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Suspensions likely ahead after post-game incident in Chicago-New England match

Aug 17, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

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Expect suspensions and possibly some other disciplinary action on sideline staff after an incident at the final whistle of New England’s win over Chicago at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

What happened will need sorting out, but it apparently involved a New England Revolution trainer, possibly saying something to Chicago Fire defender Bakary Soumare (pictured), who was shown a red card at that point. Shortly thereafter, New England forward Saer Sene was also red carded.

It may have all been connected to an incident from a few minutes earlier, for which Chicago Fire manager Frank Klopas was ejected.

The important thing to remember is that Major League Soccer made a big pre-season to-do about eliminating some of the sideline theatrics. Honestly, it didn’t take; we still see too much of this in MLS.

FOXSoccer columnist Kyle McCarthy, one of the most thorough, trustworthy journalists in the soccer business, spelled out the events in a series of Tweets. (Video, what little there is, is below that.)




  1. sluggo271 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    All I can say Steve, is Thank God the EPL started!! This is exactly why I don’t watch MLS. Too amateur. My opinion….

    • jbiringer4 - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      I’m pretty sure this stuff happens in any soccer league, especially towards the end of the season when these teams are starting to get neck in neck in the standings

    • andro112 - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Yea. It’s not like a player in EPL would bite someone. Oh wait…

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