Unfortunately, the bad news just keeps coming.
Chivas USA's leading scorer, Erick Torres, was red carded for the first time in his MLS career on Sunday against the LA Galaxy, when a late challenge provoked the straight ejection. Cubo raced off the field in reaction, apparently acknowledging the error, but his remorse did not stop the MLS Disciplinary Committee for coming down on the star even more.
The league announced on Wednesday that Torres has been suspended an additional game (he gets one game suspension automatically for the red card) and fined an undisclosed amount for the tackle on Baggio Husidic.
Now, the tricky thing is whether he can technically serve his suspension this week, as Chivas have two games, this evening against the Seattle Sounders, and Sunday against the Columbus Crew in Ohio. While the league is currently indicating his suspension begins against the Sounders, that would mean he'll be eligible to return next week after he gets back from Mexico national team duty.
But the typical practice is that players can't serve suspensions for games in which they wouldn't have taken part anyway. So it's quite likely he'll miss four CUSA games total, and wouldn't be eligible to return until September 27, against the Sounders.
We'll have to see how the league treats it. Best case scenario, he'll somehow be able to be counted as "suspended" for the next two games and be eligible as soon as next week. Much more likely, he'll be out until the very end of the month. Gulp.
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