Toronto FC has appealed the red card issued to star Jozy Altidore at halftime of the second leg of its Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Red Bulls.
the game, 1-0, but went through to the conference final against Columbus thanks to away goals. Unless it wins its appeal, TFC will be without Altidore (and Sebastian Giovinco) for the first leg
Nov. 21 at Columbus.
Altidore and Sacha Kljestan, who had both been cautioned following an incident in the first half, did not return to the field after the break. They both had
been red carded.
Kljestan said Altidore shoved him into the wall. Altidore said Kljestan came up to him from behind and choked and pushed him.
TFC president Bill Manningtold the Canadian Press he is confident Altidore will be vindicated after security camera footage is reviewed. He
said there were five security guards and three police officers in the area.
"That should suffice but essentially a group of Red Bulls players came into the TFC space and pushed through security
and police officers," Manning said. "It was literally a numbers game."
MLS conference finals First Leg: Nov. 21: Columbus vs. Toronto FC (8 pm ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes) Nov. 21: Houston vs. Seattle (10 pm ET, FS1, Fox Deportes) Second Leg: Nov. 29: Toronto FC vs. Columbus (7:30 pm ET, FS1) Nov. 30: Seattle vs. Houston (10:30 pm ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes)