The striker was one of three dismissals in the match against San Jose.
FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman has defended striker Kenny Cooper was sent off during a bad tempered climax to the match against San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.
Cooper was one of three dismissals in the space of five minutes towards the end of the 2-2 at the FC Dallas Stadium and came just a minute after the 28-year-old entered the fray from the substitutes bench.
To make matters worse the usually mellow USMNT attacker was brandished the first straight red card of his career after he retaliated to a heavy challenge from long-running San Jose foe Victor Bernardez.
Hyndman insists Coopers conduct was completely out of character and he was reacting to an apparent stomp by Bernardez
“As long as I’ve known Kenny, I’ve never seen him do that,” He explained to MLS Soccer. “I’ve got to believe it’s a combination of getting kicked hard and probably frustrations.”
This isn’t the first confrontation between the pair after Bernardez was handed a two-game suspension by the MLS Disciplinary Committee following a tangle for the ball on the touchline that ended with them landing between the benches and Cooper sustaining concussion.