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Donovan lets fly at ´cheap´ Red Bulls

31 October 2011 02:25

Los Angeles Galaxy captain Landon Donovan has called the New York Red Bulls the dirtiest team he has ever played against in his MLS career.

Donovan's comments come after the Red Bulls' Rafa Marquez threw a ball at Donovan's back at the end of his team's 1-0 victory in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, causing a scuffle to break out on the Red Bulls Arena pitch.

"In all my years in this league, I've not played against a cheaper team, and they've been doing it all year," said Donovan. "It's a disgrace. We're here to play soccer."

Seconds after the match, Marquez acted and Adam Christman and Juninho retaliated. Both Marquez and Juninho received red cards and will miss the second leg of the semi-finals. Donovan was proud of his team-mates for sticking up for him.

"The whistle blew and Marquez picked up the ball and threw it at me. I was lucky I saw it and Adam [Christman] saw it as well and stood up for his team-mate," said Donovan.

"It's unfortunate that the guy who reacts always gets in trouble, but I'm glad that my team-mates stuck up for me."

When asked whether or not something happened on the pitch that resulted in Marquez's action, Donovan said it came out of nowhere but he was not surprised considering the Mexico international defender's reaction after the loss.

"I don't think anyone is surprised by what happened," Donovan said.

Donovan also called out the Red Bulls for having several cheap shots throughout the match. He dismissed the fact that teams generally play more physical in the playoffs.

"You saw it a few weeks ago when [Thierry] Henry kneed someone in the back. We've seen that stuff all year," said Donovan. "It's happened all year. I think it's just part of their make-up."

Despite the game being physical on both sides, Donovan is glad that his team were able to pull out a victory away from home.

"In the end the cream rose to the top and the better team won," said Donovan.

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Competition
MLS
Date
30 October 2011
Kick-off
20:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 1
On aggregate
1 - 3
Venue
Red Bull Arena (Harrison, New Jersey)
Attendance
22663

Goals

0 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4 90+5'
22
44
7
5
2
20
14 44'
19
9
Coach: H. Backe
# Player Bookings
12
2
5 40'
20
4
23
18 15'
19 90+5'
10
14
11
Coach: B. Arena

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
10
18
25
11
17
# Player Bookings
17
8
1
26
30
29
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