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Twellman Out

New England's playoff concerns deepened today with news that star forward Taylor Twellman will be sidelined indefinitely with concussion-related symptoms. He was initially hurt in the Aug. 30 match against New England Los Angeles, but returned a week later and then played in a portion of the final eight games.

The Revs (1-5-4 in their last 10 matches) are already without team captain Steve Ralston (broken leg). Defender Gabriel Badilla and midfielder Khano Smith will serve red card suspensions for the first leg of the two-game series with Chicago starting Thursday night at Foxborough.

"Taylor has been experiencing some on-going issues related to the concussion he suffered against LA," Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. "Concussions, especially repeated concussions, are very dangerous and the most important thing for Taylor and his future - both off the field and on - is to get the rest he needs so he can return to normal as quickly as possible."

By Steve Goff  |  October 28, 2008; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Comments

Hey Goff, if Twellman was initially injured Aug 30th the game was against Los Angeles.

Posted by: MtnRedd | October 28, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow. That hurts them badly. Ralston, now TT? Break out the proverbial fork - NE is done.

Posted by: Str8Red | October 28, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Chicago's playoff good fortune continues...

Recall that last year, they had the good fortune to draw DC United in the first round. How much luckier than that can a team get?

I catually have nothing useful to say here, but I just wanted a pretext to chime in to complain about the new blog format. I don't mind signing in, but I don't like posting any more. Not only did one post never get approved -- maybe it was too long? -- I have to wait forever while my post loads. Considering that Goff puts up multiple thread most days, that either discourages me from posting in a thread, or it impedes me in reading the other threads because I have to wait while my comment loads. In short, I don't like it...

Posted by: fischy | October 28, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

No complaints from me. The delays I get are rare.

Posted by: Reignking | October 28, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I get the spinning loading thing every time...

Posted by: fischy | October 28, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

fischy, I think your employer is behind this newfangled login thingie...

Posted by: 22206no1 | October 28, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Are the red cards from last year's playoffs, or from the regular season? I dunno, I think I'd like to see cards wiped out for the start of the playoffs. Granted, we might see some extra-rough play the last game of the season if there are no immediate repercussions, but they can always be suspended the first game of the next season. Playoffs to me should be separate.

Posted by: Hokienautic | October 28, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

fisch, any problems w/ this at home?

Posted by: Reignking | October 28, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Unrelated breaking news...

Maradona to be named as a coach for the Argentine national team - with Carlos Bianchi as manager.

http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=936613

Posted by: Kev29 | October 28, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The red cards are from the regular season. I think it makes perfect sense that the suspension for red cards should carry into the playoffs. I believe yellow card accumulation suspensions do not.

I wonder if Smith will get any extra games added on to his suspension. That was a wild retaliatory, premeditated strike. I would think MLS would want to come down pretty hard on that.

Do we have more concussions in MLS than any other league? It sure seems like it.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 28, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Suuuure Twellman is hurt....what comes around goes around Revs. Actually, I have no reason to doubt Twellman. In fact, I think I remember the play. Wasn't it when his face broke Cronin's hand on a goal?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | October 28, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

fisch, any problems w/ this at home?

Posted by: Reignking | October 28, 2008 4:30 PM
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A bit too personal, don't you think?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 28, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Do we have more concussions in MLS than any other league? It sure seems like it.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 28, 2008 4:52 PM

Aside from boxing, how many other sports are the players actively encouraged to stop a 60-mph ball with their forehead?

I think pointyball and hockey sur glace have concussions from checking impact or whiplash from the impact, although the occasional head-pucking probably smarts.

Posted by: IamAM | October 28, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Ok, Goff just said that Emilio's contract is guaranteed through next year. Translation: He'll be back. Steve said he just found it out today...Russ is right, it's just not gonna be the same WaPost live with less of Steve.
Thanks for all the breaking news Steve! Your coverage is second to none. Cheers!

Posted by: DadRyan | October 28, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Khano Smith has always been a dirty player and he deserves to be suspended for more than one game; that was one of the worst tackles I've seen in MLS and the league should make an example of premeditated tackles like that.

Posted by: newportnews | October 28, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Khano Smith has always been a dirty player and he deserves to be suspended for more than one game; that was one of the worst tackles I've seen in MLS and the league should make an example of premeditated tackles like that.

Posted by: newportnews | October 28, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"Taylor Twellman will be sidelined indefinitely with concussion-related symptoms. He was initially hurt in the Aug. 30 match against New England, but returned a week later and then played in a portion of the final eight games."

This is actually bad news for all of MLS. Although I think Twellman is a diving twerp, he is also (at the MLS level) an exceptionally effective striker. He makes his own room (read-pushes off) and is able to quickly turn and score. It's a good move and he'll continue to score as long as the refs allow it.

Barring serious injury, I expect him to become the MLS leading scorer someday. Better/more satisfying to beat him on the field than lose another player to concussion like we lost Josh Gros.

Towson

Posted by: Ho_Ho_Ho | October 28, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I meant more concussions compared to other football leagues, not compared to other American sports leagues.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 28, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

yea i would say the new rules will reduce comments in the short term.

it IS annoying.

but it's kind of like when you didn't have to sign in to see ANY articles on washingtonpost.com a few years back.

I was kind of annoyed then, like I am now.
I'm sure we'll get over it.

Posted by: redskinsux | October 28, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

yea i would say the new rules will reduce comments in the short term.

it IS annoying.

but it's kind of like when you didn't have to sign in to see ANY articles on washingtonpost.com a few years back.

I was kind of annoyed then, like I am now.
I'm sure we'll get over it.

EDIT: I've had to reload this page, as it would NOT post. They better fix the glitch.

Posted by: redskinsux | October 28, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

yea i would say the new rules will reduce comments in the short term.

it IS annoying.

but it's kind of like when you didn't have to sign in to see ANY articles on washingtonpost.com a few years back.

I was kind of annoyed then, like I am now.
I'm sure we'll get over it.

EDIT: I've had to reload this page over and over, as it would NOT post. They better fix the glitch.

EDIT AGAIN: WTF - Now im mad
Now it says too many posts. ??????

Posted by: redskinsux | October 28, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

sorry for all the comments.

I guess it shows how bad the new system really is.

Posted by: redskinsux | October 28, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Shucks, I wanted to see Taylor lose his 5th MLS Cup.

Now, without their playmaker, without their top striker, a starting wide player and defender . . . sounds like much of United's season . .

Posted by: delantero | October 28, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

"the system" has blocked over posting before any of this *signing in* started happening...
It must be a pain in backside if you're at work and all but... Don't you have some work to do?:-)

Screw the Revs.

I gotta say that the Sounders have really raised the bar with the content on their website. Kinda heavy on the cheese but it makes me confident that they'll be setting an example that United would be smart to consider.
Here's the quick link to today's development over there:
http://www.soundersfc.com/weloveyoufreddie/

Posted by: DadRyan | October 28, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

The Sounders are over the top with the available languages on their website. English and Spanish I can understand. But really, four Asian languages (two from China) and Russian? Russian? Are they trying to get fans from Alaska?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 28, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Firpo ties it in 87th. Houston failed to clear a corner and several passes later, Firpo puts it in.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 28, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I-270: What do expect from Joe Roth dude? After watching the entire press conference it would seem these folks are very committed to their success, and have probably thought of everything.
Don't you see a perfectly good reason for them to have the site available in Swede? I've visited many bicycle related websites that I wish I could have translated.
Well you know you can see Russians playing soccer on the tundra from Sarah Palin's house so there's a chance they may be trying to market themselves to Russians...
Who knows? I mean Roth did say that Freddy was going to be in XXX 3...
They have lofty ambitions, if they can only get Seattle Public schools to give them back Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center...
Install some grass... Add extra seating... Retractable roof...
The Old, Old Sounders did play there afterall right?:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | October 29, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Hokienautic:

If a player is stupid enough to get himself sent off in a meaningless game on the eve of the playoffs, he deserves to be suspended. Badilla caught a tough break, so I guess it's harsh to say he was stupid (though honestly, he's been pretty poor thus far and the Revs might be better without him), but Smith went after Gomez with your classic "I'm trying to end your career" tackle and deserves any punishment he gets.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | October 29, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

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