In the posting below I started talking about the whole DC United controversy. So, shortly before I left to see the new Woody Allen film, Match Point (review on that later this week) news came out of DC in response to the Nowak situation, in an email from DC United's VP of Communication...The email can be viewed on the first page, HERE. The highlight of which for me must be...In an angry response directed at the referee following the third reckless and dangerous tackle by a Real Salt Lake player, Peter did shout that the player needed to be 'sent back to hospital. If anyone has any idea what that is supposed to mean let me know. Back to the hospital? The hospital where he was born? Did he just leave the hospital? It seems like a bizzare comment to incluse in a press release and actually the press release maybe woulda made more sense without it. It seems ridiculous to me. A few thoughts after chewing on this all afternoon...
1. IF Nowak did say that a player should be "sent back to Africa" it is an inherently racist comment and Nowak should lose his job. Period. In addition to it being the rigt thing to do, DC would be crazy not to fire him, especially considering what they have on the line in regards to funding for a stadium.
2. The DC United press release to me seems like stonewalling and leaves numerous questions still to be answered. Why would Ellinger say what he said? Did DC contact Ellinger after the game in regards to the misunderanding? Did they contact him before the press release which in effect calls him a liar?
3. DC played their card in defense of their coach and obvioulsy hopes this goes away, and quick. But, Ellinger, in the interview, said that players from his squad and from DC were bothered by the comments. Will one of them step up and say something or will this die out.
4. If Nowak remains as coach of DC this season, it is with a heavy cloud over him. The news is out there that there was at least an allegation of racism against him. He will not have an easy season dealing with opposing fans, or the press, and perhaps even his own team. He'll be walking a very thin line, should he stay.
Onto better news, the US national teams 4-0 victory over Guatemala today.
1. Frankie Hejduk is one of the best things to happen to US soccer ever. He steps up his game every 4 years for the World Cup. His passion in playing for his country is inspiring. His demeanor with the fans is great. If you had any doubts about his desire, watch the halftime feature again when he is the last player alive in the "beep test." The man is fit and always giving his all. He is also much more talented than his critics would like to admit.
2. Eddie Johnson is extremely talented. He's also a very insecure, very selfish player. Do you ever think you'd see a player the caliber of McBride, Reyna, Wolff, or any of the other veterans point at their name after the goal like Johnson. You represent the country when you put on that jersey, Eddie. Not your club, and definately not yourself. Grow up.
3. Love, LOVE seeing Chris Klein have a good game. IU kid, coming back from injuries. Great goal. I really think he's a player who is overlooked and can contribute if given the chance.
4. Dave O'Brien is a decent commentator with an appreciation for the game.
5. It's good to see something positive socerwise after the discourging news this am.