San Jose earthquake coach translator Matias Almeyda sent off in MLS draw with Colorado Rapids
Agustin Zalazar received his marching orders after protesting with the match referee on the sideline
San Jose Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda saw his translator Agustin Zalazar sent off during the club’s draw against Colorado Rapids.
Colorado lost ground at the top of the Western Conference after being held to a 1-1 draw by San Jose at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in a very busy game on Saturday night.
Frustrations on the visitors bench peaked after Zalazar was sent into the stands midway through the second half, leaving Almeyda unable to communicate clearly with his players for the remainder of the game.
The Argentinian manager was seen complaining to the match referee in the 70th minute with the help of his translator Zalazar, who is currently San José’s coaches communications manager.
Almeyda received a reservation for his part in the incident, but Zalazar was shown red for being too forceful with his protests, and then stormed into disbelief.
Honors even at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Javier Eduardo Lopez gave San Jose the best possible start against Colorado, firing an unstoppable shot past opposing goalkeeper William Yarbrough in the 11th minute, which marked his third MLS goal since joining the club on loan from Liga MX Guadalajara team.
Colorado finished the first half without a single shot on target, but emerged for the second with a renewed sense of purpose and equalized via a cool Cole Bassett finish shortly before the hour mark.
Both teams lobbied for a winner, but the game ultimately ended in a draw that brings Colorado’s home record to seven games.
San José’s season so far
Unlike Colorado chasing the playoffs, San Jose is currently embroiled in a battle to avoid finishing last in the Western Conference.
Almeyda’s side have won just three of their first 13 MLS games this season, and they have now gone nine games without a win, with three draws and six losses recorded in that span.
San Jose will have another chance to bounce back, however, when they travel to Sporting KC on Wednesday.