HOUSTON - JULY 30: Midfielder Adam Moffat #16 of the Houston Dynamo races down the field as Mauro Rosales #10 of the Seattle Sounders pursues at Robertson Stadium on July 30, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The incident occurred in the 35th minute and the MLS Disciplinary Committee determined the tackle endangered the safety of his opponent. In addition to the suspension, Moffat was fined an undisclosed amount. The suspension will be served on April 15th when the Dynamo travel to Toyota Park to face the Chicago Fire. Colin Clark will also be out, serving the first of his three match suspension for a gay slur directed towards a ball kid in Seattle.
For aggrieved Dynamo fans that felt Alvaro Fernandez's diving shenanigans should have been dealt with by the referee, MLS also announced the Sounders' midfielder has been fined an undisclosed amount for embellishing contact.
Moffat's tackle was a little rough and I'm fine with the decision by the disciplinary committee as long as they are even handed and consistent with suspensions throughout the season. All we can really ask for is fairness, so we'll have to see how things play out moving forward.
In the meantime, the Dynamo midfield is going to look a little wonky in two weeks against the Fire, but there's enoug depth to cover for the missing players. Hopefully Luiz Camargo will be ready to go, allowing Je-Vaughn Watson to cover the right side of the midfield during Clark's absence. As for who moves in to the holding midfield role, expect Nathan Sturgis to start in Moffat's place.
Here's a look at the tackle.