No U.S. refs at Cup a sign of bigger problem

May 10, 2006
By Frank Dell'Apa
The fact that no U.S. referee has been chosen for the World Cup in Germany raises questions about the country's standard of play, a commentary on how the MLS is perceived.

This is not a complete indictment of the United States soccer system, but there should be an internal alarm. The selection of World Cup referees is not only about ability, but also about politics, and apparently, there are weaknesses in the U.S. system on both counts.

Most disturbing is the breakup of progress. ...

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