Two games. Two suspensions for Sounders FC.
First, it was Leo Gonzalez for a dangerous tackle last Saturday against Philadelphia. Then it was Zach Scott for the same reason Wednesday against FC Dallas.
Both suspensions were handed down retroactively by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. It total, four Sounders have been punished by the league upon further review (Scott, Gonzalez, Eddie Johnson for an inappropriate gesture after the Chicago game, Alvaro Fernandez for embellishing contact in the Houston game).
No other team has had more than two players punished — Houston (2), D.C. United (2), FC Dallas (2), New England (2), Vancouver, New York, San Jose, Philadelphia.
Seattle coach Sigi Schmid was asked about the latest decision — the Scott suspension — after Friday’s practice.
“It’s the way the disciplinary committee has been all season,” Schmid said. “They look at those things, they deemed it obviously worthy of a red card and it’s the decision they made.
“What’s important in the whole process is that referees don’t hide behind the disciplinary committee. What I mean by that is it’s important that referees don’t give a yellow and not give a red because they’re thinking, ‘Well, it’s going to be reviewed anyway and they’ll make that final decision, so I don’t have to be the bad guy.’ That’s my only concern now as a coach as we move forward with it. I think what the disciplinary committee has done in looking at video evidence after the fact, I’m completely in favor of, but it’s important that referees make decisions on the field that they think are important.”
And on the Gonzalez’ suspension?
“I think was hard for (referee) Ricardo Salazar to see the way it happened and developed,” Schmid said. “Looking at the replay, it looked like he got him — that he stepped on him. I don’t think it was intentional. I don’t think he stomped on him. It was more like a running motion. It is what it is.”
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Personally, I think it’s too soon to draw any conclusions that Seattle has received the most retroactive punishment from the MLS Disciplinary Committee. But do you think there’s anything to draw from it?