PRO, the Professional Referee Organization, has locked out the Professional Soccer Referee Association and replacement officials will be used in MLS matches this weekend.The referees' union and PRO failed in reaching its first ever collective bargaining agreement
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Jorge Luna - Former MLS official (4th)
Luis Guardia - Open Cup
Pedro Trejo - International, NASL
Poor refereeing has already marred MLS and the running gags were pretty much limitless. The good news is that First Kick 2014 will still go on as planned but it is still worrisome knowing that both parties have been negotiating since July 2013.
PRO General Manager Peter Walton
We have made a substantial proposal to the Professional Soccer Referees Association and believe it is very fair and reasonable. Our proposal represents a significant increase above current compensation for referees and places them above the average for officials around the world. We are disappointed it has been rejected.