El Salvador's Larin gets three-game suspension

[OLYMPIC QUALIFYING] The FIFA Disciplinary Committee suspended Salvadoran player Alexander Larin for three games following its 3-3 tie with the United States that sent the Selecta through to the semifinals of Concacaf Olympic Qualifying and eliminated the Americans. Cameras caught Larin punching Terrence Boyd and bloodying his face in the second half off the game away from the view of the match officials.

Concacaf's announcement of the suspension, which means Larin will be ineligible for El Salvador’s semifinal match against Honduras on Saturday, did not refer to what he had done.

If El Salvador qualifies to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Larin will miss the Concacaf tournament final and El Salvador’s opening match at the 2012 Olympics in London.

13 comments about "El Salvador's Larin gets three-game suspension".
  1. R2 Dad, March 31, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.

    So, there was a game-changing moment, but neither the 3 officials on the pitch nor the 4th official saw it. We're upset our U23s didn't advance--we should be more upset there wasn't better officiating and this announcement is proof. Still, it's part of the game. At least there wasn't a bench-clearing brawl (to go with the chain link fences and batteries tossed at players), like we might have seen had this game been hosted in central or south america zoos.

  2. Luis Arreola, March 31, 2012 at 5:22 p.m.

    R2 , game changing moment? The officiating is the reason Usa lost? If that puch had not happened then what would be the next excuse? Usa got outplayed by a country smaller than N.Y. City. Thats what should upset everyone. Usa lost a game it deserved to lose. The Zoos are producing better teans than sophistacated Usa. Thats upseting.

  3. Paul Estrada, March 31, 2012 at 6:27 p.m.

    Luis, I believe you are incorrect. If the officials had noticed, two things would have happened. (1) Larin would have been ejected. El Salvador would play the rest of the game, at least a goal down. (2) Since the foul occurred in the box, the USA would have been awarded a direct free kick or even a pk.

    Despite the USA perhaps not deserving to win the game, its likely the USA would have won. Frankly, based on what Adu did in the second half, the USA deserved to win in my opinion.

  4. Luis Arreola, March 31, 2012 at 11:49 p.m.

    Paul, had Usa won the game it still doesnt change the fact that El Salvador outplayed them. What Adu did there were several Salvadorians that were more impressive. El Salvador did not field their right forward who played today vs Usa. You are missing the point. Usa should have not struggled, much less tie or lose vs these 2 teams. The standard should be that much at this point. Why are we debating one penalty when El Salvador is so small and Canada, really??

  5. Bill Anderson, April 1, 2012 at 10:02 a.m.

    Luis, you sir, are becoming laughable on these boards. I think something is clouding your message, and making you look racist. Was the punch a game changing moment? Ask Zidane. Your message loses credibility when you deny the obvious. I happen to agree with your overall theme (US needs more creative and technical players and fewer athletes).

  6. Luis Arreola, April 1, 2012 at 12:19 p.m.

    Bill, it all goed together. Zidanes did cost France the game because they were at par vs Italy throught that game. Usa was not vs El Slavador. I think you are missibg the point. Had Usa won that game do you think it would deserve to go to the Olympics? More imprtantly would they compete after both performances?? Its a much bigger issue than one penalty. The arrogance of thinking Usa deserves something in this tpurnament is what is laughable.

  7. Luis Arreola, April 1, 2012 at 12:24 p.m.

    I say this as a n American that is sick of the excuses, mediacracy, arrogance of a failed recruiting system. We are now comfortable with saying shoul of, could of , would of. When enough people complain about the obvious and outnumber the ones giving excuses, then people up top will get worried. Ny the looks of the attendance in Nashville it seems most people do not support Usa soccer. System has gor to change drastacilly.

  8. Bill Anderson, April 1, 2012 at 2:25 p.m.

    Luis, US not on par with El Salvador? 3-3 would indicate that 3-2 up, the Red Card and player loss would have made ALL the difference in that game. You are wrong on your analysis of that particular game. All the rest of your rant, I agree with. Klinsmann didn't pick Caleb Porter, Klinsmann didn't pick Nashville, Klinsmann didn't pick the players. Your message will have more credibility if you leave La Raza out of it, IMHO.

  9. Luis Arreola, April 1, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.

    La raza are part of of America my brother. I have to include them. Are you anit raza ese? El Salvador had more tecnical players that made Usa look bad and stiff, regardless of the score. 3-2 win is unacceptable as the host vs such a small country. 2-0 loss to Canada is unacceptable. Do you think we dont have more tecnical players than tiny El Dalvador? If El Salvador were as big a country as Usa they would have killed us, given their bigger player pool.

  10. Luis Arreola, April 1, 2012 at 3:49 p.m.

    It should not have been that close. How dare you compare this game to Itapy vs France.

  11. William Keegan, April 2, 2012 at 2:41 p.m.

    Are you crazy- In which part of the game did El Salvador outplay the United States????? The refereeing was appalling throughout the game not just on this incident but on several other fouls that were not called and other mandatory yellows that weren't given to El Salvador. The United States got cheated out of advancing and thats fact.

  12. Luis Arreola, April 2, 2012 at 3:34 p.m.

    El Salvaador dominated the first 25-30 minutes when it had to score to tie and then to go up. They decided to defend the lead and fell back on defense knowing that Usa needed 2 gpals to advance. After Usa went up again by 1 goal El Salvador could not be stopped and dominated the ladt 10 minutes. Had El Salvador attacked thrpughout the game it would have been 5-1. Did they get cheated in Canafa loss?

  13. William Keegan, April 4, 2012 at 12:25 p.m.

    There's a difference between protecting a lead and getting dominated. And no they didn't get cheated in the canafa game because canafa is not a country

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