LA Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena will not be in attendance this weekend following a suspension by the MLS Disciplinary Committee, Arena's antics ruing the Galaxy's narrow loss last weekend at the Portland Timbers being the cause.
This "punishment" as it were is a total sham.
It was Robbie Keane -- not Arena -- who confronted the linesman and knocked the flag out his hands. Following the match Arena -- alongside Keane and Landon Donovan and other teammates -- went after the officials with such vigor that Portland's stadium security had to intervene. The team is surely as guilty of mass confrontation. However instead of punishing the team, they are "punishing" the one person -- the coach -- who actually has the access to approach and chastise officials.
Does it matter who manages the team? Absolutely. Every day except game day. What's really lost between Bruce Arena and Dave Sarachan? Not a heck of a lot. Sarachan will fill the same lineup card, make the same substitutions and probably jump from his seat and question the officials' eyesight, mental capabilities and flexibility of vocabulary much in the same way Arena would.
After having four days to review the sequence of events, one wouldn't have thought the disciplinary committee could both foul this up and apparently miss Steven Lenhart's face-breaking elbow on Chivas USA defender Steve Purdy as well.
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