Vancouver Whitecaps coach Thordarson defends player for leg-breaking tackle

Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jonathan Leathers has been defended by coach Teitur Thordarson for his heavy challenge on the weekend.

Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jonathan Leathers has been defended by coach Teitur Thordarson for his heavy challenge on the weekend.

The 25-year old broke the leg of FC Dallas star David Ferreira in the Caps’ 2-1 loss at Empire Field on the weekend but Thordarson says the tackle was not malicious.

"I don't see that," Thordarson said after the match.

"[Leathers] takes the ball first. He takes his leg possibly, but I think maybe [Ferreira's] foot got stuck in the turf here at the same time Jonny takes the ball.

“Whether that plays into it or not, I don't think Jonny went in there to hurt him. Definitely not."

Whatever the case may be, Ferreira will be sidelined for quite some time which is likely to see Dallas’ play-offs hopes take a plunge, especially after he led them to the ML Cup final last season as the competition’s Most Valuable Player.

 
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