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Rio Grande Valley FC's Jose Escalante suspended four games for spitting in OC Blues game

League comes down hard on unsportsmanlike act.

Escalante set to park it on the sidelines for a little while.
Escalante set to park it on the sidelines for a little while.
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The Orange County Blues remained off USL's Discipline Report for this week, meaning no players are suspended for Saturday's rivalry match against LA Galaxy II.

But the Blues were involved in the biggest discipline handed out for the week, as Rio Grande Valley FC's Jose Escalante was suspended four games for spitting at a Blues player around full time of the Blues' 2-1 victory on Sunday. As noted in the recap, there was a scuffle between the teams at the final whistle, and a Dynamo Theory writer who covers RGVFC confirmed the spitting incident came around that time.

Escalante did not get any punishment at the time for the incident, but the USL Discipline Committee weighed in and levied the four-game ban. It is certainly not the harshest penalty levied by the league this season -- suspending now-former Pittsburgh Riverhounds forward Romeo Parkes for the rest of the 2016 season for sucker kicking New York Red Bulls II defender Karl Ouimette hopefully will not be topped -- but it is nice to see the league get tough on acts that should not be in the game.

Again, the Blues have no suspensions of their own to deal with this week, so that should help Oliver Wyss' options for selection against Galaxy II.

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