Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio will miss his team’s match against his former team, the Chicago Fire, next week after being suspended from Saturday’s 1-1 tie vs. Kansas City.
Osorio was ejected in the 83rd minute after Danleigh Borman’s equalizing goal for verbally abusing referee Jair Marrufo. The ejection was Osorio’s second in two seasons in MLS.
"After being warned to conduct himself in a professional manner, Juan Carlos Osorio was expelled in the 83rd minute for inappropriate behavior for use of foul language," Marrufo said in a written statement after the match. "After being expelled, Osorio continued verbal attacks to the referee and then to the fourth official while leaving the field."
Marrufo’s account of what led to Osorio’s expulsion contradicted Osorio’s own recollection of the incident. Osorio insisted that he did not use profanity.
"I was issued a red card. I’m very disappointed with that decision," Osorio said after the match. "I think it’s very unfair but that’s as far as I comment about that."
"It’s very frustrating that the referees become key figures in games like this," Osorio said. "The only thing you can do is keep working and there are some things you just can’t control."
When asked if he used profanity before being ejected, Osorio stated, "No I didn’t. No." When told that Marrufo accused him of using profanity, Osorio stated, "He is wrong."
Osorio will now miss next Sunday’s showdown with the Chicago Fire, the same club he coached last season before leaving to take over the Red Bulls. Though sources believe Osorio has been looking forward to the Chicago match for weeks, Osorio downplayed the significance of missing the match.
"The Chicago match is like any other important match and I am disappointed that I won’t be with my team on the sideline when we face them next Sunday," Osorio said.
Osorio’s anger with the officials came to a boil after Red Bulls midfielder Dave Van Den Bergh was issued a straight red card for an elbow to the face of Davy Arnaud. The elbow came after Arnaud had fouled Van Den Bergh, an elbow that Van Den Bergh insisted was unintentional.
"(Arnaud) was pulling me, pulling me and tugging me on my arm and on my shirt all over," Van Den Bergh said of the play that led to his ejection. "I was just trying to shake loose and I tried it once and I tried it twice and on the third time I couldn’t shame him loose with my arm dangling by my body so my arm came up.
"Obviously my intention was never to hit him. I don’t think I did hit him. I think he had a good dive like he was in a swimming pool."
"I think you all saw it," Osorio said. "It’s a tackle from behind and (Van Den Bergh) just tried to get himself free and it’s a red card."
The suspension means Osorio will not be able to sit on the bench for next week’s match against the Chicago Fire. Osorio can still be with the team before the match, at halftime and after the match. He can also maintain communication with the bench during the game. He is only prevented from actually sitting on the team bench during the match. Red Bulls assistant coach Richie Williams will serve as head coach for the Fire match, set for Sunday, May 25 at 3pm.