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There was only one move made the MLS Disciplinary Committee this week and it has people talking.
New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph on Tuesday found himself on the wrong end of a move by the MLS Disciplinary Committee and his agent, Ronald Waxman, promptly took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the move.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman also chimed in on the Joseph tackle in this report, and said there was no intent from Joseph to hurt FCD midfielder Ricardo Villar on the play in question.
While Joseph will miss this weekend’s game against D.C. United, there’s hope in Toronto that their star player might be back in the lineup. Designated Player Torsten Frings, it appears, is on the mend sooner than expected and could factor in against Chivas USA.
Speaking of injuries, there are plenty to go around the league. We’ll start with the biggest one of the week and one that certainly hampers the Chicago Fire, who will be without center back Cory Gibbs for up to six months after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
That loss now puts the onus immediately on German import Arne Friedrich, who has work ahead of him if he wants to gain his fitness and help out the Fire backline.
There are also issues for the red-hot San Jose Earthquakes, who could play this weekend at New York without the services of both Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon.
The news out of Philadelphia isn’t good either, as it appears midfielder Roger Torres is a no-go for the club’s nationally televised matchup this Saturday against the Columbus Crew.
And already marred by injuries this season, FC Dallas have taken another hit. Expect midfielder Andrew Wiedeman to be out four to six weeks after he underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia.
The LA Galaxy’s slow start to the season prompted a move on Tuesday, as the club once again swapped players with their Home Depot Center bunkmates at Chivas USA in order to shore up a saggy defense.
Just how bad have LA been to start the season? Bad enough that new fans have never seen times like these.
But could there be more help on the way in LA? This post questions whether it would be worth the time for the Galaxy to trade up in the allocation process if former MLS Best XI defender Bakary Soumare returns to MLS this summer.
The Galaxy square off against a vulnerable Portland side this weekend, and the Timbers are talking. In fact, Designated Player Kris Boyd is throwing down the gauntlet after three straight losses, admitting the team needs to “act like men and start getting results.”
There’s less of a problem in Seattle, where the Sounders seem to have a new fan favorite to adore in goal. Just why does Michael Gspurning wear that electric yellow goalkeeper’s kit?
Speaking of the Sounders, they’re at home this weekend against public enemy No. 1: Brian Mullan and the Colorado Rapids. But don’t expect Mullan to talk to the media about it.
What’s Jay DeMerit’s favorite stadium? That’s a tough one. But the Vancouver Whitecaps defender certainly knows his least favorite place to play, and he’s not mincing words in his latest blog entry.
Staying on the East Coast, MLS president Mark Abbott is set to travel to North Carolina on Thursday as a guest of the Carolina RailHawks. He’s expected to meet with fans and local media about the potential for MLS expansion into the Southeast.
And last but not least, Cosmopolitan has revealed its list of 19 "Hot Soccer Players We Can't Resist" (we know you were waiting for it). Is it bad that a Portland Timbers defender made his way onto the list because of his hilarious tweets?
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