By RYAN TOLMICH
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has punished the Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps and two players for a confrontation that occurred in their May 24 matchup.
Both the Sounders and Whitecaps were warned by the league violating the league’s mass confrontation policy. The incident occurred when Sounders midfielder Gonzalo Pineda got into an animated argument with Whitecaps midfielder Pedro Morales after Pineda grabbed the ball from Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson. Both Morales, and Sounders’ forward Chad Barrett, who intervened with a shove, were fined by the league for contact to the head of an opponent and escalating the incident, respectively. The exact amount each player was fined was undisclosed.
Joining Morales and Barrett on the MLS fines list was Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen, who earned the league’s ire for public criticism following Toronto FC’s 2-2 draw with Sporting KC.
Video of the incident between the Sounders and Whitecaps can be seen here:
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