Major League Soccer has suspended D.C. United midfielder Lewis Neal for one match for a “serious foul play that endangers the safety of an opponent.” The incident occurred in the fourth minute of a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution last weekend at RFK Stadium. [Video]
At the time, Neal was given only a yellow card for his studs-up tackle on Andrew Farrell. Upon further review, MLS’s disciplinary committee assessed the suspension and a fine of an undisclosed amount. He will miss this Saturday night’s match against the visiting New York Red Bulls. Chris Rolfe, who scored in his United debut three days after being acquired from Chicago, is the top candidate to replace Neal in the starting lineup.
MLS also fined Revolution Coach Jay Heaps an undisclosed amount for being ejected in the late moments of the match in Washington. The ejection carried an automatic one-game suspension, which he will serve Saturday against the Houston Dynamo.