FC Dallas goalie Sala suspended 6 games for punches
NEW YORK -- FC Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala was suspended six games and fined $3,500 by Major League Soccer on Thursday for violent conduct after a playoff loss Saturday night to the Colorado Rapids.
After Pablo Mastroeni scored on the Rapids' final kick as Colorado defeated FC Dallas 5-4 on penalty kicks to advance to the Western Conference championship game, Sala punched Colorado players Hunter Freeman and Jovan Kirovski while they celebrated.
The league also handed out penalties to four other players and a coach for their conduct during the league semifinals last weekend.
In addition to the sanctions against Sala, Colorado defender Mike Petke was fined $500 for his involvement in the postgame incident.
Chivas USA's Juan Pablo Garcia was suspended two games and fined $2,000 for a serious foul on Houston Dynamo forward Brad Davis after the final whistle Sunday in Chivas's loss to the Dynamo. Chivas defender Claudio Suarez was fined $750.
Houston midfielder Ricardo Clark was fined $500 for lack of respect for the game. He had received a caution during the game that carries an automatic $100 fine. After reviewing the incident, the league's disciplinary committee tacked on $400.
The league also disciplined New England coach Steve Nicol, fining him $2,000 for criticizing league officials in a story in The Boston Globe on Oct. 27.
The suspensions carry over to the 2007 regular season.
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the players union may appeal to the commissioner for any discipline for an on-field incident resulting in a fine $750 or higher and/or a suspension of two games or more.