Saturday night's match between the L.A. Galaxy and New York Red Bulls actually lived up to the hype (well, the first half did, at least) with goals from Thierry Henry and Landon Donovan and some exceptional bits of skill. It even featured a few confrontations that could help foster the heated L.A. vs N.Y. rivalry that MLS has been praying for.
After the match, Red Bulls striker Luke Rodgers decided to take it all a step further and provided a few choice words about Landon Donovan's interactions with the referee. "The kid's a d***head," the former Notts County player said of Donovan. "I just think the kid's a f***ing prick."
When presented with Rodgers' comments through Twitter, Landon replied, "I'm confused, who is Luke Rogers?" Pretending not to know who he is AND intentionally spelling his name wrong? Burn!
Rodgers' full rant (via Metro Fanatic) right this way...
"In this league, he's a respected person, but he's telling Titi to f**k off. The kid's a d***head. I don't care. I just think the kid's a f***ing prick."
"After Henry scored he's running the whole length of the pitch to shout at the linesman. He must have eyes like a hawk to tell if he's offsides. I tackled the keeper he's running whole length of the field to tell the ref I should be sent off. He needs to be a bit more humble."
"I just think he talks too much. You don't need to. Put it this way, someone like him, he's done OK for himself, played in MLS, scored a lot of goals, he's in all-star teams, played in the Premiership and I know people in the Premiership who say he's done really well when he was there. You've got people looking up to him, and he's trying to get people sent off."
"He is telling linemen off, shouting at referees. Is it one rule for him and one rule for the [r]est of us? He needs to be a bit more humble. He's just a bit annoying. Just a bit annoying when it's like you've got two referees on the pitch. He's running up to the referees telling him what decisions make. I've never ever seen nothing like that."
Red Bulls defender Tim Ream, meanwhile, did something far more hurtful (and impressive) to Donovan during the match. Shortly after scoring his goal, Landon had a golden opportunity at a second before the half off an excellent David Beckham long ball. Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul charged out of his area and Donovan went right past him, giving him a clear shot on an empty net. The Galaxy captain's toe-poke proved too slow for Ream, though, who sprinted into the goal from behind Donovan and cleared the ball off the line at the last possible moment.
It looked like it might have been a goal, but the officials didn't call it. Either way, Ream gets a gold star for the fantastic effort.
Photo via MLSsoccer.com