Sounders' Alonso suspended two games for rough tackle
The MLS Disciplinary Committee handed down two suspensions on Friday for rough tackles during midweek action, including a two-game penalty for Seattle Sounders star midfielder Osvaldo Alonso.
WATCH: Alonso takes down Grossman
Alonso was punished for a two-footed tackle near midfield late in the Sounders’ 2-0 loss to the Columbus Crew at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday. He went in on the Crew’s Cole Grossman with studs from both feet exposed, sending Grossman flying and hobbled on the turf after the foul.
Alonso was also fined an undisclosed amount for the incident, which endangered the safety of his opponent.
The foul went uncalled by head referee Geoff Gamble on the field, but that won’t matter for Alonso, who has appeared in all 11 of the Sounders’ games this season.
He’ll miss the team’s matchup at Chivas USA on Saturday and a test on the road against the Montreal Impact on June 16, after MLS returns from the international break.
The Disciplinary Committee also handed down an additional one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for a similar tackle by LA Galaxy midfielder Hector Jimenez during LA’s 3-2 loss to San Jose on Wednesday. [WATCH]
Jimenez was issued a red card for the tackle on San Jose’s Steven Beitashour near the top of the Galaxy penalty box in the 59th minute, and he will now miss LA’s match on Saturday at Houston and June 17 at home against Portland.