After being named Major League Soccer assistant referee of the year last month, New Hyde Park, N.Y. resident Brian Dunn has awarded one more honor this season.
He was named Monday the first assistant referee for MLS Cup when Seattle Sounders FC and Toronto FC tussle in Seattle Sunday.
Dunn was named an assistant referee for the 2019 MLS all-star game in Orlando, which featured MLS and Atlético Madrid. Dunn’s performance evaluation figures during the 2019 MLS season ranked among the top assistant referees, according to PRO.
The 44-year-old also was part of the officiating crew at this year’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final. He was assigned to 26 games this season and has worked 135 MLS games in his career.
Among other assignments, Dunn, who has been assigned MLS matches since 2012, served as an assistant referee during the 2015 MLS all-star game that featured Tottenham Hotspur.
Allen Chapman, the MLS referee of the year, will work the middle.
It will be the second final in three years that the two-time referee of the year will officiate the MLS final, having made calls for the 2017 MLS Cup in Toronto between the same teams.
Chapman has taken charge of 163 MLS games. This will be his 29th assignment of the season. He will be assisted by FIFA official Corey Rockwell and Dunn.
MLS referee of the year nominee Rubiel Vazquez has been named as the fourth official, with Brian Poeschel – who was another to be nominated for an end of season award – the reserve assistant referee for the third MLS Cup meeting in four years between the teams.
Vazquez was fourth official for the Western Conference semifinal between Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake, and in addition to 22 regular-season games as the referee, he has been the fourth referee on 11 other occasions this season. Edvin Jurisevic will be the VAR, supported by AVAR, Cameron Blanchard.