MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions: Week 1

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Jermaine Jones and Dave Romney for their actions in Week 1 play.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee is a panel that reviews each matchday’s action and determines if punishments for missed offenses are warranted, or over turning in game cards. The group has released their decisions on two Los Angeles Galaxy players for their roles over the weekend.

Jermaine Jones Suspended and Fined

The first decision comes against midfielder and USMNT international Jermaine Jones. Jones has been given a one match ban and an undisclosed fine for serious foul play. The action warranted the safety of an opponent in the 17th minute in LA’s match against FC Dallas. 

The midfielder seems to come in from behind on forward Maxi Urruti. Jones will serve the suspension during the Galaxy’s next match, March 12 against the Portland Timbers. 

Dave Romney Found Guilty

In addition to Jones, defender Dave Romney has been found guilty of embellishment. The incident happened in the 52nd minute of play.

Romney has also been suspended one match and fined an undisclosed amount for his act. The defender looks to go down easy after a challenge by Hernan Grans inside of the LA penalty area. Romney will also serve his punishment for the upcoming Timber’s match on March 12, 2017.

Week 1 saw the committee come down hard on the Galaxy. In fact the only team to receive retro punishment yet. That will definitely impact LA’s ability to stop the impressive offense we saw from Portland last Friday night. The two square off this coming Sunday evening.

In both cases this week the Disciplinary Committee looks to have gotten each incident correct. More importantly though is that their action gives us a since of their direction for the year.

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