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l Discipline

Updated: Nov. 19, 2007

 Suspensions/Fine

Rod Dyachenko
D.C. United
Suspension/Fine: 1st Game of 2008 Regular Season, $250
Reason: Red Card: 11/1/07 versus Chicago Fire

Arturo Alvarez
FC Dallas
Suspension/Fine: 1st Game of 2008 Regular Season, $250
Reason: Red Card: 11/2/07 versus Houston Dynamo

Drew Moor
FC Dallas
Suspension/Fine: 1st Game of 2008 Regular Season, $250
Reason: Red Card: 11/2/07 versus Houston Dynamo

Ricardo Clark
Houston Dynamo
Suspension/Fine: 9 Games (Regular Season and Playoffs), beginning 10/7/07 vs. LA, $10,000
Reason: Red Card: 9/30/07 vs. FC Dallas

 Card Suspensions

Red card and caution point accumulation suspensions collected in Regular Season Games shall be served in a Player's next Regular Season Game. Any suspensions for yellow card points earned in a Player's last Regular Season Game will not carry over into the Playoffs, or into the next League Season.

However, the applicable fine will be collected in the current Season. Any Players who receives a red card in his last Game of the Season (Regular Season or Playoffs), will serve the one Game suspension during their next Game (whether it's during the Playoffs, Championship Game, or in the next Regular Season Game of the following season). All red card and caution point suspensions will, if necessary, follow a Player to a new Team. All fines associated with cautions or send-offs will be collected in the current season (before the calendar year expires).

 Suspension Carry-Overs

Any suspensions for yellow cards earned in a player's last Regular Season Game shall not carry over into the Playoffs or into the next League Season. However, the applicable fine will be collected in the current Season. Players who receive a red card in their last Game of the Season (Regular Season, Playoff or Cup) shall serve the one-game suspension during their next Game (whether it is during the Playoffs, Championship Game, or the next League Regular Season Game). All red card suspensions will, if necessary, follow a Player to a new team for the next League Season.

 Playoff Caution Accumulation

Playoffs over

All players will start the Playoffs with a personal total of zero cautions. A player who then accumulates TWO (2) cautions in TWO (2) consecutive Playoff Games in which he appears will be suspended from his team's next playoff game (Conference Championship game or MLS Cup) and fined $250 as illustrated below. Any suspension for caution accumulation received in a player's last playoff game will not carry over into the next League Regular Season.

 The following players are one caution from suspension

Player -- Team -- Number of Cautions -- Good Behavior Incentive
NONE

 The following players are two cautions from suspension

Player -- Team -- Number of Cautions
NONE

 Notice of Fine

5 Cautions: Facundo Erpen, Colorado Rapids; Bryan Namoff, D.C. United; Wells Thompson, New England Revolution; Carey Talley, Real Salt Lake; Carl Robinson, Toronto FC ($250)

8 Cautions: Kyle Beckerman, Colorado Rapids ($500);

 Cautions for dissent

Kurt Morsink, Kansas City Wizards ($100)

 Cautions for lack of respect for the game

None

*MLS teams are assessed a matching team fine for their players' cumulative individual fines for yellow cards issued for either "dissent" or "showing a lack of respect for the game."

League Fair Play Table

rankteamgpyellowredfoulsclean gppts gptotal pts
1Columbus Crew3046341710 9.1 272.5
2New England Revolution304713815 10.5 313.5
3New York Red Bulls303944244 11.6 348.0
4Los Angeles Galaxy304853543 12.5 374.0
5Houston Dynamo304944103 13.2 396.0
6Kansas City Wizards305833871 14.7 440.5
7Real Salt Lake306354124 14.9 448.0
8Chicago Fire306053932 15.2 456.5
9Chivas USA306244342 15.8 475.0
10D.C. United306525093 16.3 489.5
11Colorado Rapids306074441 17.2 517.0
12Toronto FC306274943 17.3 520.0
13FC Dallas306444650 17.6 528.5

MLS Teams are assessed fair play points and ranked in the fair play table as follows:

  • 4 points for each caution point received (e.g. 5 cautions = 20 points)
  • 10 points for each red card earned (e.g. 5 red cards in a year = 50 points)
  • .5 points for each foul committed (e.g. 400 fouls = 200 points)
  • A reduction of 15 points for every game played by a team without their receiving either a yellow or red card, or a member of their team being a recipient of MLS Disciplinary Committee action in conjunction with that game (e.g. 3 "clean" games = -45 points).

The team with the least amount of points at the end of the regular season will be awarded the Kraft Team Fair Play Award.

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