For the second time in three years, Allen Chapman has been named the MLS Referee of the Year, while Brian Dunn garnered Assistant Referee of the Year honors for the first time, it was announced by MLS and the Professional Referee Organization Tuesday.
“I’m delighted that the consistently high levels of performance produced by both Allen Chapman and Brian Dunn throughout the season have been recognized in this way,” PRO general manager Howard Webb said in a statement. “Both are extremely talented and dedicated officials, and they are very deserving of their respective Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year honors.”
Chapman, who started officiating MLS matches in 2012, was also named MLS Referee of the Year in 2017 and was the man in the middle for the 2017 MLS Cup. He’s the fifth to earn multiple MLS Referee of the Year awards.
Factoring in all PRO metrics – general performance, Key Match Incidents accuracy and Video Assistant Referee grading – Chapman’s collective rank is No. 1 among all MLS referees in 2019.
The 45-year-old Utah native was the lead official in the 2019 U.S. Open Cup final and worked 27 matches during the MLS regular season, tied for most in the league. Chapman has 162 MLS games under his belt. He was also the referee for the 2017 MLS All-Star Game and was the fourth official during the 2016 MLS Cup.
Dunn, who was an assistant referee for the 2019 MLS All-Star Game, ranked among the top assistant referees in his performance evaluation figures as determined by PRO.
Th 44-year-old Long Island, NY resident, who also worked the 2019 U.S. Open Cup, was assigned to 26 games during the 2019 season, increasing his total to 135 MLS matches in his carer.
Previously, Dunn, who also started working MLS matches in 2012, served as an assistant referee during the 2015 MLS All-Star Game.