Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World 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
Two new stars reverse fortunes in second week
by Ridge Mahoney, March 28th, 2011 1:47AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  kansas city wizards, mls, vancouver whitecaps

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS RED CARDS] They were two-goal heroes in the first week of play and sent off in the second, so in Week 3 Vancouver and Sporting Kansas City, respectively, will have to make do without Designated Players Eric Hassli and Omar Bravo when they meet Saturday at Empire Field.

Seldom have two DPs debuted so dramatically in quite different ways in their first two league appearances. Hassli took a second caution for a late and needless midfield lunge at defender Carlos Valdes, and Bravo was sent off with a straight red for a push into the back of Gustavo Puerari as he prepared to put away a long, breakaway pass from Marco Pappa.

Both teams that went down to 10 men lost, but not much else about the incidents were similar. Vancouver fell, 1-0, to Philadelphia on a Carlos Ruiz goal, and the penalty kick awarded for Bravo’s alleged foul triggered a three-goal outburst that carried Chicago past SKC, 3-2.

Though Hassli reacted incredulously when the red card came out, he really didn’t have a case; his late tackle badly missed the ball and caught Valdes high on the leg.

On the other hand, Bravo sprinted to chase down Puerari and got close enough to put in a challenge, but as he attempted a tackle he jarred Puerari with his arm as the Fire attacker wound up to shoot. As Puerari stumbled he missed the ball, which Bravo kicked out for a corner.

Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen held his head in disbelief and SKC manager Peter Vermes protested vehemently. After the match Vermes said to mlssoccer.com, “It’s not a red card, it is not even a penalty. Omar goes in, and at the same time he’s giving the guy a little shoulder and he kicks the ball out-of-bounds himself. The guy didn’t even take a shot.”

The merits of the two dismissals aside, both were intriguing examples of DPs who were signed to score goals doing much more. In his first game, Hassli worked all over the attacking half of the field while scoring the first and fourth goals of a 4-2 win. Bravo’s guile and energy, plus two goals, enabled SKC to win the first of 10 straight home games, 3-2, over Chivas USA at Home Depot Center.

Hassli arrived shortly before the start of the season, Kansas City announced Bravo’s signing last year, months before tacking “Sporting” in front of its name. After getting off to great starts, they hit bottom, and now have to sit out a game while their teams make do without them.

Their coaches can’t fault them for effort. They may ask for a bit more discretion in defensive duties, and there’s no telling how that commitment will hold up over the long haul, yet at least two of this year’s new crop of Designated Players seem willing to be team players as well.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Soccer meets 'Game of Thrones'     
Does Brek Shea look like Brienne of Tarth? Lionel Messi like Bran Stark? You can be ...
What They're Saying: Jozy Altidore    
"I want to apologize to our fans and my teammates. Emotion got the best of me ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"He used some verbal words. I asked the ref, obviously -- I told the players at ...
Injured Player? Take Safe Steps in the Return-To-Play Decision    
One of the toughest decisions in youth sports is determining when a player who has suffered ...
ESPN2's MLS viewership hits low with Fire game    
For the second straight week, the Chicago Fire drew the lowest viewership for an MLS game ...
Sounders 2 forward Jones named USL Player of the Week    
Seattle Sounders Homegrown signing Darwin Jones was named the USL Player of the Week for the ...
TV Report: MLS adds to international presence    
After deals with Sky Sports (Britain) and Eurosport (Europe), Major League Soccer has signed agreements with ...
USA-Switzerland Player Ratings     
The USA tied Switzerland, 1-1, in Zurich on Tuesday. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's team took a 1-0 ...
U.S. U-23s fall to Denmark's U-23s    
The U.S. under-23 national team finished with a split of its two games on its European ...
MLS Trade Central: NYCFC adds young Norwegian keeper    
Norwegian goalkeeper Eirik Johansen, who spent time with New York City FC in preseason, has been ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives