No. The reason there are seven Chicago MLS refs is because Chicago has good games. The USSF office isn't in So Cal, yet that area produces quite a few MLS refs also. Simple formula, the better the games the more likely it is to produce a good ref(s). These matches teach a future MLS/FIFA ref EXACTLY what he needs to develop...how to make split second decisions under intense pressure. Refs at this level are intelligent enough to realize the differences between levels and adjust accordingly.....no MLS/FIFA ref in his right mind refs the two matches the same way, and vice versa. With respect to the WHITE badge, nonsense. I've worked with THREE FIFA badges...one had a red card swiped from his hand and chased around the field, another started a near riot with an inadvertant whistle which cost an eventual losing team a goal in a one goal game, and the third had a player spit right in his face resulting in a battery charge. Amateur players could care less what the badge says, or what color it is. Its THEIR game, not the FIFA badges game.