Are you a casual American sports fan looking for a Major League Soccer team to call your own? I recommend the New York Red Bulls. It's possible that the club will never (literally never) give you a championship or cup to celebrate. One thing you'll never be able to say about the franchise, though, is that it leaves you bored.
The NorthJersey.com website reported late Saturday morning that Red Bulls defender Wilman Conde was arrested in the early morning hours. According to the story, police responded to a noise complaint at about 5:30 am local time. Conde and another man were, per police report, "intoxicated and belligerent to the responding officers." Conde then took things that one extra step, as he, according to Det. Sgt. Kenneth Porrino, "became loud and got in the way of the officer and began to push him."
Yeah, pushing a police officer never ends well for any individual. Conde was subsequently arrested and charge with aggravated assault on a police officer. He has since been released pending a future court date which will be scheduled at a later time.
The Red Bulls acquired Conde earlier this season to be the cornerstone of a back line that disappointed throughout the 2011 MLS campaign. That has hardly been the case, however, as Conde has made just two appearances in league play this season. A nagging groin injury has kept Conde off the pitch since New York's 5-2 victory over the Montreal Impact, a match that took place all the way back on March 31.
New York's "no name" makeshift defense has pitched three consecutive shutouts, games that all resulted in 1-0 victories for the Red Bulls, but there's no denying that this is nothing but bad news for a team that seemingly cannot avoid off-the-field distractions. The Luke Rodgers debacle of this past offseason resulted in Rodgers not being allowed to reenter the country as a RBNY employee (no, seriously). The Rafa Marquez Saga gets more frustrating with each week, so much so that it's still not clear if he'll even be on the pitch this Sunday when New York are away to Philadelphia Union. Earlier this week, the Red Bulls were linked with potential moves that could bring either Alessandro Nesta or Emmanuel Adebayor to the club (more on that here).
Oh yeah, and captain Thierry Henry remains sidelined due to a hamstring injury that he suffered at the end of April.
We know way too little about the incident at this point to have any significant reaction regarding Conde's arrest. Some fans posting about the story on Twitter were quick to point out that the Red Bulls may now be forced to sign the previously mentioned Nesta. I wasn't a fan of the move earlier in the week, and I'm still not even after Conde's (allegedly) incredibly stupid decision to put his hands on a cop. A veteran defender who has slowed down, one who probably won't be able to hack it as a full-time defender in MLS;
sounds like the guy who got arrested in Fort Lee on Saturday morning.
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