The Columbus Crew are girding for a final playoff push, which means the end of the regular season is closer than a great many of us realize. To shore up a back line weakened by the departure of World Cup breakout star Giancarlo Gonzalez, who left for Palermo last month, the Crew signed Emanuel Pogatetz, an Austrian with the nickname “Mad Dog.” And whoever you are, he probably wants to break your leg.
That there is a horrific tackle on former Manchester United player Rodrigo Possebon, who’d just made his United debut a month before the Reds faced Middlesbrough. Pogotetz went in like that, Possebon was sent to the hospital and he only barely avoided snapping his leg in half.
He also has a somewhat contentious history with managers, and he became the first player in history to serve a ban through friendly matches, which FIFA instituted just as he had a falling out with coach Josef Hickersberger in 2007. He also has a history of, ahem, “fury.”
In any case, Pogatetz played 23 matches for Nuremberg last year and scored a goal. So we’ll see.