MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Kianz Froese, Shkelzen Gashi

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The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended two players, fined two more and suspended a staff member for actions taken in Week 2 of the 2016 MLS season.

Froese foul on Espinoza

The Disciplinary Committee has fined and suspended Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Kianz Froese one game for “serious foul play that endangered the safety of opponent” Roger Espinoza in the 74th minute of Vancouver’s 2-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City last Saturday. Froese, who was called for a foul but not shown a card on the play, will serve his suspension during Saturday’s match at the Seattle Sounders (10 pm ET, MLS LIVE in the US, TSN1 in Canada).

Gashi enters the field of play

Colorado Rapids attacker Shkelzen Gashi has also been fined and suspended one game by the Disciplinary Committee for illegally entering the field of play in second half stoppage time of the Rapids’ 1-0 win against the LA Galaxy last Saturday. Gashi left the bench area and ran across the field to celebrate with his teammates following Marco Pappa’s late game-winning goal. He’ll serve his suspension on Sunday at D.C. United (5 pm ET; ESPN2 in the US, MLS LIVE in Canada).

Higuain contact with Rosenberry

The Disciplinary Committee has fined Columbus Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuain an undisclosed amount for violating the league’s policy of “hands to the face, head or neck of an opponent.” Higuain made contact with Philadelphia’s Keegan Rosenberry in the 80th minute of Crew SC’s 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union last Saturday.

Obayan embellishment

Additionally, the Disciplinary Committee has fined Real Salt Lake midfielder Sunny Obayan an undisclosed amount for embellishment following a challenge from Seattle Sounders midfielder Ozzie Alonso in the 85th minute of RSL’s win against the Sounders last Saturday.

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The Disciplinary Committee also issued an undisclosed fine and one-game suspension to Chicago Fire staff member Mario Cruz for entering the field of play during the 54th minute of Chicago’s 1-1 draw at Orlando last Friday. Cruz will serve the ban during the Fire’s match against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday (5 pm ET; MLS LIVE).