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Man, what did Shea Salinas ever do to Rafa Marquez?

Apr 14, 2012, 9:53 PM EDT

Here’s a little sidebar to the Red Bulls’ 2-2 tie Saturday with visiting San Jose, one that will have legs this week, I guarantee.

We’ll be talking about Red Bulls Mexican international midfielder Rafa Marquez. Again.

That man is a distraction waiting to happen for Hans Backe’s team, which is doing OK otherwise. (Well, except for a back line broken right now by injury.)

Marquez had been tangling with San Jose attacker Shea Salinas on corner kicks in the first half. Why? Good question. Salinas, a tricky and creative winger, is hardly the Earthquakes’ chief aerial threat on restarts. But Marquez had the man wrapped up like fish from the market.

And he apparently perfected the craft. Watch the clip. Watch what should certainly have been a penalty kick, as Marquez rides Salinas like a prize pony. But watch very closely at the end. Watch as Marquez, who knows all the little tricks, kicks the stuffing out of a fallen Salinas with his right foot.

Hard to say whether Salinas’ broken clavicle (yes, he left the match with a broken clavicle from this play) was from the fall or from Marquez’s sneaky kick. On the other hand, does it really matter?


  1. chrislynch1972 - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    What a pos.

  2. jmacsoc - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    I hope he gets a suspension and healthy fine!!! He deserves it.

    • Steve Davis - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee is taking injuries and time missed into account this year as it considers suspensions … so I’d put the odds of at least a game or two for Marquez at “pretty good.”

  3. manutebol - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM


    suspend red card rafa for a long time for this trash.

  4. Abram Chamberlain - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    It seems to me that Rafa Marquez is not paying dividends for RBNY in ticket sales, that he is hardly paying dividends marketing-wise, and he is rarely paying dividends on the pitch. I’m sure there are plenty of teams in Mexico’s FMF that would be willing to pay something (anything) for him in the summer. It might be time to pull the plug on RBNY’s horrendous DP experiment.

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