Feb 13, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans (3) dribbles the ball under pressure from New England Revolution midfielder Chris Tierney (8) during the first half at Kino Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

NbNW Sounders Question Of The Day: How Bad Was The Ozzie Alonso Tackle?


So, I want to bring up the situation that occured back on Wednesday evening. Osvaldo Alonso attempts to make a tackle and does so late as well as poorly with his cleats exposed. An obvious “no-no” within the world of–well just about any sport. It’s often interpreted as an instance where a player goes all grey Hulk and screams “IM GOING TO HURT YOU” and attempts to do so as angrily and evil as possible.

Now, I’ve re-watched this play a number of times. I’m not going to defend Alonso as I think it was a straight terrible tackle. But at the same time it’s hard for me to really pull anything malicious or vindictive out of the whole scenario. But reading theNew England Revolution’s boss Jay Heeps comments, you would have thought Alonso was a complete brute. Hell bent on destroying at least one of the two legs of  Chris Tierney.

“One of the plays where Chris got hurt is not needed in any game, never mind preseason, professional soccer or Under-12. It’s just a bad play.”

Believe it or not I’m not a mind reader and it’s even harder to read true intentions without knowing a person. Maybe Tierney said something and Alonso just wanted to even the score and took a cheap shot where he could. Maybe Alonso just didn’t like Tierney’s hair cut. Maybe Alonso unintentionally injury Tierney while making a poor timed tackle. Again, I don’t think any of us know these answers. Yet, I just don’t see it being as “egregious” as it’s being made out to be.

What do you think? How bad was this tackle? Was it fineable, or suspension worth? Or is this a lot of noise over nothing. Give me some feedback and put your opinions in the comments below.

 

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