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
Another hectic night of 'Porterball'
by Paul Kennedy, April 16th, 2013 12:04AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls, portland timbers, san jose earthquakes

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] It isn't common for MLS teams to face each other in back-to-back games, but in a fluke in the MLS schedule, the San Jose Earthquakes will host the Portland Timbers Sunday night, a week after their contentious match at Jeld-Wen Field won by the Timbers, 1-0. The main protagonist of the Jeld-Wen Field tussle, Alan Gordon, will be serving his one-game suspension after an an elbow to Mikael Silvestre got him tossed. But it was his mouth that should earn him a longer suspension ...

NBC Sports Network cameras caught Gordon barking a gay slur at Timbers captain Will Johnson. If you couldn't lip-read what Gordon said, you got a hint from Johnson, who pointed three fingers at Gordon -- as in the three-game suspensions MLS has handed out after similar incidents.

Johnson should know. Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burch was suspended for three games -- forcing him out of the 2012 Western Conference final -- after calling Johnson, then with Real Salt Lake, the same name last year.

(The other player suspended three games was then-Houston midfielder Colin Clark, who directed the same gay slur toward a ball boy in May 2012.)

The incident with Johnson -- who later scored the winning goal with a spectacular free kick -- came minutes before Gordon received his second yellow card of the game for his elbow that bloodied Silvestre.

Gordon left the stadium before speaking to the media but issued a statement through the Quakes:

“I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone who watched tonight’s match on NBC Sports Network. The language I used came during a heated moment and does not reflect my feelings toward the gay and lesbian community. I made a mistake and I accept full responsibility for my actions."

The Earthquakes were upset that a second yellow card was not issued to Gordon until after a replay was shown on the Portland stadium's video scoreboard.

“You should let the officials call the game,” Quakes coach Frank Yallop said.

The Timbers won their second game in a row at home with "Porterball," the style of play under new coach Caleb Porter that emphasizes a high-paced possession game and that has gotten under the skin of their opponents.

A week earlier, Portland beat Houston, 2-0, in a match that resulted in two Timbers being injured.

Defender David Horst is out for six months after suffering a fractured right tibia, while Designated Player Diego Valeri missed the San Jose game after being elbowed in the face by Dynamo defender Jermaine Taylor.



3 comments
  1. tom brown
    commented on: April 16, 2013 at 12:38 p.m.
    National NBC fix. From minute one. Referee Hilerio was talking to Jewsbury & any other Timber telling them to remain calm - the fix was in & sure enough when the time was right he delivered what NBC wanted.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: April 16, 2013 at 3:15 p.m.
    Oh holy mackrel! I didn't know the ref also worked for NBC! What in sam's heck is the MLS & NBC soccer world coming to now?

  1. Glenn Maddock
    commented on: April 16, 2013 at 9:22 p.m.
    I hate these packaged responses that clubs release to cover for their players. There are not Alan Gordon's words. These are the words of the Quakes PR person who wrote them for him. Your true words are what you really say when stressed & facing adversity, that's your true character coming through, what you really think inside. As ugly as it is, it's what he was raised with, and i'm sure is within many other pro athletes. They just haven't been caught on video yet.


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Trade Central: Thursday's deals    
Sporting Kansas City has signed 25-year-old Hungarian international forward Krisztian Nemeth from Roda JC  in the ...
What They're Saying: Michael Garcia    
"It is the lack of leadership on these issues within FIFA that leads me to conclude ...
Video Pick: Player loses his wig!    
The 19-year-old defender Baily Cargill was one of the top rated players for second division Bournemouth ...
MLS Trade Central: Wednesday's deals    
MLS and Chivas de Guadalajara reached an agreement regarding Mexican star Erick "Cubo" Torres, who played ...
NASL will open 2015 spring season on April 4    
The North American Soccer League will open its fifth season with the first week of the ...
Las Vegas gets its soccer stadium, too    
It isn't every day that two cities pass measures to build soccer stadiums. Hours after the ...
U.S. Abroad: Midweek Hot (and Cold) List    
John Brooks scored his first goal of the Bundesliga season for Hertha Berlin to open the ...
Road to Vancouver: More to Brazil than Marta    
Marta, whose magnificent performance powered Brazil past the USA Sunday at the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia, ...
TV Report: Fox plans unprecedented coverage    
The 2015 Women's World Cup will receive unprecedented coverage on Fox as it will air 16 ...
Klinsmann red-carded in starring role against Germany    
Jonathan Klinsmann's first international match against Germany, the country his father, Jurgen, played for and coached, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives