Sounders' Johnson fined for innappropriate gesture
NEW YORK – A day after the Fire's Frank Klopas and Jalil Anibaba learned their punishments for their roles in a postgame dust-up between Chicago and Seattle, the MLS Disciplinary Committee fined Sounders forward Eddie Johnson an undisclosed amount for making an inappropriate gesture directed at fans as he was leaving the field after the match.
Johnson scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the second half of Seattle's 2-1 win over the Fire, but was punished by the Committee for making the gesture to fans at Toyota Park while exiting the field into the tunnel. He was not suspended for the incident.
Anibaba and Klopas, meanwhile, will each miss the Fire’s game against Chivas USA on Friday as a result from dismissals stemming from the Seattle's 2-1 victory on Saturday.
Anibaba received a red card for a rash challenge on Sounders defender Leo González in the dying seconds of the match on Saturday, a tackle which directly led to a postgame scuffle between the teams on the field at Toyota Park.
Klopas was dismissed by referee Michael Kennedy for directing abusive language toward the officials following the match.
Johnson's fine will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.