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Rose City Roundup: Bad Referees Edition

Jason Kreis is mad about some calls in Real Salt Lake's last game, the US steamrolled El Salvador over the weekend, and the Thorns, now with more Tobin Heath, are getting back on track.

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Consistent inexperienced referee selection for MLS, RSL matches raises questions
After Jason Kreis took issue (again) with the inexperience of the referee of Saturday's match between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City, RSL Soapbox takes a look at the numbers and finds that his recurring complaint may have some validity. Of course, looking at the teams whose games tend to be officiated by more experienced referees shows that refs in MLS don't have to be inexperienced in order to be awful.

Prosecutors will not charge Timbers player
I had missed this until our friend Mike Donovan (@TheMikeDonovan) pointed it out on Twitter. It's surely a relief for the team to see this wind to its conclusion.

Gold Cup: USMNT laud contributions of Kyle Beckerman, "the Peyton Manning of soccer"
Beckerman's play in the Gold Cup is attracting the attention of his teammates and his opponents.

Revisiting the Chris Wondolowski argument, now in a bigger and better context
A take on Chris Wondolowski's World Cup chances that is a little more grounded than the one we heard from some of the match commentators. (Okay, mostly Eric Wynalda.)

U.S. Owns El Salvador, But Could It Have Won Better?
The United States had a good game against El Salvador in the Gold Cup quarterfinals, but it could have been even better.

SoccerAmerica - USA-El Salvador match draws 1.2 overnight rating on FOX

The Morrison Report: Coming ‘Round the Mountain Edition
Thoughts on the Trencito loan rumors.

Thorns Ascending, Has Tobin Heath Been The Difference?
The Thorns have stopped their slide since Tobin Heath's arrival. How much is she to thank for that?

Q. and A. With Clint Dempsey
U.S. captain Clint Dempsey answers questions about the national team's progress, the infamous Sporting News article, and the upcoming season with Tottenham.

Why Pre-Recorded Stadium Music Is Stupid, By Huey Lewis
Seriously, Jeld-Wen Field should stop playing music before the game. The TA is way better pre-game entertainment anyway.