MLS executive vice president Todd Durbin has released the following statement regarding referee Tim Weyland, who the Sounders have criticized for his work in Sunday's 1-1 draw with LA:
"He is an experienced referee who didn't have his best day. As we saw in the recent UEFA Champions League semifinals, referees in soccer will always come under scrutiny because their decisions can have significant impact on the game. But that is a function of the sport, not our League. It happens throughout the world.
"We provide input to U.S. Soccer for their review of all our matches to ensure the best available referees work our games. That process is ongoing and rigorous. If a referee is not performing well, U.S. Soccer has, and will, remove that official from future MLS matches."