We’ll always have the video: Van Damme suspension remains after MLS review
Dives from David Guzman and Diego Chara gave us a hilarious video, some heat for the LA Galaxy media team, and Jelle van Damme a red card, but the league repercussions will be minimal for the Timbers pair.
Van Damme’s suspension remains for his pair of yellows against Portland, although Chara has been fined for embellishing before the first offense -- given to Van Damme for dissent toward Toledo -- and Guzman hurt his ankle doing the same on the second.
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If you think that doesn’t make much sense, you have company in Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo.
The only argument for punishment is to stand with referee Baldomero Toledo’s post-match account that Van Damme’s tackle interfered with the flow of play even if he didn’t make contact with Guzman (an argument that is pretty self-protective from a longtime MLS ref).
We can’t help but look at the photo above and think Toledo had a bit of ire in his mind for Van Damme. Shoulder-shrug emoji, we guess.