Referee since: 1985
MLS Referee since: 2000
FIFA Referee since: 2005
Full Time USSF Referee since: 2007
When did you decide to become a referee, and who were some of the influences on your career?
I became a referee at the young age of 13. Due to the lack of numbers of referees when growing up playing, the league asked each club to designate a parent to become a referee. My dad went to the entry level class and worked one year alone. It was the following year that he sent me and my brother so he would have a referee team, so for a few years he would blow the whistle while my brother and I ran the line for him. Also, he was able to protect us and we got little grief from coaches/spectators. So you can say my dad had an influence in getting me started. The two other people who had an influence as my career began to take off were Viet Troung and Steve Siomos.