The bad, the ugly and the good

With apologies to Sergio Leone.

*The bad: Former Galaxy man Brian Mullan received a ban today tied for the longest in MLS history when he received a 10-game suspension (including the automatic one-game ban for drawing a red card) and a $5,000 fine, the league announced.

Mullan broke the leg of Seattle’s Steve Zakuani in two places in the third minute of the game between the Sounders and Colorado last Friday with a challenge that was more assault than tackle.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee said Mullan’s challenge was “reckless, egregious, and showed utter disregard for the safety of his opponent.”

*The ugly: Wasted chances (including two sitters that should have found the back of the net), no Kyle Beckerman and a superbly taken, swift goal of the type MLS defenses just don’t see very often scuppered Real Salt Lake’s chances last night of defeating Mexico’s Monterrey for the CONCACAF Champions League title.

RSL players were visibly upset after the final whistle as if they had lost the opportunity of a lifetime. But good teams pick themselves up, regroup and try again. RSL are so obviously the class of MLS I don’t think we’ve seen the last of them in this competition.

And if it’s any consolation to Galaxy fans, that club remains the last U.S. team to lift the equivalent trophy 10 years ago.

*Finally, the good. If you haven’t seen Lionel Messi’s second goal for Barcelona against Real Madrid in the opening leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal Wednesday, you’re in for a real treat as he either beats or evades half a dozen of the opposing players (and his first wasn’t bad either):

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!
  • Inigo Montoya

    This will make RSL doubly hungry for MLS silverware. As long as they stay healthy, I can’t see anybody in the league who can stop them.