U.S. Soccer Referee Baldomero Toledo
U.S. Soccer's new crop of referees sits down for an impromptu session of In 3's. In this installment, we feature Baldomero Toledo.
Feb. 21, 2007
Best place to live: On a beach, in the heart of a big city or on a large ranch?
Near the beach because I like to swim.
Best pre-game ritual: sleeping, listening to music or just relaxing?
Sleeping. At least four hours before the game.
Super power you’d most like to have: Ability to fly, invisibility or super strength?
Ability to fly. If I was able to fly I could touch the stars.
Favorite subject in school: Math, science or English?
For me it was English. In the beginning it was a little difficult but soon I was comfortable.
Electronic equipment you couldn’t live without: Cell phone, computer or Ipod?
My cell phone.
Favorite color shirt to wear while officiating a soccer match: classic black, yellow/gold or red/burgundy?
The classic black because it looks good.
Toughest situation for a referee: giving an early red card, awarding a late PK or disallowing a goal?
The red card. My first MLS game there was a red card. I gave it to this guy and he had a pissed look.
Who’s hardest on refs: coaches, players or fans?
The players. There are a couple coaches who are hard, but I think there are more issues with the players.
Favorite MLS stadium to referee a game in: The Home Depot Center, Pizza Hut Park or Toyota Park?
Toyota Park. It’s a big field and there’s not too much contact.
Other than MLS, league in the world that you’d most like to officiate a match: English Premier League, Serie A or German Bundesliga?
The Premier League because it’s one of the top leagues in the world and at the same time the players respect a lot of referees.
Superstitions on day of a game: Have one, have more than one or don’t have any?
I just try to get concentrated before the games.
What sport is the most difficult to officiate other than soccer: Football, hockey or basketball?
I think basketball, because in football the referees have those cameras and replays. But with basketball when you see the game, sometimes the referees have a hard time because there is so much contact with the players.
What single play is the most difficult action to officiate in sports: calling balls or strikes in baseball, a ‘catch’ in football or a foul in basketball?
Calling a foul in basketball.
Sport you most like to officiate other than soccer: basketball, football or baseball?
Baseball, because I like baseball. At the same time you don’t have very many referees on the field and it makes it harder for the referees.
Sport you most like to play besides soccer: basketball, baseball/softball or golf?
To play myself, it would be golf. It’s relaxing.
Best sporting event: NCAA Final Four, Super Bowl or the World Cup?
The World Cup.
Best kind of dishes you can make: breakfast items, dinner entrees or desserts?
Breakfast because I like to make scrambled eggs and bacon.
Best concession snack at a ballgame: Hotdog, nachos or pretzel?
Nachos with cheese and jalapeños.
You’re in charge of dinner: Cooking an actual meal, throwing in a frozen pizza or heading to a restaurant?
I’d take everybody to a restaurant. I’d ask them whatever foods they like and whatever they like I’d buy them.
Funniest animated series: “Simpsons,” “Family Guy” or “South Park”?
Reality show you’d like most to be on: “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” or “American Idol”?
I’d like to be on American Idol. I’d sing and do some dancing.
Best soccer movie: “Victory,” “Bend it Like Beckham” or “Kick and Screaming”?
Type of music you listen to most: Classic rock, Top 40 or classical?
I like classical.
You become blessed with an amazing musical voice. What singing career would you pursue: member of a boy band, solo artist or lead vocal in a rock band?
I think I’d be in the band because I like the music.
What’s your initial reaction to this referee’s unique style? Some efficient movements, it’s completely ridiculous or what unique style?
My opinion is that it’s completely ridiculous.