When the referee blew the whistle to call a foul as Diego Rossi went down in the vicinity of an incredulous Diego Chara during LAFC's 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday, many quickly sought a replay as the incident happened off the ball. Chara received his second yellow card of the match, and with it, a red.
What just happened?
Something not seen as often on a soccer field as much as it is in elementary schools, Chara flicked Rossi's ear and was booked. Seriously, check it out if you haven't already:
Bizarre scenes in MLS!— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 11, 2019
Diego Chara was sent off after picking up a second yellow for flicking Diego Rossi’s ear. pic.twitter.com/4hejJx9jUq
It got us thinking ... What were some other bizarre yellow cards in MLS history?
Kei Kamara's dance moves
Dom Dwyer's selfie
Pssh -- you thought Mario Balotelli's was an innovator by posting a video to Instagram as part of his celebration last weekend. Dom Dwyer used a selfie as part of his celebration long before the Italian, way back in 2014, in fact.
Eric Hassli tries (and fails) to skirt (shirt?) the rules
In 2011, VWFC DP Eric Hassli, already on a yellow, scored a pk in the 55th for a 1-0 lead. He celebrated by removing his jersey to reveal that he was wearing ANOTHER jersey underneath it. He may have thought that would make it ok. It didn't. He was sent off. The match ended 1-1. pic.twitter.com/GSpdghgDfT— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 28, 2018
Credit for the attempted ingenuity, but, it fell short.
Already on a yellow card, Eric Hassli scored a penalty and went to celebrate. He removed his jersey to reveal ~another jersey~ hoping this would absolve him of the yellow card-worthy offense. It did not and Hassli watched the rest of the Vancouver Whitecaps' match from the locker room.
Mike Petke: Sealed with a kiss
Mike Petke isn't only responsible for creatively controversial moments as a manager.
In 1999, Petke was a defender for the MetroStars and disagreed with a foul called against him. He responded by sarcastically kissing the ball and lightly tossing it to the referee. In turn, the ref took exception to this, brandishing a yellow card for dissent. It happened to be his second yellow so, like Hassli and Chara, he was sent off in unconventional fashion.