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MLS, this week updated it policies on cancellations and postponement of games



With weather conditions disrupting several recent matches, Major League Soccer moved this week to clarify its policies pertaining to match postponements.
According to the league, the MLS Product Strategy Committee on Wednesday agreed to several new rules governing what happens when a game is abandoned due to unforeseen circumstances.

The policy, which has been added to the league’s 2015 Rules and Regulations, is as follows:

Postponement Policy

  • In the event a match is abandoned in or after the 76th minute (i.e. 75:00 on the official game clock), the result and all statistics will stand.
  • In the event a match is abandoned prior to the 76th minute, it will be postponed, rather than cancelled.  In the event the game is abandoned prior the 76th minute, any remaining time will be completed the following day or as soon as practical.
  • The League will determine in its discretion whether to postpone/abandon a match after considering all relevant factors and circumstances including: whether the delay in play exceeds 3 hours and whether resuming play would begin after 12:00 am local time and/or whether the game would be completed by 1:00 am local time; neither factor is determinative.

Match Recommencement

  • The match must restart on the same spot where the abandoned match action occurred (i.e. free-kick, throw-in, goal kick, corner kick, penalty, etc.).  If the match was stopped during the normal flow of the game, a dropped ball on the spot where it was abandoned shall be used to restart.
  • The match shall recommence with the same players on the pitch and substitutes available as when the match was initially abandoned. Any player in play at the time the match was abandoned who subsequently is injured before the resumption of the match and cannot play can only be replaced by a substitute on the official match day roster of the abandoned match.  Such substitute will NOT count against a team’s normally allotted substitutions.
  • No additional substitutes may be added to the list of players on the official match day roster.
  • The teams can make only the number of substitutions to which they were still entitled when the match was abandoned (except as provided above in the case of a subsequent injury).


  • Single yellow cards imposed before the match was abandoned are not carried forward to any other matches before the abandoned match is completed.
  • Players sent off during the abandoned match cannot be replaced and the number of players in the starting line-up remains as it was when the match was abandoned.
  • Players who were suspended following a match played after the abandoned match in question can be included on the team sheet so long as they were on the official match day roster of the abandoned match.
  • Any sanctions imposed before the match was abandoned remain valid for the remainder of the match.

Over the past month, several MLS matches have been disrupted due to heavy weather. In Dallas, the game between FC Dallas and Toronto FC was delayed for 3 hours and 26 minutes on April 18 due to lightning strikes in the area, and finished around 1 am local time. The May 6 match in Utah between Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy was also delayed 62 minutes due to lightning in the area.


Game Preview: Hunter Greene on the hill as Dragons host Hot Rods tonight at 7:07




Dragons GameDay

Saturday, June 9, 2018 Game # 60

Fifth Third Field l Dayton, Ohio l 7:07 p.m.

TV: Dayton’s CW (26) l Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE


Bowling Green Hot Rods (38-21) at Dayton Dragons (29-30)

RH Tommy Romero (4-3, 2.36) vs. RH Hunter Greene (1-3, 6.32)

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Bowling Green Hot Rods (affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) in the second game of a four-game series.  Season Series to Date:  Bowling Green 7, Dayton 2 (in Dayton: Hot Rods 2, Dragons 1).

2018 Team Notes

  • The Dragons need three home victories to tie the franchise record for most home wins in a half (25). They have three home games remaining, all against Bowling Green.
  • Meanwhile, the Dragons need four road wins to avoid tying the club record for fewest road wins in a half. The club record is 10. The Dragons have six road games to play. The Dragons will play three fewer road games in the first half than the scheduled number of 35 due to three postponements at Great Lakes in April.
  • The Dragons are 22-11 at home; 7-19 on the road. Their team ERA at home is 4.45 compared to 6.76 on the road. They are scoring more runs per game on the road (5.0) than at home (4.4). They have allowed 27 unearned runs on the road compared to 12 at home.
  • The Dragons have been the streakiest team in professional baseball in 2018. They started the year with a three-game losing streak, won the next nine games, lost the next eight, won nine of 10, lost the next eight, won seven of eight, lost the next three, won four of six, and have lost the last four.
  • The Dragons team ERA in their 29 wins is 3.39 (260 IP, 98 ER). The ERA in the 30 losses is 7.58 (250.2 IP, 211 ER).

Hunter Greene

2018 Individual Notes

  • Hendrik Clementina is hitting .338 on the year with a .640 slugging percentage. He is tied for fourth in the MWL in home runs with nine and tied for ninth in RBI with 34 despite not having enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting lead (he is three short of the minimum). With his current averages, he would lead the league in slugging percentage and OPS, and rank third in batting average if he qualified. Clementina was named the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Hitter of the Month for May after batting .329 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in the month.
  • John Ghyzel ranks first in the MWL lead in saves with 11.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers (Game times are Dayton time) (All games on WONE 980 AM and

Sunday, June 10 (2:07 p.m.): Bowling Green RH Tobias Myers (6-3, 4.96) at Dayton RH Andrew Jordan (1-1, 2.81) TV: Dayton’s CW (26)

Monday, June 11 (7:00 p.m.): Bowling Green RH Austin Franklin (3-2, 3.81) at Dayton RH Adrian Rodriguez (3-2, 6.00)




Top 5 MLS Eastern Conference foes, Crew SC-NY Red Bulls play in key game



Black & Gold square-off against the Red Bulls today at 5:00 p.m. ET


COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC hosts the New York Red Bulls tomorrow, Saturday, June 9, in the first of two regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2018. The match kicks-off at 5:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised nationally on ESPN featuring Adrian Healey and Alejandro Moreno on the call. Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, with Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess broadcasting the call in English. Pre-match coverage on CD102.5 FM begins at 4:30 p.m. ET with post-match coverage to follow. The club’s official website,, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online as well as host the Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone.

Another battle of Eastern Conference elite squads looms Saturday afternoon as Columbus Crew SC host the New York Red Bulls.

Crew SC are unbeaten in their last eight league games, but have drawn their last two, while the Red Bulls had a five-match undefeated streak snapped last Saturday by the New England Revolution.

The Crew have lost just three of their last 16 home games against the Red Bulls (9W-4D), allowing New York to score multiple goals just three times, per Opta.

Columbus Crew SC

After falling behind 3-0, Crew SC (7-3-5) rallied furiously to score three goals in the final 23 minutes to tie Toronto FC3-3, last Saturday. Gyasi Zardes started the rally with his ninth goal of the season. Alex Crognale pulled Columbus within a goal in the 81st minute and Federico Higuain struck for the 90th-minute penalty kick to cap the stunning comeback.

There was even more drama on Wednesday night, when Crew SC and the Chicago Fire needed 11 rounds of a penalty-kick shootout before the Fire prevailed in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup.

“You can see we were fatigued, you could see they got tired, and it was a group that normally hasn’t played together,” Crew SC coach Gregg Berhalter said Wednesday night. “A lot of new faces, a lot of guys, you know, playing major minutes, basically in a competitive game for the first time this year, so I’m really proud of them.”

  • Suspended: M – Cristian Martinez
  • Suspended after next caution: D – Milton Valenzuela
  • International duty: GK – Zack Steffen, M – Wil Trapp
  • Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: M – Pedro Santos (right thigh injury), D – Jonathan Mensah (left thigh injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Jon Kempin — Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Lalas Abubakar, Milton Valenzuela — Ricardo Clark, Artur — Niko Hansen, Federico Higuain, Mike Grella — Gyasi Zardes

  • Notes: Higuain has created 10 chances from set pieces since May 1. Only three other players had more than seven, and only one had more than Higuaín. … When Columbus overcame a 3-0 deficit to earn a 3-3 draw vs. TFC, it marked only the 13th time in MLS history team got a result when trailing by at least three goals in a match. They extended their unbeaten run in league play to eight games (4W-4D).

New York Red Bulls

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his ninth goal of the year early, but the Red Bulls (7-4-1) conceded late in each half to fall to the Revolution, 2-1. It was their first defeat since a 2-1 home loss to the Fire on April 21.

The Red Bulls, though, bounced back in a big way on Wednesday, blasting NYCFC4-0, in the USOC. Eight players in their starting XI have played for Red Bulls II — and six were featured on the USL side this year. That includes Vincent Bezecourt, who put the Red Bulls in front after just two minutes.

Aaron Long scored early in the second half and Danny Royer tacked on two goals late as the Red Bulls knocked off NYCFC in the USOC for a second straight year.

“Playing NYCFC is always something special. We’re glad we got the win today,” Bezecourt said after the match. “Most importantly, it’s a cup tournament so we have to win every single game. We have four games to go and we have to be ready for it.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: D – Fidel Escobar, D – Michael Murillo, D – Tim Parker, M – Tyler Adams, M – Kaku
  • Injury Report: OUT: D – Kyle Duncan (torn right ACL); QUESTIONABLE: GK – Luis Robles (knee injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Luis Robles — Connor Lade, Aaron Long, Aurelien Collin, Kemar Lawrence — Sean Davis, Marc Rzatkowski — Florian Valot, Vincent Bezecourt, Danny Royer — Bradley Wright-Phillips

  • Notes: Kaku was held without a chance created in their 2-1 loss to New England last weekend, the second time that has happened this year (2L). They are 6W-2L-1D when Kaku records at least one chance created. … New York saw their five-game unbeaten run in league play snapped in last weekend’s 2-1 loss in New England. They have not lost back-to-back league games since May 2017 (37 games since, inc. playoffs).

All-Time Series

  • Overall: Columbus Crew SC 27 wins, 83 goals … New York Red Bulls 30 wins, 97 goals … 10 draws
  • At Columbus: Crew SC 17 wins, 47 goals … Red Bulls 12 wins, 45 goals … 5 draws
  • Last meeting at Columbus: Columbus Crew SC 3, New York Red Bulls 2 (Sept. 23, 2017)


Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Matthew Nelson, Logan Brown
4th Official: Rubiel Vazquez
VAR: Jon Freemon


A look at the history of the New York Red Bulls, today’s Crew SC opponent



The Red Bulls top player is Bradley Wright-Phillips warming-up before a 2014 match for New York Red Bulls By billtnj, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


The New York Red Bulls are an American professional soccer club based in HarrisonNew Jersey. The Red Bulls compete as a member of the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The club was established in October 1994 and began play in the league’s inaugural season in 1996 as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. In 2006 the team was sold to Red Bull GmbH and re-branded as part of the company’s global network of football clubs, leading to the team’s current name.

The Red Bulls have played their home matches at Red Bull Arena since 2010, having previously played at Giants Stadium. The club is one of two teams in MLS based in the New York metropolitan region along with New York City FC, which entered the league in 2015. The two sides compete against each other in the Hudson River Derby. Former United States international midfielder Jesse Marsch has been the team’s head coach since taking over in January 2015.

The Red Bulls have reached the MLS Cup final once in 2008 where they were defeated by the Columbus Crew. The club has won two regular season Supporters’ Shield titles in 2013 and 2015 and has also twice reached the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2003 and 2017, losing on both occasions.

Red Bull takeover (2006–2009)

On March 9, 2006, it was announced that Austrian energy drink conglomerate Red Bull GmbH had purchased the club, and as part of their sponsorship would completely re-brand the franchise, changing the name, colors, and logo, a move which drew mixed reactions. The club name was changed to “Red Bull New York” with the team now referred to as the “New York Red Bulls” by the league and media.

Red Bull had originally approached MLS about creating an expansion club in New York City proper, but concerns over the cost of buying out the MetroStars’ territorial rights to the region, along with the expected difficulty in securing a stadium site in the city, led the company to purchase the MetroStars instead and take over their existing stadium project in Harrison, New Jersey. The territorial rights to a second New York area franchise reverted to MLS as part of the sale.


Club records and statistics

  • All-Time regular season record: 235 wins, 244 losses, 121 draws (Through November 29, 2014)
  • Scored the fastest goal in Major League Soccer history (7 seconds into the game vs the Philadelphia Union on October 18, 2015 at Red Bull Arena)

Player records

MLS regular season only, through October 22, 2017


Single season

All-time top 10 goalscorers

As of April 21, 2018 (all competitive matches)
Name Period Goals[99]
1 England Bradley Wright-Phillips 2013– 108
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel 2007–2010 62
3 France Thierry Henry 2010–2014 52
4 United States Clint Mathis 2000–2003; 2007 45
5 Venezuela Giovanni Savarese 1996–1998 44
6 Honduras Amado Guevara 2003–2006 39
7 United States John Wolyniec 1999; 2003–2010 36
8 Colombia Adolfo Valencia 2000–2001 29
9 Brazil Rodrigo Faria 2001–2002 25
10 Ghana Lloyd Sam 2012–2016 24

Bold signifies current Red Bulls player



Year Reg. Season MLS Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Champions League
New York/New Jersey MetroStars
1996 3rd, East (15–17) Quarter-finals Did not enter Did not qualify
1997 5th, East (13–19) Did not qualify Semi-finals
1998 3rd, East (15–17) Quarter-finals Semi-finals Did not qualify
1999 6th, East (7–25) Did not qualify Round of 16
2000 1st, East (17–12–3) Semi-finals Semi-finals
2001 2nd, East (13–10–3) Quarter-finals Round of 32 Not held
2002 4th, East (11–15–2) Did not qualify Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2003 3rd, East (11–10–9) Quarter-finals Final
2004 3rd, East (11–12–7) Quarter-finals Round of 16
2005 4th, East (12–9–11) Quarter-finals Round of 16
New York Red Bulls
2006 4th, East (9–11–12) Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2007 3rd, East (12–11–7) Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2008 5th, East* (10–11–9) Runners Up Round of 16
2009 7th, East (5–19–6) Did not qualify Did not qualify Lost in preliminary round
2010 1st, East (15–9–6) Quarter-finals Round of 16 Did not qualify
2011 5th, East (10–8–16) Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2012 3rd, East (16–9–9) Quarter-finals Round of 16
2013 1st, East** (17–9–8) Quarter-finals Round of 16
2014 4th, East (13–10–11) Semi-finals 4th round Group stage
2015 1st, East** (18–10–6) Semi-finals Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2016 1st, East (16–9–9) Quarter-finals Round of 16 Quarter-finals
2017 6th, East (14-12-8) Semi-finals Final Semi-finals

* Qualified for MLS Cup playoffs as wild card in Western Conference playoff bracket
** Won Supporters’ Shield





Capitals’ Ovechkin wins Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP




LAS VEGAS (June 7, 2018) Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was named the 2018 Conn Smythe Trophy winner. Awarded to “the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs,” Ovechkin was selected the winner in a vote by a panel of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Ovechkin was the League-leader in goals during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 15 and finished second in scoring during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 27 points (15-12-27).


Ovechkin becomes the second Russian-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and the fourth player born outside of North America to earn the honor (Evgeni Malkin, Russia, 2009; Henrik Zetterberg, Sweden, 2008; Nicklas Lidstrom, Sweden, 2002).

All-time Conn Smythe Trophy Winners



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