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Academy Referee of the Week for Week 1

Referee of the Week: Veronica Lorena Brito Brito
Hometown: Norcross, Ga.
USSF Grade: 4

Veronica Lorena Brito Brito has been selected as the first Development Academy Referee of the Week for the 2010-11 Academy Season. She receives this recognition for an exemplary performance in the U-17/18 game between South Conference opponents Concorde Fire and Richmond Kickers on Sept. 11.

Brito, originally from Mexico City, began officiating in 1996 as an indoor soccer referee. By 2000, she had worked her way to the outdoor game. Her decade-long career in Mexico culminated not only with appearances in the men’s professional leagues but also with the distinguishing honor of a FIFA referee badge from 2004-2006.

For Brito, who became a U.S. Soccer Federation referee in 2007, refereeing is a passion. In addition to Development Academy matches, she has also officiated matches in W-League, WPS League and PDL.