Finally, a punishment that starts to fit the crime. I was a bit worried MLS would let Ricardo Clark off easily after his cheap shot on Carlos Ruiz. But MLS slapped Clark with a nine-match ban and a $10,000 fine. Clark might not play again until next season.
There's no room for what he did here or anywhere. That's beyond bonehead. Boneheaded is what Kevin Harmse (sucker punch) and Alex Zotinca (headbutt) did to each other on Aug. 23. Clark's actions went way beyond just losing your cool. For a soccer player to kick another player like that would be akin to a hockey player taking his stick and bashing someone else or a football player taking his helmet to smack someone with it. It's Clark's most violent weapon, really, and here he is using it against another player.
To me, it doesn't much matter that it was the league's biggest flopper who was kicked. Ruiz may have provoked Clark but what he did was inexcusable and indefensible.