(Via Tim Miller - Revolution Communications)
Although the opening ceremonies in London take place tomorrow night, men’s Olympic soccer began today with New England Revolution’s Jerry Bengtson featuring for Honduras in its opening match against Morocco. Bengtson scored both goals for his National Team in the 2-2 draw, the first men’s soccer match of the 30th Olympiad.
Bengtson scored his first goal in the 56th minute, equalizing for Honduras during the run of play. He then converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute to give the Central American team a brief lead, before Morocco leveled the score two minutes later.
The 25-year old was one of three overage players selected by Honduras for the Under-23 tournament. Bengtson signed with the Revolution on July 5 and scored his first career goal in his Revolution- and MLS-debuts on July 8 against the New York Red Bulls, before the club granted him permission to join the Olympic team on July 16.
Honduras is in Group D of the tournament and will next play Spain on Sunday, July 29 at 7 a.m. ET, ahead of the Revolution’s match against the Philadelphia Union, which will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. Honduras will then play Japan in its third and final group game on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 12 p.m. ET.
As you probably know by now, Matt Reis and Darrius Barnes both went home with stitches after Saturday's 0-0 draw against Sporting KC. Barnes had six stitches after colliding heads with Sporting KC's Kei Kamara, and Reis had double that amount after catching an elbow to the head, also from Kei Kamara, in what was possibly the longest stoppage-time period I've ever experienced in regular-season play.
Just how bad was Matt's injury? Here's a few photos of Matt's experience, with a VERY detailed photo of the gash above his right eye before his stitches were administered. If you have a weak stomach or can't stand the sight of blood, you will want to pass on this one. But since we had these, we figured we'd share.
|Cleaning the gash||Sunday at the airport|
MLSSoccer.com profiles Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph in the latest edition of the "Taking the Lead" video series.
Shalrie Joseph has combined his smiling, talkative personality with lessons learned from great teammates to form a leadership style that has his Revs heading in the right direction.
Jay Heaps, Jay Miller and Ryan Guy talked the players at Grande Sports Academy last weekend about what it takes to reach the pros. (Video via Grande Sports Academy)
Kevin Alston checks in once again from Casa Grande, Ariz.
Kevin Alston checks in from Casa Grande, Ariz.