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Kei Kamara will not be in uniform for the Houston Dynamo’s regular-season finale Saturday night against Chivas USA because of an MLS suspension. FC Dallas midfielder Pablo Ricchetti was already banned for his team’s meaningless game against the Galaxy Sunday, but he’ll also have to sit for Dallas’ 2009 opener. Veterans Bobby Rhine and Jaime Moreno both announced retirements — Moreno called it quits from the international game, playing his final game last night for Bolivia at RFK Stadium.
Kamara, who already served a one-game suspension for being sent off against San Jose, was hit with an additional one-game ban and a $500 fine by the Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee for his elbow to Nick Garcia’s face in a game on Oct. 15.
Ricchetti was sent off with a straight red card because of a dangerous challenge on Will Johnson of Real Salt Lake one minute from full time in a 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake that eliminated Dallas from playoff contention on Saturday night.
The Argentine then shoved Ian Joy in the face in a confrontation that followed the red card, earning him an additional one-game suspension to be served at the start of the 2009 season. Like Kamara, Ricchetti has also been fined an additional $250, bringing his grand total to $500.
The end of the line
After playing his entire 10-year Major League Soccer career with FC Dallas, Bobby Rhine has called it quits and will play his last game Sunday against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.
Rhine was picked sixth overall in the 1999 MLS SuperDraft and played forward, right back and right midfield in his decade in Dallas. He is second on the club’s all-time list with 211 games played, third in career assists (34) and seventh in goals (23).
“It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from Major League Soccer following our last game of this season, on Sunday in Los Angeles,” Rhine said in a letter released by the club. “I am proud of my ten year career with the Dallas Burn and FC Dallas; however, I am sad to be leaving the game and the team that I love.”
Speaking of retirement, D.C. United veteran Jaime Moreno played his final game for the Bolivian national team in a friendly against El Salvador at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night.
The 34-year-old, who has been capped 74 times in his 17-year career with Bolivia, entered the match to a loud ovation from the Bolivian supporters – and boos from the Salvadorians – in the 72nd minute of the 2-0 loss. He nearly scored in his final game with Bolivia, but his 88th minute header was cleared off the line.
“It was very emotional,” said Monreo, who officially announced his retirement from international soccer on Monday. “Maybe I didn’t show anything, but I’ve had a lot of thoughts in my head when I was there, walking off the field and I was thinking ‘this is it, this is my last game, this is the last time I wear my green jersey’. I don’t think you realize it until you get off [the field] and go into the locker room and realize it’s all over."