Major League Soccer

MLS disciplanary round-up: Thiago Almada suspension extended, Gonzalo Pineda fined

Chris Smith
Pineda & Atlanta United have picked up a few punishments.
Pineda & Atlanta United have picked up a few punishments. / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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The MLS disciplinary committee has released its decisions for Week 14 of the 2022 season, issuing a couple of fines and extending a suspension.


1. Thiago Almada suspension extended

Thiago Almada was sent off for aggressive behavior and making unwanted physical contact with a match official after the final whistle of Atlanta United's 2-1 defeat at home to the Columbus Crew at the end of May.

Originally a one-match ban, Almada will now serve another two games on the sidelines and pay an undisclosed fine following a review of the incident.

"The play was reviewed under Disciplinary Committee Parameter 2, in which the MLS Disciplinary Committee may act where the officials see an incident and issue a red card," a statement from the committee read.

"The Disciplinary Committee may review the play for further disciplinary action, over and above the mandatory suspension and fine. Under Parameter 2, supplemental discipline (suspension and/or fine) will be administered if the Disciplinary Committee believes the offense is egregious in nature, and/or it must act to protect player safety, and/or it must protect the integrity of the game, and/or the player is guilty of repeat behavior."

Almada will miss matches against Inter Miami, Toronto FC, and the New York Red Bulls.

2. Pineda fined for 'unacceptable conduct' & 'inappropriate language'

As Dom Dwyer pulled a goal back late on for Atlanta, Gonzalo Pineda wanted the game restarted quickly and showed frustration when Columbus withheld the ball from his players, throwing his jacket to the floor.

For that action and, according to the disciplinary committee, directing some inappropriate language toward match officials, Pineda was shown a red card.

As well as missing the Inter Miami match - with assistant Rob Valentino presumably leading things from the sidelines - Pineda will also pay an undisclosed fine.

3. SKC's Kayden Pierre fined for 'simulation/embellishment'

When Sporting Kansas City defender Kayden Pierre hit the floor inside the box against the Vancouver Whitecaps, he wasn't fooling anyone.

'Caps defender Florian Jungwirth's challenge made absolutely no contact with the teenager, who tried his best to fool the referee and win his team a penalty.

Pierre found no joy and has now been landed with an undisclosed fine for his actions.

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