MLS Notes: Lahoud, Onalfo fined; League, players ratify CBA

MLS Notes: Lahoud, Onalfo fined; League, players ratify CBA

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MLS Notes: Lahoud, Onalfo fined; League, players ratify CBA

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Major League Soccer fined and suspended Chivas USA midfielder Michael Lahoud and D.C. United coach Curt Onalfo for their actions in last week's games.

Lahoud nailed Chicago's Justin Mapp in the ankle with a studs-up challenge and has been fined $500 and suspended for the Goats' next two matches.

Although Lahoud didn't receive a card at the time, U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Development Paul Tamberino told MLSSoccer.com that the player should have seen red.

Lahoud, in his second year in the league, will miss Chivas' games this week against New England and Houston.

Onalfo was fined $1,000 and suspended for two U.S. Open Cup matches after being sent off in United's Open Cup victory over FC Dallas last Wednesday.

He exited in the 32nd minute after arguing a foul call with referee Chris Penso, and he will be forced to miss United's qualifying-round game with Real Salt Lake on June 2 that has a spot in the tournament's Round of 16 on the line. Should United advance, he would have to sit out the following game as well.

LEAGUE, PLAYERS RATIFY CBA

The new collective bargaining agreement has been ratified, after the owners and players voted to approve the new contract.

The CBA, which was agreed to on March 20, was approved by 84 percent of the players, and is in place for the next five years.

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