The MLS Disciplinary Committee was clearly determined to have an impact on this weekend's match between New York Red Bulls and New England Revoution.
It has suspended RBNY's Michael Amir Murillo - recently making a strong case for the starting right-back spot for the Red Bulls - for one game for his inelegant toppling of Toronto FC's Raheem Edwards last week. The foul was heavy and awkward, and carded on the day. But DisCo clearly felt there was something reckless and dangerous about the incident and tacked on a suspension.
And then the Disciplinary Committee apparently felt the need to balance its action against RBNY with one that would inconvenience the Red Bulls' next opponent, the Revs.
DisCo picked Benjamin Angoua for his challenge on Ola Kamara during the Revs' 2-1 win over Columbus Crew last week. Once A Metro finds itself in the awkward position of agreeing with The Bent Musket's Jake Catanese: there wasn't much to Angoua's challenge. Unless you convince yourself he was intentionally kneeing Kamara in the back - in which case he made a mess of the attempt - it mostly looks like Angoua was ineptly following a ball he had zero chance of winning, and sort of reflexively raising a knee to pretend to himself he was getting up for a header. The greatest danger in the play would seem to be to Angoua's reputation as a savvy veteran defender.
But DisCo has made its decision and Angoua will sit out the Revs' game against RBNY. So too will Andrew Farrell, who was sent off toward the end of his team's win over the Crew,
Farrell is New England's preferred starting right-back. Angoua had recently emerged as a starter at center-back. New England will have to replace half the back line that started against Columbus last week for the visit to Red Bull Arena.