Major League Soccer has a way to go in a lot of areas, but one place where they’re far ahead of the game is the transparency surrounding its Disciplinary Committee. Not only do most league decline to undertake any retrospective review, many are also behind the game in addressing issues like mass confrontation and simulation. Perhaps MLS could use a stronger hand in these areas, too, but at least they’re moving forward.
The process continues in 2014, with D.C. United’s Luis Silva incurring the first bit on monetary wrath from the “DC”. The United midfielder is out an undisclosed about of cash after trying to draw a whistle against Columbus’s Michael Parkhurst. The former Gaucho’s diving into the penalty area tells you all you need to know about his intent, with replacement official Andres Pfefferkorn unwilling to be drawn into Silva’s dramatics.
MLS announced the action on Thursdya, pointing to a video on the league’s webs tie to highlight want exactly was being punished. Even though former competition Vice President Nelson Rodríguez has moved on, the DC continues to be as clear as possible about what’s being punished.
What’s not being punished is another matter. We highlighted other simulation on Saturday, but given how late the DC’s Silva ruling has been announced, it looks like LA’s Rob Friend and Dallas’s Mauro Díaz are off the hook. That’s a shame considering each of the acts drew penalty kicks.
Is the lesson that you can act as long as you fool somebody? Or maybe there’s another threshold that will become apparent as the season plays out.
Here are Friend and Díaz’s contributions. Which performance do you think deserves this week’s Oscar?