It’s a brand new week footy fans, and I hope your Monday is off to a great start. We’ve got lots of news from across the soccer world, both incredibly sad and undeniably heartwarming. From the tragic death of a young player on the pitch, to a display of unity at an MLS game to Fabrice Muamba finally being released from the hospital, we’ve got it all. Here’s your Daily Kick Around.
As I’m sure you already know, Italian footballer Piermario Morosini collapsed and died on the pitch while playing for Livorno Saturday. The 25-year old midfielder had a cardiac arrest, just what Fabrice Muamba suffered nearly a month ago, though the outcome was far different. The entire soccer community mourned his loss over the weekend, with tributes pouring in and moments of silence at stadiums across the world. Not only did fans, pay their respects, there was a special display from Montreal Impact forward Bernardo Corradi. He was given the opportunity to score a goal for his friend Morosini, who he played with back in 2009. He took the penalty kick awarded to the Impact in the 61st minute, and a very subdued celebration followed after he converted it. It was a touching moment.
On a happier note, Bolton player Fabrice Muamba has been released from the hospital. Upon his discharge, Muamba said:
“I am naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to every single member of staff at The London Chest Hospital who have played a part in my care. Their dedication, professionalism and expertise is simply amazing and I will forever be in their debt. I also wish to say thank you to all the many well-wishers who have sent thousands of messages of support.”
A truly miraculous and joyful day for all of the soccer world.
Major League Soccer
It was another exciting weekend of MLS action that saw the LA Galaxy finally find their form, Chivas USA snatch another win on the road and a game shortened in Chicago because of lightning. If you missed any of the action, we’ve got you covered!
There were a couple of stand out incidents from the weekend that had everyone talking. The first was in the New York Red Bulls – San Jose Earthquakes match. Rafa Marquez–known for his nasty temper and dirty play–broke Shea Salinas’ clavicle. Yes, he BROKE it. Marquez bear hugs Salinas in the box on a corner kick, tackles him to the ground and throws in a little kick for good measure. Our Earthquakes contributor Alyssa had a lot to say about this incident, and what she thinks the MLS Disciplinary Committee should do about it.
The second talking point from the weekend from an amazing display from Chicago Fire supporters. This tifo celebrating diversity is truly touching, and something that the soccer community could use a lot more of.