2013 All-Star Game

PRO announces referees for 2013 MLS All-Star Game in Kansas City | THE SIDELINE

Hilario Grajeda

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USA Today

Professional Referee Organization (PRO) announced on Tuesday the four-man team that will officiate the 2013 MLS All-Star Game between the MLS All-Star squad and Italian Serie A club AS Roma at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

Referee - Hilario Grajeda (above); Asst. 1 - Paul Scott; Asst. 2 - Bill Dittmar; 4th - Drew Fischer

Typically, All-Star games in America and Cup finals across the world are reserved for the league or competition's top performing officials through the course of a season.

Grajeda has rerfereed 89 regular season games to date, starting in 2004.

Fischer, if you recall, was lauded by PRO earlier this season for a decision he made while serving as the center referee in a game between Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo. Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis was at first judged by Fischer to have been taken down inside the box by Sporting midfielder Oriol Rosell.

Replays, and the vantage point of assistant referee Kevin Duliba, indicated that Rosell clearly won the ball and a penalty kick would have been the wrong decision. Fischer and Dubila conversed at length on the end line, and the call was correctly reversed.