Sounders, Sigi Schmid fined for 'mass confrontation' following Osvaldo Alonso red card

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

This is the second time the Sounders have been cited for violating the mass confrontation rule, meaning the team must pay $5,000 and Schmid an additional $1,000.

The fallout from the Osvaldo Alonso red card officially began on Tuesday when the Seattle Sounders were fined $5,000 and head coach Sigi Schmid an additional $1,000 by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. The Sounders were deemed to have violated the "mass confrontation" rule, the second time they have been cited this year.


The incident started after Alonso tackled Will Johnson on what turned out to be a dead ball, although it's entirely possible that neither player heard the whistle as the stadium was as loud as it had been all night. Johnson appeared to say something to Alonso about the tackle, at which point Alonso elbowed Johnson in the chin.

Head referee Hilario Grajeda did not see the infraction, but assistant referee Corey Rockwell apparently did. He advised Grajeda to issue the red card to Alonso, setting off the mass confrontation. At various points, Sounders players had to be restrained from going after Rockwell and Grajeda.

There has yet to be any word as to whether or not Alonso will receive any additional suspension.

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