The Unused Sub: Holly, We Hardly Knew Ye

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I am going to miss Christy Holly. He was a sharp-dressed man and built something good with Sky Blue FC and I think was on the cusp of something great with them.

ON THE TYLER LUSSI SUSPENSION & MORE
The NWSL DisCo’s decision to suspend Tyler Lussi of the Portland Thorns three matches and an undisclosed fine for pulling Chicago Red Stars’ Dani Colaprico last Saturday is fair. Tyler Lussi doesn’t have an ill-reputation, either as a rookie nor one from her college playing days. Could it have played a factor in say maybe she should have only received 2 matches? Probably, but the DisCo is at least consistent with making it loud and clear for everyone in the league – DO NOT PULL HAIR. Simple enough of a rule, right? That said, Tyler Lussi is not a dirty thug with anger issues. Merritt Mathias of the Seattle Reign FC is also not a dirty thug with anger issues, who also got suspended for three matches and an undisclosed fine for the same thing. Yes, shit just does happen on the field during the height of competition. No one is naive enough to think professional athletes are cordial for every single second of competition. There’s probably going to be another instance of this happening in the near future and yes we’ll all get angry about it. IT DOESN’T MEAN people can get on their social media and direct messages to the culprit and bully them about it. Empathy, kindness, respect. Look up what those words mean and try to live by their definitions. You just might enjoy the escapism of sports a little bit better that way.

Dom Dwyer said he hopes Sydney Leroux will be in Orlando with him soon. In other statements from the Department of DUH, the guy that’s in the White House isn’t popular nor good at his job.

The FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year top 10 nominees were released this week. – Lesson to the kids out there playing soccer: With hard work and persistence comes recognition of your contributions on the field, like elbowing people in the head. Just ask Carli Lloyd.


WEEK 19 PREDICTIONS
Playoff races are fun.

North Carolina Courage OVER Washington Spirit

  • The Courage continue to pad their lead atop the table. Next.

Boston Breakers and Orlando Pride play to a DRAW

  • You read that right. Breakers hold the Pride to a draw and every Orland Pride fan will direct their special brand of Mad Online at me for calling it.

Seattle Reign FC OVER Sky Blue FC

  • The Reign just got rid of one bugaboo and finally won in Chicago. I think they got their mojo back from the win and will keep it going against a Sky Blue FC that who really knows which version of them shows up.

Portland Thorns OVER Houston Dash

  • Mark Parsons remembers he can make up to three substitutions and really losing to FC Kansas City was inexcusable and they’ll take it out on Houston.

Chicago Red Stars OVER FC Kansas City

  • They shouldn’t lose to a Kansas City team that’s going nowhere. If they lose this one, it’ll be time to wonder out loud (and some here on this site might write about it) if they’re running out of gas and won’t have enough to get to the playoffs. They’re the superior team on paper and should rebound to show it on the field too.

And here’s your music video break. Enjoy.

Song: “Black & Gold” | Artist: Sam Sparro

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Kevin
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“Tyler Lussi is not a dirty thug with anger issues. Merritt Mathias of the Seattle Reign FC is also not a dirty thug with anger issues, who also got suspended for three matches and an undisclosed fine for the same thing.” I believe your general point was that hair pulling apparently is (and should be) an automatic three match suspension. I think that is reasonable. As for the two incidents, I think it is debatable whether Lussi pulled Dani Colaprico’s hair on purpose (I don’t think she did, but I get that some disagree). In contrast, there is no question… Read more »
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