assignment

PRO officials support MLS Works Soccer Kicks Cancer campaign

2015 NWSL Championship Game officials announced

PRO assistant referee Paul Scott accepts new role with CONCACAF

Greg Barkey accepts Manager of Assistant Referees position

Ted Unkel enjoying life as a PRO center referee

August 2015

Robert Sibiga feels improvement under the guidance of PRO

The Guardian: Are MLS referees up to the job?

How a yellow card in 1988 changed Mark Kadlecik’s life

“I had a tear in my eye as we exited the field” - CJ Morgante

PRO referee Hilario Grajeda nearing MLS comeback

July 2015

CJ Morgante named AR for CONCACAF Gold Cup Final

Mark Geiger backed by PRO after Panama v Mexico

Ismail Elfath: “It’s an honor to be in charge of the All-Star game”

Hydration breaks in MLS, with Jose Carlos Rivero

A day in the life of PRO's MLS referee Alan Kelly

Corey Rockwell honored to reach 200 MLS assignments

PRO officials give insight to the next generation

Peter Manikowski ready for 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Crew announced for 2015 MLS All-Star game

June 2015

MLS debut worth the wait for Robert Sibiga

Jeremy Hanson enjoyed Levi’s Stadium challenges

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Margaret Domka

May 2015

Eight PRO officials selected for Gold Cup

Mentor Younes Marrakchi salutes heroic young referee

The PRO active assistant referee - March and April 2015

PRO appoint Sandra Serafini as Women's Referee Manager

April 2015

“Expect the unexpected” - Ismail Elfath was ready for the rain in Texas

From the classroom to the soccer field – PRO’s Andrew Bigelow is combining work with pleasure

PRO to hold clinic for select group of referee assessors

Katja Koroleva expecting high standard in NWSL

Preparation key for Marcos De Oliveira on a special occasion in Jacksonville

Margaret Domka assigned to FIFA Women's World Cup

Hilario Grajeda giving back to the community

March 2015

Mark Cahen benefitted from international debut in Indian Super League

Alan Kelly honored to be a part of Orlando City versus New York City

Kevin Stott prepares for a record-breaking season

PRO training camp: Offside discussions

February 2015

PRO officials appointed to FIFA panel - 2015

Color change for MLS winter match ball

Two areas identified for PRO officials to review during 2015

PRO announces the 2015 roster

PRO announces officiating crew for MLS season opener

Preseason camp sets tone for new season of working together

January 2015

VIDEO: PRO General Manager Peter Walton discusses 2015

CSA's Liu Hu appointed new head of CFA referee office

Armando Villarreal and Corey Parker officiate first FIFA assignments

PRO prepares for first preseason camp of 2015

PRO announces fitness requirements for 2015

December 2014

Mark Geiger named CONCACAF Referee of the Year

Family and fitness the offseason focus for PRO's Joe Fletcher

Phenomenal year for PRO's Brian Hall

Baldomero Toledo honored to represent PRO in ISL

VIDEO: PRO General Manager Peter Walton looks ahead to 2015

November 2014

2014 MLS Cup Playoffs - In focus: Cup Final crew

2014 MLS Cup Playoffs - In focus: Conference Championship 2nd leg referees

PRO’s Anderson brothers fully focused on Eastern Conference Championship

Christina Unkel and Amanda Ross assigned to Central American and Caribbean Games Final

Mark Geiger and Paul Scott named MLS Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year

Amanda Ross and Christina Unkel assigned to semifinals at Central American and Caribbean Games

PRO officials nominated for MLS awards

2014 MLS Cup Playoffs - In focus: Conference Championship first leg referees

Ted Unkel named head referee for NASL Championship Final

2014 MLS Cup Playoffs - In focus: Semifinal second leg referees

VIDEO: PRO General Manager Peter Walton reviews 2014

PRO GM Peter Walton positive about video replays

2014 MLS Cup Playoffs - Assignments explained

October 2014

2014 MLS Cup Playoffs - In focus: Semifinal first leg referees

2014 MLS Cup Playoffs - In focus: Knockout Round referees

The rise of the Mariscal name in the PRO ranks

Positive effect of PRO referee program highlighted at CONCACAF Symposium

Adam Garner delighted to receive international recognition

PRO's Dan Fitzgerald is ready to step up

PRO trio to officiate in the inaugural Indian Super League

Ted Unkel thrilled at becoming the man in the MLS middle

September 2014

Michael Kennedy enjoying the rise of the Professional Referee Organization

NWSL Championship Game assignment a privilege for Danielle Chesky

August 2014

PRO officials receive nutritional fine-tuning

Crew assigned to 2014 NWSL Championship match

PRO crew announced for the 2014 US Open Cup Final

PRO take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Jennifer Garner and Karen Abt take charge of CONCACAF U-15 Championships

PRO 2014 Under-20 Women's World Cup assignments

Jair Marrufo reflects on a special night in Portland

MLS All-Star game is Corey Parker's highest honor

Claudiu Badea ready for MLS All-Star game

George Gansner to officiate his 200th MLS game

Mark Geiger hopes the world's eyes are open to North American refereeing

PRO in the media - Friday, August 1

July 2014

PRO representatives attend FIFA Regional Instructor Course

PRO to use Match Analysis to assess every official's performance

Eric Boria's Brazilian experience

Sporting KC's Peter Vermes impressed by PRO project

PRO's George Gansner steps down from the FIFA panel

PRO assistant referee Joe Fletcher looks ahead to the next World Cup

From Jacksonville to Rio – Sean Hurd’s World Cup journey

PRO World Cup assistant referee Joe Fletcher talks about the famous handshake snub

PRO in the media - Friday, July 18

Jair Marrufo delighted to be rewarded with MLS All-Star assignment

PRO's Greg Barkey becomes first AR to reach 300 MLS regular season games

PRO announce crew for 2014 MLS All-Star game

Christina Unkel gets first FIFA assignment

PRO chairman Jim Brown happy with progress

PRO statement on John Bieniewicz

Margaret Domka honored by FIFA Women's U20 World Cup assignment

June 2014

Sandra Serafini: Officials take nothing for granted

Brian Hall on what it takes to be a top class referee

Peter Walton on goal-line technology

PRO's Juan Guzman focused on improvement

May 2014

Referees need to be soccer students - Brian Hall

March 2014

PRO officials to wear new Adidas kit

Peter Walton highlights PRO's key initiatives for 2014

PRO reaches collective bargaining agreement with PSRA

FMCS statement on labor negotiations between PRO and PSRA

Statement from PRO 

MLS can rival European leagues, says PRO's Alan Kelly

February 2014

Silviu Petrescu receives Canadian Soccer Association award

Brian Hall excited by PRO challenge

Mark Geiger excited to fulfil World Cup dream

January 2014

PRO prepares for pre-season training camp

PRO announces fitness requirements for the 2014 soccer season

PRO officials assigned to 2014 FIFA World Cup

December 2013

Mark Geiger and Sean Hurd assigned to Club World Cup Final

Peter Walton sets sights on further improvement

Cup joy for Hilario Grajeda

Hilario Grajeda expresses gratitude ahead of MLS Cup

Friends, family and faith the key for MLS Cup Assistants

Fotis Bazakos grateful for Greek genes in Movember

November 2013

Hilario Grajeda named MLS Referee of the Year

Movember moustaches in full flow

PRO makes significant double appointment

Officials facing up to Movember challenge

PRO shows ALS the red card

Officials ready for end-of-season games

PRO Officials attend CONCACAF Symposium

PRO crew selected for Club World Cup

Jair Marrufo awarded U17 quarterfinal match

Edvin Jurisevic assigned to NASL Soccer Bowl 2013

October 2013

Christina Unkel ready for next step

Fitness the focus - Matt Hawkey

PRO officials assigned to U17 World Cup

Peter Walton looking for positive end to season

PRO in support of Soccer Kicks Cancer

September 2013

PRO among America's elite officiating organizations

Officials celebrate MLS milestones

Juan Guzman assigned to US Open Cup Final

Michael Kennedy blossoming behind the scenes

Jose Carlos Rivero aiming high

Jair Maruffo takes part in memorial event

August 2013

NWSL final just the beginning - Sandra Serafini

Nelson Rodriguez happy with PRO direction

Gold Cup a success for Dave Gantar

PRO makes Ref Cam history

July 2013

“All-Star game my highest honor," says Hilario Grajeda

Peter Walton: Camps the catalyst for improvement

PRO and NWSL breathe new life into US female officiating - Sandra Serafini

PRO Officials in Gold Cup action

PRO announces MLS All Star Game crew

Matt Hawkey predicts bright future

PRO reinforce head injury protocol

Politics, pizza, patrol and PRO - Chris Penso's been busy

June 2013

Statement on penalty call in NWSL match

May 2013

AR training days

RIP Ricardo Portillo

April 2013

PRO support PSRA unionization

PRO Referees advance in CONCACAF U17 Championship

Inaugural NWSL season set for kick-off

March 2013

Matt Hawkey pleased with progress

US duo selected for big match

Peter Walton: We're off

January 2013

Paul Rejer relishing challenge ahead

Michael Kennedy settling into role

PRO reveals new line-up

NWSL provides PRO with "great opportunity", believes Peter Walton

Officials selected for Algarve Cup

Pre-season training camp

Officials to attend training camps

December 2012

Silviu Petrescu pleased with performance

November 2012

VIDEO: General Manager reflects on opening eight months

Silviu Petrescu's prepared for "biggest moment"

MLS awards winners announced

Referee Mark Geiger explains PK decisions

MLS Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year finalists

Peter Walton clarifies position on play at HOU vs. DC

October 2012

New website launches

The inaugural Platinum Program class has been announced

September 2012

Peter Walton: "A long-term building process"

April 2012

Five U.S. officials going to the Olympics

March 2012

New Organization to improve officiating in North America

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