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Who is Armando Villarreal, the referee for the MLS Cup final 2023?

Armando Villarreal will take charge of the MLS Cup final between Columbus Crew and LAFC.

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¿Quién es Armando Villarreal, árbitro de la MLS Cup?

The MLS Cup 2023 final will be played on Saturday as Columbus Crew and LAFC look to get their hands on silverware.

Tickets for the final at Columbus Crew’s home ground have sold out, with all the ingredients now in place for a great game between two in-form sides.

Follow Columbus Crew - LAFC live online: MLS Cup Final 2023 | Score, stats and updates.

The refereeing quartet will be made up of Armando Villarreal as referee, Cameron Blanchard and Ian McKay as assistant referees and Jon Freemon as fourth official. Kevin Stott and Tj Zablocki will be in charge of the VAR and the AVAR.

Who is Armando Villarreal, the MLS Cup final referee?

The referee for the MLS Cup match is an experienced official who is known for his heavy-handedness, but also for letting the game flow.

Throughout the current MLS season, Villarreal has refereed 17 matches and has produced 77 yellow cards and one red card.

He is one of the MLS referees with the highest average for yellow cards, with 4.5 cautions per game.