Disciplinary Comm. suspends SEA's Gonzalez; NE's Cardenas wins appeal
NEW YORK -- One team will lose a player. Another will gain a player.
On Tuesday, MLS announced that the MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Seattle Sounders defender Leo González one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of his opponent during the club’s 1-0 win over Philadelphia last Saturday.
WATCH: Gonzalez steps on Williams
Gonzalez will miss Wednesday’s game against FC Dallas.
The punishment — which is in line with several similar actions taken by the Disciplinary Committee so far this year — comes for a play in the 88th minute, when González stepped on the leg of Union defender Sheanon Williams.
The other announcement sets a new precedent.
MLS announced that the New England Revolution’s appeal to have Fernando Cardenas’s red-card suspension rescinded — utilizing the review process instituted prior to the season — was successful.
Cardenas was shown a red card following a challenge on Jamison Olave in the 81st minute of the Revolution’s 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
WATCH: Cardenas, Olave go for a loose ball
According to a statement from MLS, “an independent review panel – consisting of representatives of the Canadian Soccer Association, the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), and U.S. Soccer – unanimously determined Cardenas was incorrectly shown the red card. After examining the play, the panel determined that the referee made an obvious error in the disciplinary sanction, and MLS has rescinded the one-game suspension and fine for Cardenas.”
The ruling means that Cardenas will be available when the Revolution welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps to Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening.
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