Wednesday Kicks: Marquez, Esky, Juninho & more

*Red Bull New York’s Rafael Marquez, who will play Friday against the Galaxy at Home Depot Center, was one of 13 Mexican internationals fined or suspended for a party they threw in the team hotel in Monterrey last month in violation of team rules after an exhibition match against Colombia, according to the Associated Press.

Suspended were Carlos Vela (Arsenal) and Efrain Juarez (Glasgow Celtic).

Also fined, like Marquez, were: Javier Hernandez, Giovanni dos Santos, Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Salcido, Andres Guardado, Gerardo Torrado, Pablo Barrera, Hector Esqueda and Hector Moreno.

*Read about former Galaxy and Chivas USA striker Alecko Eskandarian and his continuing struggle with concussion-like symptoms here.

*More about blossoming Galaxy midfield star Juninho is here in words and in diagrams here (and yes, I know I’ve posted that latter link before – it seemed apt to do so again with the story).

*U.S. Soccer today announced the names of the 40 Under-17 players who will join the famed Bradenton Academy this fall and the locals (with club affiliation and hometown) include:

goalkeepers – Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murietta.), Jake McGuire (Chivas USA; Chino)

defender – Luis Martir (Chivas de Guadalajara; Los Angeles)

midfielders – Marco Delgado (Cosmos Academy West; Glendora), Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale),

forwards – Kevin De La Torre (Chivas USA; Winchester), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood)

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  • Studs Up

    Goats USA 3 – 0 Galaxy :(