Boswell suspended ahead of Red Bulls, DC showdown

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

If DC United hope to garner revenge for their string of negative results against the New York Red Bulls this season, they will have to do it without their most consistent defender.

Bobby Boswell has been hit with a one game suspension and an undisclosed fine by the league Disciplinary Committee for his vicious attack on Juan Agudelo in the knockout round of the MLS playoffs against the New England Revolution.

Boswell, 32, took a knee to Agudelo’s hamstring during DC’s 2-1 win over the Revolution, earning a yellow for his troubles and sending the former Red Bull Academy striker off for medical attention.

Boswell tells the Washington Post that he later apologized to the Revolution striker.

“I understand I committed a play where you put your hands at the mercy of the committee,” Boswell said, according to the Washington Post. “Geiger saw it and he makes a decision on it based on the flow of the game, but at the same time, you have to respect the decision of the committee.”

Boswell has played more matches (34) and minutes (2,975) than any member of DC United this season. He will likely be replaced by either Kofi Opare or Markus Halsti.

The news is promising for New York, whose high press attack will surely put an added dimension of pressure with DC’s backline leader sidelined for the match.