[REFEREES] The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) has been launched to manage the referee programs for pro soccer leagues in the United States and Canada.
MLS and U.S. Soccer will fund the program and operate it out of MLS offices in New York. Peter Walton, a English Premier League referee since the 2003-04
season, has been named general manager of PRO.
All current U.S. Soccer professional referee staff positions will move into PRO and report to Walton, who begins his full-time work for PRO on April 2.
Beginning this year, PRO will manage officials in the MLS and MLS Reserve games, the North American Soccer League, USL PRO and the U.S. Open Cup.