New York City FC captain David Villa will be available for the second leg of his team’s Eastern Conference Semifinal series against Toronto FC after the MLS Disciplinary Committee ruled on Tuesday that his kick out directed at Toronto FC’s Armando Cooper in the first leg did not warrant a suspension.
The incident occurred in the 20th minute of the first leg at BMO Field on Sunday, Oct. 30. Referee Silviu Petrescu did not a call a foul on the play and opted not to show any cards to Villa or Cooper.
MLS confirmed on Tuesday that while the Disciplinary Committee reached unanimous agreement that Villa's kick should have been punished by a red card, the five members were not unanimous on the second parameter required for a suspension. The MLS Disciplinary Committee deemed that the act did not meet the threshold of being "egregious or reckless in nature such that the the Committee must act to protect player safety or the integrity of the game.”
So Villa, who was also announced as one of three finalists for the Landon Donovan MVP award, will be at Yankee Stadium as NYCFC look to overturn a 2-0 aggregate-goal deficit in Sunday’s second leg (6:30 pm ET on FS1, FOX Deportes in the USA; TSN in Canada).