Referring to Abbott's earlier post, Osvaldo Alonso is one player who's never been afraid to talk about opponents' mothers, at least metaphorically. Even when the rest of the team seems listless and passive, he brings his hard bite to defensive midfield, game in and game out. But likely in large part due to the frustrations building in a bad home loss to the Columbus Crew, Alonso bit too hard and went in for a dangerous, ill-advised tackle on Cole Grossman on a 50/50 ball and though he was left on the field at the time, today the league has suspended him for two games, strongly implying that it should have been a red card.
As a bit of extra flavor (and not that it makes the tackle any less bad) but I was 8 rows up from where Grossman came off the field after rolling around on the ground and he smiled and laughed at the fans who were booing him for timewasting.
The big question will be whether it's Andy Rose or Servando Carrasco who fills in at defensive midfield. Full release is below the jump.
NEW YORK (May 25, 2012) - The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for a reckless challenge in the 82nd minute of Wednesday's game that endangered the safety of his opponent, Columbus Crew midfielder Cole Grossman. Alonso left his feet, showed his studs and used excessive force (VIDEO).
The Disciplinary Committee also suspended LA Galaxy midfielder Hector Jimenez one additional game and fined him an undisclosed amount for a challenge in the 59thminute of Wednesday's game that demonstrated disregard for the safety of his opponent, San Jose Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour. Jimenez left his feet, showed his studs and used excessive force (VIDEO). The referee issued Jimenez a red card, which carries an automatic one game suspension, so his total suspension is two games.
Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.