New York Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls midfielder Rafael Marquez has come under intense scrutiny for the play that resulted in a broken clavicle for San Jose's Shea Salinas last weekend (watch it here).
But while there has been widespread criticism of the Mexican international, here's a take that hasn't proven as common and it comes from ESPN Deportes Radio Formula in Mexico.
On-air reporter Mauricio Pedroso analyzes the video this way (translation follows):
"No way. Rafa is marking as is typical on a corner kick with the bad luck that Salinas is falling and even worst luck that at the moment of falling his shoulder makes impact with all the weight of both Salinas and Marquez … The most clear example is in the NFL. In the NFL defenders know when they capture the quarterback they know exactly how to make him fall so that the weight falls directly onto the shoulder … But this is not the case here."
If a sanction comes down from the MLS Disciplinary Committee, Pedroso says it would be "unjust."
There’s a lot that goes into being a captain, and each of the 19 in Major League Soccer approach it in a different way. From Shalrie Joseph’s ever-present chatter to Davy Arnaud’s work ethic, our new series “Taking the Lead” provides an in-depth look at what leadership means to those wearing the armband, as told in their own voices. The series debuts Wednesday, April 18 with Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman.
Sans manque de considération pour les autres, deux rencontres attireront toute l’attention ce week-end : Kansas City – Salt Lake et New York – San José.
L’autoritaire leader va recevoir un de ses dauphins actuels qui compte lui ravir ses premiers points pour un duel entre formations qui aiment jouer haut et faire le jeu. Salt Lake a tout intérêt à se méfier car il a encaissé ses quatre buts cette saison sur attaque posée. Jason Kreis a d’ailleurs décidé de revoir ses plans tactiques avant ce déplacement périlleux. Pour son homologue Peter Vermes, la clef d’une sixième victoire consécutive sera d’avoir le dessus sur les deuxièmes ballons.
Pour vous mettre dans le bain, lisez le comparatif secteur par secteur (en anglais) effectué par Simon Borg.
Le choc de la Red Bull Arena sera celui des buteurs. Chris Wondolowski, qui porte à lui seul l’attaque californienne, se sent prêt à concurrencer le duo Henry – Cooper. Il voudra aussi profiter d’une défense new yorkaise affaiblie par la blessure de Conde.
Pour vous mettre en appétit, vous pourrez regarder Philadelphie en quête de sa première victoire, contre Columbus samedi en début d’après-midi sur NBC Sports Network. Et pour digérer le tout, il y aura dimanche sur Galavision le duel entre les deux équipes qui ont le moins joué cette saison, Chicago et Houston.
LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Samedi 14 avril
15h30 : Philadelphie - Columbus
16h00 : New England - DC United
16h00 : Seattle - Colorado
16h30 : Toronto - Chivas USA
19h00 : New York - San José
20h30 : Dallas - Montréal
20h30 : Kansas City - Salt Lake
22h30 : LA Galaxy - Portland
Dimanche 15 avril
19h00 : Chicago - Houston
Toutes les heures HE (heure de New York et Montréal)
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In case you missed it, filmmaker Spike Lee made a recent visit to Red Bull Arena to visit his good friend and New York Knicks sideline seat buddy Thierry Henry (see the video below).
But Mr. New York himself decides to show up in his Arsenal jersey. Here's hoping that Henry has it in his heart to gift him a signed Red Bulls jersey or two.
These days, 5-3-2 is usually seen as a sign of respect when facing an opponent far superior in strength (e.g., anyone vs. Barcelona).
But to win in Fantasy Soccer: Manager, perhaps it's best to think that you are playing Messi & Co. each week. The FS:M Dream Team has lined up with five defenders four out of five weeks thus far. Ironically, this formation is producing more points for teams than the 4-3-3 and 3-4-3. I myself have been lined up mostly in a 3-4-3 thinking that midfielders and forwards would get me the most points. Fail.
Player HAWAIIFAN13 proved the benefits of the 5-3-2. In Week 5, he rode the formation to 106 points, the second highest score recorded by a team this year.
So what does this mean for the rest of the 2012? Do the stats suggest taking a completely different approach and start dumping midfielders (and even forwards) for defenders? You be the judge.
Players averaging 5.0 points or more per game (by position)
Defenders – 27
Goalkeepers – 12
Midfielders – 10
Forwards – 8
The numbers above should make your decision a little easier. At this point in the season, there is more security in starting defenders than there is at any other position. Honestly, it’s not even close. Forwards and midfielders can be a huge investment, and so far, most of them aren’t living up to the asking price.
Need help with your squad? Tweet your MLS Fantasy Soccer questions to @Ben_Jata
As mentioned on an ExtraTime Radio mailbag a week back, Egypt could be one of the new hotbeds of MLS talent since the league is in crisis right now.
And it turns out that Erik Solér may have been listening. Reports out of Egypt are saying that the Red Bulls have signed goalkeeper El-Hany Soliman.
Breaking: El-Hany Soliman's brother Amr has confirmed that Hany has signed with the #NYRB on a 3 year-deal. #Egypt #Ittihad #MLS
— Egyptian Footy (@egyFT) April 10, 2012
But, well, not so fast. RBNY beat writer extraordinaire Brian Lewis of the New York Post says let's hold our horses a bit.
I'm told the Red Bulls haven't signed anyone, including Soliman. They're working on a few attacking options before the window closes. #RBNY
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) April 10, 2012
The 27-year-old Soliman has manned the nets 24 times for the Egyptian national team (currently managed by former New York coach Bob Bradley) and has spent his entire eight-year pro career with Union Alexandria. He'd be brought in presumably to wear the No. 1 shirt ahead of Ryan Meara, who's impressed five games into his rookie season.
Well, at least it’s something to take back from Mexico. The US U-17s topped El Tri 1-0 in the fifth-place match on Monday at the Mondial Minimes tournament in Montaigu, France.
New York Red Bulls Academy product Wesley Wade scored in the 59th minute for the decider, the forward’s second strike of the tournament for Richie Williams’ side.
The US U-17s finished 1-1-1 in Group B of the prestigious youth tournament, with a dominant 4-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates, a 1-0 loss to Portugal and a 1-1 draw with Japan (a 4-3 penalty-kick victory in the finale saw them advance to Monday’s fifth-place match).
Williams named seven MLS Academy products to the 18-man squad for his first tournament in charge of the team. Wade was one of three RBNY youngsters, and Chivas USA Academy forward Bradford Jamieson also scored a pair of goals in France.
Portugal won the 12-team tournament with a penalty-kick shootout victory over Russia in the final. England placed third while Japan came in fourth.
New England Revoltion derrotó como visitante al flamante campeón de la MLS, LA Galaxy. San José hizo lo mismo en Seattle. Vancouver Whitecaps sigue invicto y no ha recibido un gol en contra hasta ahora… esta temporada ha sido simplemente impredecible.
Aun así, vamos a tratar.
A partir de la esta Jornada 5, el grupo de Tiro Libre: Kristel Valencia, el Gringo Simon Borg, nuestro productor (e incansable fan del Arsenal FC) Carlos Rodriguez, y yo ofreceremos nuestras predicciones de los partidos a jugarse cada fecha.
Tendremos aciertos y tendremos fallas, pero los invitamos a que nos acompañen en esta travesía y nos den sus predicciones cada semana por este medio o por Twitter en @FutbolMLS.
¿Quién será el Walter Mercado del fútbol?
El Gringo Simon
With NBC Sports continuing their great coverage of MLS for the first time in their history, check out the awesome "All Rise" promo video below.
Make sure you tune into their next nationally televised game between Philadelphia and Columbus at 3:30pm on Saturday April 14.
Hands up if your enjoying the coverage so far…..oh I see David Beckham is a fan of the production on NBC Sports!
You've never seen dancing like this in MLS. Trust us.
Two of the most noticeable celebrations from the weekend featured D.C. United's Maicon Santos and New York's Mehdi Ballouchy getting down in front of the home fans.
Let us know who you think has the best moves on the poll below.