November 4, 2012
Ejection means Najar won't play Wednesday
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Honduran international Andy Najar saw red during D.C. United’s 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls in the Major League Soccer playoffs on Saturday night.
Najar was awarded his second yellow card of the Eastern Conference semifinal match in the 71st minute, forcing United to play the final 19 minutes a man down.
“Andy’s a young kid and he made a young mistake," United coach Ben Olsen said.
The 19-year-old Najar was awarded a yellow card for fouling Joel Lindpere in the 71st minute. Najar threw the ball at referee Jair Marrufo and was immediately given a red card.
"I thought Jair let it boil up a bit," Olsen said. "He made some tough calls against us, but it’s no excuse to react that way. We’ll adjust – it’s what we have been doing all year. Now we won’t have our right back, but we will respond.”
Najar will miss the second leg of the aggregate goals series, which will be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Wednesday.
New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe felt Najar, who played with the Honduran Under-23 team at the London Olympics, will be missed.
"He’s good player," he said. "The way he can attack from the right fullback position, he’s a threat all day long, so they of course will miss him.”
Asked if he thought Najar's absence would give the Red Bulls a tactical advantage on Wednesday, Backe replied, “It will help us for our defense, definitely, so we can look into that. Attacking-wise, I’m not sure, but definitely defensively.”