Mid-Day Ticker: RSL-SKC ends in brawl, Crew signs Serbian midfielder and more

Mid-Day Ticker: RSL-SKC ends in brawl, Crew signs Serbian midfielder and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: RSL-SKC ends in brawl, Crew signs Serbian midfielder and more

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It's only preseason, but there's some bad blood brewing between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City.

According to multiple reports, the two teams had a bench-clearing brawl in their friendly in Casa Grande, Ariz., Tuesday night, and the game had to be abandoned before it was completed.

Roger Espinoza reportedly came in hard with a two-footed challenge to take out Javier Morales to start the trouble. No injuries were reported.

The score was 2-2 at the time of the melee, with Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola scoring for RSL and Kei Kamara and Omar Bravo tallying for SKC. The two teams have a match featuring reserves scheduled for 1 p.m. ET today.

Here are a few more items from around the soccer world:


The Columbus Crew signed 31-year-old Serbian midfielder Dejan Rusmir.

Rusmir, who had been on trial with the Crew in Arizona, has spent his 10-year career in Romania and his native Serbia. He most recently played for Farul Constanta in Romania, where he scored six goals in 37 matches over the last two seasons.


In a development that could facilitate Jermaine Jones' return to Schalke, manager Felix Magath is reportedly being pushed out by the team's board of directors at the end of this season.

Jones fell out of favor with Magath, who demoted the American midfielder to the team's reserves for disciplinary reasons. Jones was loaned to Blackburn, which has the option to purchase his contract outright.

Magath's current contract with Schalke isn't up until the end of the 2013 season.


Dorchester Town player-coach Ashley Vickers thought he was doing everybody a favor by tackling a near-naked streaker who had entered the pitch during his team's nonleague match with Havant & Waterlooville. Instead, he got sent off for his deed.

Vickers was given a straight red card for violent conduct and his team went on to lose, 3-1.

And you thought Robin Van Persie's red card was bad.

Here's video of the incident:


What do you think about the RSL-SKC brawl? Think Rusmir can help the Crew this season? Hope to see Jones stay in England or return to Germany? Can you believe a player got sent off for tackling a streaker?

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