Sunday, November 18, 2012

MLS Soccer Playoff Ejections: Mark Geiger (3)

FIFA & MLS Referee Mark Geiger ejected Seattle Sounders M Osvaldo Alonso for dissent in the 95th minute of the second leg of the LA Galaxy-Seattle Sounders FC match. After time had expired in the contest, with the Galaxy knocking the Sounders out of the MLS playoffs on an aggregate 4-2 victory, Alonso was ruled to have verbally abused the officiating crew, resulting in a yellow card for dissent and, because this was his second yellow, an automatic red and send-off penalty. In the 73rd minute, Alonso received his first yellow card after fouling Galaxy midfielder Vitor Gomes Pereira "Juninho" Junior. Replays indicate Alonso appeared to pull down Juninho, grabbing Juninho's jersey and impeding his attempt to skirt around Alonso's position, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the contest was over. The Sounders won Leg 2, 2-1, though the Galaxy advanced to the MLS Cup with a 4-2 aggregate win.

Wrap: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Western Conference Championship Leg 2), 11/18/12
Video: After final whistle, Alonso has choice words for Geiger and is formally dismissed
Video: Alonso received his first yellow card for an earlier foul in minute No. 73


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