Chivas USA have received 5 red cards in the last 5 games.
Chivas USA have decided that their directors and technical staff will take disciplinary action against any player punished in a game after seeing five of their players ejected in the last five games. In a press release Chivas USA said that they would be taking disciplinary action, but did not specify exactly what action would be taken.
“The cards have affected us first because we have not been able to keep a constant lineup, and it’s there where we have to work a lot because what we need in the team is to maintain a continuous lineup,” explained Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Real in the statement. “Unfortunately, the red cards have kept us from achieving that.”
“This is something that we are discussing with the executive board to try find an answer off the pitch, and on my end, to try find it in the field,” he added. “With the league, we are already certain (the players) will be fined, punished, but now we are trying to define what our stance is going to be internally ahead of this week.”
“As of right now, we have a special talk to touch base with the players, but before then, we, the coaching staff and the executive board, need to agree on what actions we’ll be taking.”
Josue Soto was the first player to see red in the five game stretch when he was shown a second yellow for dissent with the score tied at 1-1 in an eventual 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union on July 12. Eric Avila saw red in the first half of a 1-0 win over Toronto FC on July 17 while Carlos Bocanegra was the culprit in a 2-0 loss at San Jose on Aug. 3.
No players were sent off against Seattle, but the Goats saw two players sent off in their most recent game, a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids that saw Gabriel Farfan shown a straight red for a stomp on Shane O’Neill before Tristan Bowen followed him into the locker room after losing his cool and spitting at Chris Klute. Chivas went on to concede a late equalizer in that game.