The native of London, England has refereed 77 MLS regular-season games since 1996, including 11 in 2002.
Paul Tamberino, who took the honor for the past four seasons, retired after the 2001 season and became a competition consultant for MLS.
Terry, a FIFA referee since 1997, began his officiating career when he was still in high school in the Cleveland suburb of North Olmstead. He became a professional referee in 1986 for the Major Indoor Soccer League.
Terry moved to the U.S. in 1974 at the age of 15. He played indoor professional soccer for the Cleveland Force (MISL).
Terry has also run BSP Warehousing, a public warehousing and storage company in Carrolton, Texas.
MLS REFEREE OF THE YEAR
2002 Kevin Terry
2001 Paul Tamberino
2000 Paul Tamberino
1999 Paul Tamberino
1998 Paul Tamberino
1997 Esse Baharmast