On the one hand, only one teenage ball boy was manhandled, so that’s something, I suppose.
On the other hand, there were so many naughty, naughty boys around MLS in Week 11. There were also some forgiving referees; no red cards were handed out over eight weekend matches.
All of that points to one thing: a busy week for the MLS disciplinary committee, which usually notifies teams by Tuesday of impending suspensions. (The suspensions are typically announced to the public later in the week, following the appeals process, except in instances where mid-week matches move the process forward.)
In Simon Borg’s weekly Instant Replay (which I like to call, “The most overly caffeinated six minutes in American soccer,” and which can be seen at the bottom of this post) we see several suspensions ahead. I don’t agree with Borg on all the reds that deserved to be shown; but for me, here are the reds that should have been issued:
- If Johnny Leveron’s late tackle on LA Galaxy attacker Jose Villarreal isn’t red-card worthy, it’s very, very close. That one needs consideration for retro red.
- Colorado’s Edson Buddle for his awful tackle (from behind and ridiculously late, with absolutely no effort to get the ball) on Columbus’ Tony Tchani is a clear red in my book.
- Sam Cronin’s dangerous stud into Mauro Rosales’ groin needs retroactive action; San Jose’s Cronin gets away with a lot, a prime example of where MLS referees repeatedly fail to adequately warn for persistent infringement or dangerous fouling (and then to take more forceful action once warnings have been delivered). The failure by referee Jair Marrufo’s to even issue a yellow card here was perhaps the biggest blunder from a man in the middle this weekend.
- Philadelphia’s Bakary Soumare for planting a shoulder off the ball into the face of Chicago’s Quincy Amarikwa. That’s just brainless.
- Chivas USA’s Mario de Luna for pushing a ball boy. Sorry, all you commenters from the other post who don’t think putting hands on a ball boy is worthy of suspension. You are wrong. (And by the way, Borg has great information here, reminding us that league guidelines say a ball boy must return the ball to the appropriate team, which in this case was not Chivas USA. It’s a point certainly worthy of consideration.)
- It will be a case of high injustice if Columbus’s Jairo Arrieta does not get suspended for a pretty vicious elbow blow to the face of Colorado’s Drew Moor. Don’t forget, Moor himself was suspended for two games last month for an incident that looks remarkably similar.
By the way, the fast-moving Instant Replay also shows where goals by Montreal’s Marco di Vaio and Colorado’s Buddle should have been waved off. The disciplinary committee, at least, doesn’t have to worry about those.