Dynamo holding midfielder Adam Moffat, who suffered a concussion and a chest injury Sunday against D.C. United, has been ruled out of the second game of the Eastern Conference Championship with a concussion.
Moffat suffered the injury in the first half of the Dynamo's 3-1 victory Sunday when United's 6-foot-2, 205-pound defender Robbie Russell leaped into him and hit him with his thigh and arm in the head and chest.
Former D.C. United defender Bryan Namoff had his career end prematurely because of a concussion,
and he is reportedly taking legal action against the club for failing to act with the proper care
that could have prevented the ongoing medical issues he faces today.
The Portland Timbers have had defensive issues for most of the 2012 season, and it is a reason
they are out of the playoff race in the MLS Western Conference, so it shouldn't come as a surprise
that the team shook up the roster on Thursday with another trade and an international player
By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony sees
a US National Team player go down with a concussion and asks again how long it will take before MLS
and FIFA put player health first. How many concussions is it going to take before MLS and FIFA
change their substitution rules?
Soccer by Ives may have picked some English guy in Los Angeles to win the honor, but MLS had
other ideas, announcing today that Houston Dynamo forward/midfielder Calen Carr was voted MLS
Player of the Week.
What a fitting honor for a guy who is just back from injury, saw his team sign the excellent
Boniek Garcia as a DP to fill what had become his position and after recovering from concussion he
received in his Chicago Fire days, had serious doubts he might ever play again.
The second half of the 2012 MLS Season has really not gotten off to a great start in Foxboro, as
the Revolution dropped a sloppy 2-1 decision in Montreal last night. The loss dropped New England
to 1-7-1 on the road this season, and with the loss came another sobering fact: the Revs have
fallen to seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Galaxy striker Adam Cristman has become the latest sports figure to retire because of
concussion-related issues, the club announced today. Cristman, 27, made 13 MLS appearances over two
seasons for the Galaxy, scoring one goal. "The concussions I have suffered this year have forced me
to retire," Cristman said in
By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (June 28, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition of the 5
Questions, Tony asks how Chad Marshall's recovery from a concussion is going and emphasizes the
need for a change in the substitution rule when it comes to concussions. Also, a look at Montreal's
surprising scoring and MLS ratings on ESPN.
Matt Pyzdrowski (Marquette) won't play for Swedish club Ã„ngelholms FF again
this season as he recovers from his third concussion in six months.
However, in an update posted online Wednesday, the 25-year-old goalkeeper wrote that he will
"100% be back next season."
Pyzdrowski had played every minute between the posts for Ã„ngelholms in Superettan play since
joining the second-division club in January 2011 before going off at halftime of a 4-1 loss to
Trelleborgs FF on July 29.
Getting this update out early this week due to the holiday. All the games from tonight will be on
next week's update. Boris Pardo is currently out of the country with the US Futsal national team as
the back up goalkeeper to his Comets teammate, Danny Waltman. The US is 1-1 losing to Panama and
The already short-handed Vancouver Whitecaps will be a little more so after learning that
Designated Player Barry Robson was suspended for Saturday's game against the Seattle Sounders. The
MLS Disciplinary Committee announced the punishment for "aggravated dissent against an assistant
referee" on Saturday morning, just hours before the scheduled kickoff time.
The MLS All Stars got a stoppage time winner from former Wizard, Eddie Johnson to defeat Chelsea
3-2 in the all star game at PPL Park outside Philadelphia, PA. The MLS all stars grabbed the lead
through Chris Wondolowski, saw John Terry and Frank Lampard score to put the Blues in front. Chris
Pontius scored an equalizer in the second half and Johnson scored the winner in stoppage time.
The Timbers held a closed practice at their Beaverton training facility as they returned from
their midweek day off. Where Wednesday's practice seemed somewhat unsettled at times, today saw the
team out and joking with each other from the get go.
After the usual running, the team broke into groups for games of keep away and Gavin Wilkinson
yelled for the "privileged kids" to get in the middle.
The Portland Timbers held an open practice today at Jeld-Wen Field after Saturday's 1-0 loss to
Chivas USA. Practice was active with the team splitting off into three groups doing fitness work
and two short fielded games. The first half of practice was run by Gavin Wilkinson while Sean
McAuley, the team's new assistant coach, took the second half.
Returning home for their first game at Jeld-Wen Field in two weeks, the Timbers showed some
fight in an ultimately futile 1-0 loss against Chivas USA last night. Several Timbers showed well,
and but for some poor finishing and one mistake at the back the Timbers should have taken all three
points from the match.
Reading all the vitriol about Gavin Wilkinson over the last few days you'd be forgiven for
forgetting the Timbers' first game under the new interim coach was just two weeks ago. It might be
more comforting, I suppose, for a Timbers fan to convince him/herself that it has been three or
four weeks, considering the eleven goals the Boys in Green have leaked with Wilkinson at the
The Timbers held a long training session today at their Beaverton training facility. With the
team bolstered by their improved play at home against Aston Villa on Tuesday night, training was
lively as the team prepares to take on Chivas USA this weekend.
Helping to run the proceedings was new assistant coach Sean McAuley.
The Portland Timbers held their last training session before embarking this afternoon on a five
day, two game road trip through Carson and Frisco. Today's per-game preparations necessitated a
closed but short practice before the team heads off to the airport this afternoon.
The Timbers' line up was unchanged from yesterday with Eric Brunner, Chris Taylor, and Rodney
Wallace all missing practice due to injury, while Jake Gleeson is still abroad with the New Zealand
Today the Timbers held their first practice, a closed one, since it was announced that John
Spencer was out as head coach. Gavin Wilkinson ran the proceedings at the team's Beaverton training
facility as the team continued to adjust to this big change. Although the initial warm ups, run by
John Ireland, were the same, Wilkinson favored passing drills rather than games of keep away before
practice was closed.
The Timbers held a short, closed practice today before flying out to Salt Lake later today.
Franck Songo'o was missing from practice today, although he was spotted around the training enter
after practice had reopened. According to John Spencer on last night's "Talk Timbers" on 750 The
Game, Songo'o suffered a strained knee before coming out of the game against San Jose on
Last Sunday the Portland Timbers faced a huge test against their northern rivals the Seattle
Sounders and they came out on top. It wasn't a pretty game. It wasn't an overtly dominant
performance by the Timbers, but they dragged out a 2-1 victory... and that's what really matters,
especially against a rival such as Seattle.
The day after their first MLS win over the Seattle Sounders, the Timbers practiced today at
their Beaverton training facility. The team focused on regeneration today, splitting into two
groups with the players who started yesterday working inside to start practice and the subs and
reserves taking to the field.
Ouch. This is certainly going to hurt the Portland Timbers back line over the next three
matches, as Hanyer Mosquera is often the one doing the most to stop oncoming attacks. His absence
will surely be felt.
For those that don't know, Mosqo is being fined and suspended for punching LA Galaxy player Jack
McBean (yes that's his real name) in the late part of last Sunday's game.
The Timbers held a closed practice today their Beaverton training facility. With the sun out,
spirits seemed high during the team's warm-up as they mixed things up from their usual routine with
some rugby-style passing drills. Perhaps predictably, few of the American players knew what fitness
coach John Ireland meant by "rugby football passing".
The Timbers held a closed training session at Jeld-Wen field today, the first time the team have
practiced in the stadium in three weeks. Practice today was more in line with the season norm
rather than the training camp atmosphere on display over the break.
The Timbers were back close to full strength today with only Steven Smith, Eric Brunner, and
Rodney Wallace out of practice.
Some player news for you today. First, more on the injury to Aurelien Collin from last night.
Collin posted on Twitter that night that he had suffered a facial fracture after his challenge on
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien. Sporting KC announced today that Collin is set to miss 1-2 weeks
because of the injury.
The Revs never recovered from Stephen McCarthy's early injury after he collided with Ryan
Johnson on Saturday. (Photo: Kari Heistad)
Stephen McCarthy's early injury gave Toronto FC an opening to grab the lead and the New England
Revolution were never able to recover from the early 1-0 deficit as they fell to TFC at Gillette
Stadium on Saturday night.
Shalrie Joseph was forced into emergency duty at center back eight minutes into the match on
Saturday. (Photo: Kari Heistad)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€“ Rookie Luis Silva scored in the eighth minute for the visiting Toronto FC
and the Reds held on to win 1-0 over the New England Revolution on Saturday night in front of
12,180 at Gillette Stadium.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Hours into the opening of the International Transfer Window on Wednesday, the
Revolution declined the mid-season options on Bjorn Runstrom and Jeremiah White, while John Lozano
All three had seen limited action with the first team this season, and with the Revolution
eyeing possible moves during the Window, roster and cap space had to be cleared.
Unless you have been living on the moon the past 5-6 years, you surely have heard plenty of debate and discussion regarding concussions in sports. Particular attention has been given to concussion awareness training in recent years in hopes of better education coaches, parents, and players.
Arsenal's 5-1 thrashing of West Ham last night was initially overshadowed by what looked like a very nasty injury to Hammers defender Dan Potts. The 18-year-old full-back was involved in a horrible clash of heads with Arsenal's Bacary Sagna, which left him motionless on the floor for 15 minutes. The youngster was stretchered off the [.
There doesn't seem like much of a debate coming from Republicans this year regarding Global
Warming. It would be hard to believe any scientist would be that dense to suggest there's nothing
to worry about and the temperatures are just an aberration for this period of time in history.
In fact, it's so hot outside and getting increasingly warmer each year that young people may be
choosing not to play football.
Robbie Rogers has a new place to play until this winter.
Rogers was loaned Thursday from Leeds United to League One side Stevenage, where he will play
for former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith. The loan extends until the end of 2012, at which
point he will return to Leeds.
Hello everybody and welcome to our Thursday post-Independence Day Hangover edition of Musket
Rounds! Despite taking the last two days off, we actually don't have too many interesting or
relevant links to bring you. It could be that news has been slow, it could be that I need to start
casting a wider net, or it could be that I'm tired and can't be bothered to be thorough.
There has been a welcome sight in training with FC Dallas this week, none other that affable center
back George John, who has recently been sidelined with concussion issues. Here's more on his return
from FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman.