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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Howard Webb Officiates the SuperLiga Final: New England 2 x Houston 2 (AET 6 x 5)

Austria v Poland - Group B Euro 2008
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Last night outside of Boston, the SuperLiga title game was won by New England on penalties (2-2 AET) over the Houston Dynamo in the sixth round of the shoot-out.

The winning franchise of the game was awarded $1,000,000; however, before the game, players from both teams decided to pool their shares equally. Players from a winning American team would be awarded $150,000. I believe the runner-up received $100,000. Had a Mexican club won this competition, (as Pachuca did last year) they would have shared the entire $1 million dollar prize. Major League Soccer owns all of their franchises; consequently, the lion's share of the monetary prize will not be distributed to the actual players.

Interestingly, a famous English referee, Mr. Howard Webb, officiated this game. Commentators from Telefutura, who covered this event in North America, were very impressed that an FA referee was involved in this game.

A few months ago at Euro 2008, Mr. Webb was the recipient of death threats after a controversial ruling during a group round game between Austria and Poland. When he is not involved with soccer games, Mr. Webb is a police officer in Sheffield.

After the game, Fernando Schwartz of Telefutura provided a brief interview with Mr. Webb:
"It is an honor for me to be here... They played well, and the physical nature and pace of the game was similar to the EPL... It was a good game for the people of New England."

--- Howard Webb

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