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Kovalenko Injured..... an auto accident.

The Red Bulls confirmed to the Insider that veteran midfielder Dema Kovalenko was a passenger in a car that was involved in an accident over the weekend. He is apparently okay, nothing serious, but did suffer some injuries and is in the process of being evaluated by the club's medical staff. I'm told that another player was also involved. No other details are available at this time. We'll keep you updated.....

By Steve Goff  |  August 6, 2007; 4:19 PM ET
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How many people are reading and rereading that to see if making a joke is inappropriate?
A car running into Dema? I hope the car is alright. That is a tough SOB.

Posted by: jgildea8 | August 6, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow. My first thought was "Hope he's ok". Second thought - would it be ok to make a joke? But there isnt enough info on the actual accident to come up with any decent material.

Oh well, I'll leave the joking to the true comics in the audience.

Posted by: the cheat | August 6, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Dema, please stop trying to slide tackle cars.

Posted by: Logan Circle | August 6, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

jgildea8: Fastest one to the punch line!

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 6, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Any mention of Ronnie O'Brian being the other driver?

Posted by: jgildea8 | August 6, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Did he go to hospital?

Posted by: RK | August 6, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

The difference between MLS and other leagues is that, if this were to happen in another sport, the article would continue...

Among the weapons recovered from the car were...

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 6, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Of course the Burn fans will say Dema intentionally rhit the car, when it's clear it was the momentum of the car that carried itself into Dema.

Posted by: Rick in Ashburn | August 6, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JonG | August 6, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"Among the weapons recovered from the car were..."

Don't forget the dogs and the VD.... Free Ron Mexico!

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | August 6, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

After years of searching - Brandon Pollard finally tracks down Dema.

Posted by: JH6 | August 6, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

re: I-270-

I have a strong belief that if the league paid Dema well enough, he would eschew riding in cars in favor of riding a wild, angry tiger to away games.

Posted by: Logan Circle | August 6, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know the whereabouts of Ronnie O'Brien?

Hate to see the other driver...

Posted by: Matt | August 6, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey Steve,

Off-topic, but any buzz at all about DCU schemes for before Aug 15 activities?

S'been quiet since the Veron excitement.

And what's DCU's mood towards Fred? Pleased? Disappointed? If he'd been available against NE, would they have played him at 10 instead of Dyachenko? Withdrawn?

Posted by: bdr | August 6, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Ives is reporting that Ubiparipovic was the other person in the car.

Posted by: Dave Lifton | August 6, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Andrew | August 6, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I heard he fell down grasping his chest in agonizing pain until the police arrived and wrote the other driver a ticket...he then proceeded to walk away, apparently fine.

Posted by: Southeasterner | August 6, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Goff: according to Ives, YOU broke the story! Bow to the real Soccer Insider!

(And was Dema carded for the accident?)

Posted by: tcal | August 6, 2007 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Reports say that a paramedic pulled a water bottle out of his kit, squirted Dema, and everything was OK.

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 6, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I pity the cop who has to spell those names on the incident report

Posted by: Brian | August 6, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Brian. I'm working late and needed the laugh.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 6, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd hate to be the guy in the other guy trying to explain to his insurance company how the cleat marks got in the door.

Posted by: bbarrie | August 6, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

So the scuttlebutt is all breathless and atwitter with the news that England coach Steve McLaren will be in the country this week to check on Beckham's fitness and watch some MLS.

Does that mean he'll be in DC on Tursday?

And does that mean that Beckham will be motivated to play for him--or just motivated to keep sitting on the bench and save his ankle for his national team?

Posted by: Joe S. | August 7, 2007 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Was Abbey the traffic cop?

Posted by: Song219 | August 7, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

mihka cassa lapay

Posted by: bobby boswell | August 23, 2007 12:12 AM | Report abuse

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