|Intro||American soccer (association football) referee|
|Is|| Referee |
Association football referee
|From||United States of America|
|Birth|| 6 September 1972 |
, Bakersfield, USA
Ricardo Salazar (born September 6, 1972) is a referee who currently referees for the Professional Referee Organization and International Matches. He became a full-time referee in 2007.
Since becoming a fully professional referee in 2007, Salazar has officiated many matches in Major League Soccer. He has also officiated many important CONCACAF Champions Cup matches, including the CONCACAF Champions Cup Semi Final between Pachuca CF and CD Motagua
Salazar was also one of the referees picked to officiate in the 2009 Pan-Pacific Championship.
On June 19, 2011, Salazar refereed an MLS match between the New York Red Bulls and Portland Timbers, in which he issued a yellow card to Adam Moffat and a red to Red Bulls star Thierry Henry after an altercation.
Salazar officiated the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final between Sporting Kansas City and Seattle Sounders FC. He handed out six yellow cards, all six to the Sounders, who went on to lose the game.r.
On March 17, 2013, Salazar refereed an MLS match between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. Chivas’ Velázquez was originally shown his first yellow card of the match after a challenge on Galaxy midfielder Colin Clark. The player was then immediately shown a red card. The Professional Referees Organization (PRO) stated that the original caution card was shown by mistake and it was, in actuality, a red that was issued for the challenge. Chivas made a successful request to have the case reviewed by the independent panel and the card was overturned.
On June 1, 2013, Salazar refereed a match between Chivas USA and the Seattle Sounders FC. Late in the game, Salazar gave a straight red to Seattle’s Obafemi Martins of in the 71st minute after a tussle with Chivas player Gabriel Farfan. MLS rescinded the card.
Since becoming a FIFA referee in 2005, Salazar had been chosen to officiate six international matches, four of which have been International Friendlies. On May 24, 2010 he officiated a friendly between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
International Matches officiated
|October 15, 2008||Costa Rica||Haiti||2 – 0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF|
|May 27, 2009||Ecuador||El Salvador||1 – 3||Friendly Match|
|October 14, 2009||El Salvador||Honduras||0 – 1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF|
|May 10, 2010||Mexico||Senegal||1 – 0||Friendly Match|
|May 24, 2010||Australia||New Zealand||2 – 1||Friendly Match|
|February 29, 2012||Estonia||El Salvador||2 – 0||Friendly Match|
|May 29, 2013||Ecuador||Germany||2 – 4||Friendly Match|
|June 7, 2014||England||Honduras||0 – 0||Friendly match|
|September 8, 2015||Argentina||Mexico||2 – 0||Friendly Match|