NEW YORK – A handshake between coaches that led to a double ejection and a penalty kick call reversal represented the most controversial calls of the last MLS weekend.
US Soccer Director of Referee Development, Paul Tamberino, addressed both incidents with MLSsoccer.com and revealed the rationale behind the rulings on the field.
Kinnear-Olsen Red Cards
The countdown of the 24 Under 24 – the top 24 players under the age of 24 -- continues with players ranked No. 16 through No. 20. The list goes international today with two Canadians, a Brazilian, a Cameroonian and just one American.
Real Salt Lake’s Will Johnson (No. 20) and the Galaxy’s Juninho (No. 19) are two of the most experienced players on the entire list, both having played overseas in the Dutch and Brazilian leagues respectively.
WASHINGTON – After establishing himself as the club’s first-choice defensive midfielder in 2007, Clyde Simms became a near-constant presence in the D.C. United lineup, logging a remarkable 6,836 total minutes over two seasons to cement his reputation as the club’s “iron man.”
But 2010 has been a very different story. The Jamestown, N.C., native has been hounded by a variety of health problems ever since preseason, routinely robbing the Black-and-Red of a pivotal presence in the heart of their squad.
Last week, FIFA inspectors completed their visit to Qatar, the final stop on a globe-spanning tour of the nine bidders vying to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.
The Middle East nation's chances took a hit when Harold Mayne-Nicholls, head of the inspection team, said the bid presented "a number of logistical challenges," but a surprise appearance by Zinedine Zidane impressed FIFA. The French legend passionately argued that it was time for a nation in the region to host the World Cup.
WASHINGTON — Ben Olsen has been D.C. United’s interim head coach for less than two months, but he’s already learned a few tricks of the trade—like avoiding the media in the days after a tough loss.
Citing the suspension he incurred in Saturday night’s 3-1 loss to Houston, Olsen took a rain check, so to speak, on answering questions after a rare Monday training session this week.
Despite a hairy 1-1 draw at home against Colorado, Real Salt Lake is atop the Power Rankings again this week, with streaking FC Dallas following close behind. The Red Bulls, meanwhile, jump over LA with a win on the left coast, and San Jose make their move up to No. 6.
Vote for Andy!
The horror! The horror! The season is over for the LA Galaxy after a 2-0 loss to New York on Friday night at the Home Depot Center. All is lost! Oh, the humanity!
Well … no. Not actually. The Thermometer is back for another week, and a quick check of the temperature in Los Angeles indicates there is still life after Red Bulls.
Oh yeah, and the rest of the league took the field on Saturday in what was actually a much more dramatic match day. Which teams have playoff fever, and which teams have caught a chill?
We’ll Take That Back, Thank You
When the United States take on Poland on Oct. 9 and Colombia on Oct. 12, it will mark the genuine beginning of Bob Bradley's second tenure as the US national team's head coach.
The European leagues will be on a break, meaning he can call on his regulars across the Pond – although expect elder statesmen Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Steve Cherundolo to stay with their clubs. Also, even though it's not quite time for Conor Doyle or Mikkel Diskerud to make their senior debut, some new faces will join the proceedings.