For the first time since 2002, a U.S. official will work the World Cup this summer.
Mark Geiger, a 39-year-old high school math teacher from Beachwood, N.J., was one of 25 referees selected by FIFA to officiate the tournament.
Geiger, who worked the 2012 Olympics, has refereed Major League Soccer matches since 2004 and handled the final of the 2011 U-20 World Cup. He was named MLS Referee of the Year in 2011.
Geiger will be joined by his regular assistants, American Sean Hurd and Canadian Joe Fletcher.
The last U.S. official to run a World Cup match was Brian Hall, who did two group-play matches in 2002. No American has ever been selected to officiate beyond group play.