‘Clown’ David Ochoa creates Fracas after the game
Real Salt Lake’s inaugural win culminated in a post-game flare when goalkeeper David Ochoa acted like a “little clown”, according to an opposing defender.
As the final whistle rang out in the 2-1 win over Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota, RSL keeper David Ochoa turned and threw the ball into the stands behind him. It was towards the Minnesota United Support Department called Wonderwall.
Only making his second MLS start, Ochoa went to midfield to greet his teammates and was greeted by MNUFC midfielder Hassani Dotson, his US U-23 national team-mate. Ochoa ignored him, Dotson pushed Ochoa and another MNUFC player came in to shove an RSL player nearby.
Over the next few minutes, there were more bumps. The team helped Ochoa off the field as the opponents continued to chirp.
Minnesota’s trainer reacts to Ochoa’s action
Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath was asked about this on the post-game show with the play-by-play crew.
“The goalkeeper just turned and shot the ball into the fans against our fans, which is a no-no. We all know that,” said Heath. “He has an advantage for a child who is not so good. It is what it is.”
Minnesota play-by-play announcer Callum Williams trying to hold back his giggles is invaluable. Heath was calmer at the press conference.
“It’s not necessary. You won the game, he doesn’t have to blow the ball in the fans,” Heath said after the game on MLSsoccer.com. “Everyone knows that’s a no-no. And usually you’re pretty good if you use it the way he did for most of the evening. That was a surprise to me. “
The MNUFC defender calls Ochoa “a bit of a clown”.
The 20-year-old Ochoa had already irritated the player from Minnesota with time-consuming tactics in the second half when Real Salt Lake scored a 2-0 lead over two goals from Anderson Julio in the 31st and 41st minutes.
In the final minutes of the game, Ochoa was hit in the back and needed medical attention. A similar incident occurred again before the final whistle.
“I mean, he’s actually a bit of a clown like he was in the 90 minutes before and then decides to add what is pretty disrespectful I think,” said Michael Boxall, Minnesota United defender, of the MLS Website. “I mean, I don’t know if it’s his first time on the field or if he just doesn’t know how to act and I think we wanted to let him know. Yeah he’s just a little clown, you can tell him I said that. “
One of the league’s emerging goalkeepers, Ochoa started the final game of the 2020 season and had four saves in a 2-0 loss. He had a parade against Minnesota. In 2018 he helped lead the U-20 national team to the CONCACAF U-20 title for the second time in a row.
Real Salt Lake will face Minnesota United again on May 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah.
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