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April Referees of the Week: 2012-13 Development Academy Season


Throughout the U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, referees are recognized on a weekly basis for their outstanding performance officiating U-15/16 and U-17/18 matches.

The Development Academy recognized J.T. Alukonis, Keith Angel, Levi Rippy and Matthew Buckman with Referee of the Week during the month of April:

Week 26: Matthew Buckman was the Referee of the Week for his efforts during a U-17/18 match between the San Juan Soccer Club and Cal Odyssey. Buckman is a 32-year-old Grade 4 official from northern California, working in his 43rd Academy match during that weekend. Buckman also was a Referee of the Week during the 2009-10 Development Academy season. He will be working at the 2013 Academy Playoffs. Buckman also has worked PDL, MLS preseason, MLS Reserve and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches.

Week 25: Levi Rippy earned top referee recognition after working a U-17/18 game between the Seattle Sounders and De Anza Force. Rippy is a 32-year-old Grade 4 official from Washington. Through that match, Rippy had worked a total of 23 Academy games over the past two years. Rippy attended the 2011 and 2012 Winter Showcases, the 2012 Academy Playoffs and was invited for the 2013 Academy Playoffs. Rippy also works National Women’s Soccer League, MLS Reserve, PDL, W-League and U.S. Open Cup matches.

Week 24: Keith Angel garnered Referee of the Week for his performance during a U-17/18 match between the Chicago Fire and Minnesota Thunder Academy. Angel is a 34-year-old Grade 5 referee from Illinois, and the Fire-Thunder match was his 27th in the Academy over the past two years. He attended the 2011 Winter Showcase and also works PDL matches.

Week 23: J.T. Alukonis was awarded Referee of the Week for his officiating performance in a match between McLean Youth Soccer U-17/18 and FC DELCO U-17/18. Alukonis is a 29-year-old national referee from D.C./Virginia and has attended the 2008 and 2011 Winter Showcases. This match marked Alukonis' 30th Academy game. He also has worked PDL, W-League and USL PRO games.


2012-13 Development Academy Referees of the Week

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