New York Red Bulls keeper Jon Conway
and defender Jeff Parke
have each been suspended for 10 games after testing positive for androstatriendione
(ATD) and boldenone metabolites. The performance enhancing substances were purchased over the counter at a vitamin store and the players said they did not know that the supplement contained a
Each has also been fined 10 percent of his annual salary.
MLS's statement: "The players purchased and ingested an over-the-counter nutritional supplement
containing ATD, a substance that metabolizes into boldenone. Both ATD and boldenone are banned substances under MLS's SABH policy. The supplement was purchased from a vitamin store that is part of
a national chain.
"MLS has one of the strictest drug policies in professional sports and holds its athletes both responsible and accountable for what they put into their bodies," MLS
Commissioner Don Garber
said. "This is an important statement as to the high standards to which we hold our players."
Conway has started all 28 Red Bulls games this season. Parke
has played 24 games (23 starts).
Conway's salary this season is $115,000. Parke's is $58,487.