Dax McCarty’s one-game suspension for a red card he received in second-half stoppage time against Real Salt Lake has been doubled. The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee has tacked on an additional game ono the bench for Nashville SC’s midfield captain.
From League release:
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Nashville SC midfielder Dax McCarty for one additional match (two matches total) and fined the player an undisclosed amount for violent conduct in the 90+ minute of Nashville’s match against Real Salt Lake on March 19. McCarty, who initially received a red card for the incident, will serve his first match suspension on April 2 against the Columbus Crew and his second match suspension on April 9 against Sporting Kansas City.MLS Release
The play was reviewed under Disciplinary Committee Parameter #2, in which the MLS Disciplinary Committee may act where the officials see an incident and issue a red card. The Disciplinary Committee may review the play for further disciplinary action, over and above the mandatory suspension and fine. Under Parameter #2, supplemental discipline (suspension and/or fine) will be administered if the Disciplinary Committee believes the offense is egregious in nature, and/or it must act to protect player safety, and/or it must protect the integrity of the game, and/or the player is guilty of repeat behavior.
In addition, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued McCarty an undisclosed fine for failure to leave the field in a timely manner in the 90+ minute.
the incident can be seen here:
McCarty’s frustration is understandable – not only was his team trailing with little chance to equalize, but he justifiably felt as though Davis was engaged in dangerous play – but the action inexcusable.
McCarty will miss NSC’s games against Columbus Crew April 2 and Sporting Kansas City April 9 – meaning a full four weeks between games (including this weekend’s international break).