Toronto FC defensive midfielder Collen Warner will not be available Saturday against the Seattle Sounders. The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined Warner an undisclosed amount and suspended him for two games for violent conduct, MLS announced today.
Warner made a dangerous tackle on Montreal Impact's Dominic Oduro in the 23rd minute of the rivalry game last weekend, which was only punished by a yellow on the field. In order to extend further punishment beyond the yellow card, the committee must have been unanimous in deciding the tackle warranted a suspension.
This is another bit of good news for the Sounders going into the weekend's match. Though both teams have lost pieces to international duty, Toronto are missing the players responsible for over 60 percent of their MLS goal production in Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore.
Like Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley remains with his club team for this match. However, Bradley's help in running the TFC midfield is looking thin as well. Besides the suspended Warner (20 appearances in 2015), Benoit Cheyrou (19 appearances) is unlikely to be playing after taking an ankle injury in the Impact match.
The Sounders, meanwhile, are starting to build a new hydra. Of course, that hydra and the rest of the Sounders have some gelling to do as they regroup. Toronto still have good players. Hercules Gomez in particular will be fired up to score again at the CLink. But if Seattle wants to make a late push up the standings, they will need to take advantage of bits of good luck like this.