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MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends three for this weekend (videos)

Aug 2, 2013, 7:39 PM EST

Tim Cahill, ordany Alvarez AP

It was a busy Friday at Major League Soccer headquarters, as the league’s Disciplinary Committee dropped the hammer on three separate incidents from July 27.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Keon Daniel was suspended one match for violent conduct against Jun Marques Davidson of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Davidson received a straight red card for headbutting Daniel in reaction to being kicked while on the ground.

Hendry Thomas of the Colorado Rapids will miss his team’s next two matches — one for a reckless challenge against the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Hector Jimenez and one for yellow-card accumulation. Thomas’ studs-up tackle on Jimenez earned him his sixth yellow card of the season.

The committee came down hardest on Real Salt Lake’s Yordany Alvarez for an atrocious challenge on the New York Red Bulls’ Tim Cahill that knocked him out for the MLS All-Star Game and perhaps a month beyond that, with a torn PCL in his knee. Alvarez will begin serving a three-game suspension on Saturday, as his team takes on Thomas’ Rapids in the Rocky Mountain Cup.

  1. talgrath - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Alvarez’s tackle on Cahill was just plain old painful; he should have gotten a straight red for it, a yellow was letting him off too easy. Alvarez had both feet up, studs showing and never touched the ball; that’s like the horror tackle on Steve Zakuani a few years ago, you can break someone’s leg that way. A 3 match ban for Alvarez seems light to me.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:08 AM

      Totally agree – the Alvarez tackle was horrible and I’d like to see guys who make that type of horrible ridiculous move sit for as long as the player they cripple.

      And in all seriousness – what the fuck is wrong with MLS referees? These are all fouls that happened just feet in front of the zebras. The ref in the Keon Daniel thing was inches from the play and didn’t see what happened properly. BTW love that Daniel pulled a “who me??” when he got his richly deserved yellow. Soccer is chock full of sociopaths.

      Maybe the league should find some ‘DP’ money for the guys blowing the whistle.

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