The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Cristian Techera for one match, and fined him an undisclosed amount after an incident against the Portland Timbers over the weekend.
The committee says Techera was punished for stepping on Timbers midfielder Diego Chara in the 93rd minute of the match. You can check out the video below and decide for yourself whether or not it warranted discipline.
In addition, both the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers have been found in violation of the mass confrontation policy. Again, you can check out some video on that.
Techera will miss this weekends' match against the San Jose Earthquake.
The Vancouver Whitecaps will be even more short-handed on Sunday afternoon, when they play the San Jose Earthquake, as it appears Jordan Harvey's red card issued tackle on Diego Valerie will remain. Although the Whitecaps should have their stalwart Kendall Waston back in the center of defense, with Costa Rica's elimination from the Gold Cup. With Jamaica advancing to the semi-finals, Darren Mattocks' return is more up-in-the-air.
Several lineup questions remain for the Whitecaps for this weekend's matchup. Who starts in the back, in place of Harvey (and Kah?). Who takes over for Techera in the midfield? Will Morales be back?
Let us know your thoughts on the suspension and the lineup adjustments that will be needed in the comments below.