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MLS refs

After the reffing debacle Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium, I believe it is a great point to review the travesty that are refs in this league. To be fair, being a ref in the MLS is no easy task, and as pointed out by the MLS during "Referee Week", it takes a lot to qualify for the job. Of course, refs are hated across the world in many different sports, but for some reason the MLS refs are just special. This league has proven to be physical and occasionally dirty, and without proper handling games get out of control fast. Matthew Foerster learned exactly that last Saturday night.

Of course, us Timber's fans know all to well about poor officiating. Just look at last season, and you can find awful calls that led to dropped points or even losses. Flashback to September 29, against D.C United at home. At the midpoint of the second half, Perry Kitchen crossed the ball into the box, and according to referee Jorge Gonzalez, it hit the arm of David Horst. Although, the only reasonable explanation of a handball is that David Horst magically grew a third arm, only visible to Jorge Gonzalez. In the end, Chris Pontius puts it away, and boom, 2 dropped points. Jean-Baptiste being dragged down here, Ryan Miller being pushed there, Merritt Paulson being fined $25,000 over there, and one ref being sent back to school(Jason Anno, from the Red Bulls match in August)as well as a lot more incidents happened before I saw a reffing performance that I considered amazing.At least one that involved the Timbers. That was May 12 against Chivas USA. Forget the final scoreline of 3-0, and remember that Silviu Petrescu had a what I like to call "perfect" game. Petrescu had complete control over that game, and when he was called upon, he made the correct calls for both sides.

So I ask you this. Who is the best ref? Not the worst, but the best. And although it might be hard(really hard),figuring out who is the best could be an important step in improving the state of refs in this league.

Alright guys, I don't believe I have to say this but, just in case, please do not submit anything racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise not appropriate for even the younger Timbers fans.

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