Not long after coming back from an MLS suspension, Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso will be forced to sit out of Wednesday’s road game against Real Salt Lake due to yellow card accumulation.
It’s the sixth-straight game Seattle will have had a player suspended and eighth game overall this season.
Here’s a breakdown:
May 9 at FC Dallas — Leo Gonzalez (retroactive suspension)
May 12 vs. Real Salt Lake — Zach Scott (retroactive suspension)
May 19 at Vancouver — None
May 23 vs. Columbus — None
May 26 at Chivas USA — Osvaldo Alonso (retroactive suspension)
June 16 at Montreal — Alonso (retroactive suspension)
June 20 vs. Sporting KC — Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (red card)
June 24 at Portland — Alvaro Fernandez (red card)
June 30 at New England — Fredy Montero (red card)
July 4 at Real Salt Lake — Alonso (yellow card accumulation)
The Sounders already have three red cards this season after just two last year (Hurtado 2) and two more in 2010 (Gonzalez, Miguel Montano). Seattle had a whopping eight in Year 1 (Tyrone Marshall 2, James Riley 2, Nate Jaqua, Freddie Ljungberg, Kasey Keller, Montero).
Back to this season, Montero is one yellow card away from suspension. Scott and Andy Rose are two cautions away. And lastly, after going his third game without a card in New England, I believe Eddie Johnson is now also two away from a suspension due to a “good behavior” bonus.
Here’s the explanation on yellow card accumulation from the MLS rules posted online: “A player will be suspended for one game upon receiving his fifth yellow card – regardless of the nature of the infraction that resulted in his being awarded a yellow card. A second suspension of one game would result after the awarding of an additional three cards, as would a third suspension after the awarding of card number eleven. With the “Good Behavior” incentive, it is possible for a player to have a caution expunged. If a player goes three games without receiving a yellow card, after an initial warning, the player will have one yellow card expunged. A player may take advantage of the “Good Behavior” incentive only once throughout the season.”
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What do you make of the trend? Concerning or an anomaly?