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MLS Disciplinary Committee Suspends Armando For One Game

RBNY Defender Armando has been suspended one game for his foul on Deshorn Brown in the 1-1 Draw with visiting Colorado.

PSRA Puts Out "MLS Scab Referee Details"

The Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) took it upon themselves to document and publish the refereeing history of the replacement referees from Week 1. This was done in an obvious attempt to discredit the ability of the replacement officials, most likely done to put pressure on the Professional Referee Organization (PRO). The PSRA is the union for officials assigned by PRO, which handles referee training and assignments for US Soccer. The PSRA and PRO are currently in the middle of a labor dispute that has seen PSRA members authorize a strike and PRO responding by locking the PSRA members out of working MLS games. Earlier today, PRO announced that the original assignments for Week 2 have been pulled, meaning that replacement officials will most likely be used for a second straight week.

If Not Resolved, PRO Lockout Could Also Affect the NASL

If the labor disagreement between the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) and the Referee Union (Professional Soccer Referee Association) gets drawn out, the NASL may be forced to employee replacement referees also.

The Travels and Tales of Rhett Harty

MLS's website has a series titled "What Ever Happened To..." where they explore the lives of former MLS players. The latest piece has been the story of Rhett Harty, the NY defender who went out to find the world after retiring in his late twenties.

Report: Lozano signs two-year contract with Red Bulls

It looks like Armando Lozano is set to become a New York Red Bull. According to Diario Cordoba — the same source that broke the original story linking him to New York — Lozano severed his contract with Segunda Division side Cordoba and is set to come to New York on a two-year deal. The central defender did not feature in Cordoba’s 18-man roster this weekend. Further, He didn’t travel with the team for their most recent fixture against SD Ponferradina either, perhaps signaling a change in address for the Granada native. Last Thursday, New York Red Bull Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh revealed to EOS that the team was indeed in conversations with the Spanish defender. "There is discussions going on," Roxburgh tells EOS. "As soon as there something to say to you, we will let you know." A seldom used player with Cordoba, Lozano, 29, will have several opportunities for minutes in the Red Bulls’ multi-front season. He made all of 28 appearances in the past year in Spain with eight starts this season. In New York, Lozano will likely be backing two veteran centerbacks in Ibrahim Sekagya and Jamison Olave. While that may not yield the minutes the Spanish defender seeks, New York’s participation in both the U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League will ensure several appearances for the Spanish back.

Red Bulls trade Kenny Cooper to Dallas for Allocation Money

Red Bulls trade Kenny Cooper to Dallas for Allocation Money. Thoughts RBNation?

Red Bull Playoff Seats Available This Weekend!

Red Bull New York is hosting its Select-a-Seat Fan Fest this Saturday, October 13th, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the Red Bull Arena. Attendees will enjoy premier access to 2012 Playoff seats as well as season tickets for the 2013 season. Other events will include special player appearances and performances by the Red Bull Street Team.

USWNT-Australia Out-Draws Portland-Seattle

The Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers Cascadia Cup game -- the latest clash in that rivalry we'll never understand -- drew a 0.4 overnight rating. The USWNT-Australia friendly drew a 0.5. The second of NBC's two MLS games will be the Red Bulls-Unioin in October.

Graham Parker Goes Inside PRO

Graham Parker, who you might remember from the Guardian's MLS coverage, now covers the league at ESPN's Grantland and, just like he does for the Guardian, does it well. Here, he examines the Professional Referee Organization -- PRO -- the guys tasked with upping the league's oft-maligned officiating.

Tim Cahill Called Up to the Australian National Team

Australia's Head Coach Holger Osiek has named his 22-man squad that will face Lebanon in a friendly and Jordan in a World Cup Qualifier in early September, and New York Red Bull Designated Player Tim Cahill has made the list. Australia is a member of the Asian Football Confederation and is in Group B for World Cup qualifying. The Socceroos play September 6th in Beirut, Lebanon, and again on the 11th in Amman, Jordan, and Tim Cahill's presence will be key for Australia after they tied their first two qualifiers against Japan and Oman, 1-1 and 0-0. The Red Bulls return to action after a two-week hiatus for the international FIFA dates on September 15th at home against the Columbus Crew. Barring injury, fans should expect to see Cahill back with the club and in the starting eleven for what may turn out to be a crucial Eastern Conference match up. Cahill may also be called up for one other Australia World Cup qualifier in 2012 against Iraq in mid-October, which is sandwiched between Red Bulls games against two other likely Eastern Conference playoff teams, the Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City. Also traveling for international duty during the early September MLS schedule break will be Joel Lindpere (Estonia), Bill Gaudette (Puerto Rico), and Roy Miller (Costa Rica).

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