Sunday's play in the MLS conference semifinals was overshadowed by the halftime incident that took place as Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls entered in the tunnel of BMO Field.
teams returned to the field after the break, each took the field with only 10 players. Both Jozy Altidore and Sacha Kljestan, who had been both cautioned in an incident late in the first
half, were both red carded.
Their version of events differed.
Kljestan spoke the to media after the game:
“At halftime, [Jozy] shoved me into the wall.
I have a clear conscience. I don’t feel like I deserved a red card. It’s a pretty helpless feeling, to not be able to play in the second half because of that.”
of Kljestan's comments, Altidore posted and then deleted the following tweet:
Altidore later spoke with TSN at Air Canada Centre, where he was
attending the Toronto Raptors' NBA game:
"He tried to come and get at me from behind, choked and pushed me. And he found out the hard way that he shouldn't do something like
that. I apologize for my actions, but I had to defend myself."
There's no available video of the Altidore-Kljestan exchange, but Toronto FC coach Greg
Vanney said was told his player "basically got ambushed." The ensuing commotion in the tunnel, near the Toronto FC locker room, was recorded by a fan.
Michael Bradley can be heard yelling at Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch, "What are you doing here?"