Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna was suspended an additional game Wednesday by the MLS Disciplinary Committee "for aggressively retrieving the ball" from a ballboy late in the Goats' 3-0 loss to the Portland Timbers Sunday. Because de Luna is set to serve a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation against Real Salt Lake this week, the defender will essentially have a two-game suspension, as the suspension handed down today means he will also sit out the May 25 game against the Colorado Rapids.
De Luna's absence means the defense will be missing one of the key starters yet again. Bobby Burling or Walter Vilchez could play in de Luna's stead, or Steve Purdy could remain in the lineup once again after starting against Portland. Carlos Borja is also an option, although he and de Luna played essentially in midfield in select games this season. If Oswaldo Minda still won't be seeing the field in either of these upcoming games, then Borja could slot in as a makeshift defensive midfielder once more.
On the bright side, Dan Kennedy's suspension is over, but de Luna will be joined in the sin bin for the RSL game by Carlos Alvarez, who will be finishing up his suspension this week.
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