Tunnel talk: Contradicting stories to Altidore-Kljestan tussle

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.

When the 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.”

Told 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.
TFC captain Michael Bradley can be heard yelling at Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch, "What are you doing here?"

4 comments about "Tunnel talk: Contradicting stories to Altidore-Kljestan tussle".
  1. beautiful game, November 6, 2017 at 12:12 p.m.

    And what happened during the contest? How come no comment?

  2. Ben Myers, November 6, 2017 at 1:40 p.m.

    How childish can we get?  These guys are supposed to be professionals!  This is worse than a tussle between Under 10's!

  3. Goal Goal, November 6, 2017 at 3:04 p.m.

    Didnt look like a fight to me.  It was a situation where one was scared and the other was glad of it.   I wish they had that kind of go get em attitude during T&T game.

  4. Andrew Kear, November 6, 2017 at 5:38 p.m.

    They both play for the failed USMNT. That is all you have to know.

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