or 'tough guys', if you prefer that euphemism. Players like Dema Kovalenko and Simo Valakari are known to be hard-hitters and it would be naïve to think that referees aren't keeping an especially close eye on them. It's early in the season, so don't fret too much over the actions of Robinson and Griffin. Get back out there this week and earn some points. It's more than they will be doing.
Jonathan Nierman is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.