The MLS Disciplinary Committee has announced two retroactive suspensions from the weekend's matches, giving Toronto FC's Steven Caldwell a one game suspension and fining the Colorado Rapids' Drew Moor in their first decisions of the week. Fans of the Portland Timbers will still be waiting with baited breath, however, as the fates of Pa Modou Kah and Michael Harrington hang in the balance ahead of this weekend's Cascadia derby against the Seattle Sounders.
On Tuesday, Caleb Porter confirmed that the Timbers have appealed Michael Harrington's red card for violent conduct issued in the game against FC Dallas on Saturday, calling the card "ridiculous". The DC would need to unanimously agree that Harrington had not committed an offense deserving of a red card for the suspension to be overturned.
In cases where a suspension is appealed, the DC will generally announce the outcome, even if it is not successful, so another announcement should be coming later this week.
The other player that Timbers fans will be watching, Pa Modou Kah, went in on a tackle during the match against Dallas that some (including me and the infamous Simon Borg) thought could have been a red card. Because a yellow was issued on the play, the DC would also need to be unanimous in order to suspend Kah, making it somewhat more likely that he will escape without missing a game.
The DC's press release:
MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions: Week 4
NEW YORK (April 2, 2014) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Toronto FC defender Steven Caldwell one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for serious foul play that endangers the safety of an opponent against Real Salt Lake midfielder Ned Grabavoy in the 34th minute of the game on March 29 (VIDEO).
The Committee has fined Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor an undisclosed amount for his actions towards Sporting Kansas City forward Claudio Bieler that violated the League’s policy regarding hands to the face/head of an opponent in the 40th minute of the game on March 29 (VIDEO).