Imagine my shock at finding this latest post on MLSSoccer.com.
Apparently, it’s “Referee Week” at the league’s official website and for the next few days we’re going to get gems like officiating quizzes and a “You Make the Call” series with Paul Tamberino. The overlaying goal appears to be pulling back the curtain on the league referees and showing us who these men are. Apologies if I don’t give a shit.
Instead of dealing with the disaster that is the crop of USSF officials assigned to work MLS matches, we’re getting a week’s worth of league generated propaganda that’s supposed to make us sympathetic for the tough job these guys are asked to do. We realize it’s a tough job, but pointless fluff pieces about what nice people they are isn’t going to change the fact that these referees are directly effecting the outcome of league matches with their mistakes and poor decision making. Making up quizzes that outline extremely difficult decisions doesn’t make up for the fact that their trained officials are getting them wrong on a consistent basis.
Is this the best MLS can offer? Teams and fans get shafted by the whistle blowers and MLS expects us all to just sit down and take it? I’m sure the players and staff at Real Salt Lake will really enjoy this propaganda after Chris Penso made a mockery of their match with Vancouver last week. Don Garber has traveled across the country this season telling fans that the situation is being worked on, that changes are coming. Is this their master plan? Bullshit propaganda on a website?
None of this crap is doing anything to fix the problem MLS has. Instead, they are doing what most leagues, corporations and governments always do…cover up the problem. I really don’t know what’s worse, the fact they are using propaganda or that they expect us to drink their kool-aid and pretend that nothing is wrong.
Nice try MLS. Please try again.