When the Portland Timbers play Orlando City in the MLS is Back tournament championship on Tuesday night, assistant referee Kathryn Nesbitt will become the first woman to work a Major League Soccer title game. Nesbitt and Felisha Mariscal are the only two women among more than 40 officials that have been sequestered - just like the teams - in Florida for the monthlong tournament. ''We all came into this tournament under really unusual circumstances,'' Nesbitt said.Read More »
When the Portland Timbers play Orlando City in the MLS is Back tournament championship on Tuesday night, assistant referee Kathryn Nesbitt will become the first woman to work a Major League Soccer title game. Nesbitt and Felisha Mariscal are the only two women among more than 40 officials that have been sequestered - just like the teams - in Florida for the monthlong tournament. ''We all came into this tournament under really unusual circumstances,'' Nesbitt said.
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