Finally some good news.
An independent review panel has rescinded a red card issued to Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso in Saturday’s 1-0 road loss to San Jose, MLS announced Wednesday. Alonso won’t be fined and will be eligible for this weekend’s home game against the Colorado Rapids, which is a huge boost for a Seattle team that has been devastated by injury.
The ejection came in the final moments against the Earthquakes for what referee Sorin Stoica told a pool reporter was “violent conduct” involving “contact above the shoulder” on San Jose’s Dan Gargan.
The review panel determined that the contact “did not reach the required threshold for violent conduct, i.e. brutal or excessive force.”
Coach Sigi Schmid had told reporters after Monday’s practice that he wasn’t sure if the Sounders would appeal, but they did, and it’s already the second successful appeal after a red card issued to Obafemi Martins in a June 1 road game at Chivas USA was also overturned by the review panel.
There have been four successful red-card appeals leaguewide this season.
What do you think? Did you expect Alonso’s red card would be rescinded?