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Crimes and misdemeanors: Jackson, Ricketts suspended by MLS

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This play (above) was a point of some mild debate in the wake of Saturday’s red card. Then again, isn’t everything online a point of debate? That’s part of the wonder of social networking! With little effort at all, you can find the small pocket of the world that thinks Donovan Ricketts shouldn’t have been red carded against Colorado. Synchronize the message, and you can make some actual noise.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee has signed up for that social network. Late Wednesday afternoon, the league announced its “DC” has added one-game to Ricketts’ suspension for Saturday’s incident. Already scheduled to miss this weekend’s match in Dallas, the 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year will now miss the following week’s visit from Seattle, too.

There’s a small possibility Ricketts would have missed those matches anyway. At 36 years old, the Jamaican international is already a bit fragile, so much Saturday’s collision saw him leave the game on a stretcher. The pool goalkeeper Portland’s called up may be around for more than one game.

In our Power Rankings, we compared Ricketts’ play to something you’d see from the video game Street Fighter (yes, I’m that old). In DC terms, it was “serious foul play that endangers the safety of an opponent.” That’s not the same as the violent conduct charge Clint Dempsey was hit with last week, but it’s still enough to earn the Jamaican an extra game off.

Joining Ricketts on the sidelines this weekend is Toronto’s Jackson, who caught the DC’s ire “for aggressive inflammatory behavior toward D.C. United midfielder Davy Arnaud” (video, below). It’s the second straight week the former Dallas midfielder’s aggression has caught people’s attention, with none other than Jurgen Klinsmann alluding to his conduct when drawing a contrast between Dempsey’s foul and what others are allowed to do.

What Jackson is allowed to do has likely become much more narrow thanks to the spotlight he’s case on himself. He’ll miss this weekend’s trip to Real Salt Lake.

Federico Higuaín also drew sanction from the Disciplinary Committee. The Columbus midfielder was fined for simulation Saturday against Philadelphia.

Real Salt Lake signs Plata to multi-year DP deal

Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata (8) gestures while walking during an MLS soccer game against New York City FC Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Sandy, Utah. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT
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SANDY, Utah (AP) Real Salt Lake has re-signed forward Joao Plata to a multi-year contract and he will continue to hold a designated-player spot.

The 24-year-old was acquired from Toronto FC before the 2013 season and he has 30 goals and 30 assists in regular-season play with RSL.

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Plata ranks No. 3 on the team’s all-time assists list and No. 5 in goals. He has 33 goals and 35 assists during his MLS career.

Real Salt Lake begins the season Saturday when it hosts Toronto FC.

Gotze out indefinitely with metabolism disorder

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 06:  Mario Goetze (R) and Ann-Kathrin Broemmel attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2016 on November 6, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for MTV)
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Mario Gotze’s last few seasons have not fulfilled the expectations thrust about the World Cup-winning attacker.

Gotze, 24, scored the 113rd minute goal that lifted Germany past Argentina in the 2014 World Cup, but has endured successive disappointing seasons between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

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With just two goals this season, Gotze has played just 24 minutes since BVB came back from winter break. On Monday, the club revealed why: a metabolism disorder that will keep him out for an indefinite period of time. From Sky Sports:

“We are glad to know the reasons for Mario’s complaints and we are convinced that after recovering he will give us extra quality with his exceptional abilities,” said Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc.

“Mario gets the full backing and maximum support from all of us at Borussia Dortmund on his way back.”

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Gotze at his best, and here’s hoping this problem is both curable and the reason for his struggles.

Liverpool hires EA Sports executive as new CEO

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Liverpool has named Peter Moore as the successor to chief executive office Ian Ayre.

Ayre, 53, is off to 1860 Munich this summer, and has stepped down early to allow Moore to take over.

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A Liverpool-born executive, Moore was the chief operating officer at EA Sports and has also worked with Microsoft and SEGA.

The move “completes a transitional phase” which saw several new names join the fray. From The Liverpool Echo:

The appointment completes a transition plan by FSG which included appointing Michael Edwards as sporting director while Billy Hogan was promoted to the role of managing director and chief commercial officer.

Palmer-Brown heads U.S. U-20s to win over Mexico (video)

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The United States U-20 men are on the precipice of the U-20 World Cup after beating Mexico 1-0 on Monday, scooping their first win against El Tri in 31 years.

Brooks Lennon continues to look the part for the U.S. ahead of his loan season from Liverpool to Real Salt Lake.

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The youngster sent in this free kick that Erik Palmer-Brown, himself a loan man at Porto from Sporting KC this year, headed into the Mexico goal courtesy of a back post defender who opted for his right leg over a decent clearing attempt.

The U.S. took that lead into halftime.

Things got chippy as the second half unfolded, with referee Melvin Matamoros turning a blind eye to a few clattering tackles.

Tab Ramos subbed NYCFC prospect Jonathan Lewis into the match, and he sprung a counterattack that should have put the match to bed. But Lewis’ through ball missed FC Dallas’ Coy Craft and the latter took too much time, frittering away the chance.