Lost in the shuffle of the craziness of the past week and the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Professional Referee Organization announced earlier in the week that newly crowned Referee of the Year Silviu Petrescu will officiate the 2012 MLS Cup between the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo on Dec. 1 at The Home Depot Center.
Petrescu worked 20 MLS regular season games this season as well as one postseason game -- LA's 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Nov. 12. The Canadian referee officiated three matches apiece for the Galaxy and Houston as well as their May 26 meeting at BBVA Compass Stadium.
A complete breakdown of Petrescu's games with LA and Houston as well as his complete officiating crew is below.
HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. LA GALAXY
5/26 - HOU 2 LA 1. FOULS: 20 (10 for Houston and 10 for LA); CAUTIONS: 4 (1 for Houston and 3 for LA)
11/1 - LA 2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1. FOULS: 24 (12 for LA and 12 for Vancouver); CAUTIONS: 4 (2 for LA and 2 for Vancouver); PENALTIES: 1 (Converted by LA)
7/18 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 LA 2. FOULS: 35 (16 for Vancouver and 19 for LA); CAUTIONS: 4 (1 for Vancouver and 3 for LA)
8/3 - HOU 2 New York Red Bulls 0. FOULS: 20 (10 for Houston and 10 for NYRB); CAUTIONS: 2 (Houston
3/11 - Chivas USA 0 HOU 1. FOULS: 26 (12 for Chivas and 14 for Houston); CAUTIONS: 1 (Houston)
2012 MLS Cup Officiating Crew
REFEREE: SILVIU PETRESCU
ASST 1: Daniel Belleau
ASST 2: Darren Clark
4TH: Hilario Grajeda