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U.S. Soccer Referees Jair Marrufo, Baldomero Toledo and Charles Morgante Selected for Possible CONCACAF Gold Cup Assignments

15 Referees and 15 Assistant Referees Selected Overall in Gold Cup Pool

CHICAGO (May 19, 2011) – Three U.S. Soccer referees were selected for possible assignments during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. CONCACAF released the names of the 15 referees and 15 assistant referees eligible to officiate during the tournament earlier today.

Jair Marrufo and Baldomero Toledo were selected as candidates in the Gold Cup Referee Pool, while Charles Morgante was also declared eligible for the Gold Cup Assistant Referee Pool.

Before receiving a definite assignment in the Gold Cup, each referee and assistant referee must pass a fitness examination that will be conducted from May 30-June 4 in Dallas, Texas. This test will occur during the CONCACAF Elite Referee Course, which also serves as preparation for CONCACAF’s other major competitions this year, the Champions League and 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Instruction, guidance and overall preparation for the upcoming competition will also be included in the course.

Overall, 11 CONCACAF members are represented in the list of Gold Cup eligible referees and assistant referees, 10 of whom will be making their competition debuts.

Gold Cup Referee Pool

Joel Aguilar Chicas (SLV)
Neal Brizan (TRI)
Courtney Campbell (JAM)
Francisco Chacon (MEX)
David Gantar (CAN)
Walter Lopez (GUA)
Jair Marrufo (USA)
Marlon Mejia (SLV)
Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Jose Benigno Pineda (HON)
Walter Quesada (CRC)
Marco Rodriguez (MEX)
Trevor Taylor (BRB)
Baldomero Toledo (USA)
Enrico Wijngaarde (SUR)

Gold Cup Assistant Referee Pool

Jose Luis Camargo (MEX)
Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Adrian Goddard (BRB)
Leonel Leal (CRC)
Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Ricardo Louisville (SUR)
Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Charles Morgante (USA)
Ainsley Rochard (TRI)
Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
William Torres (SLV)
Oscar Velasquez (HON)
Hector Vergara (CAN)
Daniel Williamson (PAN)

Ten additional referees and ten assistant referees will participate in the Elite Referee Course in preparation for the Champions League and FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying, but not the Gold Cup. Mark Sean Hurd will represent the USA as an Elite Course Assistant Referee Participant.

Elite Course Referee Participants

Ricardo Arellano (MEX)
Marco Brea (CUB)
Raul Castro (HON)
Juan Carlos Guerra (GUA)
Stanley Lancaster (GUY)
Valdin Legister (JAM)
Jose Gaspar Molina (HON)
Oscar Reyna (GUA)
Javier Santos (PUR)
Jeffry Solis (CRC)

Elite Course Assistant Referee Participants

Phillipe Briere (CAN)
Warner Castro (CRC)
Melvyn Cruz (HON)
Mark Sean Hurd (USA)
Dionn Inniss (GUY)
Rey Mendoza (PAN)
Alberto Morin (MEX)
Garnet Page (JAM)
William Rocha (NCA)
Juan Zumba (SLV)