MLS players begin ridiculing Red Bulls

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This isn’t the kind of product placement Red Bull had in mind when it bought the MetroStars of Major League Soccer and renamed them the New York Red Bulls. Alecko Escandarian of D.C. United celebrated a goal against the Red Bulls over the weekend by running over to the bench, taking a swig from a can of Red Bull, spitting it out and shaking his head in disgust. Red Bulls coach Mo Johnston didn’t even bother to get upset. “No, the kid has had a tough year,” he said after the game. “He’s had head injuries, and he’s excited to be back on the field. Whenever someone celebrates, I mean, I’m not watching.” To Red Bull’s credit, the match report on its own site mentions the incident, saying Escandarian “celebrated in style.”

—Posted by Tim Nudd