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Party Crashed: DisCo releases suspensions for Minnesota-Colorado incident

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Several Minnesota United players were fined; a coach and two players face suspensions.

October 13, 2018 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States - After Colorado scored a late goal, Referee Guido Gonzales, reviews video at the VAR booth of the melee that occurred during the Minnesota United vs Colorado Rapids match at TCF Bank Stadium. 

(Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)
October 13, 2018 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States - After Colorado scored a late goal, Referee Guido Gonzales, reviews video at the VAR booth of the melee that occurred during the Minnesota United vs Colorado Rapids match at TCF Bank Stadium. (Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)

Minnesota United fell to the Colorado Rapids at home last Saturday, but the biggest storyline of the game was a game-ending brawl. Check out our full blow-by-blow breakdown here.

Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee reviewed the incident, releasing a full slate of suspensions and fines on Friday. Several United players and coaches were punished.

The club itself was fined for the team’s second violation of the league’s “mass confrontation policy.”

Manager Adrian Heath was fined for the same reason.

Maximiano was fined for violating “bench behavior policy.” Video showed he squirted Colorado players with a water bottle.

Miguel Ibarra, whose shove started the physical aspect of the conflict, was fined for “inciting” the confrontation.

Brent Kallman, Angelo Rodriguez and Darwin Quintero have been fined for violating league policy in regard to hands to the upper body during a confrontation.

John Pascarella, United’s first-year goalkeeper coach, will be suspended for four games (one for being sent off, plus three additional matches handed down by the league) for “aggressive behavior” and entering the field of play. He’ll miss the Loons’ final two games as well as the first two regular season matches of the 2019 season.

Alexi Gomez earned a three-game suspension for violent conduct. He’ll miss the final two games of the season, though the third will likely go unserved as the Peruvian winger’s loan deal will end soon.

Harrison Heath, who was red-carded, picked up a two game suspension (one for the send-off, plus an extension from the league). He’ll miss the rest of the season.

The Rapids were fined for a violation and had multiple suspensions and fines as well. The full Disciplinary Committee report can be found here.

The league also released a new camera angle of the incident:

Luckily for the Loons, no regular starters will miss time — though with just two matches and no playoff chances remaining, that may not mean all that much.