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Olympic bosses have invited five U.S. Soccer officials to participate in this year's London Olympic Games.
Mark Geiger and Sean Hurd have been called in to officiate at the men’s soccer tournament, while Marlene Duffy, Veronica Perez and Kari Seitz have been appointed to the women's competition.
Geiger began officiating in 1988 and became a National Referee in 2003, since then he has taken charge of Major League Soccer matches, the CONCACAF Champions League and has been a member of the FIFA International Panel of Referees since 2008.
In August 2011, Geiger became the first American to referee a FIFA men’s tournament final when he officiated the FIFA Under-20 World Cup Final between Brazil and Portugal. Hurd also participated in the tournament, which was hosted in Colombia, and has been a regular official of MLS, international and CONCACAF Champions League matches, since becoming a referee in 1986. He reached the FIFA ranks in 2009.
Seitz, Duffy and Perez have extensive experience of the highest stages of the women’s game having officiated at four Olympic Games between them. All three participated in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, including an appearance in the third-place play-off, which was the highest match possible as the U.S. women’s team were in the final.
Seitz was appointed a member of the FIFA Women’s Panel of Referees in 1999 and has officiated at four FIFA Women’s World Cups and the previous two Olympiads, in Athens and Beijing.
Duffy joined the international refereeing ranks in 2008. During the same year she was included in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship and the Beijing Olympics.
Also in 2008, Perez joined the FIFA Women’s Panel of Assistant Referees and officiated at the Olympic Games. Since then, she has refereed at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament in Mexico and the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship hosted by Panama.