Los Angeles Soccer: Marlene Duffy
Huntington Beach's Marlene Duffy and four other referees were invited to officiate at the 2012 Summer Games. Duffy also worked the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and last summer's Women's World Cup in Germany.
The other officials are Kari Seitz and Veronica Perez for women's games and Major League Soccer veterans Mark Geiger and Sean Hurd for men's matches. Duffy and Perez have primarily worked as lineswomen internationally.
The Olympic soccer competitions begin July 26.
The Galaxy's dominance of the Portland Timbers extended into Sunday afternoon's MLS Reserve League meeting, but it lasted less than a half-hour.
Once Michael Stephens, the most influential player to begin the match, was sent off for a last-man foul in the 28th minute, the Timbers found their legs, started linking passes and took advantage of their opportunities for a 3-1 victory in a league opener at Home Depot Center's Track and Field Stadium.
Rookie forward Spencer Thompson, out of UC Irvine, scored two of the Timbers' goals, and former Santa Barbara High School standout Rodrigo Lopez assisted a pair.
Jovan Kirovski, the Galaxy captain, slotted into central defense, his “first real game” he's played at the position.
“I think I can play there,” he said. “We're short on central defenders, and I can do the job there. So it's fun. I had fun playing there.”
Both teams used experienced lineups, each with at least a half-dozen players who wouldn't look out of place in the first teams. Included: Galaxy Designated Player Juan Pablo Angel, who faded after an energetic first 25 minutes and departed at halftime.
SEEING RED: Stephens, teamed with Paolo Cardozo in central midfield, was outstanding both ways and provided a foundation to the Galaxy's possession game. Until he was red-carded, for dragging down Ryan Pore just outside L.A.'s box while trying to make up for a give-away, the game had been played overwhelmingly between the midfield line and Portland's box.
Marlene Duffy of Huntington Beach is one of three American referees, all from California, chosen to officiate at this summer's Women's World Cup in Germany, FIFA has announced.
Duffy and Veronica Perez of Sacramento will serve as linesmen -- or “assistant referees,” as the job is called officially -- at the June 26-July 17 women's championship, subject to a final fitness test in Frankfurt about a week before the tournament opener.
Kari Seitz of San Mateo, the most experienced female official in U.S. Soccer, will referee matches in Germany. She also has officiated at the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Women's World Cups.
Duffy, Perez and Seitz worked the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Duffy and Perez officiated at last year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany. Duffy was a linesman for the final, in which Germany beat Nigeria.
The three teamed to officiate last year's Women's Professional Soccer title game.