2022 FIFA World Cup assistant referee Kyle Atkins holds yellow and red cards at a picket in Dallas (Dan Crooke)

MLS referees picket in Dallas as the season starts with a lockout

Dallas became an unlikely epicenter on Wednesday for the standoff between the Professional Referee Organization and the match officials’ union, the Professional Soccer Referees Association. What was due to be a training session for America’s top soccer officials became a picket line ahead of the opening weekend of the 2024 MLS season. The existing collective…