Timbers coach fined for criticism of MLS refs

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Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter has been disciplined by MLS commissioner Don Garber for his scathing criticism of the referees following a 2-1 loss to FC Dallas.

Porter, among other things, called the pair of red cards his team received “ridiculous” and said the referees weren’t doing enough to protect star Darlington Nagbe.

The league would not disclose the amount of Porter’s fine.

The Portland manager said the play that saw Je-Vaughn Watson and Michael Harrington sent off was”a ridiculous call,” and noting he believed “there’s nothing there.”  The incident wasn’t caught on camera, but Major League Soccer later rescinded the red cards, meaning the players will not be suspended.

In addition, Porter was furious that Nagbe was “getting kicked up and down the field in every single game” and believed it’s the referees fault for Nagbe’s eventual removal at halftime due to injury.

(MORE: Porter concerned with refs, player safety)

Earlier last month, USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann was wary about the league’s apparent failure to protect Clint Dempsey, so Porter isn’t the first to get upset with the official’s lack of action.

However, it’s still the rules that referees must obtain a level of respect in the public eye, and therefore it’s understandable that Porter was reprimanded.  Especially scathing was his remark asking “why aren’t these guys [the officials] doing their job?”

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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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 to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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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.