48 responses

  1. Madden’s Chin
    January 15, 2014

    lol wut?

  2. Rory
    January 15, 2014

    “Sweet… Now we know who to bribe!”

    • Benny
      January 15, 2014

      LOL!!!

    • The Imperative Voice
      January 15, 2014

      I prefer to think of it as an outstanding collection of blind men. God bless FIFA for being open minded.

  3. wood chip zip
    January 15, 2014

    also missing from the list is the Jorge Larrionda, thank god. There was controversy everywhere he went. He had no business ever officiating in a FIFA competition, not to mention two WC and a Confed Cup. If you want proof of FIFA corruption look no further than him. I am certain his job was to make sure the US and England got nowhere, and how did they know he would take the bait? His own football federation suspended him for “irregularities”

    • Kosh
      January 15, 2014

      + 1

      • Creige
        January 15, 2014

        No Walter Quesada either, which is a relief.

  4. pgloerse
    January 15, 2014

    Is this is a first?

    • midwest ref
      January 15, 2014

      please don’t let my posting name give anyone the belief that I have more interest or knowledge in this area.

      Geiger is not the first american ref to participate in the World Cup.

      One more addition to this list should be Eric Boria, who is basically going to Brazil as an alternate AR.

      • Batman
        January 15, 2014

        Boria is mentioned in the article

      • soccerhorn
        January 15, 2014

        Boria is going. You might want to read the article before you comment.

      • midwest ref
        January 15, 2014

        I glossed over the third paragraph. Thank you, I am sure on behalf of all posters, for calling me out about missing this. Your dilligence will surely be rewarded in some karmic fashion. Thank you again.

  5. Kosh
    January 15, 2014

    Good call, I have always respected Geiger. He’s fit and does a very good job in the middle of the park. Best of luck to him and I hope he has a great tournament and certainly does not return with the kind of ego as did the last American to ref a WC.

    I am bummed that Koulibalie (sp) didn’t get the call again.

    • CeezNYRB
      January 15, 2014

      Nah, Geiger doesn’t do ego. He’s as solid and consistent a referee as you’ll find anywhere in the country. I’ve always considered the best MLS referee in the young history of our league. Very competent. Good luck Mark!

    • g-dub
      January 15, 2014

      Yes. Congratulations Mr. Geiger. Represent well.

      He’s been one of the best refs in MLS, IMO. Pretty good game manager, usually letting the players decide the outcome of games.

      As MLS evolves referees are too. I do think referring has improved over the last couple of years, but the league is still a little too physical.

  6. CeezNYRB
    January 15, 2014

    One day, ONE DAY I’ll be there.

    “FIFA has selected CeezNYRB from New Jersey to officiate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup”

    So…about that schedule change to the winter… *votes in favor* =\

  7. Batman
    January 15, 2014

    yes, Mr Zip. Among his crimes were red carding two US players in the 2006 WC match vs Italy, disallowing a winning Beasley goal in same the same match, red carding Michael Bradley in the confed cup semi vs Spain, and the infamous Lampard non-goal vs Germany in 2010 WC.

    • CoMo
      January 15, 2014

      CRIME?? straight red to Mastroeni was more than justified, late by a mile on Pirlo and he knew he was never gonna get the ball. Far as Pope is concerned his first card was a shirt pulling yellow professional foul at midfield so Pope may as well have been asking for it as I am sure he was just fine with that yellow, then his tackle from behind leaves very little to debate.

      And correct me if I am wrong but wasn’t Beasley’s goal called back deemed offsides as his shot was obstructed by a forward behind the back line?? I may be wrong and can’t find evidence online…..

      Lets not call for the witches when they do or don’t float too soon…………..

      • wood chip zip
        January 15, 2014

        Mastroeni’s was not a straight red card, yellow at best. Italians were doing the same stuff and no cards from Larrionda, except when forced to because they split McBride’s head open. Beasley’s disallowed goal was harsh, but yes McBride was offside and possibly obstructing Buffon. All these calls are debatable but the red card vs Bradley is not. It’s not exactly a call for the witches when the guys’ own federation suspended him for irregularities. I never understood how a ref suspended by his own federation could even be eligible to officiate a World Cup.

      • DCUnitedWillRiseAgain
        January 15, 2014

        Both of Pope’s yellows were pretty light

  8. Chivas fan
    January 15, 2014

    Congrats to Geiger. I’m shocked, SHOCKED Ricardo Salazar didn’t get the nod. ;)

    • bb
      January 15, 2014

      lol

  9. Brain Guy
    January 15, 2014

    Caption: “So, Grasshopper, you could not snatch the whistle from my hand.”

  10. Mutt
    January 15, 2014

    Chiqui Dracula makes the cut!

  11. wood chip zip
    January 15, 2014

    Yes, congrats to Mr. Geiger. Well done. Make us proud. I’m already looking forward to the comments from ESPN’s English announcers about how American refs lack the sophistication to officiate at the WC level. And they will be spot on . . . only the most refined refs can make the right call when a player karate kicks another in the chest.

  12. IndyElevenFan
    January 15, 2014

    Always good to hear a Hoosier in a story! Go Eric! Congrats!

    • midwest ref
      January 15, 2014

      I know his dad – a good family. Our country will be well represented.

  13. AcidBurn
    January 15, 2014

    Ok, start your bets on the referee who will receive the “Coulibaly Memorial Award” for screwing the US against either Ghana or Portugal. Here’s my shortlist:

    Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
    Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
    Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

    Right now I think Bakary Gassama is in the lead.

    • Rocco
      January 15, 2014

      I still want answers for this. What was the f-ing call?!?!?

    • soccerhorn
      January 15, 2014

      Imatov won’t know how to call the game if no one hands him an envelope of cash.

  14. AcidBurn
    January 15, 2014

    Great for Geiger. Actually, you can’t complain too much about the CONCACAF selections…Geiger, Chiqui (who is a well-respected ref) and Aguilar are all pretty good choices. (Aguilar reffed the snow game, right?)

    Glad that Courtney Campbell and especially Quesada were left home.

  15. MJ
    January 15, 2014

    Am I the only one upset by Moreno from Mexico going? The guy is terrible

  16. elgringorico
    January 15, 2014

    I just want to mention that this guy has made a mockery of many MLS games. I recall specifically the United/Union game 2 seasons ago. Good for him, but is he really the USA’s best ref?

    • CeezNYRB
      January 15, 2014

      People will ALWAYS complain about referees. We never win. EVER!! That’s just the nature of the beast. I would love to see all of you on the pitch. It’s not as easy as it looks. Referees aren’t remembered for the great calls they make — only the poor/difficult ones.

      Believe it or not, accept it or not, he is a VERY VERY competent referee. He has earned his spot. Make no mistake about that.

    • Marc Silverstein
      January 15, 2014

      Yes Gorico, he is our best and by a wide margin. I was actually at that DCU match a couple of years ago and sat alongside the USSF Director of Referee Assessment and Geiger passed the assessment on that match. Lot’s to discuss in that particular match, but all in all he did fine.

    • Cavan
      January 15, 2014

      He made one or two small mistakes in a game where the players were already ready to go at each other before the first whistle. The Union had a nasty tendency to thug up games against United before the changeover to Hackworth. To his credit, Hackworth told his team to knock it off and they have.

      He was out there in a volatile situation because he was seen as the best and most capable to handle what was known to be an extremely challenging game beforehand. I think he accidentally got used by the most cynical actors on the Union (again to Hackworth’s credit, those actors are either gone or don’t act that way any more). I do give him credit for getting that game to the full 90 as it had the fingerprints of the kind of game that you lose and have to abandon all over it.

    • Matt
      January 15, 2014

      Oh no, he had a bad game TWO YEARS AGO!
      Get over it.

  17. RK
    January 15, 2014

    No one from Qatar?

  18. dan
    January 15, 2014

    Geiger still ref MLS?

    • CeezNYRB
      January 15, 2014

      Still? How do you mean? You think referees sign contracts to head overseas like players do? Lmao!

      Referees officiate in the federation where they reside. Geiger lives in the US. Therefore, his home federation is USSF. Therefore, he officiates in his federation’s top professional league. Therefore, yes, he is still an MLS referee.

  19. soccerhorn
    January 15, 2014

    Congrats Marc Geiger, and congrats PRO for getting a team there.

  20. Brad
    January 15, 2014

    I hope he gets to ref a Mexico game…..

    • Brad
      January 15, 2014

      ;)

  21. DCUnitedWillRiseAgain
    January 15, 2014

    What’s the over-under on how many penalty kick do-overs Geiger calls for infringement before he gets decked by a player? If he gets the Colombia game, I honestly fear for his safety.

    • Increase
      January 15, 2014

      Was he that ref?

      It was totally deserved btw. Coming off early is allowed a bit much sometimes.

  22. rorschach
    January 15, 2014

    really? howard webb again? england’s strongest ref? criminy!

    • Steve G
      January 16, 2014

      Howard Webb is like the Ed Hochuli of soccer refs

  23. Josh
    January 17, 2014

    Holy crap!! He was one of my teachers in High school. Congratulations to him on all of the success. Kick some butt Mr.Geiger

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