I was just checking up on the latest referee guidance from USSF (even though my affiliation with USSF is in a temporary (hopefully) state of inactivity) on refereeing matters when I saw Sean Hurd (Florida) had been selected to the FIFA International Panel as an assistant referee. Sean started his soccer refereeing career in the Jacksonville, Florida area while I was actively officiating there in the early 90’s. Sean and Chris Kenney were the best young referees we had at the time. We all became state referees around the same time. Sean and Chris advanced very quickly due to superior talent, unquestioned integrity and the excellent Florida State Referees development program.
I haven’t seen Sean in years but I am very pleased and very proud to see his accomplishment at the highest level. Congratulations on a job well done, Sean.