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Disciplinary Committee warns Sounders, fines Barrett

This just in from the league:

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has determined that Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Seattle Sounders FC violated the League’s mass confrontation policy in the 51st minute of their game on May 24. (Video here.) Both teams received an official warning for their first violations of the season. Additionally, the Committee fined Vancouver midfielder Pedro Morales and Seattle forward Chad Barrett an undisclosed amount for contact to the head of an opponent and escalating the incident, respectively.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber fined Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen an undisclosed amount for public criticism after the May 23 game against Sporting Kansas City.

After Sounders training today, coach Sigi Schmid was asked about the committee actions.

"The mass confrontation or whatever, I have my own feelings on that," he said. "It’s certainly something we want to avoid. But the way that it’s structured, as a coach you can talk to your team about it. I’m on the sideline, I’m shouting my team to get away, but they don’t hear you. I guess we’re at fault as coaches because they went in there. It’s tough to figure sometimes because there’s really very little I can do. If I run out on the field to keep them away, then I get a bigger fine because I’m restricted to my little area – and I get fined anyway. Although this is the first one, so we don’t get fined yet. I don’t think we gathered around the referee, I think it was more protection of each other. It’s just something that we want to avoid as much as possible."