MLS's disciplinary committee has added one game to Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey
's suspension for the red card he received in the first half of the March 18 match against FC Dallas.
Because of scheduling -- byes and the March FIFA window -- the Sounders have played only one game since then -- a 1-0 loss at home to Montreal -- so it was only now, before Sunday's game at
Sporting Kansas City, that a decision was needed if Dempsey was to be handed extra punishment.
Dempsey was given one additional match (two games total) for a low blow on second-year
and issued an undisclosed fine for visual dissent. The initial red card came after the play was reviewed.
The length of time it took to make the decision, more than three weeks after the game and three days before the SKC match, is not
what bothered Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey
. It was the decision (unappealable by the Sounders) itself that outraged him.
"I say that, obviously, from my own opinion," Lagerwey told
reporters on Thursday. "When I saw the red card, I thought it was a soft call. When you have things that are reviewed on video replay, there is an understandable institutional reluctance to reverse
plays that have been reviewed by replay. Specifically when we talk about appeals, you have to prove things. My opinion doesn’t matter. It’s what I can prove. When a play has been reviewed,
it is very difficult to prove the opposite."
Lagerwey used the example of a successful appeal: Roman Torres
' DOGSO red card after fouling Jermaine Jones
on a breakaway near
the top of the penalty area in a Seattle-LA Galaxy match in late 2017.
"There was not an on-field review," he said, "and that gave us more leeway in that circumstance to appeal that red
To compound the 0-3-0 Sounders' misery on Thursday, midfielder Harrison Shipp
left practice at Starfire Sports with an ankle injury.
"Harry pulled up lame,"
said head coach Brian Schmetzer
, who admitted he was a little testy. "I’m not going to speculate on what the injury is, but it is an ankle injury and he had to get carted off the field
today. That was a blow to the team because Harry was one of the guys that was going to step in for Clint. So the next-next man has to step up and play now.