Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
3. MLS: Player injured by Stoitchkov in 2003 files lawsuit
February 28th, 2007 1:42AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Freddy Llerena, who suffered a broken leg while playing for American University in a 2003 scrimmage against D.C. United, has filed a lawsuit against D.C. United, its former investors (Anschutz Entertainment Group), MLS and Hristo Stoitchkov.

The Washington Post reported that Llerena is seeking $5 million in compensatory damages from all parties and $5 million in punitive damages from Stoitchkov, whose foul left Llerena, then a freshman, with a compound fracture of his right leg and other injuries.

The suit alleges the tackle was the result of negligence and reckless misconduct and claims that Llerena suffered physical and psychological injuries, including a leg disability; incurred considerable medical expenses; and was unable to play at the level he did before the injury.

The Post reported that the lawsuit alleges D.C. United and MLS were negligent in hiring and supervising Stoitchkov, who had been disciplined several times during his career.

The lawsuit says that Stoitchkov committed the foul shortly after being angered about a referee's call (which did not involve Llerena). The game was abandoned after the incident. Llerena had a four-inch metal plate inserted in his leg.

MLS suspended Stoitchkov for two games and fined him $2,000.

Llerena played in eight AU games in 2003 and in 20 in 2004. He left the team during his senior year after playing in one game.

Washington Post reporter Steven Goff, who was at the scrimmage, wrote in his blog, "I, and many others who witnessed it, will never forget the sound of Stoitchkov's foot smashing into the kid's leg."


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Moves: Castillo swept off his feet in Turkey    
FC Dallas star Fabian Castillo arrived in Turkey ahead of his anticipated transfer from MLS to ...
What They're Saying: David Luiz    
"It's important to be an example, especially for the kids. I work every day with this ...
MLS All-Star Game: Wondo ready for challenge    
All-Star Games are supposed to be wide-open, entertaining affairs, and if so, are tough tests for ...
U.S. women are off to Brazil -- opener next Wednesday    
The U.S. women's national team was off to Brazil Wednesday night to prepare for its quest ...
MLS Homegrowns lose to Mexico's U-20s    
In an appetizer to the MLS all-stars' game against Arsenal, a squad of MLS U-23 Homegrown ...
U.S. Abroad: Five Americans start in Tijuana Copa MX loss    
Tijuana started five Americans in its 4-0 loss to second division Lobos BUAP in Mexico's midweek ...
MLS Moves: Jones jumps ranks at Philadelphia    
Derrick Jones, the first player to sign with the Bethlehem Steel FC, became the first player ...
MLS All-Star Game: Soaking up the experience    
A guy like Sacha Kljestan, an 11-year pro and veteran of the UEFA Champions League with ...
Video Pick: Trick PK goes wrong in Peru    
Last February, Lionel Messi passed a penalty kick to Luis Suarez, who stroked home to complete ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"There's a reason you see the passion in this area: Soccer's in their blood now. It ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives