MONTREAL — Midfielder Patrice Bernier has asked for two or three days away from the Montreal Impact to reflect on a controvery that erupted when his wife criticized the club for keeping him on the bench.
The Canadian international from Brossard, Que., has not asked for a trade and coach Frank Klopas said he hopes Bernier stays with the team.
The players' wife, Melisa Barile, caused a stir when he was left out of the starting 11 for a match Wednesday night against the New York Red Bulls even though a spot was open because midfielder Marco Donadel was serving a one-game suspension.
Klopas opted to have Eric Alexander start against his former team while playing his 150th MLS game.
In a Facebook posting, Barile said it was "unacceptable and disrespectful" toward Bernier and that her husband should consider moving to a new team if he is not appreciated by Montreal.
Bernier, 35, the team MVP in 2012, has started only three games and appeared in only 13 of 20 regular-season matches this season.
"It became bigger than she thought it would," Bernier said of the posting, adding that he hopes the issue will cool down so he can "turn the page and move on."
The Canadian Press