Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pelosi's nightmare

The nasty tackle that injured Liverpool reserve hotshot Marc Pelosi on Sunday is now available for your viewing displeasure. The play begins at the 9:20 mark. I got a quick word from the club and an MLSS report is in the editors' basket.







- Greg Seltzer

15 comments:

Phil McCracken said...

Wow, what a reckless challenge. It's getting tiresome seeing professionals (albeit a young one) tackling like that.

C. Goldkamp said...

Unreal. Poor guy was making so much progress. I wish him the best of luck with his recovery. How long does this type of injury usually take people to recover from?

Also read that Mix Diskerud has been in contact with Norway about playing in the Euros this summer via Ives twitter. Any truth to that?

dikranovich said...

reminds me a little of the dejong tackle on holden back before the 2010 world cup. it was a reckless challenge, but we should also acknowledge that pelosi maybe also exposed himself by stabbing out at the ball.

pelosi did a great job on defense by taking the ball and sheilding the west brom player, who did go down and stayed down. obviously their captain, the guy who committed the foul on pelosi, saw the pelosi defense and ramped up his own defense and came in hard.

soccer is the beuatiful game, but it is also a thinking mans game and being ready for these kinds of tackles and being able to absorb them is part of the learning process.

jon said...

You nailed it, Dik. Astute as always.

Wait, sorry, I meant obtuse. I always get those geometry terms mixed up.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ dikranovich: Blaming the victim now, are we? First of all, Pelosi was not stabbing out at the ball, he had released it. As such, the opponent did not come in "hard" with "ramped up defense" - he came in late and reckless and with no regard for the safety of Pelosi. Get it straight.

@ C. Goldkamp: Typically, you;re talking about six months until he's back in training.

And Norway U-21's have contacted Mix, not the other way around.

dikranovich said...

it sounds like when asked about playing for norway this summer mix responded with something like, that would be fantastic. i sure hope that is not true. this is from a secondary source, so it could have been lost in translation.

Greg Seltzer said...

That is not what he said. He said it was flattering to be asked.

dikranovich said...

that makes me feel better greg.

dikranovich said...

pelosi was admirable on the play and its not like he really did anything wrong, at all.

however, he could have done a better job of protecting himself. he passed the ball up field and left his feet on the ground and took the foul, and we all know that is commendable.

in reality, liverpool is going to be awarded a free kick whether pelosi leaves himself exposed, or not. he could have flicked that ball forward and pulled his legs up and balled himself up and absorbed that tackle.

this concept is part of the minutiae of the game. and it is a split second choice, do i lay out for this foul, or do i protect and absorb.

Phil McCracken said...

Dik - You're totally underestimating what happened on this play. Pelosi had gotten rid of the ball and the West Brom player went in so late that Pelosi really didn't have time to react, much less decide whether to leave his feet or not.

dikranovich said...

from the publication footballadressa. it looks like mix starts off by saying he is flattered, but also later says it would be fantastic to play for norway in this summers U21 euro championship.

Jay said...

Right, so, back on the actual topic of Marc Pelosi -- if a player is destined to have a nasty injury like this, better to have it at 18 than at 28. He's got the body of a young athlete, he'll heal and (barring complications, *knock on wood*) he'll be just fine in 10 months.

dikranovich said...

phil, the west brom captain was coming straight at pelosi. he was not coming in from the side or from behind. it was straight on.

as a player, it is important to understand the physics of a straight on tackle, compared to one from the side, or the back.

a player protecting themselves is pretty much at the top of the list of important details.

BTM said...

Do the Euro U-21s allow over-age players? Mix is already 22, isn't he?

Phil McCracken said...

Dik - Actually, the issue isn't what direction that the WB player comes from, it's how late & hard the challenge is.

And because of the lateness of the tackle, Pelosi has no chance to protect himself.