Roberto Brown and the Lords of Discipline (DC?)

So, I'm waiting for the league to hand down some kind of hurt to Houston Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson for the cheap shot he took at the Colorado Rapids' Roberto Brown...and, for those who either didn't see or didn't think anything of it, Jeff Carlisle's preview for Thursday night's ESPN game contains this nugget on the aftermath:

"...a forearm to Brown's head from Houston defender Eddie Robinson has left him with headaches, which may force him out of the match."


In Robinson's defense, the announcers for Saturday night's Rapids/Dynamo game said something about Robinson pushing off to protect himself from an on-rushing Brown, who was chasing a ball he had pushed too far ahead. But Robinson's forearm lunged forward pretty damn sharpish - at least as I and the (admittedly biased) fans who caught it on The Richard's replay screens saw it.

At any rate, impatience took me to the discipline page on MLSnet.com, which is where I first caught wind of the suspension Andy Herron picked up for popping Jay Heaps. Nothing on Robinson yet (and I'll refrain from changing my underwear till that changes), but I did find something pretty dang nifty: The League Fair Play Table. Let me say, there are some surprises on that sucker. The biggest? Look who's dirtiest: DC United. No red cards yet, but look at all them yellows (15) - and only FC Dallas has commmitted more fouls (91 for DC versus 97 for Dallas; the latter has had one more game, however, so look for that to change).

No less surprising is who they're beating: Colorado? Chicago? And, after Week 5's 22 foul-affair against KC, Columbus? Here I thought teams like New England and Chicago were the proponents of negative soccer...

On the other end, look at Real Salt Lake: 19.5 points to DC's whopping 105.5! Is this why they suck? (No, it's worse. Still, you'd think they'd have some kind of chip by now.)

Anyway, it's kind of a fun table, especially when you figure out how it works. But, whodathunk? Damn, dirty DC United?

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3 comments:

Christopher V. Enger (aka fuegote) said...

RSL fan here... is it to early to say,
"WE'RE #1! WE'RE #1! WE'RE #1! WE'RE #1!"

I need something to cling onto. Thanks for the post, I used it on my latest post on aylsoccer.com.

love the blog.

Anonymous said...

I don't know that you can say DC is the dirtiest. They seem to get quite a lot of yellows for mouthing off at the ref. Seem like the opposition does a pretty good job at hack-a-Jaime or hack-a-Gomez, they get frustrated and either give the ref crap or retaliate.

The Manly Ferry said...

I'm just having a bit of fun with United, anonymous - and mainly their reputation. Still, any team featuring Ben Olsen will rack up the yellows for dissent.

And, for Christopher, glad to be of service. They could use a bit o' nasty, though.