I think everyone has agreed that MLS officiating has been really, really bad this season. Ed sums things up from a DC perspective very nicely, here.
But what I have rarely heard are any ideas to make the officiating better. I don’t have any brilliant brainstorms on this either, but I just cannot understand why this problem remains so difficult to solve. Here are some ideas that crossed my mind:
- MLS pulls the officials out from under the auspices of the USSF, hires them full-time and places more investment in training, etc.
- MLS goes out and gets a fleet of foreign referees who may (or may not) perform better than our American ones.
- MLS tells FIFA to screw off and experiments on its own with improving officiating through video review or a second referee.
I have no idea whether any of those ideas are feasible or would even prove successful. They are just some things that crossed my mind. Are there some concrete ideas that could be presented to MLS/USSF? Because, I think everyone could agree that the officiating is proving a problem in the league right now.