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Barklage Out for Season

D.C. United midfielder Brandon Barklage, who was injured in the first half of Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup win over Harrisburg, has a torn ACL, according to a team spokesman.

Barklage, who was replaced in the 29th minute by Rodney Wallace in United's 2-1 win after appearing to have landed awkwardly on his leg, will have surgery on the knee next week.

Barklage likely will be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list, opening up another spot on D.C.'s roster. United already has two roster slots open after the departure of goalkeeper Louis Crayton and defender Anthony Peters.

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 9, 2009; 12:53 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Posted by: Reignking | July 9, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

aww, tough break for the kid. take your rehab seriously, Brandon, and we'll see you in the spring.

now onto practical matters:

if he's put on IR, do we get the prorated salary back? with three spots to fill, we might need every penny.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | July 9, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Thats ashame. In the few games i saw him play, he looked promising. I hope for a speedy return. Best of luck!

Posted by: therealfootball | July 9, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Too bad. It really was one of those injuries that didn't have to happen.

Posted by: sitruc | July 9, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

@joshuaostevens: I assume you mean room under the salary cap equivalent to his pro-rated salary? Not that he wouldn't get paid during his injury.

I was thinking "Goodness, tough crowd."

Posted by: Mixter | July 9, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm really interested to see who DC is looking at bringing in with Crayton's relatively large salary and the 2 small ones.

Do they sign a couple mid-price players and a cheap one as fill-ins or stick with the one big gun and 2 reserve players? It seems like we could still use more stability in the backline (besides getting Emilio scoring again).

Posted by: futboler | July 9, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I think if Wicks and Kosic are doing really well, then we can get a cheap goalie. That would leave us some money for a midfielder. I suspect the last spot will be filled with a call-up on loan from USL-1/2, similar to Kuhmalo and Janicki.

Posted by: godpere | July 9, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

1. My understanding with IR is that we get the roster spot but not the cap room. Not that it would matter--it would basically be the minimum for what role he was in (either Senior roster or reserve roster).

2. Yeah, 3 roster spots. And we do need to fill 'em. We're going to have a couple of congested schedule periods. We've got a couple of guys (Olsen and Moreno) who we cannot overplay. We've got some potential NT callups (Jakovic, Quaranta and John). Plus Fred is having the kind of season where he can't stay healthy for more than 2-3 games in a row.

3. This also increases the likelihood that Barklage returns next year. You know he'd be exposed in the expansion draft. Hard time seeing a new club picking a guy coming off a major knee issue who hasn't been on the field since the injury. So that probably makes someone like Khumalo, N'Silu or Kocics more likely to be chosen.

Posted by: JoeW1 | July 9, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Our wishes for a thorough recovery.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | July 9, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

That sucks. Heal up Mr. Barklage, and as joshuastevens mentioned, bust your butt during your rehab and you'll be working your way back in no time.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 9, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Damn. Along with a lot of these commentors, I too thought that Barklage showed a lot of energy and promise. Hopefully he'll come back strong next year.

Posted by: gooner71 | July 9, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Mixter: obviously I meant cap room, tough to do rehab working at Starbucks. (trust me, I know, that's where I was working last night instead of being at RFK)

And as Joe mentions, if you can expose a player on IR, he's on the list. Not sure I'd add Kocics, though, unless we're signing one of our Academy keepers, until we know that this is really Wicks and not just a hot streak. That said, I think DC is developing a reputation as A good place for a young keeper to play. We play a lot of matches, and take things like the Open Cup more seriously than other MLS teams do, that's another probable 3-4 real matches for a backup.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | July 9, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Dang it.

Get well soon, Brandon! See you in the Spring! (or winter, if we're still in the CCL)

Posted by: Juan-John | July 9, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

i've yet to see him play, but i like what i had heard. ACL injury recovery times have been shortening, so i hope that's the case here.

on an OT sad note, did anyone read this article about Eric Frimpong from ESPN the Magazine:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=4300383

synopsis: immigrant (and by all accounts nice person) UCSB student/soccer player gets accused of rape and despite a lot of potential holes in the story is convicted and is now serving up to 6 years. i think he must have played with Chris Pontius (and several other MLS players - Andy Iro, etc.), but didn't see any names i recognized in the article. might be interesting for Goff/Tenorio to ask about.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 9, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The video up on the dcunited website from last night has Tino and Bob Bradley's quotes we've been reading, but it also shows how Santino almost broke up talking about it, and you can see on Bradley's face how geniunely happy and proud he was for him, as we all were. Worth the two and a half minutes.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 9, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

That injury occured right in front of us at the soccerplex. You are so close to the field there that you can nearly touch the players. It was a awkward collision and from Brandon's response it looked pretty bad. They had him immobilized almost immediately. I hope he has a full recovery and can continue to contribute to the team, he has shown alot of promise.

Posted by: sbg1 | July 9, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the heads up JfA-ish. It is nice to watch and has some match footage woven in.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | July 9, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

This is horrible for us right now. We are never going to see Quaranta or Jakovic, as they are both set to make runs through the knockout stages, and Khumalo and N'Silu just aren't star quality.

And Luci, Fred, and Moreno are injury prone.

On his own, though, this isn't good, because he is a promising player we would be stupid to waive.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 9, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I read that Frimpong article a few days ago. I wonder if he's related to Tina Ellertson (nee Frimpong).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 9, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

That really sucks. This was shaping up to be the perfect time of the year for Barklage to get a lot of action with so many multi-week games and already a couple injuries. Here's hoping for a full recovery. We look forward to seeing you in training camp next year, Brandon.

Ironic that one of the major themes of the first half of the season was our outstanding depth. There were some games where Gomez and Pontius started on the bench simply because we didn't have enough starting spots for them. Now we're starting to see the other end of the spectrum. It will be interesting to see how United reacts. Hopefully Jaime and Luci will be back in time for the Rapids next Saturday.

So we've now got two empty senior spots (Crayton, Peters) and two empty developmental spots (Barklage, one was empty already). Might the team be interested in bringing back a guy like Ryan Miller or Ryan Cordeiro in a developmental spot for some extra depth if necessary?

Posted by: DCUMD | July 9, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

http://goal.com/en-us/news/82/south-america/2009/07/09/1373473/ronaldo-expected-to-be-greeted-by-100-transvestites-at-rio

Brazilian superstar Ronaldo, who scored a superb hat-trick as Corinthians beat Fluminense on Wednesday, is expected to be greeted by 100 transvestites when he arrives in Rio de Janeiro for the Brazilian league match between Corinthians and Flamengo on August 9.

Posted by: Reignking | July 9, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

To pick up on a comment in an earlier thread, we are also lucky to live in a country where the guilt or innocence of accused rapists is decided in a court of law before a jury of peers who consider all the evidence, and not by polling on internet blogs or in ESPN tabloids.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 9, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I've had a few ACL surgeries, so I know exactly how bad that sucks. Rudski is a great ACL doctor in DC. I hope he takes the full 6 months to recover. He should make sure not to play any games until he's sure he is in peak physical shape.

Posted by: SeanWG | July 9, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I remember someone saying how New England's whiner, er, ahem, coach was complaining about the physical play of Harrisburg? Maybe he was correct afterall. Even if he was still whining.

In all earnestness, BB, recover fast and thoroughly. Hope to see you on the pitch next season.

Posted by: freeholdsouth | July 9, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Well -- for Brian, if he wants the soccer dream, I wish him a speedy, uncomplicated recovery. There's a glamor to it, to be sure -- but as one at 44 with arthritic knees, I can also offer the hope that it doesn't happen again to him. The first one leaves you with a knee that's serviceable. The second one leaves you counting the years until they make you a new one.

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I didn't get to the game, but if there was any intention in the incident that produced the injury, I hope he finds an attorney with the vigor of the one that filed the lawsuit against Stoichkov. There's no place in sports or life for that kind of crapola.

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"I hope he finds an attorney with the vigor of the one that filed the lawsuit against Stoichkov."

According to Tenorio, he landed awkwardly. You can't sue gravity - eminent domain or sovereign immunity or something.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 9, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope Brandon Barklage can make a full recovery from his injury. I saw the video of the injury and it looked pretty bad. Its a shame because he should a lot of promise in his limited opportunities.

Get Well soon! Vamos United!

Posted by: invncbl | July 9, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

@owntf - I don't know what happened and agree that our justice system is a damn good one. The article plays up his good qualities and the uncertainty of the whole story and there are times when people are wrongly accused and convicted - juries are not infallible.. I just hope this isn't one of those times and, either way, that justice is served.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 9, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

@I-270 -- I was only responding to a comment above, by freeholdsouth, that suggested it because of Harrisburg's rough play. I know all about the gravity issue -- that's how I tore my first ACL. Actually, all of my injuries were basically awkward landings. I'd like to have sued my doctors for misdiagnoses, or the insurance companies, because no MRIs were ordered -- but, it was tough to show damages.

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

It's no point suing anyway. Gravity is only worth 9.8 m/s2

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 9, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

@dimes: Yeah, Pontius played with Frimpong on the 2006 national championship team along with Iro (Crew), Reynish (RSL), Avila (Dallas), Rosenlund (currently on trial with Montreal), Byrne(played in NE 1 year), etc. From that year's team, 10 would eventually be drafted by MLS teams with a few more guys from that team still at UCSB as seniors this year. David Walker has a decent chance of being drafted as he has similar speed as Pontius.

Posted by: xGaucho | July 9, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Frimpong, Iro, Reynish? Is there trouble in Middle Earth?

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy hope this would end soon or else move to the us.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/world/africa/09safrica.html?_r=1&ref=soccer

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 9, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

i have not seen any of these movies...

http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/soccer-on-celluloid/

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 9, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

@DCUnitedFootball

cool - thanks for posting. i should be able to make it to at least one of those.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 9, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth -- I just watched the video of the Harrisburg City match, on Behind the Badge. Barklage's injury wasn't caused by gravity or an awkward landing. It came from an awkward slide tackle from behind by an Islander player, pinning Brandon's leg, as he was chopped down and his momentum twisted him and carried him toward the sideline. Probably no intent to injure, and the foul was called on Barklage for a rough play in trying to dispossess Goodstein, but not fun to watch.

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Also, Wallace was not offside on the looping pass from Gomez, that Wallace scored on...waived off incorrectly. If you watch the highlight, when Gomez strikes it Wallace is at or above the 18 yd. box line. There is a defender on the other side of the box that is straddling the line. The goal should have counted.

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

On the the hand, John should have been called for a foul against Shipalane. near the end. Not a penalty, as John deliberately stepped up to block and foul Shipalane before he crossed into the box. Ridiculous that there was no foul there, and it was perilously close to being in the box, but I think John made it to to the spot outside.

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Is/did mexico playing tonight?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, just answered that question. Vamos Panama?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 9, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Panama has a GREAT flag, if you ask me. We designed one off it for our school in high school.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 9, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

They may have a nice flag, but they don't have any defense. Where is this game being played? It would be nice if we could sell out our own soccer games here, not just the Mexico games....

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

@DCUnitedFootball: "Once in a Lifetime" is an absolute must-see.

More off topic, I got a kick out of this posting from NYT's Goal blog:

http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/ultimate-xi-2009-mls-all-ugly-team/

DC United is represented...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 9, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I believe tonight's matches are being played in Houston, South Africa, fischy.

I'm no fan of Mexico and normally love some level of failure, but Panama hasn't shown me one reason to pull for them. They may be lucky to have a few players still on the field. The simulation, elbows, punches, and other acts have been classless.

As I type, Panama ties it up at 1...

Posted by: sitruc | July 9, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

This game is at Reliant Stadium in Houston.


Mexico's defense didnt look so hot right there.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 9, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

New reason to be excited about going to Milan-America:

To get to see Memo Ochoa suck in person.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 9, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Why is José Antonio Castro called "El Gringo"?

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

@DCUnitedFootball: "Once in a Lifetime" is an absolute must-see.

More off topic, I got a kick out of this posting from NYT's Goal blog:

http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/ultimate-xi-2009-mls-all-ugly-team/

DC United is represented...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 9, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I burst out laughing when I saw that picture of Landon. Gotta love it.

Posted by: GoUnited | July 9, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

We have our first red. This ref is horrible.

Posted by: sitruc | July 9, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so, I'm sure you guys have heard the FMF decided to have a 4pm eastern kickoff time for the game on August 12th. Your opinions on why/what/etc?

Also, ESPN Deportes is reporting Landon Donovan will be suspended for yellow card accumulation for that game. FIFA only shows him as having one yellow in the hex. Just some sort of hopeful thinking on their part?

Also, are the two reds we just saw, one to each team in first half stoppage, going to be the only ones in this game? I doubt it.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 9, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

A player from each team received a red. I think it is now 10 v 10.

Posted by: sitruc | July 9, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

wow, dual sending off in Mex/Panama at the end of the half - just for some pushing. no heads butts, no punches. guess the ref felt it could potentially get out of hand.

i'm with you, sitruc, Panama doesn't seem terribly likable, so....go Guadaloupe?

in an ironic twist, there was just an Allstate commercial using a display of good sportsmanship (Mex goalie helping an opposing player up) to sell insurance coverage. can you buy red card insurance? 'cause we might want to look into that for our midfield.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 9, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I love me some Blas Perez. Been my favorite non-US CONCACAF player for years.

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Shep came through with the All-Ugly team? The site was reporting the other day that he'd backed out of a commitment to do it.

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

@fischy

according to Wikipedia, Perez is nicknamed "Super Ratón". that doesn't sound so complimentary.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 9, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

field looks nice doesn't it?

Quick Question: thinking about throwing together a pvc mini goal for my U-3 to shoot at. I've got some lengths of pvc I used to screed some sand in my TINY back patio re-bricking project. Any tips on making pvc goals? Yay or Nay on using cement? For tiny kids soooo?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 9, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

He's good, though. I thought he was the best player in the last Gold Cup.

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Dadryan, I actually recently did something a lot like this, except a sideline kicking net for our football team. It's fairly simple. Basically, just make two "u" shapes. You can get 6 of the 90 degree bends at home depot for less than 2 or 3 bucks depending on the type. We used cement to weigh ours down. Just whichever ones you want to be the bottom, or just one or two of them, grab some quikcrete, use duct tape to seal one end, pour the quikcrete down the pipe, and stand it up. I have some racks in my garage, and used zipties to hold them verical overnight. Worked like a charm, and cheap to boot. I've been thinking of making some soccer ones to take up to the park and play pick up games on the basketball courts with.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 9, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

seems like only a matter of time before Mexico takes the lead here.

fischy - it did also mention his inclusion in the 2007 GC "Best XI". also in that Best XI - Mastroeni and Hejduk (Beasley was an honorable mention).

interesting 2007 GC fact - the US scored on 4 penalty kicks (all by Donovan), which was the combined total of all other teams in the tournament.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 9, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

A Panamanian player just pushed Javier Aguirre to earn a red, after the coach approached the player (not the first time he's down this). Aguirre, and I think one or two of his assistants who pushed back, also have be sent off.

The replay shows it was just approaching the player, it was sticking a foot right where the player's crotch was headed...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 9, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Also, are the two reds we just saw, one to each team in first half stoppage, going to be the only ones in this game? I doubt it.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 9, 2009 10:56 PM |

good call, sir. why the hell is that coach kicking his leg out at the Panama player?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 9, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I turned. I missed another red? What just happened on the sideline? Is that former UVA football trainer Joe Gieck?

Posted by: sitruc | July 9, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

This is just bizarre.

Posted by: sitruc | July 9, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Did that really require a send off? Sure the Panamanian player shouldn't have reacted, but that was basically handbags and ten paces. This guy is by far the worst referee in CONCACAF. He has proven it over and over again.

Posted by: fedssocr | July 9, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

This results in fans behind the bench throwing things at the player (Phillips, #15) making it hard for him to leave the field, and Ochoa coming over to ask the crowd to quit. Both benches appear to be clear. This is weird.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 9, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I guess we won't see Aguirre at the US-Mexico game now. That was disgusting.

Posted by: richcadieux1 | July 9, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

This is getting crazy. Coach isn't supposed to get in on the play on the field, or kick at a player. Mexico Sucks, Panama sucks. These guys are disgracing themselves. This match is getting abandoned.

Thanks for the tips JfATLish.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 9, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

This is taking forever.

Posted by: sitruc | July 9, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

you stay classy, Mexico fans.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 9, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

They were just bombarded with stuff while being escorted off the field. This still makes no sense. What is going on?

Posted by: sitruc | July 9, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

So... Are we looking at seven+ minutes of stoppage time, or none?

Posted by: B_A_ | July 9, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Houston residents would totally be missing the last Metro trains of the evening if they lived in a city with public transportation.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 9, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Ridiculous. 8 minutes wasted. The ref shouldn't even add time. It would serve the Mexican fans right.

Posted by: fischy | July 9, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic. Good thing this isn't on ESPN. The love affair with the Nats would be over.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 9, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Play has finally resumed. I think there's going to be a little stoppage...

Posted by: sitruc | July 9, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

10 minutes!

Posted by: B_A_ | July 9, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm still not sure what just happened, why it was just the Panama player who was sent off, what took so long or anything else...

WTF is going on in the stands?

Posted by: sitruc | July 10, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

And fighting in the front rows of the far-side midfield stands...

Posted by: B_A_ | July 10, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I mean that the hot new US fans would be put off by this. I know I am.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 10, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

If Aguirre had class, he'd forfeit right now.

Posted by: fischy | July 10, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I like the Panama player trying to slow the stretcher being taken off the field...

Damn, the Mexican fans are continuing their horrible showing for this match.

Posted by: sitruc | July 10, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

sitruc,

as far as i saw, Phillips and a Mexican player were chasing a ball that was tracing the sideline. as they passed the Mexican bench, Aguirre kicked his foot at Phillips who responded by shoving the coach. i think the coach and Phillips were both sent off. not sure why the huge delay other than a discussion among the refs and stuff being thrown on the field.

i could have used a translator over the past 15 minutes, though.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 10, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

If you ask me, SUM or whoever arranges all those friendlies Mexico plays here should not allow them to play in our stadiums if they're fans will consistently act like this. At the very least they ought to make the FMF pay for temporary fencing to be put up around the fields. I appreciate Memo Ochoa trying to ask the crowd to calm down, unfortunately they're not gonna listen if Blanco told them to at this point.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 10, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I thought I got that, dimesmakedollars. I couldn't understand the 10 minute meeting and everybody on the field. I wasn't sure Aguirre was sent off. Panama played ugly early and I wanted to commend Mexico for staying relatively level throughout since the match showed it could easily turn really ugly because of poor officiating. At this point I just want it to be over. It is just an ugly match in the stands, on the field, and on the bench.

Posted by: sitruc | July 10, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

that is exactly what happened dimes. Phillips looked like he didn't want to leave the field. Then it became hard for him to leave the field. Gotta love that huge guy who shielded him and made the dash. Telefutra announcers seemed to snicker a bit...

Posted by: DadRyan | July 10, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

It's over after only 10:33 of stoppage.

Posted by: sitruc | July 10, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

The snickering was disgusting, DadRyan.

Posted by: sitruc | July 10, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Aguirre was trying to necessarily kick Phillips, but I don't think he was trying to stop the ball, either. I do commend him for doing the right thing and just walking off the pitch, mouth shut firmly. I also commend Memo Ochoa and the Mexican players, you could especially see how upset Torrado was, for trying to get the fans to stop. However, the FMF should face some sort of backlash for the actions of their supporters for this.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 10, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Through all of that, it was amazing how much the players actually kept relatively cool.

Posted by: sitruc | July 10, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

For the Spanish-impaired -- the first half of the original delay was just mindless arguing. Then, when Phillips tried to leave with an escort from a CONCACAF official and another player, the fans started throwing stuff...so, he came back to the center of the field, complaining about things being thrown at his head. SO then the Mexican goalie, Ochoa tired escorting him out the other end.

Then, Perez supposedly got hurt. Maybe he was stepped on, b ut he sure made a meal of it. When they carried him to the sideline, the stretcher was peppered with debris, and he was dropped. So, the Panamanians picked up the ball. Eventually, the ref told them to give him the ball and play on.

I'm not sure why a translation would be needed. The announcers were watching the game on television -- just like us.

Posted by: fischy | July 10, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

@Jacob -- The Mexican players should have pulled themselves off the field to get the crowd to chill. While I admire Ochoa's efforts, it was absurd to see Dos Santos berating the ref at the end, presumably for not adding even more time on for the ridiculousness with Perez.

Posted by: fischy | July 10, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

What I'm saying is I agree -- the FMF should face some sanction for their fans' behavior.

Posted by: fischy | July 10, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

However, the FMF should face some sort of backlash for the actions of their supporters for this.

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Yeah. They should have to play their next home WCQ match in front of an empty house.

What? We can dream, right?

Posted by: mason08 | July 10, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

I hope there is some random language youtube video of all of that soon. I hope the four-letter or certain media outlets don't latch on to that as a representation of soccer and soccer fans.

Posted by: sitruc | July 10, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the updates and translations.

Posted by: addick | July 10, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I think that is more than appropriate, mason08.

Posted by: sitruc | July 10, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Sitruc: Too bad CONCACAF won't have the sack to do it.

Posted by: mason08 | July 10, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

CONCACAF may not, but will FIFA? Doubt it. Not completely sure that might be a bit much, too.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 10, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Since these were Mexican fans north of the border, I'm tempted to say a more appropriate penalty would be something like a 2-yr prohibition against playing friendlies in the US.

Posted by: fischy | July 10, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's why I don't like the idea of emptying azteca

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 10, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's why I don't like the idea of emptying azteca
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It would be very, very weird.

Not to mention it would give them a built-in excuse, should it happen and they lose the match.

Posted by: mason08 | July 10, 2009 12:43 AM | Report abuse

In a related note, the Senate earlier today passed an appropriations amendment that requires the US govt to speed up construction of 700 miles of border fence, to complete by the end of 2010.

Yeah, I'm going for a cheap un-PC snicker. Sue me.

Posted by: fischy | July 10, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

@fischy - and here i was hoping that money would go toward funding that drug war that's been so successful over the years.

i think some of these Concacaf refs should be forced to patrol that border fence as punishment for their terrible performances. that should be adequate motivation, right?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 10, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Reliant Stadium security is a joke. There was a lot of stuff being thrown at the Panama players -- both the one that shoved Aguirre as well as the injured one that was being tended to on the sidelines -- from the stands.

The refs should not have let play continue. Good thing nobody scored in the short time that play resumed.

I wouldn't blame the Panamanian football federation at all if it chose to sue CONCACAF and the stadium.

Ochoa and the other Mexican players who tried to calm the crowd down were awesome.

Posted by: Juan-John | July 10, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Some fun reporting coming out of this one:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/215296-mexico-vs-panama-a-disgrace-to-football

Too bad the Post couldn't send someone to cover it.

As far as people being critical of the Gold Cup being held in the US I think had this been played in Mexico I doubt all the players would have left the stadium alive.

Maybe Canada should be considered to host the next one?

Posted by: Southeasterner | July 10, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

FSC is reporting that Yura Movsysian has agreed to a deal with Danish side Randers FC. Waiting for MLS to sign off on the transfer terms. I'm wondering if this will end his USA citizenship bid -- or, does he intend to maintain residency here?

Posted by: fischy | July 10, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Ives had that story this week. There's no transfer here. He'll be going on a free after this season, and has negotiated/signed a "pre-contract", a lot like what Parkhurst did.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 10, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

transfer fee*

And I have no idea what this does with his citizenship bid.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 10, 2009 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Ochoa and the other Mexican players who tried to calm the crowd down were awesome.

Posted by: Juan-John | July 10, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Wait a second, that wasn't an Allstate commercial?
http://www.protectionisourgame.com/

Posted by: DadRyan | July 10, 2009 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Jacob:

Randers is allegedly trying to offer MLS/RSL some cash to buy him out of what's left of his deal here. It's only a few months, so I can't imagine the fee would be significant. In any case, RSL will probably need a replacement. They can start Findley, and probably increase the likelihood of goals from their true striker, but Findley lacks the tactical positives and matchup problems that Movsisyan brings. It will impact how they play as a unit, even if as an individual Findley is more dangerous (in my opinion).

***

Sounds like I missed...well, something by skipping the game tonight to help my friend with his soon-to-be-opened gym. Panama had some discipline problems against El Salvador in qualifying (off the top of my head, I think they finished the 2nd leg with 9 men), and Mexico has for years been prone to lashing out needlessly. From what you guys are saying, the stuff in the stands is depressing. Wish I had at least recorded it, even if it would be like watching a car wreck.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 10, 2009 2:30 AM | Report abuse

JfAtl-ish:

Randers is allegedly trying to offer MLS/RSL some cash to buy him out of what's left of his deal here. It's only a few months, so I can't imagine the fee would be significant. In any case, RSL will probably need a replacement. They can start Findley, and probably increase the likelihood of goals from their true striker, but Findley lacks the tactical positives and matchup problems that Movsisyan brings. It will impact how they play as a unit, even if as an individual Findley is more dangerous (in my opinion).

***

Sounds like I missed...well, something by skipping the game tonight to help my friend with his soon-to-be-opened gym. Panama had some discipline problems against El Salvador in qualifying (off the top of my head, I think they finished the 2nd leg with 9 men), and Mexico has for years been prone to lashing out needlessly. From what you guys are saying, the stuff in the stands is depressing. Wish I had at least recorded it, even if it would be like watching a car wreck.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 10, 2009 2:32 AM | Report abuse

A lot of discussion for Barklage's update.

Posted by: redskinsux | July 10, 2009 2:33 AM | Report abuse

There will soon be more comments in this thread than people who actually attended the US Open Cup match, rss.

Aguirre's "kick"

Posted by: sitruc | July 10, 2009 3:35 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: sitruc | July 10, 2009 3:41 AM | Report abuse

A lot of discussion for Barklage's update.

Posted by: redskinsux


Hey, We care about the lad.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 10, 2009 4:01 AM | Report abuse

Nice work on recapping the action from Houston. Sounds like a wild night - not seeing any mainstream media reporting yet.

Checking in from England. Now back to Cricket Insider!

Posted by: Kev29 | July 10, 2009 4:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: lrg1231 | July 10, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Here's a link to highlights from the DC-Harrisburg game. The injury occurs at about the 3:30 spot.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid9952952001?bctid=28885160001

Posted by: freeholdsouth | July 10, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 10, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Thank you 270!!!

Brandi was totally ripped.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 10, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Two cruel finishes up mountains in a row...Montjuic is not hill, either.

Posted by: Reignking | July 10, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

A charging bull gored a young Spanish man to death Friday at Pamplona's San Fermin festival, the first such fatality in nearly 15 years. Nine others were injured in a particularly dangerous and chaotic chapter of the running of the bulls.

Posted by: Reignking | July 10, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Brandi is still ripped.

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