Kinnear Suspended for First Leg Against Red Bulls

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BY CHRISTIAN ARAOS
Staff Writer

Houston Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear has been suspended for the first leg of the team’s Eastern Conference Semifinal against the New York Red Bulls as part of the MLS Disciplinary Committee’s punishment for the altercation that took place between the Dynamo and the Montreal Impact late in the second half of their play-in game.

The Disciplinary Committee concluded that Kinnear left the technical area and entered the field of play during the 89th minute of Thursday night’s game against the Impact, an offense that carries with it an automatic one-game suspension.

Kinnear will be forbidden from entering the locker room or roaming the sideline for Sunday’s game against the Red Bulls in Houston. The Dynamo were also fined $5,000 as an organization for violating the league’s mass confrontation policy.

The Impact, however, bore the brunt of the Disciplinary Committee’s sanctions as forwards Marco Di Vaio and Andrés Romero were each fined and suspended. Di Vaio was suspended for two additional games and fined $1,000. Romero was also suspended for two additional games but was only fined $250. Both players will miss the first three games of next season since they were red carded during the incident. The Impact were fined for $25,000 and its head coach, Marco Schällibaum was fined for $5,000 for “repeated mass confrontation violations in 2013.”

The Dynamo defeated the Impact 3-0 in the play-in game and will host the Red Bulls in the first leg of the Conference semifinal Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.

Video of the incident (confrontation begins at the 8:20 min. mark):

(FULL DYNAMO v RBNY PREVIEW HERE)