Chad Marshall will be eligible to play the Seattle Sounders’ next match on Sept. 15 against the Vancouver Whitecaps after the Independent Panel overturned the red card he received on Saturday. The panel — which is made up of a member of the USSF, Canadian Soccer Association and someone appointed by PRO — needed to unanimously agree that referee Baldomero Toledo erred in giving the VAR-reviewed red card for “serious foul play.” It was just the second time in his 15-year MLS career that Marshall had been ejected from a match.
After Video Review, a red card is issued to Chad Marshall for serious foul play. https://t.co/7ECvxAwCwd— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 1, 2018
The call was immediately considered controversial, as replays didn’t appear to show any sort of significant contact and that Marshall seemed to be trying to pull out of the tackle.
This is the second time during the VAR era that the Sounders have successfully appealed a red card. Last September, they were able to successfully argue that Román Torres should not have been considered the last man when he fouled a Galaxy player on a late-game breakaway.