Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things to take away from Week 10:
Theismann, then a Redskins quarterback, infamously broke his leg on Monday Night Football in 1985. Obviously, not as many people saw
The severity was immediately apparent from reactions of players on both sides and the instant urgency of all medical personnel on hand. Even the wide angle camera caught the gruesome aftermath as his leg flailed in ways a human limb never should. Revolution winger
Networks sometimes feel differently about replaying these things. Saturday's match from Gillette was part of Galavision's Spanish-language package, and officials there showed the replay several times from various angles.
Clearly, there's no silver lining in an injury that might finish the veteran goalkeeper's career. But at the very least, New England shouldn't be without a top-tier goalkeeper for long. Longtime No. 1
By the way, Richards can be a sneaky little fellow sometimes, reckless at times, even. But this looked by all accounts like a freak accident. New England officials said there were no suggestions from inside the Revs locker room that Richards had done anything wrong.
Houston's defense isn't the same this year, but Ching and recently re-signed
Kamara's bungle was a doozey -- although suggestions that it was the worst whiff of a sure thing in modern soccer are surely exaggerated. Just check the generous range of searchable videos for proof.
If you missed it back in April, a ball more or less awaited on the goal line. If Kamara had more time, he probably could have convinced it to cross the line using nothing more than strong language. Rather, the luckless Wizards forward hurried in, lunged at top speed, fell over and managed to miss with his feet. Instead, he nailed it with his hand and, well, that's about how it's been going lately for Kansas City.
That was around the same time of
The latest: Chicago's
By the way, history has taught us that teams that can't win at home don't make the playoffs. Banner's miss was a key moment in a draw that left Chicago's home record in a 1-1-3 ditch, with a scant six goals scored. The Fire did sneak into last year's postseason with a 5-4-6 mark at home for 21 points. But there's an additional team in the field this year. So, teams with playoff ambitions certainly need to wring more than 21 points from a possible 45 in friendly territory.
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The weekend supplied the usual hodgepodge of laws unevenly applied, feeble game management and match-killing leniency. At RFK,
How Real Salt Lake got away with its game-winner over 10-man Kansas City, only the referee assistant could say.
Also in the RSL-Kansas City contest, referee
But we'll let Red Bulls coach
"I would say it's an absolute disgrace," he told the
Well, then. "Excuse me, Mr. Backe, commissioner