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Afternoon Ticker: Hartman to miss 2-3 weeks (Henry fined), Nkufo wins award and more

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FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman will miss two to three weeks with the sprained MCL he suffered in last week's run-in with New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry.

Hartman was forced to leave at halftime of the Red Bulls-FC Dallas match last Thursday after a ball kicked by Henry jarred Hartman's leg, spraining his MCL in the process. The veteran goalkeeper is enjoying a career year, but will now miss the remainder of the month. Dario Sala will take over in his absence.

While it still won't sit well with Dallas fans, the news could have been much worse for Hartman, who should be back in time for the MLS playoffs, which FC Dallas is on the verge of qualifying for.

(UPDATE) Henry was fined $2000 by MLS for the incident, but he was not suspended. The fine was announced on Monday afternoon, and the lack of a suspension means Henry will play for New York against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Friday.

Here are some other soccer news items from Monday:

Nkufo named MLS Player of the Week

Seattle Sounders forward Blaise Nkufo was named MLS Player of the Week on Monday for his hat-trick performance in Seattle's 4-0 thrashing of the Columbus Crew.

Nkufo beat out a strong field of candidates that included Toronto's Dwayne DeRosario, Los Angeles' Landon Donovan and FC Dallas' Eric Alexander.

Nkufo scored his first three goals for Seattle since joining the Sounders from Dutch champions FC Twente this summer.

Messi to miss two weeks

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is set to miss two weeks with ligament damage in his right ankle suffered during Sunday's 2-1 win vs. Atletico Madrid.

Messi was fouled late in the match by Atletico Madrid defender Thomas Ujfalusi, who was issued a straight red card for the offense.


What do you think of these developments. Glad to hear Hartman will be back this season? Agree with the pick of Nkufo as player of the week? Think Ujfalusi should face a lengthy ban for his awful challenge on Messi?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Us guys up here are too busy paying your States down there for things you can’t pay for. Us guys pay the majority of Federal Tax so Y’all can live at a higher standard like us guys….

    By the way if Hartman was attacking and Henry was in goal, and Hartman went to celebrate the goal, in which Henry put his foot in the way to block the kick, and in turn got himself hurt, I would still say it was a no fault situation and no one should be penalized….

  2. If ‘yous guys’ up there in all the broke states saw Hartman do that to Henry please do admit that you would have seen a card plus suspension.

    And Shea got a red, was suspended, got the ball before the player, and that player was able to stay in the match.

    Henry got…no card for that play and $2k fine. Yawn.

  3. I could be wrong… but I think the fine amounts are set at certain levels as part of the CBA the players union has a hand in drafting. I think it’s meant to be a way to protect some of the lower earning players from really hurting themselves financially if something stupid happens.

  4. Hey Sounders fans RSL should give you Robbie Findley for for free. Findely decided to switch over to your team last time the two teams met by kicking a penalty right at the keeper. C’mon RSL.


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