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Rafa Marquez's controversial comments have cost him a spot in the lineup for the New York Red Bulls' crucial match this Saturday against the Portland Timbers.
New York manager Hans Backe has suspended Marquez for the match after the Designated Player made harsh remarks and belittled his teammates after the club unraveled in a 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake, sources confirmed to SBI.
New York conceded three goals in the opening 21 minutes of a match that was of great importance to the club, and Marquez, a captain at the club and international level, went the unconventional route of appearing to throw his teammates under the bus. He also singled out his centerback partner, Tim Ream, whose error led directly to RSL's second goal.
Marquez' play has been subpar as well, evidenced by his culpability on the third RSL goal, leading many to call for his benching even prior to his comments.
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