Friday, October 24, 2008

MLS Retirements and Suspension

D.C. United forward Jaime Moreno is retiring from international soccer and will play his last game for Bolivia this week. Played 17 years and his final appearance for his country will be Wednesday in an exhibition against El Salvador at RFK Stadium. He has 11 goals in 73 games for Bolivia and was a member of its 1994 World Cup squad. Moreno is the leading scorer in MLS history with 122 goals. He also has 99 assists.

FC Dallas midfielder Bobby Rhine, one of 17 players in MLS history to play at least 200 games for one team, will retire after the season. Rhine said Thursday he will end his 10-year career with FC Dallas after Sunday's season finale at the Los Angeles Galaxy. The sixth pick in the 1999 draft, Rhine has played 211 games for FC Dallas, second in team history behind Jason Kreis. The 32-year-old is third on the team's career list with 34 assists and seventh with 23 goals

Houston Dynamo forward Kei Kamara and FC Dallas midfielder Pablo Ricchetti will each miss two games after receiving a red card last week. Both were suspended an additional game and fined an extra $250 by the Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday, doubling the automatic suspension and fine for the red cards.

Kamara struck San Jose Earthquakes defender Nick Garcia with his elbow in their game last Wednesday. He sat out the Dynamo's game against the Los Angeles Galaxy last weekend and will miss their regular-season finale Saturday.

Ricchetti received the red card for a challenge on Real Salt Lake player Will Johnson on Saturday. He was then involved in a physical confrontation with Ian Joy, which resulted in the additional punishment. Ricchetti will miss FC Dallas' regular-season finale against Los Angeles on Sunday and the first game of the 2009 regular season.

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