Kyle Beckerman Faces Long Suspension

Kyle Beckerman Faces Long Suspension

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 29, 2011
  • Kyle Beckerman

We’ve seen this before, at least somewhere. A player goes a little bat-sh*t crazy on someone. It happened again last night with Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman on Chicago Fire midfielder Daniel Paladini.

Beckerman, who was enjoying a very strong MVP-like season until his head butt on Paladini last night. The foul itself was clearly some emotions that could have been handled better by the official for a foul that apparently wasn’t called on Paladini.

Thankfully for Beckerman he didn’t severely injure Paladini. But given the league’s history this season with suspensions for rough fouls on players like Steve Zakuani and Javier Morales, I’d expect something to come down to Beckerman that will affect how RSL does for the rest of the season and possibly into the playoffs.

The play itself is pretty shocking. You may or may not like Beckerman but for RSL to lose him could be killer to their Supporter’s Shield hopes and even to their MLS Cup hopes. Losing a team captain like Beckerman is never easy to deal with, even if the club is as deep as RSL is.

Now the question comes out, how long will Beckerman be out? With four regular season games left and potentially anywhere between four and five playoff games, could the league punish Beckerman for more than four games? I kind of think he has to get at least two or three games here, if not maybe more.

What do you think?

  • Matt (NEF)

    The play from Paladini was total crap also. He had no intentions of getting the ball, just stepped on his heal.

    However thatdoesn’t excuse what Beckerman did. Its not like he doesn’t do this stuff also.

    I see Beckerman getting an extra game, nothing more.

    • Yeah, I agree. I know MLS won’t do anything to Paladini but it is one of those instances where they should do something, maybe a fine for unsportsman-like behavior?

  • Maria

    Here’s the thing…I was at this game. Yes Beckerman let his emotions get the best of him and yes he was correctly sent off but I do not agree with additional suspension. Why should he be punished when the league cannot correctly punish those who truly deserve it. The Chicago players were exaggerating every bump and disrespectfully wasted time. They were not at Rio Tinto to play soccer and it made the game very unenjoyable as a spectator. More importantly, Toledo took a blind eye to anything that would give RSL an advantage (ie not allowing RSL to restart the ball after he whistled a foul in their favor) and I believe it was his actions as a referee which led to the onfield antics. If anyone should receive a suspension it should be Baldomero Toledo. Also, I think it is all part of an MLS conspiricy to sabotage Real Salt Lake. Yes I am biased as I am a proud supporter of my club.

    • Of course it’s a conspiracy: you blew it in the CCL!! Garber and the rest of the league made sure you had it easy in the 2 leg final for you all to screw up at home! :-p (Kidding, from a somewhat level headed rapids fan…although I can’t help but laugh that Toledo f’d you all like he did to us against you all in April).  There was a lot of questionable shenanigans being pulled by the Fire that hopefully the league takes some action on. Regardless, like you said, doesn’t excuse hippie boy from losing his shit.