Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Espinoza, Busch, and Other News

Some news to catch up with today. 

photo courtesy of Jarred Donalson

Yesterday in Toronto, Roger Espinoza and Honduras took on Canada in a World Cup qualifier at BMO Field.  Canada was the stronger side throughout the match, but Honduras held on and picked up a 0-0 draw away from home.  Espinoza continued his good run of form in league as he played the full 90 minutes for Honduras.  He could have had an assist in the first half with a great cross into the box, but poor finishing by teammates kept the game scoreless.  Then late in the game, Espinoza had a chance from long range, but his shot was just over the bar.  Honduras is now 3rd place in the group currently, on 1 point.

Busch Suspended

The MLS Disciplinary Committee made an announcement today regarding the incident in KC's last league game against San Jose.  I've previously discussed the "confrontation" between Jon Busch and one of KC's ball boys.  Busch was given a 1 game suspension and an undisclosed fine, I've been told $500, for "aggressively retrieving a ball."  Gotta say I haven't seen that before, actually it gives me a bit of a chuckle.  Based off of the reason for the suspension I'd guess the video evidence that Sporting apparently provided to the league wasn't enough to show the actual striking that I was told by eye witnesses.  Or didn't show it to be much of a strike.  We'll probably never know.  Busch will miss San Jose's game this weekend vs Colorado.

Coaching Changes

KC was already set to take on one new coach this weekend when they take on Paul Mariner and Toronto FC in his first game in charge of the club.  Now KC will play 2 new coaches in the next 3 games.  Today, Philadelphia announced that Piotr Nowak had been removed as the head coach of the Philadelphia Union.  Nowak will be replaced by John Hackworth on an interim basis.  Philadelphia's first game will be this weekend against DC.  But KC will be Hackworth's second opponent a week from this Saturday in Philadelphia.

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