Referee of the Week: Younes Marrakchi
Hometown: Denver, CO
Younes Marrakchi has been selected Development Academy Referee of the Week for his performance in the Feb. 28 match between Frontier Division opponents Colorado Rush AJ Auxerre and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro.
Even though he started refereeing in 1999, Younes admits he did not “take his officiating career seriously” until 2002. Since then he has developed into one of the Academy’s more consistent performers. He has officiated over 30 Academy matches in less than two years and has made appearances at the Development Academy Winter Showcase in 2008 and 2009 and at the Development Academy Playoffs in 2009. Younes has also officiated MLS scrimmages, PDL, WPS, and W-League matches in addition to working youth and amateur league games in Colorado.
Younes is thankful to be a part of a referee mentor network in his home state. His mentors have helped him attain various professional goals and he gives back to the program by doing the same for others. One goal Younes is working hard towards is to be the next MLS official from the state of Colorado. In our opinion, earning the title of Referee of the Week is certainly a step in the right direction.