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Written by Cory Chimka
On a recent trip to Arts and Technology Academy for a game between ATA & MC Terrell, the play was impressive but mostly I noticed the game’s officiating. Referee Francesco Amorosino was most professional, displaying equal parts respect for the game and a mind for instruction of young players participating in one of their first competitive matches.
“I really like meeting the kids,” Francesco said. “They're good fun. And I like helping them understand a bit about the game.”
Francesco is a 17-year-old senior at Washington International School. He came to DC three years ago
from Rome, Italy, where il calcio è una religione (translation: Soccer is a Religion!).
“I heard about (DC SCORES) from school and started off doing a few of the weekend events, then found out I could do the weekly refereeing too,” Francesco said.
“Seeing only one side of DC doesn't give you a complete picture. I like coming to the east side (of the Anacostia River) because it helps me get to know a little better the city I live in. I also love the passion the kids put into all of their games.”
During the school day, History class most interests Francesco. With a mind for journalism, he’s also the sports editor of International Dateline, Washington International School’s Premier Newspaper Since 1989.
“That's pretty fun since I get to write all I want about soccer,” Francesco said.
Francesco inherits his passionate Juventus fanhood from his Dad and flexes his own futbol muscles as a player with the McLean Academy 18s.
When pressed to identify a favorite player, Francesco concedes, “I don't think I can really decide between Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo. The reason I like them so much is because they are both phenomenal soccer players; both play for Juventus, Italy; and both play in my position, centre midfield.”
DC SCORES thanks Francesco for being a champion for soccer in DC, a model referee, and a DC SCORES volunteer.
His reply: “Thanks to DC SCORES for doing a great job in a great city.”