Referee Joel Aguilar of El Salvador has been tasked with refereeing the CONCACAF Cup clash USA – Mexico, on October 10, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Reportedly joining him to make up the rest of officiating crew for the game are compatriots Juan Zumba as an assistant referee and Marlon Mejia as the fourth official. Costa Rican Leonel Leal will be the other assistant referee.
Aguilar, age 40, boasts a bevy of international officiating experience. He recently was in charge of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final between Mexico and Jamaica, and has also refereed games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, and more. He also was the head official for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup final between the USA and Panama, and the Americans' unforgettable World Cup qualifier played in blizzard-like conditions in 2013 against Costa Rica.
The US and Mexico will square off in a highly anticipated match that will determine which CONCACAF nation advances to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The Americans secured passage to the game by winning the Gold Cup two years ago, while Mexico reached it by coming out victorious in this past summer's edition of the regional tournament.
Source: MLS / El Grafico