MLS Talking Points: Should David Villa have been suspended?
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has decided not to suspend NYCFC forward David Villa for an incident involving Toronto FC midfielder Armando Cooper on Sunday -- he appeared to kick out after the pair clashed 20 minutes into Sunday's first leg -- meaning the striker will be free to participate in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal.
Did the "DisCo" make the right call? We asked our writers for their thoughts, and we also want to know what you think.
He should have been suspended, especially since the DisCo deemed it a red-card offense. For the life of me, I don't understand why the second "egregious" nature bit is needed to suspend him, other than to give the DisCo an excuse if they really don't want to issue a ban.
Verdict: Suspend him.
Yes, he should've been suspended. Yes, his marquee name and World Cup-winning pedigree was surely considered alongside the video. It's also true that the braying from north of the border has been way over the top, especially in the context of that chippy game. While nobody outside of Toronto wants to see Villa sit out a crucial playoff match, his kick was a red-card offense in any league on any day of the week. The DisCo admitted as much, as Jeff pointed out. This outcome was predictable.
Verdict: Suspend him.
While the kick out looks relatively innocuous, it's still a kick out. Furthermore, since the DisCo deemed it a red card-worthy incident, I don't know how he's not suspended. It is, by its very nature, "reckless." His last name, of course, helped avoid punishment. And, let's be honest here: For everyone other than TFC supporters, the playoffs are more interesting because Villa remains on the field.
Verdict: Suspend him. (And I think his 18th-minute elbow to Cooper's head was even more egregious.)
I don't think the transgression was worthy of a red in the moment, but I might be with Jeff; if you're going to say it was retrospectively, I'm not sure how it doesn't merit a game suspension. Oh, and yes, I think Villa's name was a factor.
Verdict: Suspend him. Just.
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