As we have mentioned, the assigned referee for today's Cascadia Cup match at Portland is Ricardo Salazar.
Salazar has always been one of the more controversial -- OK, disliked -- MLS refs among Sounders fans. And never more so than this season, when he worked the previous Seattle-Portland match, and also Seattle’s U.S. Open Cup final at Kansas City -- both losses.
"It's interesting that he also refereed our last game in Portland," coach Sigi Schmid said when asked about the refereeing assignment yesterday. "The assignment situation is interesting. I don't know why you would end up with the same referee in the same venue twice in a row. But it is what it is, and we hope that he has a better game than he did in Kansas City."