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Referee who botched Gold Cup semi will officiate Sounders-Whitecaps

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Mark Geiger can surely expect a "warm" welcome.

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Geiger is generally regarded as one of the top referees in Major League Soccer. While the league is often criticized for the officiating standard, Geiger has generally been at least decent and even managed to get solid review for his work during last summer's World Cup.

But Geiger's name has been thrown around for entirely different reasons recently. It was Geiger, after all, who was in the middle of the controversial Gold Cup semifinal between Panama and Mexico. You remember, the one where Panama was so upset that they considered boycotting the third-place game? The uproar was so strong, in fact, that CONCACAF even issued a statement in which Geiger admitted errors "that impacted the outcome game."

In the game, Geiger sent one Panama player off and called two other penalties, one of which was in the 89th minute and allowed Mexico to tie. Here's the play that so incensed the Panama players that the game was delayed almost 10 minutes:

Anyway, Geiger is back in the saddle this week. And wouldn't you know it, he's calling Saturday's Cascadia Cup clash between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Considering some of the calls that have gone against the Sounders this year, what could possibly go wrong?