November 9, 2012
RAFA SAW RED BEFORE THURSDAY
Source: Marquez had halftime locker room tirade against Backe in D.C.
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Rafa Marquez was upset over Roy Miller replacing him in the 1-1 conference semifinal game at D.C. United last Saturday.
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
HARRISON, N.J. – On Thursday night in the 75th minute of the game, Rafa Marquez saw red after his clumsy challenge was deemed worthy of a second yellow card by referee Mark Geiger. But five days earlier in the locker room of RFK Stadium, Marquez was seeing further red but of a personal variety.
A source with the league, speaking to BigAppleSoccer.com on the condition of anonymity, said that Marquez was “livid” in the locker room at halftime of the Red Bulls' 1-1 tie with D.C. United in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Red Bulls' central defender had been pulled out of the match with a calf injury in an effort to keep him healthy and fit for the return leg at Red Bull Arena and Marquez was fine with that decision. But what Marquez reportedly did not agree with was who was going to replace him.
The man that coach Hans Backe said was going to go in at the start of the second half was left back Roy Miller.
“Rafa was furious at the decision to put in Roy, said that it wasn’t the right choice and was screaming at Hans about it,” the source said. “He kept yelling and saying that Miller wasn’t the right choice and he shouldn’t go in and that it was a bad decision. Basically what he was saying was that Roy wasn’t any good.”
Miller went into the match and struggled defensively and failed to gel in moving forward in the attacking third. In fact, he scored an own goal to give United a 1-0 lead.
The Red Bulls somehow equalized on an own goal of their own and earned a 1-1 result on the road, only to squander it on Thursday night in a 1-0 loss to D.C. United that knocked them out of the MLS playoffs.
In that match, Miller skied a free kick from 20 yards out, nearly 20 yards above the goal.
“It was somewhat comical the moment, Rafa dissing on a teammate when he hasn’t been playing all that well this season,” the source said. “It’s just another sign that Hans has lost the locker room.”