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5 minutes with Nick Uranga

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Since working his first professional match in 2013, Nick Uranga has worked his way to the top and has just completed his first season as an MLS Assistant Referee. In that time, he has worked 5 playoff matches in the

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5 Minutes with Chico Grajeda

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For  more than 15 years, Chico Grajeda has been one of the most prominent referees across all levels of soccer in the U.S. A mainstay in the professional and collegiate games, Chico has been a part of 10 NCAA Division

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RESPECT Campaign

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The Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) is initiating a RESPECT campaign.  Our members are wearing RESPECT buttons on their uniforms in response to recent incidents and the grave mishandling of those by Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Professional Referee

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An open letter to the Professional Referee Organization, as well as MLS fans, players, teams, supporters, and staff:

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The PSRA is very concerned by the actions of PRO and the MLS Independent Review Panel following the events of the Orlando City SC vs. Chicago Fire match on June 4.   PRO privately supported our officials for taking the proper,

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The Professional Soccer Referee Association

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To many soccer referees in the United States and Canada, the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) represents the group of elite match officials who work in Major League Soccer (MLS). But that is just one part of PSRA. Since 2009,

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Chris Strickland Announces Retirement

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Chris Strickland has announced his retirement from officiating, ending a career which included all 21 seasons of MLS to date. Strickland, who was a FIFA Assistant Referee from 2002 through 2011, worked a total of 295 games in MLS, including

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Get to Know: Terry Vaughn

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Recently, Terry Vaughn has been doing a little better. An addition on the house has given the Vaughns the wheelchair ramp that is now necessary. His new wheelchair is allowing him to venture out more, and perhaps most importantly, Iowa

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Sean Hurd Announces Retirement

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Sean Hurd has announced his retirement from officiating, ending a career which included 11 seasons in MLS, 8 years on the FIFA panel, and a selection to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.   Hurd, who resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida,

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2016 Playoffs

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As the professional seasons in North America come to a close, the PSRA would like to congratulate all of our members who worked a Championship or Playoff assignment in the various professional leagues in the US & Canada during 2016.

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The Role of Mentoring in Referee Development

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“It’s all about giving back and paying it forward.” That’s a common remark you’ll hear from most professional soccer referees. Every referee remembers where they started out and the fellow referees who helped them to get where they wanted to

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