Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
DiCicco criticizes officiating in new league
May 19th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[REF WATCH] After his team's 1-1 tie with the Washington Freedom on Sunday, Boston Breakers coach Tony DiCicco said officiating in the new Women's Professional Soccer League is "getting scary now."

The former U.S. national team coach told the Boston Globe that:

"It's just not good enough. They're over their head. They have to learn, just like the players have to learn to play at this level and coaches have to learn coaching at this level, and the refereeing has to get better at this level."

For one, DiCicco decried the lack of protection his star player, forward Kelly Smith, is getting. She has been fouled a team-high 20 times in five games.

"I don't want to see my players hurt," DiCicco said. "You've got to protect the creative player. Every time Kelly gets the ball, they're at her heels. They're kicking and she's not going to dive. She's the most fouled player in the league and she's played one less game than anyone else."

Dallas Malhiwsky was in the middle for the Boston-Washington clash.

"I think there were a lot fouls and there are things that happen on the field and you can foul and you can play on and she didn't even see what the play-ons were, and I don't think the assistant referees helped them," DiCicco said. "So it's something the league has to be concerned about, and I'm willing to take a fine to make the statement on it."

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Fatigued Red Bulls ride momentum into semis    
[MLS PLAYOFF PREVIEW] By the time New York and D.C. United kick off their two-game, Eastern ...
Crew and Revs roll into playoffs on hot streaks    
[MLS PLAYOFF PREVIEW] How much has the world changed since Columbus and New England met in ...
Republic FC's Vukovic and Stewart will return in 2015    
[USL PRO] Nemanja Vukovic, the 2014 USL PRO Defender of the Year, and forward Thomas Stewart, ...
Minnesota seeks double, Strikers aim for playoffs    
[NASL: Week 17] The fall champion -- Minnesota or San Antonio -- but most important for ...
Steven Gerrard: What They're Saying    
"He scored 31 goals and was voted best player in the hardest league in the world. ...
New Klinsmann concerns about European contingent    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann raised new concerns about the state of his ...
Familiar Western foes face off once again    
[MLS PLAYOFF PREVIEW] Only once in the past five seasons has there been an MLS Cup ...
Wright-Phillips strikes twice to knock out defending champ    
[MLS PLAYOFFS] Both of the league's two scorers came through in their head-to-head playoff meeting Thursday ...
Savarese: Raul is still hungry to achieve things    
[NASL] The New York Cosmos have signed Spanish superstar Raul. He signed a multi-year contract as ...
Complete MLS playoff schedule    
[DATEBOOK] The MLS playoffs continue with two games on Saturday and two on Sunday as they ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives