There was another unfortunate incident in the Portland-San Jose game Sunday night.
Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon was caught on the NBC Sports Network broadcast directing a gay slur at Timbers midfielder Will Johnson (who was also the target of the same epithet used by Seattle’s Marc Burch in the 2012 playoffs).
Gordon, who I expect will get the same three-game suspension issues in similar instances, was eventually sent off for earning two yellow cards. Johnson later scored the winning goal on a brilliantly taken free kick.
After the game, Gordon issued a statement through his team. Well, actually two versions were distributed.
Version 1: “I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone who watched tonight’s match on NBC Sports Network. The language I used came during a heated moment and does not reflect my feelings toward the gay and lesbian community. I made a mistake and I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Version 2: “I sincerely apologize for what I said in our game tonight. Although I said it in the heat of the moment, that language has no place in our game. That is not my character, but there is still no excuse for saying what I said. I made a mistake and I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Let’s get to some links:
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— The New England Revolution posted a picture on Twitter of midfielder Kelyn Rowe, a Federal Way native, having his jersey retired at Federal Way High School last week.
— MLS has been the subject of some critical stories recently, here is a snarky one with some mention of Seattle.
— Over the weekend, the U.S. U-17s failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time ever. At the full senior team, here’s an interesting piece on goalkeeper Tim Howard, who has Tourrette syndrome.
— FIFA president Sepp Blatter is here in the CONCACAF region to try to help spur development in smaller federations.
— Here’s a feature on Sounders FC U-23s signing Aaron Kovar, an academy product who plays collegiately at Stanford. Definitely one to keep an eye on for the future.
— Lastly, the Sounders Women suffered a 1-0 home loss to Oregon State in preseason Sunday night, but here is a video preview of their upcoming season in the W-League.