Three of the five MLS-based referees at the 2018 World Cup in Russia have been selected to officiate the Portugal vs. Morocco match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, FIFA announced on Monday.
Referee designations FWC 2018 Match 18: #POR 🆚#MAR (20 June):— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) June 18, 2018
Referee: Mark GEIGER (USA)
ASR 1: Joe FLETCHER (CAN)
ASR 2: Frank ANDERSON (USA)
4th Off. Sergey KARASEV (RUS)
Res.Ass: Anton AVERIANOV (RUS)@FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/1FOeenXDUt
The PRO (Professional Referee Organization) delegation is led by veteran MLS ref Mark Geiger (USA) and also includes assistant referees Joe Fletcher (Canada) and Frank Anderson (USA), with two Russian officials on fourth official and VAR duty.
Wednesday's Group B clash is the first on-field assignment for any of the five referees from PRO who are working in Russia, though Geiger and his colleague Jair Marrufo fulfilled VAR assignments in the tournament's opening week. Geiger is on his second World Cup, having served in several games at Brazil 2014.