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D.C. United's Onalfo disciplined by MLS

D.C. United Coach Curt Onalfo has been fined $1,000 and suspended for an additional U.S. Open Cup game for leaving the bench area and improper behavior during last week's tournament match against FC Dallas at RFK Stadium.

The ejection in the 32nd minute for disputing a foul called against United defender Carey Talley resulted in a one-game ban, to be served June 2 against Real Salt Lake in an Open Cup preliminary-round match in Washington. If United advances, Onalfo would also miss the round of 16 in the tournament proper this summer.

Although the U.S. Soccer Federation oversees the Open Cup, preliminary games are an MLS competition outside of regular season play and subject to review by the the league's disciplinary committee.

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By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Major League Soccer, Soccer  
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Can that money be put toward the Lot 8 reconstruction fund?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 4, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

A punk, er, tiger cant changes his stripes!

Posted by: vinocomitatus | May 4, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Good for Curt - if the ref could have heard what I was saying at the time, he would have just giggled at whatever minor thing Curt told him - that was a horrid call and deserved to be disputed.

Just once can I see "Coach fined $1000 for acting unprofessional, referee fined $500 for being wrong" ;-)

Posted by: dcufan | May 4, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

So if United loses June 2nd, does Onalfo’s Open Cup suspension still apply for when he is an assistant coach in Richmond next year?

Posted by: DCUMD | May 4, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Could we have penalties for management every time things go wrong on the pitch? Maybe they'll just leave on their own!

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 4, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the Huguenot High School is eligible for USOC play.

Posted by: Landru | May 4, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If DCU loses the next USOC game, does that mean Onalfo would have to serve his second suspension during the next MLS game?

("preliminary games are an MLS competition outside of regular season play and subject to review by the the league's disciplinary committee")

Posted by: Juan-John1 | May 4, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree that referee was atrocious. And apparently pretty thin-skinned, at least compared to what they put up with in MLS. What happened to the directive that they are supposed to warn and defuse the situation first if they can and only send him off for repeated issues?

Posted by: fedssocr | May 4, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

My first thought was "D.C United's Onalfo disciplined by MLS..."

......for such horrible league play.

Oh well.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | May 4, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

no one is saying the obvious - we win when he's not on the bench!

Posted by: nairbsod | May 4, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Why does this make me think of The Chiffons? Doo-lang doo-lang doo-lang.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 4, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

random - can we get Adu on loan during their break?

Posted by: SexyOffender | May 4, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

OT. Ranking Americans in Europe:

"To get a list of the top 10, we turned to Castrol Rankings, which bills itself as the world’s first soccer rankings system based on actual player performance in Europe’s top five leagues – La Liga (Spain), Premier League (England), Bundesliga (Germany), Serie A and Ligue 1 (France). It also takes into account play in the Champions League.

Castrol relies on data gathered by Opta Sportsdata, which tracks individual player statistics in these leagues. The company tracks and scores every touch every player on the field makes in every match. A goal or completed pass is scored as a positive; a giveaway is scored as a negative. Matches are weighted by importance: For example, a Champions League match would be given more weight than a regular-season Ligue 1 game. Opta refreshes the statistics every month.";_ylt=AokZ5ifB0sRXo4A204tOyoUmw7YF?slug=ys-forbesamericansineurope050310

Posted by: nairbsod | May 4, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Someday Curt will join Josh Wicks on the list of "What the hell?" in DCU history.

Posted by: scott47a | May 4, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

@Juan-John The suspension applies only to Open Cup games. From the official press release:

"The two-game suspension applies to the next two U.S. Open Cup matches that Onalfo’s team plays, beginning with the June 2 game against Real Salt Lake."

Posted by: DCUMD | May 4, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Kris Kelderman for Head Coach.

Posted by: godpere | May 4, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Well done coach... Vamos United

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | May 4, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

OT. Ranking Americans in Europe:
Posted by: nairbsod

Not surprising that 3 of the top 5 are goalkeepers. But numbers 10 (Jermaine Jones) and 1 (Marcus Hahnemann) were surprising. I'd rate Edu, Beasley, and everyone else over Jones because he's not a USMNT player and thus, soccerly speaking, he's not American.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 4, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I know someone is going to call me out on my previous comment, so let me elaborate. Jones was born and raised in Germany and is a jus sanguinis US citizen. But let's be real, the only reason he approached USSF is because he was never going to the World Cup as a German. I have a hard time calling him an American Abroad until he's capped.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 4, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

It's really been unfortunate that Jones hasn't been fit to join the US team for any matches (or even training camps).

Posted by: alecw81 | May 4, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

@270, I am right there with you. You're either a yank or you're not. The grunting and groaning that goes on for Subotic and Rossi is only matched in sillyness by those that think that JJ McBroken leg who wasn't really good enough for Germany is going to win us the World Cup.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 5, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

OK -- I sorta get how MLS can fine Onalfo -- I buy the explanation that the play-in games are under MLS' purview. What I don't get is how the MLS can impose an additional suspension that would cause him to miss a proper Open Cup game. Makes no sense.

Posted by: fischy | May 5, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Garber et al should discipline themselves for running a stable of inconsistent referees. From day one he has been delinquent in addressing a core issue.

Posted by: juke2 | May 5, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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