Orlando City won't be the test case to determine if a red card issued following Video Review can be overturned. It decided not to appeal Orlando City captain Kaka's bizarre ejection following
what it described as a "playful interaction" with former teammate Aurelien Collin at the end of the Lions' 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls.
MLS Video Review decisions: WEEK 1: Maxi Urruti (FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia, 1-3). Goal disallowed. Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy vs. Seattle,
1-3). Goal disallowed. WEEK 2: Maxi Urruti (FC Dallas vs. Colorado, 0-0). Goal disallowed. Andres Imperiale (San Jose vs. Houston, 0-3). Red card changed to
yellow card. Kaka (Orlando City vs. NY Red Bulls, 1-3). Red card issued.
Incident. Video review was called after a
confrontation in stoppage time between Orlando's Cristian Higuita and New York's Sean Davis. Both players were issued yellow cards.
The surprise came when referee Jorge
Gonzalez issued a red card to Kaka. Replays showed the Orlando star come up behind New York's Aurelien Collin and laughingly put his hands around the face of the Frenchman, Kaka's former
teammate in Orlando. After the game, Collin tweeted, "We see that he is joking we are brothers."
NY Red Bulls-Orlando City highlights:
Statement. Orlando City said it will respect the decision and suspension to preserve its right to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including
playoffs. (It already won one appeal in 2017 -- a red card to Rafael Ramos against Chicago in a match the Lions also lost Antonio Nocerino to a red card yet earned a 0-0 tie.)
But Orlando City added in a statement that it "does not support the notion that Kaka -- a role model known around the world for his upstanding character and demeanor -- is guilty of violent
conduct, defined as an attempt to use excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball. Moreover, we also do not believe he deliberately 'struck' an opponent or any
other person on the head or face with his hand or arm during the match.)
Two straight reds in 17 years. The red card was the
second straight red card of Kaka's 17-year-old career. The first came against Real Salt Lake in 2015.