MLS Countdown: Nocerino and Olsen suspended

D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen and Orlando City SC midfielder Antonio Nocerino have been fined and suspended by the MLS Discipinary Committee for entering the field of play illegally.

Olsen went onto the field during United’s game against Toronto FC last weekend to retrieve a stray ball thrown onto the field after another ball had been put in play, and he will serve the one-game suspension when D.C. plays New England on Sunday.

After being substituted during the Lions game against the Revs, Nocerino came onto the field to celebrate a goal by Kevin Molino in stoppage time. He will sit out a game Sunday against the Red Bulls.

WAHL REINSTATED. Columbus defender Tyson Wahl will not be suspended nor fined for an incident in a game against New York City FC on Saturday. A red card was mistakenly issued to Crew SC defender Michael Parkhurst for a foul committed by Wahl, and a correction was announced on Monday.

After reviewing the play itself upon an appeal by Columbus, the Independent Review Panel voted unanimously to uphold the appeal. The review panel consists of one representative each from the U.S. Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Federation, and Professional Referees Organization.

Wahl is eligible to play against Houston this weekend.

VALERI FINED. Portland midfielder Diego Valeri has been fined for failure to leave the field in an orderly manner in stoppage time of the Timbers’ 3-1 defeat of the Earthquakes Saturday. This fine is in addition to an automatic fine imposed for a red card.

Valeri scuffled with several San Jose players and received a second caution after he kicked a ball into the face of the Quakes’ Anibal Godoy a second or two after the referee’s whistle had blown the play dead.  Portland doesn't play this weekend; Valeri will serve his suspension next Wednesday when the Timbers play New England.

Quakes defender Andres Imperiale will also be issued an undisclosed fine for his involvement in the melee. San Jose goalie David Bingham, the first player to challenge Valeri’s action, was cautioned.

Rapids midfielder Marco Pappa was fined for putting his hand into the face of Red Bulls’ midfielder Mike Grella during their match Saturday.

 

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