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Eddie Johnson suspended one game for making contact with Perkins’ face

Eddie Johnson, Wil Trapp

D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson, right, reaches for the ball against Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp, left, during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Washington. Columbus won 3-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


It hasn’t been a great couple weeks for Eddie Johnson, who was excluded from Jurgen Klinsmann’s plans for the 2014 World Cup and now has been suspended from Major League Soccer for his unsportsmanlike displays against the Montreal Impact this weekend.

Unable to reach a pass before Montreal keeper Troy Perkins, Johnson dragged his back leg to make contact with the netminder’s face. In the ensuing scrum, Johnson poked Wandrille Lefevre in the face as well.

From the Associated Press:

MLS said Tuesday that the MLS Players Union unsuccessfully appealed the penalty for the reckless challenge, which occurred in the 60th minute. Johnson also was fined for making contact with the face of Montreal defender Wandrille Lefevre following the challenge with Perkins.

It’s hard to tell on the video whether Johnson was attempting to get Perkins, or just refused to get out of the way, but he deserves some discipline. Whether it was all just an on-field eruption of frustration after a tough week or just a questionable moment, it’s not a good look for the striker.

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