Another week and another Vancouver Whitecaps player suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee (#DisCoSucks). However, to ensure that MLS Disco keep their reputation of throwing in the unexpected supplementary discipline, we have a bit of an unexpected addition.
As expected, center back Kendall Waston received an additional one-game suspension to go with his red card enforced suspension for his last minute out-of-bounds tackle during the May 22nd Portland Timbers match. Waston will begin serving his suspension upon his return from international duty with Costa Rica. As such, he will be eligible to return to the Whitecaps lineup on July 4th (against LA Galaxy).
A bit more unexpected though is that Octavio Rivero also picked up a one-game suspension. For diving you say? You might think so, given the suspension earlier this season to Masato Kudo. However, Rivero was suspended for his 'kick' to Houston keeper Tyler Deric (video here) on what I consider a 50/50 ball. As a result, Rivero will join Morales (who picked up a red card in that match) on the sidelines for the Whitecaps next MLS contest June 18th against New England Revolution.
For those keeping track at home, the Whitecaps have played 15 games and received 6(!) in-game red cards, 5 after-match suspensions (Froese, Bolanos, Kudo, Manneh, and Rivero) and 1 additional game suspension (Waston). That is 12 'games' in 15 matches. Whether MLS has it in for the Whitecaps or not (they don't), this is a MAJOR issue for this team. They need to stop being suspended!
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