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Settlement in Stoitchkov Case

Former American U. player Freddy Llerena has reached a financial settlement with the Mad Bulgarian, D.C. United and MLS over the 2003 incident in which his leg was shattered during a scrimmage. No $$$ figures available and certainly nowhere near the multi-millions requested in the civil suit, but given the reputation of the firm representing him -- Koonz, McKenney of Washington -- he probably did okay. For the defendants, they avoid a trial and the notoriety that would have gone along with it. Read about it here.

I will share some details of the case in the next few days.

By Steve Goff  |  October 9, 2007; 10:53 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Bad day for Hristo! Loses job, loses the lawsuit...maybe he "quit" the job to claim that he couldn't pay the lawsuit ;)

Posted by: RK | October 9, 2007 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Goff, is this the DCU/MLS news that you spoke of?

Posted by: Jared | October 9, 2007 11:54 PM | Report abuse

For the record, he did say "perhaps."

Posted by: DCU_Rick | October 10, 2007 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Wow... Check out the old-school picture they dug up for the article. Hristo and El Diablo. Looks like a legends match... sheesh. They were both great players in their prime, but looking at them in that photo--Wow, what was United thinking? Talk about transitioning from the old guard to the new. Amazing Jaime is still around and playing in good form.

Posted by: DJC | October 10, 2007 8:13 AM | Report abuse

They were thinking Stoichkov would help them find hidden gems in the Bulgarian league, like Galin Ivanov.

Posted by: ff | October 10, 2007 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Geez, maybe Ronnie O'Brien will sign up next for some quick legally induced luv....

You step on the pitch in a competitive match and stuff happens. If you felt Hristo was a menace, you should avoid playing against him. It is not as if his reputation did not precede him....

I hope Mr. Llerena is ok, but c'mon.

What's next, suits about emotional distress when one team beats another?

Posted by: Legal system cynic | October 10, 2007 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I watched this game - There was no reason to ruin Llerena's career. Stoichkov deserves the
most severe penalty possible.
Stuff does happen but this was a totally illegal challenge during a scrimmage -c'mon Stoichkov - ruin a kid because you were mad the kid was schooling you...

Posted by: BobF | October 10, 2007 8:53 AM | Report abuse

i remember hearing about that incident through the virginia college soccer circles. i heard it was just a nasty pay-back tackle by stoichkov and that everyone knew it. people thought he should have been arrested.

Posted by: matt brock | October 10, 2007 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I was actually at that game, and I think it has been hyped up on both sides - it wasn't that vicious, nor was it naive of the kid. At the end of the day, in my opinion, it was a perfect example of the risk of putting professionals in against college players. Stoichkov wasn't getting schooled, but he didn't like a particular call, so he was playing his usual way. A professional player may have reacted more quickly to the play and protected his leg from that kind of injury.

I heard, but cannot verify, that as a result of this MLS teams will not scrimmage college teams anymore.

Posted by: Lost in BA | October 10, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what the conditions of the settlement are, and whether they include sealing of the transcripts of any depositions that were take of eyewitnesses, of which I believe Insider was one. From what I have read and heard (see BobF above) this was borderline criminal. "Stuff happens" my a*s -- how many times have you seen a player's leg destroyed (deliberately ?) to the point of a compound fracture in match, friendly or otherwise? You can be cynical all you want about the US legal system; in Bulgaria the remedy might have been an axe handle across both of Stoichkov's kneecaps, and from what I've read, that might have been more just than an out-of-court $$ settlement.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 10, 2007 9:32 AM | Report abuse

"You step on the pitch in a competitive match and stuff happens"

Not to be picky about facts and things of that nature, but it wasnt really a competitive match. It was a scrimmage.

Posted by: the cheat | October 10, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"Legal system cynic"'s comments are way off--it wasn't an ultimate fighting match, it was soccer and a scrimage game at that. The expectation of a compund fracture from a deliberate attempt to hurt someone is not a part of the game. Stoichkov is a hothead and a dangerous player who ruined a college kid's soccer career. He retaliated in frustration and should pay the full penalty for losing control of his emotions and assaulting someone. I hope Hristo pays out the ying yang for his irresponsibility and is thankful that he wasn't arrested.

Posted by: I remember Hristo | October 10, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Todd West the head coach at AU is a good friend of mine. He told me it was the most sickening sound he's ever heard on a soccer field. Players from both teams were visibly shaken. Even Stoichkov turned pale after he had seen what he'd done. I hope this kid got the amount he was looking for. An accidental 1 v 1 challenge is one thing. A full blown retaliation with intent to harm is something completely different. I hope Stoichkov paid thru the nose.

Posted by: Chico | October 10, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that news of the settlement comes right after Stoichkov becomes available to coach... hmmm...

Posted by: Soy United! | October 10, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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