The verdict was already in. Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan was guilty of delivering a reckless and brutal tackle that broke the tibia and fibula of Seattle Sounders attacker Steve Zakuani on April 28. On Wednesday, Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee delivered its sentence: a 10-game suspension and a $5,000 fine that includes the automatic one-game suspension and $250 fine for the ejection.
The penalty exceeds the record suspension of former Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark, who was suspended nine games for violently kicking then-FC Dallas forward Carlos Ruiz in 2007.
“The seriousness of the injury, and the egregious and reckless nature of the challenge, was considered to be so great as to absolutely warrant and mandate a very severe punishment,” Nelson Rodriguez, MLS executive vice president of competition, technical and game operations, said via telephone. “There was actually very quick unanimity in deciding the level of punishment to administer against Mr. Mullan.”
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Harry Redknapp, Tottenham Hotspur manager, says there has been no contact between himself and Chelsea. Redknapp’s success this past weekend in taking the Spurs to the quarter-finals and winning 5-0 in the Champions League had impressed the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.
It has been reported that Carlo Ancelotti will leave the club, despite winning the Double last season. Chelsea could be searching for a new manager with the club destined to end the season without a trophy. However, Redknapp has dismissed rumors that he could leave White Hart Lane for West London at the end of the season. “I don’t take a lot of notice,” Redknapp told the Daily Mirror. “I just get on with it. It’s speculation. “I’ve never spoken to anyone from Chelsea. No one’s come to me and said that Chelsea are interested in me or anything else. I’ve got a job to do here. I love it here. I’m happy here.”
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The Notre Dame men’s soccer team recently held its annual awards banquet. Senior Steven Perry, forward, received the Monogram Club team MVP. In 2010 Perry broke the team and career highs for 12 goals and 28 points. Junior Adam Mena, midfielder, earned the Knute Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award, for being the top student on the Irish squad. Seniors Craig Krzyskowski and Andrew Luttrell both received the Spirit Award. Ryan Miller, who played for the Irish from 2003-07, garnered the Mike Berticelli ‘Bert’ Award.
Notre Dame was 10-6-4 overall in 2010 and second in the Big East Blue Division at 6-2-1.
Source: South Bend Tribune
Charlie Davies has been out for 17 months since his automobile crash in VA and finally returned to a competitive match against Columbus. D.C. United was awarded a penalty kick and Davies wanted it. “He looked at me and said, ‘I need this, I want this,”‘ teammate Dax McCarty said. “I knew when I gave him the ball he was going to bury it for us.” “It just goes to show with faith, with belief in yourself, that you can achieve the impossible,” said Davies, who suffered a ruptured bladder, bleeding on the brain, a broken and dislocated left elbow, and broken bones in his right leg, nose, forehead and eye socket.
Davies converted the 63rd-minute penalty, added a second goal in the 77th minute and D.C. United defeated the Columbus Crew 3-1 last Saturday in both teams’ season opener. Robbie Rogers scored on a 79th-minute penalty kick for Columbus. Davies had his second goal minutes later after taking Marc Burch’s long ball.
Davies’ return comes just a day after the driver in the crash, who was legally intoxicated at the time, was sentenced to two years in prison.