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Countdown to Chivas

Steinberg here. First, a couple introductory notes. Goff is coming back to the States soon, but will take a well-deserved few days to be with the fam and think non-Greg Ryan thoughts. So I'll ride out the week in this space, to the extent that I'm able. I will be going to Kansas City, where DCU will have a chance to open up a six-point edge in the Supporters Shield race. No one is going to Guadalajara, but we'll have post-game quotes, here and in the newspaper.

Speaking of Chivas and quotes, here's one from Sergio Santana, the tall chap who scored in RFK last week, speaking to Informador.

"We are focused on the return leg against D.C. in the Copa Sudamericana. We know it will be tough as they (DC) will look to come out and maintain their lead but I think over there in D.C. we had a lot of possession and chances and it shouldn't be any different here.

"I hope we can take advantage of our chances like we did this past weekend. Alberto Medina, Ramón Morales and myself, will look to score again, this time against D.C., but the important thing is that Chivas wins."

Former Chivas youth coordinator Efrain Flores is, of course, heading Chivas right now, and he got off to a successful start with a 3-1 win over Veracruz on Saturday. Tom Soehn was following that score on Saturday night, and knew that Chivas was up while he was delivering his post-game remarks. You can read more about Flores here.

As for Seattle and MLS, Sports Illustrated and Ives both say it's done, and MLS says not so. But the Sounders' players seem to think they're done, in advance of expansion.

Speaking of MLS, the league office produced a nifty full-color map showing the country-of-origin of the league's 130 foreign-born players as of Sept. 3 (roughly 1/3 the league). After the U.S. and Canada, the leading countries are Argentina (12), Brazil (10), Jamaica (7), Mexico (6), England (6) and Trinidad and Tobago (6). If you're like me, you could stare at that map for about three hours.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 1, 2007; 9:40 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Seattle's USL win followed by an MLS franchise is as close to promotion as one can get. Now they can use those those huge buckets of cash to sign players :-).

Dan: Thanks for filling in while Goffinho was covering the WWC.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 1, 2007 9:49 AM | Report abuse

you know, this is the great thing about the Post's sports section, our Guru Goffinho takes off to foreign parts for a couple of weeks, and you guys don't lose much of a step at all. how many other papers have as deep a bench for writing about soccer as the Post? almost a shame we are so spoiled, we don't know what it's like in the flyover states (and by that, I include New York!) thanks for the great work, Dan and Co. come back and visit us again sometime, you hear? don't go giving the pointy ballers all the love.

Posted by: northzax | October 1, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I want to see the map. How can I get a look at it?

Posted by: lawrenceterp | October 1, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

As to tomorrow's Sudamericana game, does anyone have info on where/whether it will be televised?

Posted by: Mickey | October 1, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Is there a link to this map?

Posted by: Kinney | October 1, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

If we don't beat Chivas, maybe we can ask Ricardo Clark to help out ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKL8LnqQ3D0


That dude should get the Eric-Cantona-six-month-suspension for that kick.

Posted by: Bristol | October 1, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

...and Carlos Ruiz should seek reimbursement for his acting classes.

Posted by: I-66 | October 1, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"As to tomorrow's Sudamericana game, does anyone have info on where/whether it will be televised?"

Fox Sports in Spanish is showing it live at 9pm.

http://msn.foxsports.com/id/7225518_37_1.pdf

Posted by: Vic | October 1, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

As to tomorrow's Sudamericana game, does anyone have info on where/whether it will be televised?

All I know for sure right now is that FSC will carry it at 1100pm.

Posted by: marksman | October 1, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

ha ricardo clark is dumb

Posted by: Fulvio | October 1, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

For a player to actively kick another player on the ground - he should be seriously investigated by the league, suspended for the rest of the season, fined. Ruiz did a good acting job - no sympathy for him - his rolling around only confuses this.

That happens on the street and it's criminal assault. But, if that happens on the field - MLS should take it very seriously. It's qualitatively different from a 'professional foul' or taking an elbow in the run of play.

Posted by: PotomacBoater | October 1, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

is there a link to the map?

does the game tomorrow start at 10:15 pm eastern like dcunited.com says or at 9:00 pm eastern like is listed on the Fox Sports en Espanol site? Or is the coverage of this game so massive in FSE that they have a 1.25 hour pre-game show - kinda like the super bowl - I hear bad brains is doing the anthems and there will be a sing like Luciano Emilio contest?

Posted by: diego r. | October 1, 2007 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I would love to see that map. Steinberg, you might be interested in footiemap.com, too, then -- finally, I can figure out where all of those teams and stadiums are from...

BTW It is Veracruz (don't you love having free, instantaneous editorial advice)?

Posted by: RK | October 1, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

This was not a Sunday morning pub side where the fouls do not get called unless there's blood. It was an MLS regular season game. And it was nothing short of assault.

I saw that play in slow motion and regardless of what Ruiz does before and after - he and a teammate climb over Clark to get theirs heads on the ball - nothing merits that kind of unprofessional behaviour. Your hatred of a cheater should not make you overlook the fact that this was a diabolical action on the part of Clark.

If the league does not provide Ricardo Clark a long-term suspension (eg. at least until next year's All-Star break) then it loses all credibility. A six-month or 'til-the-end-of-the-year suspension is nonsense because he won't really miss many games. When Eric Cantona kung-fu-kicked that Crystal Palace fan 12 years ago, he was given a two-week prison sentence (later knocked down to 120 hours of community service) and was suspended 8 months. It cost Man U the title

Posted by: Bristol | October 1, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

WOW that Ricardo Clark kick was just awful. Worse than what Dario Sala did last year, which got him 6 games.

Nice to see Holden back, and the announcers said Kenny Cooper is close to returning. I thought he was supposed to be out 8 weeks, but it has been close to 4 months.

Posted by: RK | October 1, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

For a player to actively kick another player on the ground - he should be seriously investigated by the league, suspended for the rest of the season, fined. Ruiz did a good acting job - no sympathy for him - his rolling around only confuses this.

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Acting?

Clark wound up, took a step and kicked him. Who wouldn't roll around, that must hurt like a mutha.

Posted by: Matt | October 1, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Matt, Ruiz grabbed his head, and he was hit in the shoulder (from what I could see).

Posted by: RK | October 1, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

If you're on the floor and someone kicks you full-throttle, what else do you hold?

Posted by: Bristol | October 1, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I would imagine you would hold the spot that got kicked, i.e. your shoulder, not your face.

It was certainly a moment of madness as the Brits would say. He snapped for some reason. I can't imagine Clark hauling off and kicking Ruiz like that without some sort of actual or perceived provocation. My guess is he will get the rest of this season off and couple of games to start next year.

The difference with Cantona was that he attacked a spectator, not an opponent.

Posted by: Glenn | October 1, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

FAKE

Posted by: TRUTH | October 1, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Dude. Ruiz is on the floor, senses Clark is about to unleash some fury, and then braces for it. What did you expect him to hold?

His shoulders? Come on. He's no contortionist.

Clark should be suspended. BIG TIME>

Posted by: Darnestown | October 1, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Do you know nothing about Ruiz?

Posted by: RK | October 1, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The USA got crushed by South Africa as expected, so I guess that ends the rugby coverage for now, unless Argentina goes all the way or something.

Posted by: Section 410 | October 1, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Ruiz is a bum. I admit it. He's a diver, a cheat, a complainer, an annoying gnat on the pitch.

But NO ONE deserves getting that.

What is Rico thinking? You're up 3-0 and you kick a man while he's down?

Posted by: Bristol | October 1, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

MLS should be rewarding Clark instead of punishing him. Pescadito has had it coming for a LONG time.

Posted by: AlecW81 | October 1, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm not gonna speculate on what precipitated that, but he didn't just do it and back off, something triggered him hardcore and he remained steamed afterwards. I'm curious to hear what went on.

Posted by: Logan Circle | October 1, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"I think over there in D.C. we had a lot of possession and chances and it shouldn't be any different here."

Sure fair enough. And do they expect to play another 45 against 10 men?

Posted by: NW FC | October 1, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Ruiz definitely grabbed unwounded parts. Must be a habit for him.

Bad on Clark though. I like him as a player, but I hope we don't see him until next May at the earliest.

Posted by: viv | October 1, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

MLS's website says that Ruiz also received a red card for kneeing Clark in the back after the play.

"Ruiz was also sent off after the melee with a straight red after kneeing Clark in the back after the play. The Guatemalan international had been booked in the 17th minute, an infraction that put him over the limit for yellow card accumulation."

I'm not sure I understand, did he go chase after him after rolling around or what?

On a selfish note, Ricardo Clark has played an awful lot of minutes with Houston this year. His (presumed) absence should make them weaker in the playoffs. Good for us as I think they and Chivas are the teams we most need to worry about.

Posted by: Kire | October 1, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Time for Stuart Holden to shine...

Posted by: RK | October 1, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse


Dude. Ruiz is on the floor, senses Clark is about to unleash some fury, and then braces for it. What did you expect him to hold?

His shoulders? Come on. He's no contortionist.

Clark should be suspended. BIG TIME>

Posted by: Darnestown | October 1, 2007 11:49 AM
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The point is that after he got kicked he clutched his head/face as if that's where he got kicked. No one's saying it probably didn't hurt, just that if Ruiz wasn't such a BS artist he would've been holding the part of him that was just kicked, i.e, his shoulder not his head. Clark still deserves a looong suspension.

Posted by: G-Dub | October 1, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The USA got crushed by South Africa as expected, so I guess that ends the rugby coverage for now, unless Argentina goes all the way or something.

Posted by: Section 410 | October 1, 2007 12:01 PM

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Damn dude, way to throw in a rugby spoiler in a discussion devoted to soccer! I didn't expect a different result, but c'mon, it would have been nice to watch tonight's USA/RSA replay on Versus without actually knowing the outcome. WTF?!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Emilio's goal is up for GOTW. IMO, Burch's is more deserved. Because Ruiz did not cross the goal line, Clark is not a nominee.

Anyway, go vote.

http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/sierra/sierra_mist.html

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 1, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Exactly. He got kicked in the side; he responded by grabbing his head. Then he got up and staggered away, continuing to hold his head. Then he fell to the ground, bent over, holding his head.

It was Rivaldo all over again.

Posted by: Bootsy | October 1, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Easy to vote for Emilio this week -- Smith's and Brown's goal were from poor D and keepers...

Posted by: RK | October 1, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Ruiz would fall into the small category of players I have no sympathy for, under any circumstances short of family tragedy. (others on the short list would include Martino, Heaps, and Espindola)

That having been said, the kick was terribly wrong, and should be disciplined heavily. I would approve of something like 12 games. Bleeds into next season and takes him out of the playoffs.

Make him attend anger management sessions as well - if anything he can think about his deed while drinking bad coffee out of styrofoam cups and listening to members of his group talk about how the post office/grocery store/paperboy makes them crazy or that they just can't stand their office manager.

p.s. I too would like to see this "nationality map".

Posted by: spectre | October 1, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

A bit OT, but the UVA-Tech match drew a record crowd of 7,906 to Klockner on Friday night:

http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17800&ATCLID=1251665

Posted by: Section 410 | October 1, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Emilio's goal is up for GOTW . .

Both Burch and Fred deserved a nomination for their goals

Why the hate from MLS?

Posted by: delantero | October 1, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Any word on Fred's injury status?

Would hate to lose Burch (card) and Fred. We need to fire on all cylinders tommorrow.

Posted by: d | October 1, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey everyone, I have this great map showing, statistically, where banners should be placed at RFK to ensure that we score 4 goals. It's amazing, take a look at it. Really, go ahead.

Posted by: gringo | October 1, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

At least they won't split the DC vote...

Posted by: RK | October 1, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

@ the rugby fan,

You should still watch the game. Fantastic showing by the US.

Posted by: jyindc | October 1, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"As to tomorrow's Sudamericana game, does anyone have info on where/whether it will be televised?"

Go to Summers Restaurant in Arlington (Court House metro). They've got it listed at 9pm which is probably the FSE cast, but posters last week said the same telecast was in English.

http://www.summers-restaurant.com

Posted by: Soy United! | October 1, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Chivas is going to fill Jalisco stadium by giving away all tickets for free!
The club is giving them away for free and reimbursing those who already bought them.

Check out the link (in Spanish) from the official club website: http://www.chivascampeon.com/noticia/2557/

If the players aren't taking us seriously, the owner certainly is. He must not want to be forced into shaving his head -- by losing a bet he made with Chang. The club office knows they need to play with a man advantage (this time, the 12th man) in order to improve their chances tomorrow night.

I call this move "respect".

Posted by: David | October 1, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Weird... that article also mentions the game starting at 8:15pm in Guadalajara. So, 9pm in the east cannot possibly be 8:15 in Jalisco, can it?! What gives?

Posted by: Soy United! | October 1, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Could be the difference between the actual kickoff and TV coverage.

Posted by: RK | October 1, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

If you go to Summers make sure you eat and drink before you go.

Posted by: BeenThereDoneThat | October 1, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Kilroy's in Springfield will have the game on live and tape delay.

Posted by: Chico | October 1, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

If you go to Summers make sure you eat and drink before you go.

Posted by: BeenThereDoneThat | October 1, 2007 03:09 PM

*******

And make sure to hook your slingbox up to your iPhone or laptop, to make sure you can actually watch the game...

Posted by: EdTheRed | October 1, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

what time zone is Guadalajara in? looks like could be central or could be "mountain". So, 8:15 KO would be either 9:15 or 10:15 for us.

Posted by: Glenn | October 1, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

All this time zone stuff is missing the point. They're bending over backwards to fill the stadium. C'mon... free entry for everyone... This move means a big loss of revenue in the short term.

I think they know that if DC puts them out in this round, the damage to their brand will cost them more than the lost revenue from this one game. This is not 'fan appreciation night', this is a ploy to win the game.

Besides, Guadalajara is one hour behind EST, so TV coverage starts at 9:00 EST, with the actual starting whistle at 9:15. There's no mystery here.

Posted by: David | October 1, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the rugby match played yesterday? The period of observance for score spoilers doesn't last 24 hours.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 1, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Besides, Guadalajara is one hour behind EST, so TV coverage starts at 9:00 EST, with the actual starting whistle at 9:15. There's no mystery here.

Posted by: David | October 1, 2007 03:35 PM
Yes, but we're on EDT right now...so are they one hour behind EST, in which case they're two hours behind us, or one hour behind EDT, in which case they're one hour behind...[Vinny Barbarino] I'm so confused! [/Vinny Barbarino]

Posted by: EdTheRed | October 1, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Who's Greg Ryan?

Posted by: Kev | October 1, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Where is a good place to have something to eat and drink while I watch this? Preferably in DC or MD.

Posted by: Mike | October 1, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: greenwich mean time | October 1, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The difference with Cantona was that he attacked a spectator, not an opponent.

Posted by: Glenn

Yes, a spectator who had been racially abusing Cantona before the incident.

Clark's actions were completely unjustified (as were Cantona's really, although somewhat understandable).

MLS have really got to do something about the on-pitch violence. It's becoming a league full of dangerous fouls more and more everyday.

Posted by: Kev | October 1, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Up your nose with a rubber hose.

Posted by: Freddy "Boom Boom" Washington | October 1, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know where they might be showing the game in Richmond? Its a long shot.

Posted by: Dude in Richmond | October 1, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the rugby match played yesterday? The period of observance for score spoilers doesn't last 24 hours.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 1, 2007 03:45 PM
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I thought that comment was meant as a joke in the first place. After all, I didn't mention the score, merely that South Africa won. That can be a spoiler only to the extent that someone actually believed it possible that the USA won. Believe me, if that had happened, it would have been on the order of Belo Horizonte or Lake Placid, and people would have heard about it long before now.

Posted by: Section 410 | October 1, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Clark completely snapped, completely blew up. I don't know what did it, I'll be interested to hear the whole story (most likely via a Steinberg link on here), but something really got him.

That should be a long, long suspension. We're talking at least to next season. And yes, MLS needs to back up their referees a lot better than they do now. This case, with a popular American player, could say a lot about the league.

Posted by: DC Centurion's Shield | October 1, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Ricardo Clark is a popular American player?

Posted by: RK | October 1, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Easy to vote for Emilio this week -- Smith's and Brown's goal were from poor D and keepers...

Posted by: RK | October 1, 2007 01:55 PM
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I would have made those saves.

Posted by: Hope Solo | October 1, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I went to Summers eons ago for a game and you had to either buy $10 of their fabulous food or else get roughed up in the alley, something like that -- is that still their policy?

Posted by: cheapskate | October 1, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

it's been a while since I've said that Lalas is an @ssclown.

So -- Lalas is an @ssclown.

Posted by: steve-o | October 1, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know of any other non-smoking options to watch the game live in NoVa (other than Summers)?

Posted by: Juan-John | October 1, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Veracruz, if anyone could afford him, they should go after Hector Mancilla.

He is from Chile and has had a great season so far for Veracruz but I think he's on some sort of short term loan to the club so he may be available after the end of the season.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 1, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Cheapskate:

that policy, like anything else at Summers, is in a constant state of flux. I've never got the stink eye from any employees over just ordering, say, 1 Bass, and I've also attended FA Cup games (w/ a listed $10 or $20 cover charge) for free. But I've also abided by "the rules" at times.

I'm pretty sure they just get tired of freeloaders sipping water for 4 hours on a Saturday morning and publicize that rule in hopes of discouraging that practice. (doesn't work)

They should realize its hard to scarf $10 worth of their "fabulous food" when the wait staff denies your existence for hours on end.

Juan-John: Kitty O Sheas may be an option, though its not always that smoke free.

Posted by: d, dc | October 1, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for filing in. Its great to be able to get my daily fix!

Posted by: m | October 1, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

a few notes on Rico:
1) it's Ruiz so it's half as bad as it was
2) it was NOT a full wind up as some have suggested. It was bad but it was a 'love tap'
3) Salas was just as bad so I imagine Rico won't get more than 6-8 games
4) Ruiz intentionally kneed Rico HARD in his back. (yes, the same back he's always had problems with. The one Ruiz would no doubt like to injure in the event they play each other in the playoffs)
5) Ruiz was acting especially douchey yesterday starting a TON of BS.
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Clark's actions were completely unjustified (as were Cantona's really, although somewhat understandable).
Posted by: Kev | October 1, 2007 04:10 PM
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Cantona is FAR worse. Ruiz physically hit Rico. Cantona kicked some fan because his feelings got hurt. I don't care what someone says to you, it gives you NO right to hit them. NONE. No matter what they say no matter how much they might deserve it you have NO right to hit someone over words.

Posted by: papa bear | October 1, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Lucky Bar in Dupont will have the game on at a $10 minimum.

Posted by: Mike | October 1, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Let me say this first, what Rico did was wrong and he deserves a suspension. But, this has been coming for a LOOOOOOOOOONG time. he has lost some skills and relies on diving and agitating the opposing players. MLS let's this douche get away with unsporting crap all the time. How he was still on the field after the way he got in the ref's face and complained about everything yesterday. He should have a long suspension as well for knee Rico in the back. Ruiz is a disgrace to the league. Yeah, what Rico did was wrong, but he normally seems to play with respect towards the game and opposing players, normally?

Posted by: donkeyrichard | October 1, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

All im wondering is why did Emilio get goal of the week nominee, when Burch's goal was WAYYYYYYYYYY, WAYYY better than the one Emilio did.


Posted by: LUiS | October 1, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Because Emilio's goal was far more difficult. He was the only person in the box who knew how to react to the ricochet off the crossbar and drilled a left-footed high volley with pace. Go out in your backyard and try that. Now try to drill a shot from 25 yards out, tell me which you convert first.

I'm not saying Burch's goal wasn't anything special, but it was nowhere near the magnitude of difficulty of Emilio's.

Posted by: AlecW81 | October 1, 2007 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Am I missing something? All of a sudden kicking carlos ruiz is wrong? You're all a bunch of nuns.

Posted by: but it was ruiz | October 1, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Because Emilio was going to whine and complain if the didn't get the GOTW...

Posted by: RK | October 1, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Arrhhgg, I be havin' a map that shows ye be millions in spanish dubloon be burried. Jus' take a eyeball 't, its starboard here by th' X

Posted by: Capn Black Beard | October 1, 2007 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Fred player of the week

Posted by: Glenn | October 1, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Link to the map?

Posted by: Matt | October 1, 2007 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Th ref is to blame for the fracas in Houston. Al through the game Carlos R was acting provocatively, rolling any chance he got and whining constantly about every tackle aginst him. He should have been red-carded way before he got the boot.

Posted by: John | October 2, 2007 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Carlos Ruiz is a piece of $#1T... C'mon, the guy's nickname is El Pescadito! In Spanish, one refers to a fish in the sea as "un pez" and a fish that's been landed as "un pescado." Which literally means "fished." A lot of people have assumed that he has that nickname because he's slippery and hard to catch... WRONG! If that were the reason, his nickname would be "El Pececito." But since he's a flopping, diving, cheating piece of $#!T, he's been given the nickname "El Pescadito."

I know this sounds harsh, but Rico Clark has grown in my estimation. He didn't seem to have much personality or balls before, but after seeing that replay where Ruiz and someone else ride up his back and trample him, he definitily showed that he has some fire in the belly. He still deserves the rest of the season off, but I can't imagine anybody who has watched Ruiz flop and dive can possibly not enjoy seeing him get the $#!T kicked out of him!

C'mon, admit it! You loved it! And he deserved it!

Posted by: Soy United! | October 2, 2007 8:59 AM | Report abuse

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/rawfisher/2007/10/marion_barry_soccer_maven.html?hpid=news-col-blog

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

mls refs need to crack down on diving before our games start looking like la liga matches. thank you ricardo clark for that wake-up call.

Posted by: moses | October 2, 2007 9:13 AM | Report abuse

During a previous US Open Cup game, DC United played Dallas at the Maryland Soccerplex. Anyone who has been there knows that the WORST seats in the house are still no more than 50-100 or so feet from the field. You are very close to the action. After Carlos Ruiz dropped to the ground one time after a DC United player went past him, the ref stopped the play. At that moment, with the crowd relatively quiet, I yelled out, "Awwwww, did Carlos get a boo boo?" At least the folks around mine part of the stadium thought it was hilarious. Ruiz is the type of player that gives soccer a bad name and why we have so many youth now flopping to the ground in their games!

Posted by: Dsmac | October 2, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Carlos Ruiz supposedly got the Pescadito nickname as tyke because of his fish-like lips or cheeks or something.

Posted by: garbaggio | October 2, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

did you notice the form on rico's kick - no toe poke, it was a nice strike - even if was extremely stupid. He should get 5 games. you see guys stomping on other players when they are down, that probably hurts more, and rarely gets more than a card. Rico is so unused to this kind of unsportsmanlike behaviour that he didn;t even know how to hide it.

El pescidito (i thought he got the name from the fin on his head) is a master at hiding his dirty play!!!!!

Posted by: hoops | October 3, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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