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U.S. referee Mark Geiger scores World Cup assignment
U.S. referee Mark Geiger scores World Cup assignment

One of the first things Mark Geiger was given after being selected as a referee for this summer's World Cup was a plane ticket home from Brazil. Talk about a blow to your confidence. The tournament kicks off next week and Geiger, the first U.S. referee selected for a World Cup since 2002, doesn't know where or when he'll work his first game. But he knows when and on which flight FIFA plans to send him home. Few jobs are more meritocratic than that of a World Cup referee. Only 25 are chosen from a pool of thousands and they are guaranteed only one game. Do well and you get another game, and your trip home gets rebooked. Do poorly and you get a ride to the airport. By...

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