July 17, 2024

New England Revolution

New England will face Philadelphia in a vital playoff matchup on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.

Kai Wagner
Philadelphia Union defender Kai Wagner taking part in earlier in 2023. AP Picture/Chris Szagola

Philadelphia Union defender Kai Wagner won’t journey with the staff to face the Revolution within the second recreation of the first-round MLS playoff collection on Wednesday, in keeping with head coach Jim Curtin

Wagner, 26, was accused of claiming a racial slur to New England ahead Bobby Wooden through the first recreation of the collection on Oct. 28. The Revolution lodged a grievance with the league relating to the alleged incident, and it has been below evaluation since that point.

Although no official decision to the evaluation has been shared publicly, Curtin made it clear that Wagner would play no half in Wednesday’s recreation.

“At first, Kai Wagner won’t journey with us to New England,” Curtin told reporters on Tuesday. “Hope you guys can respect that there’s at the moment an investigation happening that includes the gamers’ union, the disciplinary committee, the commissioner, attorneys, and I’m at the moment not allowed to talk or touch upon something. That investigation is ongoing, so I hope we will respect that shifting ahead.

“Kai won’t be part of this journey although,” Curtin added. “That half is definite and we’ll transfer on from there.”

Wooden, who joined the Revolution previous to the 2023 season, is initially from Hawaii and has each Japanese and African-American heritage. Wagner, who’s German, allegedly stated the slur in German. Wooden, who performed in Germany for greater than a decade, knew what was being stated.

Neither staff has commented publicly on the matter, and the league supplied solely an preliminary assertion saying that it was investigating the matter.

The Revolution misplaced 3-1 within the first recreation, which means that getting a end result on Wednesday will resolve whether or not or not New England’s season continues. If crucial, a 3rd (and deciding) recreation can be performed at Subaru Park on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.