For a man who had just been nailed by a beer can – by one his own fans, no less! – FC Dallas hero George John was in great humor.
In one of the truly bizarre incident seen around MLS this year, FC Dallas center back was left with a bloody gash when hit on the head with an aluminum beer can tossed from the supporters section just behind FC Dallas Stadium’s north goal.
It was just a second or two after John scored the late, game-winning goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over MLS champion LA Galaxy.
It was a big, dramatic occasion – but John spent the “celebration period” clutching his bleeding head, laying in pain next to the goal post. John said he didn’t know what had happened until he glanced down and saw the can.
“It was But Lite. Lime,” John told me just two local police officers spoke to him for the official report. “And that thing must have been full, because it hurt!”
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The perpetrator, presumably not actually aiming at the FCD man, was identified and arrested by Frisco police.
John was joking about how the episode might get him on SportsCenter, and how he could possibly put the whole thing to best social media use. The defender also laughed when reminded that he is tied with three others atop the FCD scoring ledger, each with two goals. “Yeah, one came off my back. The other, I got hit by a beer bottle.”
FC Dallas’ valuable center back (who has been sensational all year for the MLS Western Conference leaders) was in similar brilliant humor when he talked to NBC’s Russ Thaler and Kyle Martino just after Saturday’s final whistle in suburban Dallas.
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.