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MLS, this week updated it policies on cancellations and postponement of games

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With weather conditions disrupting several recent matches, Major League Soccer moved this week to clarify its policies pertaining to match postponements.
According to the league, the MLS Product Strategy Committee on Wednesday agreed to several new rules governing what happens when a game is abandoned due to unforeseen circumstances.

The policy, which has been added to the league’s 2015 Rules and Regulations, is as follows:

Postponement Policy

  • In the event a match is abandoned in or after the 76th minute (i.e. 75:00 on the official game clock), the result and all statistics will stand.
  • In the event a match is abandoned prior to the 76th minute, it will be postponed, rather than cancelled.  In the event the game is abandoned prior the 76th minute, any remaining time will be completed the following day or as soon as practical.
  • The League will determine in its discretion whether to postpone/abandon a match after considering all relevant factors and circumstances including: whether the delay in play exceeds 3 hours and whether resuming play would begin after 12:00 am local time and/or whether the game would be completed by 1:00 am local time; neither factor is determinative.

Match Recommencement

  • The match must restart on the same spot where the abandoned match action occurred (i.e. free-kick, throw-in, goal kick, corner kick, penalty, etc.).  If the match was stopped during the normal flow of the game, a dropped ball on the spot where it was abandoned shall be used to restart.
  • The match shall recommence with the same players on the pitch and substitutes available as when the match was initially abandoned. Any player in play at the time the match was abandoned who subsequently is injured before the resumption of the match and cannot play can only be replaced by a substitute on the official match day roster of the abandoned match.  Such substitute will NOT count against a team’s normally allotted substitutions.
  • No additional substitutes may be added to the list of players on the official match day roster.
  • The teams can make only the number of substitutions to which they were still entitled when the match was abandoned (except as provided above in the case of a subsequent injury).

Discipline

  • Single yellow cards imposed before the match was abandoned are not carried forward to any other matches before the abandoned match is completed.
  • Players sent off during the abandoned match cannot be replaced and the number of players in the starting line-up remains as it was when the match was abandoned.
  • Players who were suspended following a match played after the abandoned match in question can be included on the team sheet so long as they were on the official match day roster of the abandoned match.
  • Any sanctions imposed before the match was abandoned remain valid for the remainder of the match.

Over the past month, several MLS matches have been disrupted due to heavy weather. In Dallas, the game between FC Dallas and Toronto FC was delayed for 3 hours and 26 minutes on April 18 due to lightning strikes in the area, and finished around 1 am local time. The May 6 match in Utah between Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy was also delayed 62 minutes due to lightning in the area.

 

A look at the history of the New York Red Bulls, today’s Crew SC opponent

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The Red Bulls top player is Bradley Wright-Phillips warming-up before a 2014 match for New York Red Bulls By billtnj, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

The New York Red Bulls are an American professional soccer club based in HarrisonNew Jersey. The Red Bulls compete as a member of the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The club was established in October 1994 and began play in the league’s inaugural season in 1996 as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. In 2006 the team was sold to Red Bull GmbH and re-branded as part of the company’s global network of football clubs, leading to the team’s current name.

The Red Bulls have played their home matches at Red Bull Arena since 2010, having previously played at Giants Stadium. The club is one of two teams in MLS based in the New York metropolitan region along with New York City FC, which entered the league in 2015. The two sides compete against each other in the Hudson River Derby. Former United States international midfielder Jesse Marsch has been the team’s head coach since taking over in January 2015.

The Red Bulls have reached the MLS Cup final once in 2008 where they were defeated by the Columbus Crew. The club has won two regular season Supporters’ Shield titles in 2013 and 2015 and has also twice reached the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2003 and 2017, losing on both occasions.

Red Bull takeover (2006–2009)

On March 9, 2006, it was announced that Austrian energy drink conglomerate Red Bull GmbH had purchased the club, and as part of their sponsorship would completely re-brand the franchise, changing the name, colors, and logo, a move which drew mixed reactions. The club name was changed to “Red Bull New York” with the team now referred to as the “New York Red Bulls” by the league and media.

Red Bull had originally approached MLS about creating an expansion club in New York City proper, but concerns over the cost of buying out the MetroStars’ territorial rights to the region, along with the expected difficulty in securing a stadium site in the city, led the company to purchase the MetroStars instead and take over their existing stadium project in Harrison, New Jersey. The territorial rights to a second New York area franchise reverted to MLS as part of the sale.

 

Club records and statistics

  • All-Time regular season record: 235 wins, 244 losses, 121 draws (Through November 29, 2014)
  • Scored the fastest goal in Major League Soccer history (7 seconds into the game vs the Philadelphia Union on October 18, 2015 at Red Bull Arena)

Player records

MLS regular season only, through October 22, 2017

Career

Single season

All-time top 10 goalscorers

As of April 21, 2018 (all competitive matches)
Name Period Goals[99]
1 England Bradley Wright-Phillips 2013– 108
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel 2007–2010 62
3 France Thierry Henry 2010–2014 52
4 United States Clint Mathis 2000–2003; 2007 45
5 Venezuela Giovanni Savarese 1996–1998 44
6 Honduras Amado Guevara 2003–2006 39
7 United States John Wolyniec 1999; 2003–2010 36
8 Colombia Adolfo Valencia 2000–2001 29
9 Brazil Rodrigo Faria 2001–2002 25
10 Ghana Lloyd Sam 2012–2016 24

Bold signifies current Red Bulls player

 

Year-by-year

Year Reg. Season MLS Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Champions League
New York/New Jersey MetroStars
1996 3rd, East (15–17) Quarter-finals Did not enter Did not qualify
1997 5th, East (13–19) Did not qualify Semi-finals
MetroStars
1998 3rd, East (15–17) Quarter-finals Semi-finals Did not qualify
1999 6th, East (7–25) Did not qualify Round of 16
2000 1st, East (17–12–3) Semi-finals Semi-finals
2001 2nd, East (13–10–3) Quarter-finals Round of 32 Not held
2002 4th, East (11–15–2) Did not qualify Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2003 3rd, East (11–10–9) Quarter-finals Final
2004 3rd, East (11–12–7) Quarter-finals Round of 16
2005 4th, East (12–9–11) Quarter-finals Round of 16
New York Red Bulls
2006 4th, East (9–11–12) Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2007 3rd, East (12–11–7) Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2008 5th, East* (10–11–9) Runners Up Round of 16
2009 7th, East (5–19–6) Did not qualify Did not qualify Lost in preliminary round
2010 1st, East (15–9–6) Quarter-finals Round of 16 Did not qualify
2011 5th, East (10–8–16) Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2012 3rd, East (16–9–9) Quarter-finals Round of 16
2013 1st, East** (17–9–8) Quarter-finals Round of 16
2014 4th, East (13–10–11) Semi-finals 4th round Group stage
2015 1st, East** (18–10–6) Semi-finals Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2016 1st, East (16–9–9) Quarter-finals Round of 16 Quarter-finals
2017 6th, East (14-12-8) Semi-finals Final Semi-finals

* Qualified for MLS Cup playoffs as wild card in Western Conference playoff bracket
** Won Supporters’ Shield

 

 

 

 

Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen named MLS Player of the Month for May

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Steffen named MLS Player of the Month presented by EA Sports for the month of May after registering five consecutive shutouts

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that goalkeeper Zack Steffen was voted MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS™ by members of the media for the month of May. It is the first MLS Player of the Month honor for Steffen in his MLS and Crew SC career.

 

During the month of May, Steffen did not allow a single goal, recording five consecutive shutouts as part of his ongoing 495-minute shutout streak. In May, Steffen registered 17 total saves against Seattle Sounders FC, the Philadelphia Union, the Chicago Fire, the New England Revolution, and Sporting Kansas City combined en route to earning five clean sheets. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steffen’s current 495-minute scoreless streak – which began in the second half of the April 28th match against San Jose – is the longest regular-season shutout record in club history as well as the 10th-longest regular-season shutout streak in MLS history.

Zack Steffen Crew SC 2017 photo By Jay eyem - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Steffen is currently on international duty with the United States Men’s National Team. Now in his third season with Crew SC, he has made 13 regular-season appearances (all starts), while making 29 saves and registering seven shutouts in 2018. Additionally, Steffen currently leads MLS in regular-season shutouts in 2018, with seven clean sheets. Since joining the Black & Gold, Steffen has made 47 regular-season appearances (all starts), making 127 saves and recording 16 shutouts.

 

This is the 15th time in MLS history that a Crew SC player has been named Player of the Month. Steffen is the first Crew SC player to earn the honor since Justin Meram won the award in October 2016.

Following a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match at MAPFRE Stadium tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, the Black & Gold return to regular-season action when they host the New York Red Bulls at MAPFRE Stadium in a nationally televised match on Saturday, June 9 (5:00 p.m. ET / ESPN, CD102.5 FM, English and Spanish audio broadcasts available on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS™ is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.

 

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Google+: +columbuscrewsc | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

Crew SC’s Higuain has suspension rescinded by Independent Panel

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Federico Higuain 2017 photo By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA - DSC_4205, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

NEW YORK (June 1, 2018) – The Independent Panel, consisting of one representative from the United States Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, and one independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the one-game suspension and accompanying fine for the red card issued to Columbus Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuaín for violent conduct in the 45+ minute of Crew SC’s match against Sporting Kansas City on May 27 (VIDEO).

As a result of the Columbus appeal, Higuaín is eligible to play in Crew SC’s next regular season game on June 2 against Toronto FC.

Each club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including playoffs. Since Columbus’ appeal was successful, the team maintains its two unsuccessful appeals for any future dismissals in the 2018 season.

 

MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions

 

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued an undisclosed fine to Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuaín for failure to leave the field in a timely and orderly manner during the 45+ minute of Columbus’ match against Sporting KC on May 27 (VIDEO).

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Columbus Crew SC midfielder Cristian Martinez two games and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct in the 54th minute of Columbus’ match against Sporting Kansas City on May 27 (VIDEO). Martinez will serve suspensions during Crew SC’s match on Saturday, June 2 against Toronto FC and on Saturday, June 9 against the New York Red Bulls.

 

FC Dallas forward Cristian Colman has red card rescinded

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NEW YORK (June 1, 2018) – The Independent Panel, consisting of one representative from the United States Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, and one independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the one-game suspension and accompanying fine for the red card issued to FC Dallas forward Cristian Colmán for violent conduct in the 80thminute of FC Dallas’ match against the LA Galaxy on May 30 (VIDEO).

Cristian Colmán

As a result of the FC Dallas appeal, Colmán is eligible to play in his next regular season game on June 2 against the Los Angeles Football Club.

Each Club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including playoffs. Since FC Dallas’ appeal was successful, the team maintains its two unsuccessful appeals for any future dismissals in the 2018 season

 

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