George Gansner turns attentions to family after announcing retirement
PRO assistant referee George Gansner says family will fill the officiating void when he retires at the end of the current season.
The 44-year-old has been assigned the Eastern Conference Championship first leg of the MLS Cup Playoffs, but will wave goodbye to the flag after a successful 19-year career at the conclusion of 2015.
Read more: 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs - Conference Championship first leg assignments
His time as an official includes such honors as being assigned to the 2005 MLS All-Star game and the 2007 U.S. Open Cup Final, as well as FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games qualifiers.
Gansner, who made his professional debut as an AR in 1999, is now looking forward to spending his spare time in the company of his loved ones.
“The bottom line on my decision to retire is simple – my family,” he told proreferees.com. ...
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Kicking Back Comments: George is a class act that I have had the pleasure to work with several times and have always find him to be a professionals' professional ... and a hell of a nice guy honestly. He always has a kind word and a smile and frankly helped me to dig a bit deeper with his inspirational words often.
I wish him well in the next part of his refereeing career.