Saturday, October 16 2021

Real Salt Lake’s season-opening victory culminated in a post-match flaring of tempers when goalkeeper David Ochoa, in an opposing defender’s words, acted like “a bit of a clown.” 

When the final whistle blew on a 2-1 win against Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota, RSL keeper David Ochoa turned and booted the ball into the stands behind him. It was toward the Minnesota United support section called the Wonderwall. 

Ochoa, making only his second MLS start, walked to center pitch to greet teammates and was met by MNUFC midfielder Hassani Dotson, his U-23 U.S. national teammate. Ochoa ignored him, Dotson pushed Ochoa and another MNUFC player came in to push an RSL player nearby. 

More shoving ensued for the next few minutes. Team personnel helped Ochoa off the field as the opponents kept chirping. 

Minnesota’s coach responds to Ochoa’s action

Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath was asked about it on the post-game show with the play-by-play crew. 

“The goalkeeper just turned and booted the ball into the fans toward our supporters, which is a no-no. We all know that,” Heath said. “He’s got some edge on him for a kid that’s not that good. It is what it is.” 

Minnesota play-by-play announcer Callum Williams trying to hold in his chuckle is priceless. Heath took a calmer approach in the press conference. 

“There’s no need. They’ve won the game, he doesn’t need to be blasting the ball into supporters,” Heath said after the match, via MLSsoccer.com. “Everybody knows that’s a no-no. And normally, when you use them antics like he’s done most of the evening, you’re normally pretty good so that was a surprise for me.”

MNUFC defender calls Ochoa ‘bit of a clown’

Ochoa, 20, had already irritated Minnesota player with time-wasting tactics in the second half as Real Salt Lake held a 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals by Anderson Julio at the 31st and 41st minutes. 

In the closing minutes of the match, Ochoa was hit in the back and needed medical attention. A similar incident happened again before the final whistle. 

“I mean, he’s actually a bit of a clown like within the 90 minutes before and then decides to top it off with that which is pretty disrespectful, I think,” Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall said, via the MLS site. “I mean, I don’t know if it’s his first time out on the field or just doesn’t seem like he knows how to behave and I think we wanted to let him know. Yeah, he’s just a bit of a clown, you can tell him I said that.”

Ochoa, one of the league’s up-and-coming keepers, got the start in the final game of the 2020 season and had four saves in a 2-0 loss. He had one save against Minnesota. In 2018, he helped lead the U-20 national team to its second consecutive CONCACAF U-20 title. 

Real Salt Lake meets Minnesota United again on May 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. 

More from Yahoo Sports:

Previous

Seattle-LAFC building a great, natural MLS rivalry

Next

Chicharito not the only piece of Galaxy's rise

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

Warriors’ Jonathan Kuminga to miss preseason finale with injury

Jonathan Kuminga will not play in the Golden State Warriors‘ preseason finale on Friday versus the Portland Trail Blazers due to a right patellar tendon strain. Kuminga suffered the injury on Oct. 6 in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets. The exact play when it occurred is not known but he left the game […]

Read More

Giants hurt by odd MLB rule in controversial NLDS loss vs. Dodgers

Odd MLB rule played role in Giants’ controversial NLDS loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea Perhaps it was fitting how the Giants’ season ended, done in by a controversial check-swing call in Game 5 of the National League Division Series after their power-packed offense went missing against the Los Angeles Dodgers. After all, the […]

Read More

Saudi-owned Newcastle begin bold bid for ‘superpower’ status

A new era beckons for Newcastle on Sunday when a packed St James’ Park will witness the Magpies’ first match since a takeover led by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund took control of the club. Amanda Staveley, one of Newcastle’s new directors, says the consortium’s ambition is to turn the struggling club into Premier League […]

Read More