Brek Shea will be suspended for a game after MLS retroactively issued him a red card for his potentially bone breaking tackle on Portland’s Darion Asprilla.
There may not have been overt malice in this tackle, but it was a wild f*ckin challenge. Tackles like this can end carers.
Yes, he apologized after and helped Asprilla to his feet; good on ya’ Brek, but sometimes sorry doesn’t cut it.
I’m surprised the official didn’t go directly for the red card. I usually like the ref to be neither seen nor heard, but swift justice was warranted here.
No one would have protested if he had been tossed for this.
Shea didn’t find out until midweek that he would be suspended for Orlando City’s upcoming game against the Philadelphia Union.
The midfielder would be wise to avoid incidents like this if he wants to figure into Jürgen Klinsmann’s USMNT plans for Copa America and beyond.
He has been an occasional starter for the USMNT since his debut in 2010, scoring 4 goals in 31 appearances.
Shea’s someone I wouldn’t mind having on the bench for the national team – he’s big, tactically sound, and has a wicked left foot – but I don’t think his stuff is quite starter material. With 320 million people to choose from, I think the USA can do a little better.
Check out some of the more sinister red cards in MLS history below.
Gabriel Farfan’s two-footed tackle on James Riley cleared both benches and saw coach Peter Nowak ejected for entering the fray.
This scuffle between Toronto FC and Real Salt Lake nearly escalated into a full on brawl before culminating in two red cards.