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Archive for August 20th, 2017

MLS to implement a Fourth Substitute during Postseason play

 

 

New MLS Disciplinary Committee guidelines revealed for incidents
involving Video Review


NEW YORK(August 17, 2017) –  Major League Soccer today announced that a fourth substitute will be available to teams during the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs and 2017 MLS Cup for postseason matches that require the two, 15-minute extra time periods.

In addition, an update to the MLS Disciplinary Committee parameters has been introduced for incidents involving Video Review.

The International Football Association Board (The IFAB), which oversees changes to the Laws of the Game, has approved experiments with a fourth substitution during extra time. Under the IFAB parameters, a fourth substitute may only be used if a game goes to extra time and may be used regardless of the number of substitutes a team made during regulation time. Other competitions that have experimented with the fourth substitute include the FA Cup, Scottish Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. The IFAB will make a final decision about incorporation of the fourth substitute in 2018 or 2019.

Additionally, in conjunction with the implementation of Video Review, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has amended its third parameter: where the referee sees an incident and does not issue a red card. Under the amended third parameter, if the incident on the field was checked by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) regardless of a review by the on-field referee, the Disciplinary Committee will only act in instances that warrant at least a two-game suspension.

If a play is not checked by Video Review, the MLS Disciplinary Committee maintains the authority to issue supplemental fines and/or suspensions.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee will continue to act on incidents in which the referee or VAR does not see the incident, or where the referee sees an incident and issues a red card. Misconduct that lies outside the Video Review protocol such as, but not limited to, simulation/embellishment, mass confrontation, public criticisms, and use of offensive, insulting or abusive language, will be adjudicated according to the current disciplinary parameters, which can be found by CLICKING HERE.

The Commissioner can issue supplemental discipline, including fines and suspensions, if he determines on-field misconduct has occurred or if off-field misconduct is deemed detrimental to the reputation and public image of MLS.

Additional information on MLS Competition Guidelines can be found by CLICKING HERE

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Columbus Crew SC and Northeast Ohio native Josh Williams to throw out first pitch for Indians game on Monday night

 

 

Cleveland State University alumnus Williams to toss first pitch at Progressive Field on Monday, August 21 before the Indians take on the Boston Red Sox at 7:10 p.m. ET


 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC defender Josh Williams is scheduled to throw out the first pitch on Monday, August 21 at the Cleveland Indians game.Williams – who attended Cleveland State University and played soccer alongside current Crew SC goalkeeper Brad Stuver – is a Northeast Ohio native and a former high school soccer and baseball player at Copley High School. The Indians host the Boston Red Sox on Monday, with the game beginning at 7:10 p.m. ET Progressive Field.

Josh Williams in 2017 By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA - DSC_4799, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crew SC comes out of Orlando City SC with a point in 1-1 tie

MATCH RECAP: COLUMBUS CREW SC 1, ORLANDO CITY SC 1

Rookie defender Lalas Abubakar scores first career MLS goal;
Cristian Martinez makes first regular-season start of 2017;
Designated Player Pedro Santos makes his MLS and Crew SC debut



Columbus Crew SC 1 – Orlando City SC 1
Orlando City Stadium (Orlando, FL)
Saturday, August 19, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY
CLB – Lalas Abubakar (Waylon Francis) 35’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2wcTs9x]

ORL – Giles Barnes (Cristian Higuita) 67’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2vcf6pS]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (11-12-3, 36 points):
Columbus Crew SC vs. LA Galaxy (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH)

Wednesday, August 23 (7:30 p.m. ET / MyTV Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2vcg4Cv

TEAM STATISTICS: http://bit.ly/2x2jcmw


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: http://bit.ly/2fWbwhp

HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE: http://bit.ly/2wkKd7q

AUDIO FROM GOALKEEPER ZACK STEFFEN: http://bit.ly/2wkKd7q

AUDIO FROM DEFENDER LALAS ABUBAKAR: http://bit.ly/2wkKd7q



TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
Orlando City Stadium (Orlando, FL)

Referee: Juan Guzman Jr.
Assistants: Brian Dunn, Jeff Muschik
Fourth Official: Caleb Mendez
VAR: Matthew Franz
Attendance: 25,527
Weather: 92 degrees and clear

 

GOALS/ASSISTS

CLB – Lalas Abubakar (Waylon Francis) 35’

ORL – Giles Barnes (Cristian Higuita) 67’


DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

CLB – Lalas Abubakar (caution) 16’

ORL – Yoshimar Yotun (caution) 28’

CLB – Cristian Martinez (caution) 55’

CLB – Harrison Afful (ejection) 77’

CLB – Mohammed Abu (caution) 81’

CLB – Justin Meram (caution) 88’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Jonathan Mensah, Josh Williams, Lalas Abubakar; Harrison Afful, Mohammed Abu, Wil Trapp ©, Waylon Francis; Cristian Martinez (Pedro Santos 62’), Justin Meram (Jukka Raitala 89’); Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver; Adam Jahn, Hector Jimenez, Alex Crognale, Nicolai Naess

Orlando City SC: Joe Bendik; Scott Sutter, Tommy Redding, Leo Pereira, Donny Toia (Richie Laryea 83’); Will Johnson © (Cristian Higuita 32’), Antonio Nocerino (Dominic Dwyer 63’), Yoshimar Yotun; Giles Barnes; Cyle Larin, Carlos Rivas


Substitutes not used:
Josh Saunders; Jose Aja, Servando Carrasco, Dillon Powers

TEAM NOTES.

Rookie defender Lalas Abubakar tallied his first career MLS goal in tonight’s match, scoring Crew SC’s first goal in the 35th minute as he headed in a ball from Waylon Francis. Abubakar played the entire 90 minutes, registering one shot, one tackle and making 30 passes. In 2017, Abubakar has made five appearances (all starts), scoring one goal.

In tonight’s match, defender Waylon Francis recorded his second regular-season assist of 2017. Francis provided the pass that led to Crew SC’s opening goal in the 35th minute. In 2017, Francis has made 11 regular-season appearances (nine starts), recording one assist. Since joining the Black & Gold in November of 2013, Francis has made 82 regular-season appearances (74 starts), recording 17 assists for Crew SC.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen set a new MLS regular-season career-high number of saves with seven stops on the night. In 2017, Steffen has made 26 regular-season appearances (all starts), recording six shutouts and 79 saves.

Crew SC’s newest Designated Player, midfielder Pedro Santos, made his debut in tonight’s match. Santos came in as a substitute for defender Cristian Martinez in the 62nd minute. Santos was acquired as a Designated Player via a Discovery Signing on August 8, 2017. He is the sixth Designated Player in club history for the Black & Gold.

Midfielder Cristian Martinez made his first regular-season start of 2017 in tonight’s match against Orlando City SC. Martinez played the entire 90 minutes, completing 80% of his passes and making three tackles. In 2017, Martinez has made five appearances (one start).

With Lalas Abubakar’s goal in tonight’s match, all four of Crew SC’s rookie field players in 2017 have either scored or provided an assist in regular-season action. Niko Hansen has registered one goal and two assists; Lalas Abubakar has scored one goal; Alex Crognale has provided one assist; and Connor Maloney has recorded one assist.

Tonight’s match was Crew SC’s seventh regular-season all-time match against Orlando City SC. The Black & Gold are undefeated in their last four matches against the Lions with a record of 2-0-2 over that span. With tonight’s draw, Columbus brings its regular-season record against Orlando to 3-1-3. Additionally, in all-time regular-season matches, Crew SC has outscored Orlando City 16-11 dating back to the 2015 MLS regular season.

After further review in the 77th minute, a red card was issued for violent conduct to defender Harrison Afful.

With the draw in tonight’s match, Crew SC brings its 2017 regular-season record to 11-12-3. Next up, Crew SC hosts the LA Galaxy at MAPFRE Stadium for their lone regular-season meeting of 2017. Columbus and LA play on Wednesday, August 23 (7:30 p.m. ET / MyTV Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Indians activate Miller from DL, option Merritt, place Almonte on DL

The Cleveland Indians recently announced the following roster moves relative to the 2017 Major League roster:

Activated LHP ANDREW MILLER from the 10-day Disabled List.

Placed OF ABRAHAM ALMONTE on the 10-day Disabled List with left hamstring strain.

Optioned LHP RYAN MERRITT (26th man) back to Triple-A Columbus.

Miller was on the disabled list from August 2-17 with patellar tendonitis in his right knee, making a scoreless relief appearance with AAA Columbus on August 16 (1.0IP). So far this year he is 4-3 with 2 saves and a 1.67 ERA in 46 relief appearances (54.0IP, 26H, 10ER, 15BB, 78SO, .141 avg), the third-lowest relief ERA in the American League to date.

Almonte begins his second stint on the D.L. this season. So for in 2017 for Cleveland he has batted .222 (32-144) with 6 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs and 10 RBI in 53 games.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY INDIANS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Reds mourn death of Super scout, longtime front office executive Gene Bennett

The Cincinnati Reds offer condolences to the family and friends of longtime front office executive Gene Bennett, who died today in Portsmouth at age 89.

Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, “Gene was one of the game’s great scouts. He loved baseball, loved his team and forever changed the way we looked for talented players. He will be missed.”

“Gene has been part of the Reds’ family for more than 60 years,” said Reds President of Baseball Operations, General Manager Dick Williams. “His legacy touches not only our organization but also the baseball scouting fraternity. He made countless contributions to the success of our proud franchise.”

Gene Bennett (file photo)

Bennett was a senior special assistant to the Reds’ general managers from October 1992 until he retired in January 2011. After signing as a player in 1952, he began scouting in 1958 and was promoted to scouting supervisor in 1975. His notable signings include Reds Hall of Famers Don Gullett, Barry Larkin and Chris Sabo along with Jeff Russell, Charlie Leibrandt and Paul O’Neill.

“Gene had a major influence on me not only in baseball, but in life in general,” said Vice President, Assistant General Manager Nick Krall, who has worked in the Reds’ front office since 2003. “We talked about baseball, giving back to the community and family. I can’t begin to describe how much I appreciate him for taking that time for me.”

Bennett received the Topps Scout of the Month Award 12 times and in 1988 received the Topps All-Star Scout Award. In 1996 he was elected to the Middle Atlantic Major League Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame. In January 2009 Bennett received the Legends In Scouting Award from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation and at the December 2009 Winter Meetings he received the Midwest Scout of the Year Award.

Cooperstown Hall of Famer Larkin, a 12-time All-Star and the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1995, said in January 2011 when Bennett retired, “Gene not only is a great scout, as anyone in baseball will tell you, but he also is such a wonderful person. He will be missed by everyone in the game.”

Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta. They have a son, David, a daughter, Cathy, and four grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY REDS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

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