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With Rafa Marquez playing his usual role of blatant saboteur, the New York Red Bulls were eliminated from the MLS playoffs by DC United. Though Thierry Henry came up small in his own ways to help contribute to the disappointing performance, Marquez managed to squander a man advantage for his side just six minutes after DC keeper Bill Hamid was sent off.
Already on a yellow (that could've easily been a straight red) for elbowing Chris Pontius while going up for a header in the 61st minute, Marquez then took Pontius out with a late, lunging tackle in the 75th minute that earned him a second booking and a walk down the tunnel that he didn't seem too upset about. DC later scored in the 88th minute to advance to the next round.
After the match, Marquez's designated abuse sponge for the night had this to say about the former Mexico captain (via the Sporting News):
"It was like he was trying to get thrown out of the game ... like he didn't want to be there."
And if New York have any luck, he won't be there much longer at all.
This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.