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.
Portillo's has become a staple in the Chicagoland area due to its popular hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and now, its soccer jerseys.
OK, maybe one of these does not belong with the others. Regardless, Twitter user @JTHazzard created mock-up soccer jerseys mashing MLS teams and restaurants based in that team's city, and the Portillo's jersey is sweet.
From the Portillo's logo taking center-stage to the picnic blanket pattern to the discrete Chicago Fire logo, this jersey is absolutely brilliant. The only change this writer would make is including the logo below instead.
Valspar is the current sponsor featured on the Fire's uniforms. If the team ever needs a new sponsor, though, Portillo's would be an excellent replacement.
As far as notorious players in MLS with a history of scoring big goals, Alan Gordon is one of the first names on that list.
The Fire signed the 36-year-old forward on Friday, continuing to add depth to a roster that appeared paper thin throughout the preseason. Gordon, who had been on trial with the Fire for part of the preseason and even after the season opener, signed a one-year deal.
Gordon adds plenty of experience from being in the league since 2004 and having scored 55 goals with five different teams. For the past few years he has been used primarily as a substitute, but has still maintained his reputation for scoring goals late in games.
At 6-foot-3 he brings plenty of size and strength to the team and is one of the best players on headers in the league. Last season the Fire failed to score directly off a set piece, which was both due to consistently poor service from corner kicks and a lack of players adept at finishing them off. Gordon should give the Fire a late-game option in that area.
Elliot Collier had impressed the Fire enough to earn a contract as a third-round pick and an international player and even came off the bench in the opening loss to Sporting Kansas City, but it appears the team wanted more experience at forward with Gordon.