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Crimes and Misdemeanors: Leo González? Gone. Fernando Cardenas? Not gone.

Tony Beltran, Leo Gonzalez

Real Salt Lake’s Tony Beltran, right, pursues Seattle Sounders’ Leo Gonzalez, left, in the second half of a MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Seattle. The Sounders beat Real Salt Lake 2-0, but the goals were not enough as Real Salt Lake advanced to the MLS Western Conference championship because they beat the Sounders 3-0 last Saturday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


It’s Tuesday, the day Major League Soccer usually gives us the gift of suspension. Today, they didn’t let us down, but twist! There are net zero suspensions, though one Seattle Sounder will get Wednesday off.

Left back Leo González received a one game suspension (and requisite fine) for stepping on Sheanon Williams in the 88th minute of Sounders’ 1-0, Saturday victory. Official violation category: “endangering the safety of his opponent”.

In potentially bigger news, New England’s Fernando Cardenas has been un-suspended. De-suspended? Re-spended? I dunno.

The Colombian attacker saw red in the 81st minute against Real Salt Lake, a decision appealed by the Revolution.

Survey said yes, per MLS:

[A]n independent review panel – consisting of representatives of the Canadian Soccer Association, the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), and U.S. Soccer – has unanimously determined that New England Revolution forward Fernando Cardenas was incorrectly shown the red card in the 81st minute against Real Salt Lake ...Utilizing the review process instituted prior to First Kick 2012, New England Revolution appealed the referee’s decision. After examining the play, the panel determined that the referee made an obvious error in the disciplinary sanction ...

David Gantar was the official who committed that “obvious error in the disciplinary sanction.”

But look at me, going on when you might want videos. Leo first, then Fernando: