September 12, 2009
SEEING RED -- AGAIN
Johnson ties league record for dismissals
By Michael Lewis
|Carlos Johnson has been red carded three times in eight games, with five games remaining in the season.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Like it or not, Red Bulls right fullback Carlos Johnson will go down in the record books for the most dubious of reasons.
His three red cards tied the club and league record for most expulsions in a season.
Former Brazilian great Branco was given his walking papers three times in 1997, the last time for spitting at a player. He accomplished that feat in 11 games. Johnson needed only nine matches.
Referee Mark Geiger already had awarded Johnson a yellow card for a reckless foul in the 61st minute in the Red Bulls 1-0 loss to the Kansas City Wizards at Giants Stadium Saturday night.
After Geiger whistled the match was over, Johnson got into a shoving match with two Kansas City Wizards players, including defender Michael Harrington. He was slapped with a yellow, which was, of course, a red card.
"I have no idea why," Johnson said through a translator. "He pushed me. I stepped back and after I saw the referee gave me a red card. I don't know why he gave me a red card. I didn't responded to any aggression. Simple. I don't know."
A quick rundown of Johnson's other red cards:
* A Costa Rican international, Johnson was given his marching orders in the 77th minute in a scoreless tie at the Houston Dynamo April 11 after a tough tackle on the Geoff Cameron in the right corner. A shoving match between the two teams ensued. Johnson was making his first start for the Red Bulls.
* He made MLS history by becoming the fastest red card as he was dismissed in the second minute of the 1-0 defeat at the Wizards after taking down Herculez Gomez in the penalty area on April 23. Referee Michael Kennedy whistled the penalty. Claudio Lopez stepped up and fired a shot to the lower left corner as goalkeeper Jon Conway dived the other way.
"The first red card against Houston i think it was good apply to me," Johnson said. "No excuse.
"The second red card it was a playing situation between two players.
"This one, I have no idea. It's that simple."
(After he was interviewed a source at the game said that Johnson got tangled up with a K.C. player, spit at the player and almost landed on his boots.This information could not be substantiated).
Red Bulls interim coach Richie Williams declined to comment on the red.
"I just found out that he got a red card," he said. "So I have not idea what transpired at the end of the game. Again, I have absolutely no idea what happened. I guess there will be a written report and we will deal with it then."