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Coaches Porter & Hackworth fined; Alvarez suspended
May 10th, 2013 2:18AM

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[MLS DISCIPLINE] Philadelphia coach John Hackworth and Portland coach Caleb Porter were fined undisclosed amounts for public criticism of the officials. Chivas USA midfielder Carlos Alvarez has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for violent conduct during the game against Sporting Kansas City.

With his opponent, Sporting Kansas City's Peterson Joseph, on the ground Alvarez kicked the ball toward Joseph’s head from close range. Alvarez got away with only caution at the time.

Alvarez's transgression ...



3 comments
  1. Brent Crossland
    commented on: May 10, 2013 at 9:38 a.m.
    "his level of officiating is allowed to continue, MLS will continue to be a laughingstock among the other league. I find it hard to believe that if 17k+ people, announcers and viewers alike, saw the handball, that the ref did not." JK - I'm no defender of the inconsistent way that MLS referees treat physical fouls but I can say this from 20 yrs experience refereeing youth games. It's not unusual at all for every person on the losing sideline to be convinced that the referee has blown a critical call. That cannot be the bar by which we measure referees.

  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: May 10, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.
    Why exactly do we fine coaches for saying out loud what everyone is thinking? What is organized soccer afraid of? The referee put players at risk in the Union-Sounders game by NOT DOING HIS JOB. As for handballs, after having 30-40,000 people see them not called over and over and over at CLink (spontaneous wave of people raising their arms, yelling "handball" was the clue), I had just assumed that MLS had revoked the rule.

  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: May 10, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
    Well played Brent........if I come away with 50% thinking I did a great job, I am always happy. Margaret, it is because the vast majority of pro coaches are former high level players, and they continually spew incorrect information about the laws and officiating in general. Example being such classics as "there was no intent", after a player receives a caution or send off.....


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