A one-minute span late in Saturday's Galaxy-Rapids match was costly in terms of red cards and injury. Now, the league has slapped a true value on the flurry of action.
Abel Xavier was sent off in the 89th minute after arguing with referee Abbey Okulaja. He was fined $750 for excessive dissnet and $250 for failure to leave the field. Also, he was fined an additional $250 for post-game public criticism of officiating. Aside from the automatic $250 fine a red card carries and the automatic $100 fine for a yellow card, Xavier was fined a total of $1,600.
Ciaran O'Brien, meanwhile, took out Carlos Ruiz with a viscous tackle moments later. He was sent off ($250) and fined an additional $250. Also, he was suspended for an additional game, which means he must sit out the Rapids' next two games.
Ruiz, meanwhile, is out six weeks with an injured knee.