Jorge Rojas was suspended two games and slapped with a $1000 fine for his red card tackle (and an on field incident following his ejection) on Houston midfielder Brian Mullan last week.
The suspension means that Rojas will be ineligible to play against the Fire this Sunday, leaving the Red Bulls without their second leading scorer and veteran attacking midfielder.
It should be interesting to see how Rojas's absence affects the Red Bull attack, which has only scored 10 goals in 10 league games this season. How Head Coach Juan Carlos Osorio (formerly Head Coach of the Fire) changes his lineup (Rojas has started 9 matches this year) should also be interesting, as Rojas plays an important role in the Red Bull midfield.
Regardless of who Osorio inserts into the New York lineup, the suspension should make life a little easier for the
Chicago defense, who should already be heading into the match with some confidence
after posting a clean sheet at Toronto.
For all of those who are curious, here is a video of the tackle/incident that got Rojas red carded and suspended.
What do you think about Rojas missing the match? Think the Fire will be able to capitalize on the Red Bulls losing an important attacker? Was MLS warranted in handing out the extra penalties ($750 and one extra match) to Rojas?
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