CHICAGO (Jan. 15, 2014) – Three U.S. Soccer officials from the Professional Referee Organization have earned invitations to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Referee Mark Geiger and assistant referee Sean Hurd, along with assistant referee reserve Eric Boria, are headed to this year’s World Cup, which kicks off in mid-June. Also representing the PRO is Canada’s Joe Fletcher as an assistant referee.
“PRO’s support team is delighted for Mark, Sean, Joe and Eric, but also for all of our officials, too,” PRO General Manager Peter Walton said. “This reflects the very high standard of officiating we have within our ranks.”
Nine referees (three referees and six assistant referees) and four support referees (two referees and two ARs) have been selected out of the CONCACAF region for this year’s World Cup. In total, there are 75 referees and 16 support referees selected by the FIFA Referee Committee.
The 39-year-old Geiger, a New Jersey native, will be participating in his first men’s World Cup after previously working at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. Geiger was the 2011 Major League Soccer Referee of the Year. He will become the first American referee to work a World Cup match since Brian Hall in 2002.
Hurd, 42, joined Geiger for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and traveled to London for the 2012 Olympics. The Florida native is heading to his first FIFA World Cup this summer.
The 39-year-old Boria of Chicago worked as an assistant referee at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from Oct. 17-Nov. 8.
Geiger, Hurd and Fletcher were selected for the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.