Orange County SC got a boost of good news lately, regarding Jerry van Ewijk’s suspension by USL. Originally slated for five games, after a scuffle he helped initiate against the Portland Timbers 2, on appeal the ban was reduced to three games.
That’s certainly good news for Orange County, and three games seems to fit the crime far better than five. Van Ewijk was one of three players suspended for the melee, with Portland’s Lamar Batista receiving a three-game ban and Orange County’s Ami Pineda given a whopping six-game suspension for his actions. Pineda also appealed his suspension but was denied, so he will remain out for nearly another month.
But van Ewijk, having served the first game of his suspension last weekend against Phoenix Rising FC, will be eligible for selection in three games, on July 22 against Rio Grande Valley FC. That’s good news for the team, who have been without an injured Duke Lacroix since May 6 and could be missing Carlos Alvarez in the weeks to come, if the injury that forced him off on Saturday is serious. Van Ewijk is tied for the team lead in league goals scored so far this season with three, so having him back sooner than later should help the team’s cause through a busy summer stretch.
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