TFC president and general manager Kevin Payne had some harsh words for the MLS at the state of the club address Monday. (VERONICA HENRI/Toronto Sun)
Toronto FC president and general manager Kevin Payne took a strip off MLS on Monday for what he called “inappropriate” actions precipitated by the league.
Referring to TFC as “lab rats” to hone young referees, TFC’s GM voiced his displeasure.
“Six of our 10 referees (this season) have refereed 10 games or fewer (during their MLS careers),” Payne said.
“If you throw out Baldomero Toledo, who has got so many more games than anyone else, the other nine games (our referees) have averaged 29 games of experience, which is not a lot.”
Payne, who made sure to reiterate that TFC’s “ills are self-inflicted,” continued venting by pointing out the preferential treatment the L.A. Galaxy, Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls appear to receive quite regularly.
Numbers provided by TFC on Monday indicated that referees in charge of L.A. Galaxy games this season have averaged around 100 games of experience.