Sounders coach Sigi Schmid suspended 1 game, fined for critical remarks

Otto Greule Jr

MLS Commissioner Don Garber lays down the hammer on Schmid, who was intensely critical of referee Ricardo Salazar following Wednesday's game.

Sigi Schmid had his say, now he'll pay for it. The Seattle Sounders coach was suspended one game and fined $2,000 by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Schmid was heavily critical of referee Ricardo Salazar both at halftime of Wednesday's game and in postgame remarks.

"Sigi Schmid’s comments earlier this week about the officiating were unacceptable," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a release. "MLS requires that its players, coaches, and club leadership maintain proper respect for the officials at all times."

The last time Schmid missed a game -- in 2009 to attend the wedding of his son and assistant coach Kurt -- Brian Schmetzer filled in. Schmetzer would likely fill that role again.

After Zach Scott received his second yellow card in the 30th minute, Schmid was interviewed by the Sounders TV broadcasters as he headed into the locker room at halftime. He called Salazar Real Salt Lake's "12th man."

Schmid toned it down in the post-game interview, but didn't exactly shy away from criticizing Salazar again.

"The thing is, our fans know his name," he said. "I don't think many fans know the name of the referee. I think that's an indication.

"How that's not a red card on Schuler ... I didn't know Borchers was that fast that he was able to get in behind him. I thought that's a last-man foul, and it's not a red card? I'm not going to argue the red card on Scott. I do have a problem when you put two minutes of extra time on and they take the corner at two minutes and 30 seconds at the end of the game. So it's like, 'OK, we're going to give them another chance to score.' I just thought we were hard done by the officiating all night in certain regards. It just seems that whenever there was something 50/50, we didn’t get the break."

He later added, "Lord help us if we get Salazar in the playoffs."

While it's tempting to think this would make it very hard for MLS to schedule Salazar for another game, MLS doesn't seem to take this kind of stuff into account when deciding referee assignments. Schmid had similarly pointed remarks for Salazar following the U.S. Open Cup final in a game that featured a red card and penalty going against the Sounders, as well as Salazar ruling that Michael Gspurning left his line early during the fateful shootout. Salazar was also the man in the middle for the Sounders game at Portland on Sept. 15.

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