Perhaps you saw this goal by Clint Dempsey get disallowed, or maybe you watched Argentina score a rather suspicious looking goal today against Mexico. In both cases, the person at the center of the controversy was the Assistant Referee. One of three officials,, the AR's are often overshadowed by the referee during the game--until a goal is scored, of course.
This weekend in Greensboro, U.S. Soccer has invited professional Assistant Referee Craig Lowry to mentor and instruct several young referees who have chosen to move forward in the Assistant Referee track.
We mic'd up Craig Lowry while he watched a game with his mentees and talked to him about the Assistant Referee's role in the game.