Allen Chapman will referee the 2017 MLS Cup, which takes place on Saturday, December 9 (4pm ET).
The final will be a repeat of last year’s showpiece, contested by Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield champions Toronto FC and Western Conference winners and current holders, Seattle Sounders.
Adam Wienckowski and Jeremy Hanson will be the MLS Cup assistant referees, with Kevin Stott the fourth official. Jason White is assigned as the fifth official with Dave Gantar the VAR.
MLS Referee of the Year Chapman was Fourth Official in the final in 2016 and officiated the 2017 MLS All-Star game. He has taken charge of 108 MLS games and this will be his 24th assignment of the 2017 campaign.
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Running the sidelines are assistant referees Wienckowski and Hanson, who were also put forward as potential winners of 2017’s Assistant Referee of the Year, but were pipped to the award by Corey Parker. Wienckowski and Hanson were also part of Chapman’s crew for August’s All-Star fixture.
Stott will be involved in his sixth MLS Cup in Toronto, having refereed the showpiece event a record three times – in 2001, 2005 and 2009, as well as twice previously being the Fourth Official.
White was the fourth member of the crew to have featured at this year’s All-Star game at Soldier Field, Chicago and will provide assistance as the reserve official.
For the first time in MLS Cup history, a video assistant referee has been named. Canadian official Gantar made his MLS debut in 2010 before becoming a member of the FIFA panel one year later. He has previously refereed at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, as well as FIFA World Cup qualifying games.
12/09/2017 – MLS Cup
Toronto FC v Seattle Sounders
BMO Field (4:00pm ET)
REF: ALLEN CHAPMAN
AR1: Adam Wienckowski
AR2: Jeremy Hanson
4TH: Kevin Stott
5TH: Jason White
VAR: Dave Gantar
Alan Kelly will referee the 2016 MLS Cup, which takes place on Saturday, December 10 (8pm ET).
The final will be contested by Eastern Conference champions Toronto FC and Western Conference winners Seattle Sounders.
Frank Anderson and Joe Fletcher are the MLS Cup assistant referees, with Allen Chapman the fourth official and Danny Thornberry the assigned fifth official.
Referee Kelly made his MLS Cup Playoffs debut in the Knockout Round in October, and will now officiate the showpiece to bring the curtain down on the 2016 Major League Soccer season.
The assignment caps a memorable month for the Irishman, who was named as the MLS Referee of the Year at the beginning of November – an award bestowed upon him for the second successive season.
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AR Anderson,who was named the MLS Assistant Referee of the Year, will be on AR1 duty, with Fletcher chosen as AR2. Anderson ran the line for 23 regular season matches, while the experieced Fletcher, who was on Copa America Centenario duty earlier in the year, was assigned 11 times.
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NASL Championship referee Chapman will be on fourth official duties for the game, with Thornberry – a 2015 USL Final official – selected as the reserve AR.
12/10/2016 – MLS Cup
Toronto FC v Seattle Sounders
BMO Field (8:00pm ET)
REF: ALAN KELLY
AR1: Frank Anderson
AR2: Joe Fletcher
4TH: Allen Chapman
5TH: Danny Thornberry