The emotion from last nights game has not finished washing over me. From the high of being on top of the MLS table just two weeks ago, was that really two weeks or two years ago? The first insult was a late game equalizer against New York, second a total collapse against Colorado, third humiliation at the hands of Vancouver at home and finally the Great Portland Cage Match sponsored and mentored by Ricardo Salazar and his gang of donkeys. Portland will be remembered for the loss, the resistant woodwork, Hilario Grajeda's inexplicable no card when Clint Dempsey was hacked to the turf by Diego Chara, the subsequent yellow card on Moffat for a much less violent foul and finally the totally mind numbing red card suffered by Osvaldo Alonso after being physically and verbally fouled by Will Johnson.
Apparently MLS sees this kind of crap filled gong show soccer entertaining. He was declared the #2 man of the match on MLS.com. Yes fans it was non other than Will, "I Will whisper in your ear," Johnson. Here is what MLS.com says about Johnson's heroic's, "Won the 50-50 balls, fought the dirty fights and probably had a big hand in Alonso's red card changing the game." Well by gosh that corks it, he is your MLS #2 man of the match because he is a dirty player and can sling crapola with the best of them!
OK, well I am calm now that I got that out of my system. Phew, my blood pressure, whoa, sorry doc. But this reminds me of Zinidine Zidane's melt down in the 2006 World Cup after the Italian all time potty mouth, Marco Materazzi got Zizou's goat by whispering in his ear about his sister and mother. Well Marco found out Zinadine has a streak of family honor that shouldn't be messed with. Zidane for his part got tossed out on a red and France went down to Italy in the World Cup final on penalty shots 5 to 3.
All right I know a half hearted back slap by a walking away Alonso at Johnson is not a Zinadine Zidane special. Materazzi didn't have to fake a fall like Johnson. Zidane delivered the blow cleanly to Materazzi's chest and put him on his butt. Johnson however gets style points for grabbing his violated chin and dropping to his quaking knees with a, "why, why oh Lord me," look on his face. Subsequently, Alonso is red carded.
Knife inserted and twisted in Seattle's back. Shades of World Cup 2006. Just chip at them, lay your hands on them, whisper to them and get them to snap. Well done Johnson. Materazzi would be proud.