Crimes and misdemeanors: Jackson, Ricketts suspended by MLS
This play (above) was a point of some mild debate in the wake of Saturday’s red card. Then again, isn’t everything online a point of debate? That’s part of the wonder of social networking! With little effort at all, you can find the small pocket of the world that thinks Donovan Ricketts shouldn’t have been red carded against Colorado. Synchronize the message, and you can make some actual noise.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee has signed up for that social network. Late Wednesday afternoon, the league announced its “DC” has added one-game to Ricketts’ suspension for Saturday’s incident. Already scheduled to miss this weekend’s match in Dallas, the 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year will now miss the following week’s visit from Seattle, too.
There’s a small possibility Ricketts would have missed those matches anyway. At 36 years old, the Jamaican international is already a bit fragile, so much Saturday’s collision saw him leave the game on a stretcher. The pool goalkeeper Portland’s called up may be around for more than one game.
In our Power Rankings, we compared Ricketts’ play to something you’d see from the video game Street Fighter (yes, I’m that old). In DC terms, it was “serious foul play that endangers the safety of an opponent.” That’s not the same as the violent conduct charge Clint Dempsey was hit with last week, but it’s still enough to earn the Jamaican an extra game off.
Joining Ricketts on the sidelines this weekend is Toronto’s Jackson, who caught the DC’s ire “for aggressive inflammatory behavior toward D.C. United midfielder Davy Arnaud” (video, below). It’s the second straight week the former Dallas midfielder’s aggression has caught people’s attention, with none other than Jurgen Klinsmann alluding to his conduct when drawing a contrast between Dempsey’s foul and what others are allowed to do.
What Jackson is allowed to do has likely become much more narrow thanks to the spotlight he’s case on himself. He’ll miss this weekend’s trip to Real Salt Lake.
Federico Higuaín also drew sanction from the Disciplinary Committee. The Columbus midfielder was fined for simulation Saturday against Philadelphia.