Galaxy defender Derrick Williams has been suspended for 5 further video games by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for “critical foul play” within the first half of the staff’s Could 22 recreation in Portland.
Williams was given a straight crimson card and was pressured to sit down one recreation for his late, reckless problem on the Timbers’ Andy Polo within the closing minutes of the primary half of Portland’s 3-0 win. Polo sustained a ruptured proper quadriceps and a torn meniscus on the play and might be out the remainder of the season. He additionally will miss Peru’s World Cup qualifiers this yr.
The six-game suspension is the longest in Galaxy historical past. Williams additionally was fined an undisclosed quantity.
“As he broke to go to the deal with, he realized he was rather a lot nearer to the participant then he thought or anticipated and when he went down. He knew he couldn’t get out of it,” Galaxy coach Greg Vanney mentioned of the play. “He knew it was going to be dangerous. It’s by no means a state of affairs that anybody needs to be in.
“He’s not the primary the man and he’ll most likely not be the final, however he feels dangerous for the participant on the opposite facet, as all of us do. It’s an terrible situation.”
Williams, who has reached out to Polo greater than as soon as because the play, has been the goal of dying threats and racial slurs on social media.
Moments earlier than the deal with Williams, an Irish worldwide making simply his fourth MLS begin, had collided together with his goalkeeper, Jonathan Bond, and struck his head when he fell onerous to the bogus turf, elevating questions as as to whether he was nonetheless an enormous groggy when he mistimed his deal with. However Vanney mentioned Williams was checked out on the sideline and “there have been no considerations of a concussion.”
The Galaxy (5-2-0) return from a three-week worldwide break June 19 in opposition to the Seattle Sounders. Williams additionally will miss video games with Vancouver, San Jose, Sporting Kansas Metropolis and FC Dallas earlier than being cleared to return July 17.
Within the meantime, the Galaxy might use Séga Coulibaly and second-year defender Nick DePuy instead of Williams at heart again.
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Instances.