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Herron Suspended

As expected, Columbus forward Andy Herron has received a multiple-game suspension for elbowing New England's Jay Heaps in the face last week, sources confirmed tonight. The number of games will be revealed by MLS on Wednesday. He is definitely out for Saturday's match against United. I am guessing he got three games and a fine, but we will know for sure soon. From what I've been told, Heaps was not disciplined (there was speculation that he said or did something to provoke Herron).

Here's the incident:

By Steve Goff  |  April 24, 2007; 6:56 PM ET
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He got 6 games last year for touching a ref so this is a continuation of bad behavior; I say 6-10 games but we will obviously see soon.

Posted by: hank | April 24, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

A repeat offender for an offense at least as bad as the first one; how can he get less than a six game suspension?

Posted by: Tim | April 24, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

There was a dust up between Heaps and Herron just before this incident. There is no doubt it was a deliberate hit by Herron but I don't expect too many DC fans to be crying it was Heaps on the receiving end.


Posted by: SEKim | April 24, 2007 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Nah. It'll just be three games. He gets three games knocked off his suspension because its Heaps.

Posted by: le Rouge | April 24, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Is Heaps available as a defender for DC United? He looked pretty good that game...

Posted by: Defenders Anonymous | April 24, 2007 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Heaps should get a suspension for giving Joseph Ngwenya a forearm to the face earlier in the game. He also should have been red-carded for taking down Herron in a last-man situation. He also hit Herron in the back in this video, no doubt.

Wake up, people, if refs don't protect players, players will protect themselves. Heaps gave a shot to the face and got one back--exactly what he deserved.

The league should send a message and suspend them both an equal number of games. Shalrie Joseph should get a game suspension, too, for a hand to Herron's face. Just because it's not on youtube doesn't mean it didn't happen.

Posted by: John | April 24, 2007 9:51 PM | Report abuse

that video was awesome

live by the sword...

Posted by: duke sucks | April 24, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

The actions of Heaps just prior to receiving the elbow in the face from Herron are inconclusive. What is not inconclusive is the premeditated action Herron took, an action that reportedly left Heaps with a concussion, and an action that Herron denied committing, both after the fact and to Heaps.

My guess is that he'll get a 3-game suspension and $5,000 fine, which will probably be reduced to 2 games should the MLSPA get involved.

Posted by: Evan | April 24, 2007 10:23 PM | Report abuse

At least it wasn't Dema...he was a hardman in the Vinnie Jones sense. I miss having him around - watching refs deal cards like they were working at Caesar's.

Posted by: Erick | April 24, 2007 10:53 PM | Report abuse

A rotten thing to do...but if it was going to happen, couldn't have happened to a better recipient.

Posted by: seahawkdad | April 24, 2007 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Herron got 6 games.

Posted by: The Source | April 24, 2007 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Defenders Anonymous - New England isn't giving us a starting defender (even one as hated as Heaps deservedly is). They're not crazy.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | April 25, 2007 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Hope it's more than three. Heap's fouled him to stop a break. Warranted a card, but it was hardly a cheap shot. Herron's foul was just a cheap shot.

Posted by: Hacksaw | April 25, 2007 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Heaps is a jerk and deserved what he got. He's had it coming for a long time. If I was a player in MLS, I'd send Herron a thank-you card. How many times have you played against someone like Heaps and dreamed of doing the same thing? Just like in hockey; Heaps will think twice next time.

Posted by: grotusq | April 25, 2007 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Real classy responses. Heaps "deserves" a concussion. Get a grip

Posted by: Andrew | April 25, 2007 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Just as classy as the "retribution on the field", "need to send a message", and "if the league doesn't do anything we should put this guy (Herron) in the hospital" messages I've seen elsewhere.

Every team has jerks, goons and thugs just as every team has classless fans.

Posted by: Phil | April 25, 2007 8:52 AM | Report abuse

That play that John alluded to where Heaps got a yellow card looked like a dive to me by Herron. I think that was where the dust-up started. Heaps was running his mouth after that, maybe called Herron something not-so-nice because he dove to win that foul, and then Herron decided to drop the 'bow. Just my take.

Posted by: tmc | April 25, 2007 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Disclaimer: Absolutely a cheap shot; should never have happened. Two wrongs don't make a right.

Having said that it will take Herron several weeks to get the Heaps stink off his elbow.

Posted by: asitis | April 25, 2007 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Can I ask who is in charge of running the US Open Cup? Whoever it is, should be fired. This should be a prestigous tournament, yet you do not hear one mention about it on any website, except, which briefly mentioned that the Galaxy and Crew played each other. If the powers that be think that the US Open Cup is on par with the FA Cup, they need to seriously take a look at themselves in the mirror. I believe that they need to hype up the tournament to a much higher degree. Stop playing the games in the middle of the week, and give teams more of an incentive to perform well. Plus it would also be nice to see some sort of advertisement. Like I said, I did not even know the tournament had started if I wasn't surfing on the net. Goff, are any steps being taken by the USSF to promote the tournanment?

Posted by: DC United Fan | April 25, 2007 9:09 AM | Report abuse

There are no plans to promote an Open Cup qualifying game, like last night's. As the tournament progresses, you'll see a bit more. However, it is the responsibility of each home team to promote the game and sell tickets. Personally, I think when MLS teams play USL teams in this tournament, every effort should be made to stage the match in the smaller venue. DCU playing, say, Rochester is a big deal in Rochester. It is not a big deal in Washington. Unfortunately, MLS teams would prefer to play at home for competitive reasons.

Posted by: Goff | April 25, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

In all liklihood, Jay Heaps had it coming.

Posted by: Todd H. | April 25, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

"Personally, I think when MLS teams play USL teams in this tournament, every effort should be made to stage the match in the smaller venue."

I agree 100%, only because the MD SoccerPlex is 10 minutes from my house.

MLS would rather promote the SuperLiga because the publicity reward of beating Mexican teams is greater than that of beating the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 25, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

The Open Cup is completely worthless. The only reason it's still around is to placate Chicago, since that's all they've been able to win since '98.

Posted by: AlecW81 | April 25, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

wow, that was ugly. thanks for the youtube clip...

Posted by: jj | April 25, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I think he should be done for the season, no matter who the victim was.

Posted by: ff | April 25, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Just to clarify a statement that John made, the foul that Heaps committed prior to the elbow was not a "last man" situation. There was another NE defender behind heaps. To me it looked like a professional foul as Herron was moving forward on the counter quickly.

Posted by: Dan | April 25, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

What about heaps cheap shot to the head of Ngweyna during the same game???? No effort to play the ball there either

Posted by: Anti-Heaps | April 25, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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