Atlanta United lost its match against Montreal last weekend but has won an appeal of a red card that dismissed Leandro Gonzalez Pirez.
In first-half stoppage time, he dueled Impact forward Matteo Mancosu for a bouncing ball in the penalty area and when Mancosu fell down under his challenge referee Alan Kelly whistled for a penalty kick and also sent off González Pirez for denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
Ignacio Piatti converted the penalty kick to tie the game, 1-1, and playing against 10 men Montreal eventually scored the winner for a 2-1 win.
After reviewing the incident, the Independent Panel -- consisting of one representative each from U.S. Soccer, Canadian Soccer Association, and Professional Referees’ Organization -- unanimously decided to rescind the red card, fine, and one-game suspension imposed by MLS. Gonzalez Pirez is eligible to play this weekend against Real Salt Lake.
Each team is allowed two unsuccessful appeals per season, including playoffs. As in this case with Atlanta United, a successful appeal does not count towards the allotment.