Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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

TAGS:  mls, portland timbers, san jose earthquakes


[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.

  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. 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



Recent Soccer America Daily
Johnson scores again in Champions League    
Fabian Johnson scored in his second straight game for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League ...
Coach Michelle French names 20 for U-20 Women's World Cup qualifying    
Eight collegians and 12 youth club players comprise Coach Michelle French's roster for the U-20 Women's ...
MLS preseason returns to Tucson in 2016    
Ten MLS teams will take part in preseason training in Tucson, Arizona, where the 2016 Desert ...
Ellis calls up Colaprico and Lavelle for first time    
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Eilis called in 28 players -- 20 who went to ...
What They're Saying: Chris Dangerfield    
'We used to go to movies, have cups of tea, strange things you do when you ...
What They're Saying: Tim Leiweke    
"I think we have found a site. It's probably different than what people think we're doing, ...
Video Pick: How Ronaldo gets treated by customs     
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't seem to have a difficult time getting through customs, as demonstrated by this ...
NASL's Jacksonville banks on Tony Meola    
Hall of Fame goalkeeper Tony Meola, whose previous coaching experience since retiring as a player in ...
Video Pick: Messi proves he's fully recovered    
Lionel Messi, out of Barcelona's starting lineup for two months because of a knee injury, scored ...
Red Bulls' success nets Marsch Coach of the Year honors    
Inexperienced head coaches don't often flourish in MLS, yet in just his second season as a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives