Was there ever any doubt that Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio would feel the wrath of Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committed for wanton disregard of a fellow player’s safety? As soon as the incident happened last week, we predicted this would come to pass.
Sure enough, the MLS disciplinary committee announced Friday that it has suspended Osorio for two games and fined him for kicking the ball – and I mean hard – at New York defender Kosuke Kimura last week at Red Bull Arena. Video of the 77th minute incident is below.
Toronto, of course, isn’t going to this year’s playoffs. But Sporting Kansas City is, so the suspension could affect this week’s meeting of the clubs in Canada. By extension, that means Osorio’s suspension could impact the ongoing tightness at the top of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.
Osorio, a promising young Canadian, is TFC’s second leading scorer this year (with five goals). He does take a bit of scoring punch away from Ryan Nelsen’s club.
Remember, MLS clubs are notified earlier in the week of disciplinary committee verdicts; they are announced publicly later in the week, following any appeals that may have permitted through the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
Fines (but no suspensions) were also announced Friday by MLS for Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty, Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave and Montreal Impact Sporting Director Nick De Santis, all for shenanigans or naughtiness last week.