In his first start since the Fire's season-opening defeat to defending champion LA Galaxy, Matt Watson's studs-up challenge on New York City FC forward Adam Nemec in the 27th minute on April 24 has come back to haunt the midfielder.
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On Wednesday, the MLS Disciplinary Committee handed the 30-year-old a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for serious foul play, a decision that will rule him out for the Men in Red's encounter with Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. The incident, seen here, initially warranted a yellow card to be drawn from the shirt pocket of match referee Ricardo Salazar and was Watson's first of the season.
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Real Salt Lake’s John Stertzer and Sporting Kansas City’s Servando Carrasco were also suspended and fined, while the Houston Dynamo, Kansas City, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and D.C. United were all adjudged to have been in violation of the league’s mass confrontation policy in Week 8.
The Disciplinary Committee also fined Toronto FC’s Damien Perquis for simulation in the 83rd minute of Sunday’s match against Orlando City.