Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Schelotto ruled off Crew debut at Red Bull Arena
by Ridge Mahoney, May 19th, 2010 1:16AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  columbus crew, mls, new york red bulls


[MLS] One facet of MLS not appreciated by Guillermo Barros Schelotto is playing on artificial turf, and so what happens when the number of fake fields is reduced by one?

When the Crew plays New York Thursday (8 p.m., ESPN2) on the nice green grass of Red Bull Arena, Schelotto won’t be in the lineup. He’s been suspended one game and fined $250 by MLS for whacking Chivas USA defender Michael Umana in the face last weekend. Game officials missed the incident, but the MLS Disciplinary Committee meted out the punishment after reviewing video replays.

New York moved to Red Bull Arena this year after playing on artificial turf for 14 years at Giants Stadium.  

Schelotto had been elbowed by Umana in the 15 th minute, so the foul carried more than a hint of retaliation. Referee Jeff Gontarek cautioned Umana, the first of four yellow cards handed out by the referee, but neither he nor the other match officials saw Schelotto jab his arm backward at Umana in the 79th minute

“The committee reviewed the elbow and whether it was or wasn’t,” Crew coach Robert Warzycha. “The guy acted a little bit because it took him a little while before he fell looking at the linesman but a suspension is a suspension. That’s what the committee is for. They saw something. They had to react.”

Columbus will thus be without three starters against the Red Bulls, though resting Schelotto – even if inadvertently – might pay off Sunday when the Crew hosts Kansas City in the first of three double-dips with two days’ rest this season. Midfielder Robbie Rogers and defender Chad Marshall are training with the U.S. squad at its pre-World Cup camp in Princeton, N.J.

Emmanuel Ekpo is one candidate to replace Rogers, and Andy Iro is probably the first choice to take over for Marshall. To make up for the absence of Schelotto, Warzycha can play a traditional two-forward alignment by choosing from Jason Garey, Steven Lenhart, Sergio Herrera, and Emilio Renteria, or play just one forward with five in midfield.

The Crew (4-0-2. 14 points) can take over first place in the Eastern Conference by beating New York (5-3-0, 15 pts.), which has lost its last two league games. The Red Bulls are dinged up, especially in midfield, so the absence of Schelotto may not be crucial.



0 comments
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: May 19, 2010 at 11 a.m.
    This match up promises to be intriging, not the least due to the need for the depth of each club to step up. RBNY needs to re-group after losing its last two in the league and its first at home. We have reached the end of the beginning, so now we will begin to see how much fire Red Bull has in its snort.


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Ottawa holds Eddies to scoreless draw in first meeting    
[AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP] NASL clubs FC Edmonton and Ottawa opened the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship with ...
Third time is charm for Cruz Azul    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Cruz Azul, which lost in the first of the first two Concacaf Champions ...
Wright-Phillips adds to Dynamo misery with hat trick    
[MLS: Week 8] Bradley Wright-Phillips, who had been doubtful after coming down with a fever on ...
Weimer is latest player sidelined with ACL tear    
[NWSL: Week 3] Tiffany Weimer became the fifth NWSL player to be sidelined with an ACL ...
What They're Saying    
"We can go with confidence into the second leg. I think we played well. The opponent ...
Diego Simeone takes time for child's play    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Argentine Diego Simeone has been busy guiding Atletico Madrid to the ...
Top stands out for Arizona United FC    
[DOWN ON THE FARM] The aptly named Jonathan Top, on loan from FC Dallas to Arizona ...
What They're Saying    
"It's the most amazing experience we're ever going to have in this industry. It simply won't ...
Klinsmann: Dempsey strong start due to Fulham foundation    
[USA MEN] MLS may be the place to be for U.S. World Cup hopefuls, but national ...
Will one-goal lead be enough for Real Madrid?    
[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Karim Benzema's goal in the 19th minute gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives