New York Red Bulls II forward Stefano Bonomo had been enjoying a good season in USL, right up to the moment he was sent off against Charleston Battery for punching an opponent last weekend. Subbed into the game in the second half, Bonomo had scored with almost his first touch - his fourth of the season for NYRB II. The match didn't go the Red Bulls' way, and as time ran out on the team's effort to find an equalizer, Bonomo's patience with his marker ran out as well.
@Once_A_Metro you can see him at the top of the six-yard box in the middle of the goal pic.twitter.com/SrhlXPrMzK— (((Bryan Rice))) (@bricey16) July 23, 2016
NYRB II has already tested USL's policies regarding on-field punch-ups this season: Karl Ouimette was involved in an altercation with Romeo Parkes that saw him suspended for three games and Parkes (who took the argument more than a little bit too far) suspended for much longer.
In its Week 18 disciplinary report, USL advises Bonomo will be suspended for the game he was due for receiving a red card at the time of the incident, and an additional three games due to the nature of his infraction.
The suspension means Bonomo will miss NYRB II's matches against Richmond Kickers, Harrisburg City Islanders, Orlando City B, and Louisville City FC. He will be available for selection again for the team's trip to play Toronto FC II on August 24.