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MLS suspends Dempsey two games for violent conduct

Dempsey will miss the Sounders game Sunday at Montreal and the home match March 28 against Columbus before returning April 5 at Portland.

"Obviously we're going to miss him," coach Sigi Schmid said through the club's media-relations folks. "He's an important part of our team, and I think our fans can see how much he helped us in terms of possession last week. It is what it is, so we have to deal with it. It just means it's an opportunity for somebody else."

Here's the disciplinary report from the league:

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Clint Dempsey two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for violent conduct toward Toronto FC defender Mark Bloom in the 40th min of the game on March 15. The Committee also has suspended Chicago Fire defender Lovel Palmer for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for violent conduct toward Portland Timbers forward Maximiliano Urruti in the 42nd minute of the game on March 16. Through the MLS Players Union, both Dempsey and Palmer submitted appeals, and in both cases, the Committee’s decisions were upheld. Prior to the start of the 2014 season, the Board of Governors approved policy such that any player receiving a Red Card for Violent Conduct or adjudged unanimously by the Discipline Committee to be an unequivocal Red Card for Violent Conduct will be automatically suspended for at least his next two regular season or playoff games and receive a fine. The Committee has suspended New York Red Bulls defender Armando one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for serious foul play against Colorado Rapids forward Deshorn Brown in the 29th minute of the game on March 15. The Committee has fined Montreal Impact midfielder Justin Mapp an undisclosed amount for simulation in the 48th minute of the game against the Houston Dynamo on March 15.
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