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Revs' Smith Suspended 3 Games

For taking a run at Kansas City's Hercules Gomez last weekend, New England's Khano Smith has been suspended three games -- one for the red card and an additional two handed down by the MLS disciplinary committee today. MLS called it "an egregious challenge that endangered the safety of the opponent." He was also fined an extra $1,000 ($1,250 total). If New England does not advance to the conference final, Smith will serve the final game of his suspension next spring. Revs Coach Steve Nicol was fined $1,000 for public criticism of MLS after the game.

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2008; 6:17 PM ET
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Only 3? That was 10 times more dangerous than Clark's kick on Ruiz.

Posted by: GoUnited | October 29, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Called it. Well done, MLS. Now they should think about rescinding Badilla's red. Just like Beye's red in the NUFC-MC game two Saturday's ago. The challenge was a foul inside the box and a penalty, but most definitely not a red.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | October 29, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Good call by MLS on this one. I think it deserved 5 games, but the increased suspension and fine show that MLS takes these things seriously.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 29, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

MLS is creating a cash cow by fining comments about MLS refs: Nicol is the latest on the list, but he definitely has something to complain about. I was at the game, and at the very least, it was very one-sided in fouls called.

Posted by: cammiev | October 29, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Is MLS creating a cash cow by fining comments about refs? I was at the game and Khano deserved his red, Badilla a yellow and a penalty kick. 2 straight reds, no warnings or yellows. And, for some reason, KC didn't get the same scrutiny... there was a lot of stuff that was ignored. It drives everyone nuts when different rules seem to apply to different teams.

Posted by: cammiev | October 29, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Seems like the right decision.

The Badilla red card was the correct decision. It's a foul that denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Distance to the goal was close, inside the penalty area. Direction was towards the goal. Number of Defenders was only the goalkeeper between the player and the goal. Distance to the ball was close enough to play it. That's the "4 Ds".

Posted by: fedssocr | October 29, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

It's about time that MLS started punishing Khano, he's had a history of poor behavior on and off the pitch (like the incident where he threw a water/gatorade bottle at a fan). I just hope this punishment is sufficient to warn him, if not, the league will need to be ready to crack down again quickly.

Posted by: Eugene7 | October 29, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Cynical/numbskull challenge from Smith, backed up by Shalrie's statements after the game confirming the same. They are lucky no one was seriously hurt or Smith should spend at least as much time suspended as the Clark-kicking-Ruiz incident drew.

One-sided calls are bad enough. Planned retribution at this level-and this was clearly planned-reflects very badly on the whole organization.

Rev's board-to their credit-compares Smith's intent as comparable to Stoichkov's leg-breaking conduct.

Towson

Posted by: Ho_Ho_Ho | October 29, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Seems like the right decision.

The Badilla red card was the correct decision. It's a foul that denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Distance to the goal was close, inside the penalty area. Direction was towards the goal. Number of Defenders was only the goalkeeper between the player and the goal. Distance to the ball was close enough to play it. That's the "4 Ds".

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To me, the KC player (Lopez) didn't have any control of the ball whatsoever to "shoot", and Badilla barely touched him. Probably the most successful dive of the year.

As for the the other red, I hate Khano and that was beyone idiotic. I don't see why coaches should get fined for criticizing the refs, the refs are human and make bad decisions. The league prefers to remain a dictatorship mentality and punish severely anyone who might *think* the league and its refs have made mistakes.

I love my team. I hate the league it plays in.

Posted by: revsfanindc | October 29, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

That Badilla red card was a joke by the way. It was clearly a dive.

Posted by: GoUnited | October 29, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Leagues worldwide, in soccer and other sports, fine coaches that publicly criticize officials. Nicol knows this and complained anyway. Even more galling is the fact that he complained after a game where his players clearly targeted an specific opposing player, which was confirmed by Joseph's comments.

While I think the fines for complaining are a bit too knee-jerk, this is a textbook case of a fine being called for. Nicol complains more than any coach in MLS, and he both failed to control his players in the game and did something he knew he would be fined for. How can anyone defend that? How can people blame MLS for Nicol being stupid?

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | October 30, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

No one is blaming MLS for Nicol's comments, in fact, many of us were wondering how big the fine would be! But the point I'm trying to make is, fining comments on reffing is not addressing the problem....better or at least more consistent reffing is needed, and I think most of us, no matter what team we follow, would agree. By the letter of the rules, Badilla probably deserved a red, but
we've all seen more obvious examples where it isn't called...and that's what makes me really mad. There are no excuses for Khano Smith, none.

Posted by: cammiev | October 30, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

There was an 5th D on the Badilla play, Dive! Also Albright was off to the left and closing fast, by the time Lopez controlled the ball Albright would have mostlikely been able to influence the play had the ball got past Reis. Bad Red by the Ref and Nicol was right, Stott had no clue about what the game meant and the significance of a red card. That card influenced the playoffs. As for Khano, I hope that is the last time we see him in a Revs uniform....bannish him to USL 2 where that kind of play happens every weekend

Posted by: dpj121 | October 30, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

There was a 5th D on the Badilla play, Dive! Also Albright was off to the left and closing fast, by the time Lopez controlled the ball Albright would have mostlikely been able to influence the play had the ball got past Reis. Bad Red by the Ref and Nicol was right, Stott had no clue about what the game meant and the significance of a red card. That card influenced the playoffs. As for Khano, I hope that is the last time we see him in a Revs uniform....bannish him to USL 2 where that kind of play happens every weekend

Posted by: dpj121 | October 30, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

There was a 5th D on the Badilla play, Dive! Also Albright was off to the left and closing fast, by the time Lopez controlled the ball Albright would have mostlikely been able to influence the play had the ball got past Reis. Bad Red by the Ref and Nicol was right, Stott had no clue about what the game meant and the significance of a red card. That card influenced the playoffs. As for Khano, I hope that is the last time we see him in a Revs uniform....bannish him to USL 2 where that kind of play happens every weekend

Posted by: dpj121 | October 30, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

There was a 5th D on the Badilla play, Dive! Also Albright was off to the left and closing fast, by the time Lopez controlled the ball Albright would have mostlikely been able to influence the play had the ball got past Reis. Bad Red by the Ref and Nicol was right, Stott had no clue about what the game meant and the significance of a red card. That card influenced the playoffs. As for Khano, I hope that is the last time we see him in a Revs uniform....bannish him to USL 2 where that kind of play happens every weekend

Posted by: dpj121 | October 30, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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