USA on USA Soccer Crime: Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin vs. Omar Gonzalez

By Mike Cardillo

I believe.

I believe that.

I believe that is is not a fight, but it was some sort of on-field altercation between USMNT players Omar Gonzalez and Clint Dempsey & DeAndre Yedlin during Monday night’s Los Angeles Galaxy/Seattle Sounders match which aired on ESPN2. Gonzalez shoved Yedlin to the ground during first half stoppage time, which prompted Dempsey and the rest of the Sounders to get pretty pissed off. The visiting Galaxy were ahead 3-0 at the time, which might explain why everyone was so feisty.

All three U.S. internationals involved in the incident failed to speak to the media afterward. The MLS postgame write-ups only mention Gonzalez earning a yellow card. The usually affable Gonzalez, offered up a mundane post-game tweet:

Hopefully this doesn’t shatter the illusion that every professional athlete, national teams included, are best buddies both on and off the field. Unless the players involved address the incident, we can only speculate why Gonzalez deemed it necessary to drop Yedlin and get in the World Cup breakout star’s face. Best guess: if obviously had something to do with Jurgen Klinsmann omitting the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan from the World Cup roster. Obviously (insert sarcasm denotation here for emphasis).

If nothing else, the shoving and finger wagging produced another funny face from Clint Dempsey:

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