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D.C. United D Brandon McDonald suspended one game; MF Danny Cruz fined

Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee suspended D.C. United defender Brandon McDonald for one game and fined him for a “reckless challenge that endangered the safety of his opponent.”

McDonald tackled FC Dallas striker Blas Pérez from behind a few yards over the midfield stripe in the 20th minute of United’s 4-1 win on Friday. McDonald was given a yellow card for the hard tackle.

During an intrasquad scrimmage at Tuesday’s training session, defender Dejan Jacovic was paired in central defense with Emiliano Dudar. Jakovic missed Friday’s game with a groin strain, but his presence in the starting lineup indicates United was aware McDonald would likely face punishment.

United’s next match is Saturday night against the Seattle Sounders at RFK Stadium.

D.C. midfielder Danny Cruz was also fined by the disciplinary committee “for his act of embellishment, which brought the game into disrepute.” Cruz simulated being struck in the face by an elbow thrown by FC Dallas defender Jair Benitez.

Per league policy, the amount of the fines was not disclosed. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, however, the fines follow past league policy of $250 for red-card suspensions.

Benitez was also suspended for one game. Though the elbow did not connect with Cruz’s face, Benitez wildly threw his elbow into Cruz several times. The release said Benitez was suspended “for violent conduct that endangered the safety of his opponent.”

Videos of both incidents are provided after the jump…



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