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Friday kickaround: Henry-Hartman incident, Americans abroad, U.S. prospects, Georgetown, WPS awards

*Thursday night's FC Dallas-New York Red Bulls match had everything: a big crowd at Frisco, Mehdi Ballouchy scoring in his Red Bulls debut, a first-half red card to Dallas' Brek Shea, shots off posts and crossbars, a terrific go-ahead goal by Eric Alexander, and a New York late equalizer on an own goal.

But what everyone will be talking about from the 2-2 draw (which extended FCD's unbeaten streak to 15) was an incident just before halftime. Ballouchy had just scored when Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman prepared to kick the ball upfield for the restart. At the same time, New York's Thierry Henry tried to slam the ball back into the net as part of the celebration. Hartman fell to the ground, clutching his right knee. He tried to return after the break, but couldn't. Dario Sala entered for Hartman, who apparently has a sprained ligament.

Dallas Coach Schellas Hyndman: "It was something that was not necessary."

Henry: "He put his foot out there and I just wanted to smash the ball back in the net. A pure accident. I told him I was sorry. He accepted it. It was one of those stupid things."

Hartman: "It's just one of those things that happens."

Match highlights here; unfortunately, no video of the Henry-Hartman incident. If anyone finds it, please link to it in the comments section.

*Americans abroad:
Thursday
F Jozy Altidore 90 minutes in Villarreal's 2-0 loss at Dinamo Zagreb
F Freddy Adu not in 18 for Aris' 1-0 loss win vs. Atletico Madrid
MF Sacha Kljestan not in 18 (injured) for Anderlecht's 3-1 loss to Zenit
Friday
MF Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Freiburg
F Mike Grella and Leeds at Doncaster
F Sammy Ochoa and Tecos vs. Pumas

*USA under-20 forward Gustavo Adrian Ruelas seems headed for Celtic. ... Former USA under-17 and under-20 player Jamel Johnson is with Fyn in Denmark.

*The Georgetown University women's team is undefeated and nationally ranked.

*WPS announced its year-end award winners:
Player of the Year: Marta, Gold Pride.
Goalkeeper: Nicole Barnhart, Gold Pride.
Defender: Amy LePeilbet, Boston Breakers.
Rookie: Ali Riley, Gold Pride.
Coach: Paul Riley, Philadelphia Independence.

By Steve Goff  |  September 17, 2010; 10:01 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , MLS , Women  | Tags: MLS  
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Comments

I thought Aris won.

Posted by: MitchTooMuch | September 17, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

You're right, Aris won at home.

Posted by: FulhamDC | September 17, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

so I guess the questions have been answered. ballouchy was preferred to JPA. Hard to believe, really. I mean, I was actually impressed with that volley had, right at the keeper, but still well taken. And he did score in his debut. but it was also his weak challenge that allowed Dallas' second goal. All in all, I'd have to find a way to keep JPA on the pitch.

Posted by: Matte | September 17, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I was surprised to read the article on Hoya soccer that was not written by Steve or Paul. Nice work by Tariq, although he may have gone a bit heavy on the invincibility angle.

Dose Hope get a WPS award for "Tweet Of The Year?"

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 17, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Gooch does really play for Milan, despite not appearing in any of their games. :-)

Here's a video from practice that shows him talking to Boateng, and close to the Strasser guy who got kicked in the back by Ibra. LOL

Good thing Ibra didn't try this crap with Gooch.

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/dirty-tackle/post/DTotD-Ibrahimovic-kicks-teammates-tells-Sacchi;_ylt=AhZO8pO5daRF0wcedZWOzOEXRJ54?urn=sow-270201

Posted by: Charisma_Man | September 17, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Did I really just see "Altidore", "90", and "Villarreal" in the same line for a Americans Abroad report? It's about time.

I guess Freddy will never play again... Kid needed to move during the transfer window. Badly.

Posted by: carmines757 | September 17, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

It's hardly a clear cut situation, but I think a 1-game suspension for Henry would probably be appropriate.

Posted by: Wendell_Gee | September 17, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Video of Hartman-Henry incident:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X-J07RSJ9U

Posted by: KurtA | September 17, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Funny how the Dallas commentators couldn't bring themselves to admit that was an owngoal and instead wax on about the skill of Angel.

Posted by: dsheon1 | September 17, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

How did he not even get a card for that?? He ran like 30 yards way way after the goal was scored, he doesn't have an inherent right to "slam the ball back into the net". Surprised a Dallas player didn't take a swing at him, too bad it wasn't hockey Henry would have a couple black eyes.


Posted by: rockotodd | September 17, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

dsheon1 - It looked like an Angel goal at first to me too. They corrected their mistake later.

Posted by: Wendell_Gee | September 17, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

About time the bhoys started signing more Americans. Rangers have featured Edu, Beasley and of course, Reyna back in the day. Celtic has...Cervi.

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | September 17, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone gotten to interview Henry on his general feelings about MLS so far? I guess I'm fishing for the Beckham-like comments where he says "I was really impressed by the quality of play in this league. It's not at all what most Europeans think. These guys play a great game that is already really good and getting better every day. I'm really glad I came here".

The Henry/Hartman thing seems like a non-issue. Too bad, but as the players themselves said "just one of those things that happen".

Posted by: WorldCup | September 17, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"just one of those things that happen"...

I feel a sense of deja vu. Not sure where or when, but I think I've seen something very similar to this before...

Posted by: fischy | September 17, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone want to play in Scotland?

Posted by: Reignking | September 17, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

With regard to the ersatz Togolese side that was reported here a couple of days ago: There was a similar incident in the world of team handball, involving a bunch of Sri Lankans who used that ruse to get into Germany some years ago. The incident was retold in a movie called Machan, which I saw at Filmfest DC a couple of years ago:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1172522/

Posted by: universityandpark | September 17, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Cue the jokes about the hazards of excessive tweeting:

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/39234982/ns/sports-soccer/

Posted by: universityandpark | September 17, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

An incident of simulation in Euro WWC qualifying yesterday that involved an Atlanta Beat player:

http://allwhitekit.com/2010/09/16/england-sweden-through-to-2011-womens-world-cup/

Posted by: universityandpark | September 17, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I see that Goff just created a separate thread for jokes about the hazards of excessive tweeting.

Posted by: universityandpark | September 17, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone want to play in Scotland?
Posted by: Reignking
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Proximity to the whiskey.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 17, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

In Canada and Scotland it is "whisky"; everywhere else, "whiskey".

Posted by: universityandpark | September 17, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

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