DC United-Philadelphia Union Preseason Game Warrants A Look At Major League Soccer’s Discipline Policy
There seemed to be a chip between the Philadelphia Union and DC United. While it was a consolation came in the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic and the last preseason match for both teams, the rivalry between the two teams came out.
Washington Post reporter Steven Goff was at the match and reported about the match on twitter. In the 59th minute, United Player Dwayne De Rosario allegedly attempted to head butt a Union player. Some are saying it was former teammate Danny Cruz.
As a result, De Rosario was given a straight red. Earlier in the match Zac MacMath took out Lionard Pajoy in the box while going for the ball. MacMath was given a red before the referee changed it to a yellow card.
Nonetheless, there was a physical aspect to the game. Maybe it is time for Major League Soccer to have yellow card accumulation begin during the preseason and have red cards carry over to apply at the start of the regular season as well. Just a reminder first kick is in less than a week on Saturday.
In a preseason match, who really cares if their team is down a man? No player probably does as the preseason is not really about winning.
Because of the lack of discipline per se, the risk of player injury is higher. All it takes for an injury to an opposing player is one careless tackle or challenge. With no real system in place that doesn’t hurt a team or player in the regular season, games like Philadelphia and Washington are bound to continue in preseason play
If the MLS were to implement a new discipline system for preseason, players would think twice before making that careless tackle, challenge, or head butt in De Rosario. Players would also take the referees more serious in preseason matches.