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Chivas player fined for boot to Montero's face

Here's the release from the league:

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today announced suspensions and fines for Chivas USA midfielder Marcelo Saragosa and Houston Dynamo assistant coach John Spencer, and a fine for San Jose Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop.

Saragosa was issued a red card for a dangerous play on Seattle’s Fredy Montero in the 72nd minute of Chivas USA’s match versus the Sounders FC on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Committee reviewed the play (linked here) and ruled that Saragosa’s actions warranted an additional fine and suspension of $500 and one game. This is in addition to an automatic $500 fine and one-game suspension, bringing the total to $1,000 and two games. Saragosa will serve the suspension when Chivas USA faces the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 26 and versus D.C. United on Oct. 3.

Spencer, the Dynamo’s assistant coach, was dismissed from Houston’s match versus Real Salt Lake on Sept. 19. He received an automatic one-game suspension and $500 fine. The Committee reviewed the confrontation for which Spencer was dismissed and fined him an additional $1,000 and suspended him one game bringing the total to $1,500 and two games. Spencer will serve the suspension for Houston’s Oct. 4 match versus Kansas City and Oct. 18 match versus the Los Angeles Galaxy.

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Yallop was fined $750 for confronting the officiating crew following the Earthquakes match versus the Colorado Rapids on Friday, Sept. 18.

As one of the League’s official Charities of Choice, the US Soccer Foundation is the recipient of all player fines at the end of each season. Those fines are added to the Foundation’s Annual Grants Pool from which the Board of Directors awards grants to soccer clubs and organizations that serve economically disadvantaged children in urban areas. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit