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Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

April 15, 2012
Marquez could face a serious sanction from MLS for his ill-advised tackle, kick

Rafa Marquez used his head on this play, but he certainly did not use it in another way that could lead to a suspension.
Rafa Marquez used his head on this play, but he certainly did not use it in another way that could lead to a suspension.
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By Michael Lewis Editor

HARRISON, N.J. -- Don't be surprised if Major League Soccer slaps Red Bulls midfielder Rafa Marquez with a suspension for kicking midfielder Shea Salinas and breaking his collarbone during the 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Marquez would have done an NFL coach proud with the way he tackled -- the gridiron football way, not the futbol way -- Salinas during a San Jose corner kick late in the first half at Red Bull Arena. And to make matters worse, Marquez landed a solid right foot on Salinas' shoulder area, which forced the midfielder to leave the match before halftime.

The Mexican National Team captain was not sanctioned by referee Ricardo Salazar, but he could get a hefty suspension and fine by the MLS disciplinary committee, when it announces its sanctions and rulings on Tuesday.

Knowing how the league's committee deals with such infractions, it certainly would not surprise yours truly if Marquez is forced to sit several matches for his ill-advised tackle and subsequent kick.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

For someone who has accrued so much experienced and who was slapped with a three-game suspension for throwing the ball at U.S. international Landon Donovan at the end of the Red Bulls' 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy in the quarterfinals of the MLS playoffs last year, you would think he would learn.

But then again, some people never learn or have to learn the hard way.

Counting the house

Don't know about you, but it certainly did not look like there was a crowd of 17,114 on Saturday night. It really looked more like 13K or 14K.

Can't understand why they can't fill the place, especially after the team scored 13 goals in its three previous matches. If that cannot help sell the team -- goals, goals and goals -- nothing will.

Don't know how the team's marketing and ticket sales staffs are doing.

But something is wrong, very wrong.
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