June 4, 2012
PLAYING THE RED CARD
Bulls' Ruthven takes high road as ex-team, Harrisburg, complains he should sit out card
By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Former Harrisburg City Islanders defender Tyler Ruthven is taking the high road in dealing with his old club, who filed a complaint against the current Red Bulls defender that will keep him out of Tuesday night’s fourth-round Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup match.
Ironically, the match will take place in Harrisburg, Pa.
Ruthven played with the Harrisburg club in 2010 and was a part of the team that upset the Red Bulls in the Open Cup. But in the tournament that year, he received a red card in a loss to D.C. United and was given a mandatory one-game suspension. That offseason, Ruthven left Harrisburg for North American Soccer League side Atlanta but the division was banned from playing in the Open Cup that year, meaning that Ruthven was never eligible to play in the tournament.
Named to the game day lineup last week against the Battery, Ruthven found out after halftime that he could not participate in the game because the suspension from 2010 carried over. He was suspended for this week’s game and the Red Bulls were fined $500.
“It didn’t really make sense to me – it was two years ago," Ruthven said. "If U.S. Soccer is going to banish the second division from participating last year, I don’t really see how – plus, how were we not notified beforehand? It is what it is. We’ll deal with it.
“I had no idea, the fact that I didn’t play and that I’m suspended again is beyond frustrating.”
In his first year with New York, Ruthven has played in five games with four starts and has acquitted himself quite well in the center of the defense.
The part that made the whole ordeal for Ruthven worse is that it was his former club that filed the complaint, something that doesn’t sit well for a player who now has to sit out Tuesday’s match.
“The only thing I read is a report that they were the ones who filed the complaint, Harrisburg," Ruthven said. "That’s what frustrates me. I had no enemies; I worked my butt off the short time I was there. It seems sort of unnecessary."
“Instead we’re dealing with paperwork and suspensions and fines. Like I said, it is definitely frustrating.”
BigAppleSoccer.com asked Ruthven about his experience and memories from Harrisburg.
“I was there a short period,” Ruthven said.
“I worked as hard as I could and I got out of there. I’ll leave it at that.”