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Rafa Marquez Blames Tim Ream For Defensive Errors

So after Wednesday night’s debacle at Red Bull Arena against Real Salt Lake, the backline for the New York Red Bulls has been absolutely dreadful. You have a future US national team centerback in Tim Ream paired up with a veteran of the Mexican national team in Rafa Marquez.

This latest loss has many questioning if this team will truly make the playoffs for the MLS Cup. But during the locker room interviews, all the players said that “We have to do a much better job. We should’ve done better, and we should’ve played the full ninety.”

We should do this, we should do that, but sadly someone didn’t say that. With the local Spanish speaking media, Rafa Marquez decided to point the finger at his teammates on the backline and forgot to turn his thumb to himself.

Dave Martinez of EmpireofSoccer was able to translate Marquez’s comments. And after reading them on his site it sounds like a hint of arrogance as well as a full plate of ego was flowing at Marquez’s stall. Here are some of those quotes:

“If you watched the game, there were individual errors that you can’t do anything about, if we look at statistics, I stole a lot of balls. I think I made two or three bad passes out of 30 plus attempts. I almost didn’t commit any errors, so I am not worried. I think I am playing at my maximum level, and doing everything I can. I don’t have, unfortunately, four defenders on my level that can help me out.”

And about his center back partner Tim Ream?

“Tim is still a young player with a lot to learn. He still has quite a lot to learn, and well, he has committed errors that are very infantile and cost us goals.”

Talk about throwing your partner and your team mates under the bus.

I can count many times where Marquez was caught ball-watching and wasn’t fast enough to hustle back and make an attempt to steal the ball. While it is true that Tim Ream is on a sophomore slump, the communication has been lacking on the field.

At least the rest of the squad is not happy with what’s going on and they aren’t blaming each other. When Marquez talked to the English press, none of that was discussed and it was ho-hum as usual. He dismissed the crowd when they booed him and ignored their message.

In this town that demands a lot from their professional athletes in any sport, even the top players are booed to get them back to their regular ways of scoring or creating strong plays. It’s happened to Mark Messier of the Rangers, Patrick Ewing of the Knicks, Eli Manning of the NY Giants, and Mariano Rivera of the Yankees. Don’t forget at the start of the season Thierry Henry was booed until he turned it all around.

Marquez and company have the opportunity to turn all of this around on Saturday against the Portland Timbers. But if Marquez makes a crucial error and decides not to take the high road again, then it’s all over and the club must decide what to do with him.

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  1. Pedro

    October 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    So after TIM REAM’s dreadful defensive skills againts Ecuador, I am
    happy to see that Marquez was not being a hater and simply pointing
    out the obvious. Too bad it took an international game to unveil
    this flop. 🙁

  2. Daniel Feuerstein

    September 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Tom. Your a Rapids fan. Don’t worry about how I feel or other Red
    Bulls fans feel. Sadly this team has underperformed very badly
    since the loss to Chivas-USA this past May. They are getting what
    they deserve. Now they need to turn it around quickly again to put
    themselves into a good position.

  3. The original Tom

    September 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I’m not proud of it, but I’m enjoying the Red Bulls collapse this

  4. Daniel Feuerstein

    September 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Your not being a snob Roger, you are just expressing your opinion.
    Ike Opara can be a good fit for the Nats as well. Sadly it’s the
    sophmore slump for Ream. At least he acknowledge’s that he is
    having a bad year.If Ream and Opara were the centerback tandem for
    the Nats, it could be a good thing. In the game against Spain, that
    was the first time Ream has faced a big time oppnent in World
    Football. You knew he was going to get a lesson in getting

    • Roger

      September 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Even though he’s Galaxy player, I’d prefer Omar Gonzalez over Ream.
      Though Opara is a player that has good cover for the whole backline
      if mistakes occurred.

  5. Roger

    September 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Tim Ream seem’s like a bust. I’m not being a snob or a hater, but I
    just don’t see the potential in this guy. He’s like a slower,
    injured version of Onyweu. Especially in the game vs Spain on June
    4th. He left an open hole for Negredo of Spain to score twice from
    the same spot (penalty kick almost). Ike Opara is the centerback
    that will be with the US squad in 2014.

  6. Daniel Feuerstein

    September 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Just to update everyone. Hans Backe has suspended Rafa Marquez for
    this Saturday’s match against the Portland Timbers for those
    comments. Don’t know if it will be longer, but right now he will
    not be in the Starting eleven this weekend.

  7. dan

    September 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    There are euro-snobs and now there is definitely a sense of
    “Latin-snob” attitudes with a few Latin players. I like the RB
    management as individuals, but they should look at the RSL
    management style of a building team. No one disputes the individual
    talent on the RB team. However, the RB management still can’t
    figure out how to create a team! That not only takes a skill to
    recognize talent (which the RB management has) but the RB
    management does not have the skill to create a team… putting all
    the pieces together and work for each other!

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