May 9, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT
Let’s just save some time here and say this:
Everybody is hurt or suspended.
Or maybe it just seems that way. At any rate, there’s a lot of injury news ahead of tonight’s short list of Major League Soccer mid-week matches.
- Houston at New York, 7 p.m. ET
- Real Salt Lake at Chicago, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Seattle at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. ET
We’d all love to see what Chris Rolfe can add to the Chicago Fire. Unfortunately the midfielder / forward remains on the injury shelf, still dealing with an ankle ailment that has kept him from appearing for Frank Klopas’ team. Klopas, at least, will be back from his short suspension, along with center back Jalil Anibaba, for tonight’s contest against Real Salt Lake.
RSL is missing important midfielder Will Johnson, who is serving a one-game suspension. A bigger blow is the absence of goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who has long been steady as the come around Rio Tinto Stadium.
Those sides will get zero sympathy from FC Dallas, where the injury list has gone from ridiculous to preposterous ahead of tonight’s contest in Texas against Seattle. Team officials say center back Ugo Ihemelu, a rock in Dallas’ defense this year, failed a post-game concussion test following Sunday’s loss to Colorado and will miss tonight’s contest.
So in addition to the players out due to longer-range injuries (David Ferreira, Ricardo Villar most prominently), striker Blas Perez and midfielder Daniel Hernandez are suspended, while winger Brek Shea remains questionable with turf toe. Add it all up: as many as seven first-choice FC Dallas men could be sidelined.
An FC Dallas spokesman told me this morning Shea has been fitted with special shoe inserts, along with other equipment adjustments, hoping to get him ready for summer soccer (with Dallas and the U.S. national team.)
Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez is suspended, as well. And who knows when Steve Zakuani might finally get back into first-team soccer?
In New York, Thierry Henry remains sidelined, along with other Red Bulls ahead of tonight’s contest against Houston.
Mar 30, 2015, 9:24 PM EDT
Lads and ladies, men and women, dudes and dudettes, it’s going to be a bit of an odd week for the MLS Team of the Week here on PST.
Mar 30, 2015, 8:40 PM EDT
The anthem that blared over the loudspeaker happened to belong to Isle of Man, not on-field participants El Salvador.
Mar 30, 2015, 7:46 PM EDT
Reports say he was lost after leaving a fraternity party near the University of Southern California.
Mar 30, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT
Who claimed the honors for Week 4 in Major League Soccer? The only former Ballon d’Or winner in the league!
Mar 30, 2015, 6:26 PM EDT
The Western New York Flash are reaping the rewards of Abby Wambach’s refusal to play ball.
Mar 30, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT
Wright helped the U.S. qualify for this summer’s U-17 World Cup, and recorded 18 goals and 7 assists in 22 games for the side.
Mar 30, 2015, 4:09 PM EDT
The tournament begins July 7, with Los Catrachos facing the USMNT in Frisco, Texas.
Mar 30, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT
Few have successfully predicted the erratic USMNT lineups over the last few months, but here’s our best shot.
Mar 30, 2015, 2:29 PM EDT
The Dutchman’s agent says he has not spoken with any teams, including the Red Devils.
Mar 30, 2015, 1:32 PM EDT
A salty relationship between the Bulgarian striker and his Dutch boss led to the “Dream Team” member departing Barcelona a year later.
Mar 30, 2015, 11:58 AM EDT
The 42-year-old’s 126th career goal is a world record.
Mar 30, 2015, 11:15 AM EDT
The 27-year-old Belgian saw a picture that touched him enough to reach out.
Mar 30, 2015, 10:39 AM EDT
After being knocked unconscious by a flare, the Russian shot-stopper will be fit to play a crucial league match this weekend.
Mar 30, 2015, 9:21 AM EDT
England has refrained from bidding for World Cups since their relationship with Sepp Blatter has soured, but that could change in the next vote or two.
Mar 30, 2015, 8:20 AM EDT
Barcelona striker Neymar was furious with former Premier League defender Gary Medel, who clattered him hard during the first half of a physical match.
Mar 30, 2015, 7:50 AM EDT
The 26-year-old scored for the Mexican team this weekend, but remains frustrated at the club level.
Mar 29, 2015, 11:27 PM EDT
Are Saints about to lose another young star to one of the Premier League’s “big five?” We’ll find out this summer.
Mar 29, 2015, 10:52 PM EDT
Kane will join England’s U-21 squad for this summer’s European Championship.
Mar 29, 2015, 9:18 PM EDT
No fun for 70 minutes, and then the final 20 happened. TFC’s criminally disallowed goal was the only difference in this one.
- MLS Player of the Week — Week 4 0
- NWSL mega deal sends Sydney Leroux Dwyer to WNY for rights to Abby Wambach 0
- Prolific U.S. U-17 striker chooses club home in NASL 2
- How will the USMNT line up against Switzerland? 3
- British exec says England could look towards 2030 World Cup bid 1
- MLS Snapshot: Real Salt Lake 2-1 Toronto FC 2